Ironman back in Bolton 

11/09/12
Ironman winner
Ironman 2012 winner Dan Halksworth

Event bosses have confirmed that Ironman will be back in Bolton next year.

Organisers World Endurance UK has announced that the event, which is considered one of the ultimate tests of endurance, will take place on August 4, 2013.

The triathlon is now taking place in Bolton for the fifth year running. The event organisers with the support of Bolton Council will be looking to provide an even bigger spectacle for athletes and spectators.

They will also be continuing to support the future generation with the IronKids event, which attracted a sell-out 1,000 children aged three to 15, when it took place for the first time this year.

Entries to Ironman UK 2013 will open to the public at 9am tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12.

More than 2,000 athletes are already pre-registered for 2013, indicating that the event will sell out in record time with a maximum of only 1,600 places available.

Following the success of this year's race, athletes are advised to enter early to avoid disappointment. Ironman UK will once again act as a qualifying event for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Managing Director of Ironman UK and Ireland, Kevin Stewart, said: “Ironman UK 2012 saw the largest age group field in Bolton to date and the tens of thousands of spectators who lined the course helped create an incredible atmosphere.  We are very excited about the event returning to Bolton for 2013 as we feel that the course offers a real test for the athletes.”

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, added: "It's fantastic news that the organisers have chosen to come back to Bolton. Each year Ironman gets better. Local residents come out and support the athletes year on year and it's a major event on our calendar. This year we also hosted the very successful IronKids race. We're very pleased that both will be returning next year and once again providing a welcome boost for local businesses."

The event comprises a 2.4 mile swim in Pennington Flash, a 112 mile cycle through the spectacular and challenging Lancashire countryside before finishing with a 26.2 mile looped marathon course in and around Bolton town centre, as the thousands of spectators cheer them all the way to the finish line in Victoria Square.

Athletes can also combine their racing with making a significant contribution to charity through guaranteed entry slots available from Scope, the official charity of Ironman UK.

With an initial £99 to pay along with a commitment to fundraise £1,000 for their great cause athletes interested in securing one of these places should e-mail events@scope.org.uk

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