Road closures for Ironman events 

Neil Mercer
Neil Mercer was the first Bolton athlete to cross the finish line in 2010.

Motorists and residents are being warned of road restrictions for two sporting events.

Bolton is gearing up for a gruelling weekend of sport with the IronKids race on Saturday, July 21 and the Ironman UK triathlon on Sunday, July 22.

To facilitate both events safely, a number of road closures will be in place.


IronKids is being held in Bolton for the first time this year, in partnership with the council as part of its Year of Sport 2012.

The event starts at 8am in Victoria Square and children aged between three to 15-years-old will run various distances.

The following roads will be closed:

  • Le Mans Crescent - from 8pm on July 20, to 8am on July 23
  • Victoria Square North, Victoria Square South and Coronation Street - from 8pm on July 20, to 1pm on July 21
  • Knowsley Street, Howell Croft North and part of Deansgate – from 6am to 1pm on July 21.

Alternative provision for disabled parking will be available on Cheadle Square, at the back of Le Mans Crescent, from 8pm on July 20 to 8am on July 23.


For the Ironman UK triathlon, on July 22, a number of road restrictions will also be in place for the cycle and run elements, involving roads to the west of Bolton and in the town centre.

Ironman involves a 2.4-mile swim in Pennington Flash; a 112-mile cycle ride through Rivington and Chorley; finishing with a marathon to Bolton town centre.

One of the main roads affected is Chorley New Road, which will be closed in sections for most of the day. The A58 ring road will remain open as a through route.

Marshals will be present to allow access for emergency services, residents, and businesses. Shoppers are advised that Middlebrook Retail Park is open as usual.

The 575 and 576 bus services will be diverted on to Chorley Old Road due to the closure. Passengers who usually get on or off these buses on Chorley New Road, can catch a replacement shuttle bus service between 11am and 11.30pm.

Managing Director of Ironman UK, Kevin Stewart, said: “We appreciate that events of this scale are likely to affect businesses, residents and motorists and there will be some disruption. We have done our best to minimise this and we would advise where possible that people make alternative arrangements, and avoid the areas where there are restrictions as there is likely to be a delay. We will maintain access for residents and businesses and we would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience."

Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, added: “Ironman UK brings thousands of people into Bolton and vast economic benefit to the town. We want to make sure both these events are a success and the road restrictions are essential to facilitate both events safely. We have been working closely with Ironman UK and other partners in an effort to minimise disruption.”

For more information, visit the links on the right hand side or contact Ironman UK.

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