A number of roads will be closed when Bolton hosts Ironman and Ironkids.
Bolton is gearing up for a gruelling weekend of sport with the world’s largest Ironkids race on Saturday, July 19 and the Ironman UK triathlon on Sunday, July 20.
To facilitate both events safely, a number of road closures will be in place in the town centre and around the borough.
Ironkids is a run only event organised in partnership with Bolton Council. The event starts at 8am in Victoria Square and children aged between three to 14-years-old will run various distances.
Some of the roads that will be closed for the event include Le Mans Crescent, from 8pm on July 18 to 8am on July 21, and Knowsley Street, Howell Croft North and part of Deansgate from 6am to 1pm on July 19.
The Ironman UK triathlon on July 20 will see roads closed in 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.
Some roads in Westhoughton will be closed from 6am to 9am to allow cyclists to pass through safely, including Platt Lane from North Road to Park Road.
Chorley New Road will be closed all day for the marathon, from the A58 junction at Beaumont Road to the junction with St George’s Road and Chorley Old Road.
Marshals will be present to allow access for emergency services, residents, and businesses. Shoppers are advised that Middlebrook Retail Park is open as usual.
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. Information will be displayed at the bus stops.
The shuttle bus will drop passengers off at specified stops on either side of the road so passengers can connect with their usual bus service.
Managing Director of Ironman UK, Kevin Stewart, said: “We have worked again with the authorities to minimise the impact of the event on local residents, and their continued support of Ironman UK is appreciated.
“The leaflets distributed by Royal Mail and advanced signage on affected roads will help guide residents to plan their day ahead of the weekend. In recent years the event has drawn more and more spectators to support and we hope to see another record crowd turning out for the largest ever Ironman UK.”
Cabinet Member for Culture, Councillor John Byrne, added: “We want to make sure both of these events are once again a success for the town and the road restrictions are essential to facilitate both events safely. We work closely with Ironman UK and other partners in an effort to minimise disruption.
“This is the sixth Bolton Ironman and the third Ironkids that we’re hosting and as we’ve seen both of these events brings thousands of people into Bolton and vast economic benefit to the town.”
For more information contact Ironman UK on 01865 596266. Full details of all road restrictions can also be found at www.bolton.gov.uk/trafficorders.