Volunteers needed to help at Ironman 

08/07/11
Neil Mercer
Pictured is Neil Mercer, the first Bolton competitor, to cross the finish lane in lronman UK 2010

Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help at the Ironman triathlon in Bolton on Sunday, July 31.

The race, which is supported by Bolton Council and the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), attracts competitors from all over the world, and more than 1,500 athletes are set to descend on the town.

And organisers are recruiting an army of volunteers to help ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible.

Volunteers are needed to help with:

• Bike catching – taking bikes from the athletes as they complete the bike course.
• Transition – helping athletes find their kit and also packing it away for them.
• Aid stations – helping athletes fuel their race by handing out drinks, gels or other food.
• Registration – athletes collect registration packs and timing chips.
• Road marshall – ensuring that competitors can proceed safely whether cycling or running as well as being a point of contact for spectators viewing the event.

Now in its third year in Bolton, the competitors will start with a 2.4-mile swim in Pennington Flash; then cycle 112-miles through Rivington and Chorley; and finish with running a marathon to Bolton town centre.

The race starts at 6am, and the athletes have 17hrs to finish the gruelling course.

Race manager Richard Wallace said: “The Volunteer crew at Ironman are such a huge part of the whole Ironman experience and they work at the very heart of the race. It is a fantastic day and as a volunteer you become a part of the athletes memories and experience of Bolton and England’s Northwest.”

Bolton Council’s Executive Member for Development, Councillor Ismail Ibrahim, added: “Volunteers don’t need to have had any previous experience and it is a great way for people to get involved in a major international sporting event. Last year’s event saw thousands of visitors and more than £3 million brought into the local economy. A large part of the event’s success was down to the hundreds of volunteers who helped on the day.”

Head of Regional Major Events at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) Sheldon Phillips, said: "It is inspiring to see such a fantastic variety of volunteering events taking place across the region during the run-up to the 2012 Games. This is our third year sponsoring the Ironman event and I look forward to seeing a good turnout of volunteers. Ironman is a world-class race that attracts a great many visitors to the Northwest region - being able to volunteer is a great way for people to get involved.”

Ironman organisers are working with many local groups to provide volunteers, but are also on the look for individuals who want to join the team. There are jobs for all ages and abilities.

For more information and to register as a volunteer go to the website or contact Geoffrey Bennette. Details are above, on the right hand side.

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Media contact
Salma Nakhuda
01204 331015
Further details
Ironman UK volunteer manager, Geoffrey Bennette
07531 927971