Published: Wednesday, 13th Nov 2019

The world’s largest Ironkids event is set to get even bigger when it returns to Bolton next summer.

Due to the phenomenal demand for the event, five hundred extra places have been added.

That means a total of 3,500 places will be available for the run on July 11, 2020.

Registration for the popular race will open at 1pm on Friday, November 15.

The event has become a key annual fixture on Bolton’s sporting calendar following its introduction seven years ago.

The race takes place in the town centre and the main Ironman event – a gruelling 140.6mile triathlon – takes place in and around Bolton the following day.

Registration will open on the Ironman website on Friday at 1pm. To enter, complete the entry form (Ironkids 2019fee is £4 per child).

Bolton Council’s Chief Executive, Tony Oakman, said: “We are proud that Bolton hosts the largest Ironkids in the world.

“The event attracts children from across the country and last year, the race sold out in just four hours!

“We’ve grown the race because we know just how popular it is – adding 500 places means even more children can take part. We are expecting places to be snapped up again.”

The race is open to children aged three to 14 with different distances depending on the school year of the child.

Each child will receive an Ironkids t-shirt in their entry pack and a medal after completing their run.

Ironman UK Race Director, Sam Brawn, added: “We are thrilled that Ironkids is returning to Bolton for another year!

"This amazing event continues to grow, and we are excited that an additional 500 places will be available.

“The weekend will offer something for the entire family, and we can’t wait to cheer everyone on as they cross the famous Ironman finish line!”

For more information call Ironman UK on 01235 433550 or visit