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Pat Sharp

IRONMAN Bolton - 04/08/2013

IRONMAN UK returns to Lancashire on Sunday 4th August as over 1,600 athletes face the world’s toughest endurance challenge.

The event starts with a 2.4 mile swim in Pennington Flash, followed by a 122 mile bike ride through Adlington, Rivington, Belmont, Chorley and Eccleston.

Finally the marathon run takes them from Rivington to the finish in Victoria Square, Bolton…all within 17 hours!

You can get involved as a volunteer over race week or as a spectator at various hotspots across the county.

Click IronmanUK.com

or call 01865 596266 for more information.
  • IRONMAN started in 1978 in Hawaii when Commander John Collins challenged athletes to combine the three toughest challenges of swim, bike and run on the island into one event.
  • Fifteen people showed up for the first race including Dave Orlowski, who came third, and who still competes in IRONMAN events today. Image (right) shows Dave in his denim shorts for the first race, not what athletes wear today!
  • IRONMAN races total 140.6 miles of swim, bike and run with IRONMAN 70.3 events, covering exactly half the distances for each discipline.
  • IRONMAN came to the UK in 2001 as a half distance event, with the first full distance race in 2005
  • IRONMAN UK sold out in record time for 2013, with entries closing in October 2012.
  • Over 1,800 athletes from 41 countries are registered for the event.
  • If you add all the swimming 4,320 miles, cycling 201,600 miles and running 47,160 miles – they will do then the total of 253,080 miles is further than the moon.
  • The youngest male athlete is 19 year old Jason Caprioli, while the oldest male athlete is Nicholas Edmeades who turned 75 this year.
  • The youngest female is also 19, Louise Townson from Leigh, and the oldest is 62 year old Gillian Tauber from South Africa.
  • IRONMAN UK 2014 will be on 20th July 2014, the 10th IRONMAN UK and entries will open shortly after this year’s race!

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