Ironman Bolton 2021 – All You Need to Know

Ironman Bolton has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. However; the event has already been rescheduled to take place on 2-4 July 2021

What is Ironman Bolton

Ironman Bolton is an athletics event where Bolton invites and hosts thousands of athletes to compete in an Ironman race beginning in Bolton Town Centre.

Ironman is a triathlon, a race where competitors complete a running, cycling and swimming section.

Ironman races are considered as a particularly difficult event by athletes, with a total distance of 140.6 miles (226.2 km).

You must be registered with Ironman UK before you are eligible to race at the Ironman Bolton event.

What is Ironman Bolton night run

The night run is a 5k fun run that starts at 7pm.

It involves around 1,500 runners, starting from Le Mans Crescent in the town centre.

The run goes through the town centre, into Queens Park and finishes at Victoria Square, at the same finish line the Ironman athletes.

Anyone aged 16 or over can enter the night run but tickets are limited.

In past Ironman events, tickets for the night run have been available for £10 per person.

What is Ironkids Bolton

Ironkids is part of the Ironman weekend that Boltonains have hugely enjoyed in the past.

So much so that the Bolton event has seen the largest Ironkids event in the world in past years.

Children aged from 3 to 14 are eligible to enter the race, the distance they race is dependent on the age of the child (between 500m and 2km) but all children run independently without parent assistance.

The Ironkids event is a combination of running and swimming and doesn’t include any cycling section.

How long is Ironman Bolton

All Ironman events are the same length, dating back to the original Ironman that took place in Hawaii in 1978.

The Ironman triathlon consists of three sections; swimming, cycling and running.

  • Swim: 2.4 mile (3.8 km)
  • Bike: 112 mile (180.2 km)
  • Run: 26.2 mile (42.2 km)

With the three sections combined, the total length of Ironman Bolton is 140.6 miles (226.2 km).

That’s roughly the direct distance from Bolton to Bristol!

The 2019 Ironman Bolton was won by Brian Fogarty in a time of 9 hours 27 minutes.

The average time taken to complete an Ironman is around 12 hours and 35 minutes.

How to Travel to Ironman Bolton

Ironman Bolton starts from Victoria Square in Bolton Town Centre which is easily accessible using various modes of transport.

By train

Victoria Square is a short 5-minute walk from Bolton train station.

If travelling from Manchester Airport you can commute to Bolton by train.

The journey is around 1 hour and you will need to change in Manchester Town Centre, either at Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Piccadilly.

By bus

Victoria Square is a short 5-minute walk from Bolton bus Interchange.

By car

During past Ironman Bolton events, Bolton Council has issued the following car parks as free to park.

Park for free for 24 hours (on Saturday and Sunday) at Bolton NCP multi-storey car parks: 

  • Topp Way (BL1 2DJ)
  • Octagon (BL1 1TN)
  • Deane Road (BL3 5DX)

For the most recent updates visit the Bolton Council website here and click on the most relevant article.

How to watch Ironman Bolton

There are plenty of opportunities for spectators to watch Ironman Bolton.

Saturday and Sunday play host to events within the town centre and Queens Park.

Previous years have seen the Festival Zone on Oxford Street showcasing live music, a bar and food traders throughout the weekend.

To view the race itself there are plenty of locations throughout Bolton, spending on the section of the race you would prefer to see.

Bike course viewing:

  • – Rivington Green, Rivington, where Sheephouse Lane meets Rivington Lane
  • – Black Dog pub in Belmont Village

Cyclists and runners viewing:

  • – Queens Park, where you can watch a transition point
  • – Chorley New Road
  • – Le Mans Crescent

Here is a link to the 2019 spectators guide, we’ll update this as soon as we have this year’s guide.

When is Ironman Bolton

Ironman Bolton is usually hosted early July.

The dates for Ironman Bolton 2021 have been released for 2 – 4 July 2021

Where to stay for Ironman Bolton

Located right at the heart of Bolton Town Centre, Gordon Moon Suites provide professionally serviced apartments for Ironman Bolton.

Gordon Moon Suites apartments are located just around the corner from the Ironman starting point.

We are always full of Ironman contestants every year and have even hosted a podium winner in the past!

Each apartment comes with complimentary town centre parking, a fully fitted kitchen and bathroom and smart TV with Netflix.

They also have plenty of space allowing you somewhere to store your bike and equipment in a much more convenient way than a hotel room.

You can take a look at our apartments and book via our website.

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