IRONMAN UK can now confirm that proposals for a new and extended bike course have been approved, which in turn enables organisers to accommodate 400 more athletes to the event.

From Wednesday 12th March at 12 noon for 24 hours, entries will be available to friends referred by existing IRONMAN UK entrants. Any remaining places will go on general sale at 12 noon on Thursday 13th March.

Ironman_UK Following an unprecedented demand for entries, IRONMAN UK have been working with the authorities to not only make the event the largest IRONMAN ever held in the UK as the event celebrates its 10th birthday, but also to improve the course and athlete experience.

The new plans will see an extended 2 lap bike course as well as a change of venue of T2 from Rivington school to the Reebok Stadium, which also hosts the event Expo, briefings and Awards dinner.

The new bike course takes in new villages of Whittle-le-Woods, Croston and Mawdesley so they too can enjoy a world class sporting event passing through their village as well as incorporate the event into community activity and fundraising.

Having tested the proposed course, IRONMAN UK 2012 bronze medallist Paul Hawkins commentedThis is a pretty challenging but well designed circuit in a fantastic location. It will certainly push everyone to the limits as it’s constantly up and down giving little respite. It also offers plenty of spectator spots to watch on race day which is great for the athletes – including a new addition of Hunters Hill to compliment the Sheep House climb which is another belter, offering a shorter but steeper gradient.”

As part of the proposed plans and as a thank you for the phenomenal feedback from athletes on the spectator support along the course, IRONMAN are offering priority entries for local athletes from Bolton and Lancashire to ensure they can enter their home race. Local athletes should email **@IR*****.com with their home address to receive a priority entry.

Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of IRONMAN UK commented, ”We have been working hard to keep improving and developing the event. With 2,000 entries from over 30 countries selling out in just 50 hours it reinforces how much Ironman athletes enjoy racing in Bolton and Lancashire and our aim is to ensure they have a hugely enjoyable and memorable experience – which we hope these on going improvements will achieve.” 

IRONMAN has a strong charity fundraising tradition with Scope being the official charity of IRONMAN UK receiving record entries. Additionally many athletes support a range of highly worth causes for their own personal reasons with over £500,000 raised from their participation.

Further information on IRONMAN UK and the new bike course can be found here

Online entry will be available here

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