Ironman 2022

Fun and excitement at IRONMAN 2022!

Britain’s best IRONMAN weekend is back in Bolton from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July and people are being encouraged to take part, support the athletes or simply turn up and enjoy the spectacle.

Helping to celebrate the achievements of all the athletes there will be a festival zone, family fun area and music stages.

Located in the town centre, the festival zone will feature entertainment, food, drink and a bar.  The family fun zone nearby will offer face painting, a climbing wall, fairground games, football, a caving bus, arts and crafts and of course ice cream.

Both zones are open on Friday 1st for Night Run from 5pm to 10pm, on Saturday 2nd for IRONKIDS from 10am to 5pm, and on Sunday 3rd for IRONMAN from noon till 8pm.

Also on Sunday 3rd there will be a pop-up music stage featuring local artists as the IRONMAN running course brings athletes through Queens Park.

Night Run, Friday 1st July from 7pm

Join over 1,000 athletes taking on a fun-filled 5k race through the streets of the town centre, with live music, a fantastic festival finish down the IRONMAN red carpet, and food and drink vendors at the finish line in Victoria Square. Places are still available and you can register now 



IRONKIDS, Saturday 2nd July from 9am

It’s back and bigger than ever, as over 4,000 young athletes race the town centre course in the largest IRONKIDS event in the world! The sold-out run sees children aged 3-15 earn their IRONKIDS finisher medal. Pop down to cheer them on and soak up the atmosphere.



IRONMAN UK, Sunday 3rd July from 7am

Bolton will host over 2,400 athletes from 32 countries taking part in the gruelling swim, bike and run challenge. An updated bike course brings the excitement to even more communities this year – including a tough new section up and down Smithills Dean Road.



The athletes need you!

Head to the town centre on July 1st and 2nd to cheer on the Night Runners and IRONKIDS and enjoy the festival and family fun zones.

And on Sunday 3rd July, you can support the IRONMAN UK athletes all around the course. Le Mans Crescent and Queen’s Park are good spots to cheer from as you can see the athletes multiple times.

Spectator hotspots along the bike course are Smithills Dean Road (with a farm, café, family activities, parking and a footpath for safe viewing), and Egerton village (with local shops, pubs and restaurants at the foot of a long descent).

On the marathon run course, Queen’s Park, Chorley New Road and the incredible town centre finish line are the places to be.

For all the details, download our IRONMAN 2022 spectator guide.


Road Closures 

To keep athletes safe, temporary road closures will be needed over the weekend, including in the town centre on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd.

This year it has been necessary to amend the cycling route on Sunday 3rd July, meaning temporary road closures for the first time in the Smithills area (north of the A58), in addition to some amended timings through Heaton, Lostock, Bolton town centre, Tonge and Breightmet.

Bradshaw, Bromley Cross and Horwich will see less of the course this year, but it will be passing close by.

•             Pedestrians CAN cross the course at any time when it is safe to do so.

•             Access for carers will be facilitated. Please contact to make arrangements. 

•             There are NO RESTRICTIONS at any time to any of the emergency services.



Date: 1st July 2022 - 3rd July 2022 Recurs daily.

Location: Bolton Town Centre Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1 SA

Cost: N/A