IRONMAN returns to Bolton for another bumper weekend


IRONMAN 70.3 weekend arrives in June with three days of sporting activities and action, and there’s something for everyone.

Don’t miss out on Bolton town centre’s biggest weekend of sport this summer.

Kicking off the weekend on Friday, June 28, is Night Run Bolton UK.

Over a thousand people will head to the town centre to take on challenges ranging from jogging the 5k route to setting a personal best on the 10k route.

Then on Saturday, June 29, our famous IRONKIDS returns to Bolton. With over 5,000 children aged 3-15 taking part, it will be the biggest IRONKIDS ever held anywhere in the world.

There will be plenty to keep children entertained before and after the event at the fun zone on Deansgate, with face painting, bikes and a climbing wall among the highlights.

IRONKIDS is now sold out, but keep an out later this year, when registrations for IRONKIDS 2025 will be open.

IRONMAN 70.3 comes to town on Sunday, June 30, featuring thousands of athletes competing along a 70.3-mile course.

This year’s shorter distance and faster, flatter route make it an option for more people than ever before.

Where to see the action

The finish line is in the heart of Bolton, with athletes in all three events running along the red carpet in Victoria Square.

Plenty of shops will be open for food and drinks during the day to fuel your support for those out on the course.

Plus, there’s live entertainment, food and drink in the Albert Bar, along with outdoor food and drink in our festival zone outside the Albert Halls.

For all the details, download our spector guide.

Road closures

This year, for the first time, both the run and bike legs of IRONMAN 70.3 on Sunday, June 30, will take place mainly within Bolton.

For safety reasons, this means roads in the area will be closed for part of the day and unfortunately some disruption is inevitable. However, road closures will generally be shorter than in previous years.

The bike route will require temporary road closures in the area of Pennington Flash, into Bolton along Atherleigh Way, North Road and Chew Moor Road, and along Chorley New Road between the town centre and Horwich.

The run route is similar to previous years.

All road closures will be advertised well in advance through signage, announcements in the local press, on social media and on the council website.


Greater Manchester Police will be deploying specially trained officers to further enhance security measures already in place at Ironman 70.3 Bolton and the public should not be alarmed if they see them.

The officers may be supported by search dogs, mounted police and firearms officers and are experienced in spotting the tell-tale signs that a person may be conducting hostile reconnaissance.

Published: 13th March 2024