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IRONMAN UK returns to Pennington Flash
Friday 19th July, 2013

THE thrilling IRONMAN UK challenge makes a splash in Leigh when athletes start the competition with a 2.4 mile swim at Pennington Flash Country Park.

Early bird spectators are invited to come along and watch the action, which kicks off on Sunday 4 August at 6am with the first professional athlete expected to finish the swim in just over 40 minutes and the rest of the field taking up to two hours.

The swim is followed by a 112 mile bike ride which sets off from Leigh and heads off to Bolton and Lancashire. The event, supported by Bolton Council, finishes with a 26.2 mile run that travels through Bolton town centre, with the first athlete expected to finish at around 2.30pm.

Pete Alker, of leisure and culture provider WLCT which manages Pennington Flash Country Park on behalf of Wigan Council, said: “We’re delighted that IRONMAN UK is once again coming to Pennington Flash Country Park. This is an exciting event that draws competitors from more than 30 countries across world, really putting Leigh on the map. I’d encourage people to come along and enjoy watching these amazing athletes in action.”

Kevin Stewart, Managing Director IRONMAN Britain and Ireland said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming athletes of all ages to Ironman UK. The facilities of Bolton and the surrounding countryside offer a superb platform for staging such an iconic event and we very much hope spectators will come and support the athletes throughout their race.”

Motorists are advised that road closures will be in place on St Helens Road in Leigh from its junction with Pennington Flash access road to its junction with Atherleigh Way and along Atherleigh Way to its junction with Wigan Road. Closures will also be in place along Gibfield Park Road from its junction with Wigan Road to its junction with North Road and North Road from its junction with Colliery Lane to its merging with Platt Lane. These closures will be in effect from 6am-9.30am on the day of the event to facilitate the start of the cycling challenge.

Free parking is available at Morrison’s supermarket at Leigh Sports Village on the morning of the race but all cars using this car park need to arrive by 6am and will not be able to leave until 9.30am as Atherleigh Way is part of the bike course and will be under a full road closure during that time. Motorists are advised that this location is a short walk from the swim starting point via a footpath running behind the Park Inn. Parking at Pennington Flash on race morning will only be available to those with prepaid parking passes purchased through the Ironman website.

Practice swims will also be taking place at Pennington Flash on Friday 2 August from 2pm-3.30pm and Saturday 3 August from 9am-10am to give you a flavour of the big day.

If you’re interested in attending Ironman UK or want to find out more about the event, please visit: www.ironmanuk.com/ironman-uk

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