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LIVE: Bolton Ironman 2014

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    Our reporters Saiqa Chaudhari, Craig Nelson and Jeremy Culley will be blogging live from Ironman from 6am today.
  • More than 2,000 athletes complete a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile run from 6am
  • Competitors have 17 hours to complete the challenge, and expect to burn 20,000 calories.
  • The first athlete is expected to finish at about 2.30pm in Victoria Square
  • Platt Lane in Westhoughton, from North Road to Park Road, will close from 6am to 9am to allow cyclists to pass through safely
  • Chorley New Road will be closed all day for the marathon, from the A58 junction at Beaumont Road to the junction with St George’s Road and Chorley Old Road.
  • Passengers who usually get on or off buses on Chorley New Road can catch a replacement shuttle bus service between 11am and 11.30pm.
  • Marshals will be present to allow access for emergency services, residents, and businesses.
  • Middlebrook Retail Park is open as usual.


PennySmith 8:14am Sun 20 Jul 14
Wishing everyone well & get back safely back to the finishing line. Well done to to my son Gareth & hubby Andy for volunteering this weekend for the IronMan. You are both amazing.
Score: 3
[deleted] 8:54am Sun 20 Jul 14
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miw001 10:05am Sun 20 Jul 14
Simon Turtington - BIB: 671 From: Lowton, near Warrington Quote "I am going to raise money for Francis House Children’s Hospice, a fantastic place and somewhere we have close links to at Champion Group. If you can please follow the link to my Just Giving page (simon-turtington1) and make any kind of donation it would be gratefully received by a special charity. One thing is certain. There will be some very dark & painful moments for me, especially on the marathon leg. By my reckoning 50% of this will be a mental battle & convincing myself to push through those dark moments. So if you are free or simply bored on the day then please feel free to nip into Bolton to watch me suffer and throw in a few encouraging words. Bring food, I will need food. Pizza, pasties, whatever. I won’t care by then"
Score: 2
MIL&DIL 12:53pm Sun 20 Jul 14
Good luck Mike Miller from Dundee raising funds for Scope. A fantastic effort you are mad! All the family are so proud of you. Go Mike !!!
Score: 2
Djorkaeff's right peg 2:23pm Sun 20 Jul 14
It's a pleasure and a privilege to have such an enduring and spirited event like the Ironman to take place through out Lancashire and finish in my home town of Bolton. My utmost respect goes out to every single participant, irrelevant of what place they finish. I try to keep fit myself but I would not be capable of competing in such an event. Looking forward to a refreshing pint in town tonight watching the masses of participants and spectators.
Score: 6
mb63 7:31pm Sun 20 Jul 14
Well done to the town! Fantastic event that gets better and better, each year in Bolton! We should ALL be proud for our town!
Score: 4
kev-p62 9:26pm Sun 20 Jul 14
let's hope that with all the sports tv channels that next years Bolton Ironman could be shown on television - probably a tall order but with 35 countries being involved there might be a tiny possibility.
Score: 4
[deleted] 6:12am Mon 21 Jul 14
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