LiveBolton Ironman 2014

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Summary

  • 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.

9:34pm

7:31pm Sun 20 Jul 14

mb63 says

Well done to the town!
Fantastic event that gets better and better, each year in Bolton!
We should ALL be proud for our town!

9:33pm

Sorry for the prolonged absence, but we had to break off to put tomorrow's Bolton News together.

Don't miss out on our exhaustive coverage, but I thought it was important just to bring readers up to speed with how some of the local athletes we have been following today got on.

I am sorry if I miss anyone out, but here is a list of the finishing times of those given a shout-out as the day unfolded:

Martin Selby - 10:49:08

Kim O'Neil - 13:49:42

Dave Clamp - 11:01:38

Terrence Leece - 12:58:24

Gary Markland - 12:47:54

Richard Smith - 12:25:14

Phil Coombs - 13:16:40

Lee Smith - 13:17:23

Duncan Jones - 13:15:10

Angela Dixon - 14:42:20

Martin Selby - 10:49:08

Phil Hayward - 11:28:18

Zoe Hayward (Phil's wife) - 14:25:37

Rowan Ardill - 12:47:16

David Ardill - 13:52:04

Lucy Clark - 12:53:32

Tony Cullen - 10:49:08

Mark Mather - 11:22:59

Earle Jackson - DNF.

 

5:02pm

Another nice Richard Holton picture from a bit earlier of winner Cyril Viennot congratulating Britains Joe Skipper who finished second.

The Bolton News:

4:44pm

WHITEFIELD'S triathlete Tony Cullen, who trains with Bury Athletic club, finished in 28th position overall and second in the M40 age category.

He had to stop four times during the bike ride with a slipped chain and struggled to complete the run in what was the first time he had been able to complete the marathon distance in nine weeks after picking up an injury in the Majorca Ironman.

Despite all of that, the 40-year-old still completed the course in 10hrs 09mins and 16secs. 

4:41pm

Even closer to home, Simon ford you are an ironman. Simon is from Leigh. 

4:39pm

London-based doctor Tamsin Lewis coasted home to victory in the women's race - if that is possible in Ironman - crossing the finish line in 9hrs 52mins 12secs.

The 35-year-old was almost 20 minutes ahead of second-placed Katja Konschak, who finished in 10:11:25, while Joanna Carritt made it two Brits on the podium, coming home in 10:21:14.

An emotional Lewis paid tribute to the Bolton crowds after her debut Ironman win.

“I loved the spectators [in Bolton] they were amazing, I was nearly in tears," she said, on completing her first ever Ironman in first place. 

"One of the reasons why I wanted to do this race was because I knew the crowds would be amazing.”

4:39pm

Mayor Cllr Martin Donaghy is still at the finish line after more than two hours in the sun. Hope he's remembered his factor 30...

4:38pm

Another local ironman! Bartolomiej Holda, running for Poland, but he lives in bury. 10.35 for him.

4:34pm

One of Bolton News photographer Richard Holton'The Bolton News: s images of women's winner Tamsin Lewis crossing the line. Think Richard should get a medal to he has been everywhere.

4:25pm

Big congratulations to Tony Cullen, who is from Whitefield. He has become an ironman! Great time as well. 10 hours, nine. 28th overall

4:20pm

Third placed Kirill Kotsegarov sprays champagne on Ironman 2014 winner Cyril Viennot, second placed Joe Skipper and photographer Richard Holton.

The Bolton News:

4:10pm

Bolton News photographer Richard Holton with a picture of the first women over the finish line Tamsin Lewis.The Bolton News:

3:59pm

The Bolton News:

The moment Tamsin Lewis won the women's race

3:53pm

Ladies champion Tamsin Lewis is home safely, a win for Britain! 

3:40pm

Watch out for Martyn Atkinson, of Heaton, who is running in BIB 496. He is more than 11k into his run, having been slugging away at it for 9hrs 18mins 25secs.

Could be in for a fast time with a projected finish of 12:29:12.

3:36pm

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3:32pm

PRO men's finish standings so far:

1 Viennot, Cyril (FRA) PRO 8:44:10 +00:00
2 Skipper, Joe (GBR) PRO 8:48:12 +04:02
3 Kotsegarov, Kirill (EST) PRO 8:51:01 +06:51
4 Zeebroek, Axel (BEL) PRO 8:53:37 +09:27
5 Vansteelant, Joerie (BEL) PRO 8:58:06 +13:56
6 Thomschke, Markus (GER) PRO 9:08:48 +24:38
7 Vabrousek, Petr (CZE) PRO 9:12:45 +28:35
8 Debil-Caux, Victor (FRA) PRO 9:19:17 +35:07
9 Neyedli, Scott (GBR) PRO 9:25:51 +41:41

3:29pm

Bolton News photographer Richard Holton's image of Ironman 2014 winner Cyril Viennot crossing the finish line.The Bolton News:

3:24pm

Tamsin Lewis has less than 10K to go to claim her maiden Ironman victory. She has passed the 33.5k marker and the predicted finish time is 9:48:15.

3:23pm

 
Winner Cyril Viennot is doused in Champagne after winning his first Ironman in a time of 8hrs 44mins 10 secs.
Second home was last year's third-placed man Joe Skipper, who put everything he had into beating his 2013 time, coming home in 8:48:12.
And Estonia's Kirill Kotsegarov overtook long-time leader Axel Zeebroek, from Belgium, to take the final podium place in 8:51:01.
 
Men's PRO Podium at 2014 IRONMAN UK:

1 Viennot, Cyril (FRA) PRO 8:44:10 +00:00
2 Skipper, Joe (GBR) PRO 8:48:12 +04:02
3 Kotsegarov, Kirill (EST) PRO 8:51:01 +06:51 

3:12pm

2:23pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says

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.

2:50pm

Before the winners arrive just time to share a super cute picture by Bolton News Photogrpaher Karen Hope of Charlie Fitzgerald aged five from Bolton getting invovled in the event. A future winner??The Bolton News:

2:43pm

Just a word on our leaders. Tamsin Lewis is a full-time doctor with a healthy passion for extreme sport.

After competing in lesser distances since 2010, she has moved up to the big event without breaking sweat and looks set to celebrate in front of the crowds in Victoria Square.

Cyril Viennot now looks nailed on for victory as well. His last visit to Bolton ended in misery after he was disqualified for riding in thre slip stream of his rivals on the bike.

No danger of a similar ending here following a text book ride that saw the Frenchman power past longtime leader, Belgium's Axel Zeebroek, who is in a battle with Britain's Joe Skipper for second.

2:40pm

CrowdsThe Bolton News: Victoria Square ready to welcome the winners.

2:39pm

In the women's race, British leader Tamsin Lewis is completely dominating the run.

The official Ironman site said: "She began the marathon 13:31 ahead of Joanna Carritt. Now into the second half of the run her lead has grown to more than 20 minutes. What an IRONMAN debut we're witnessing in Bolton."

2:38pm

They're not far off now. It sounds as if Vionnet has it sewn up

2:37pm

Latest news on some of our local competitors as we wait for the pros to start coming home:

Rowan Ardill - The Bolton parkrun director finished the bike in 6:26:41 and is 7k into his run.

Tony Cullen - Our best-placed local amateur finished the bike as the leader of the M40 age-group in 6:23:41 and went past 20k on his run in 8:03:25.

David Clamp - Bromley Cross resident is third in the M55 category after finishing the bike in 7:09:37. He ran past 15k in 8:28:14 with a place in the World Ironman Championships still in his grasp.

Martin Selby - A great ride from the Boltonian saw him move up to ninth in the M45 age group. He got off his bike with 6:51:01 on the clock and has ran past 15.6k with 8:11:51 on the clock.

 

2:37pm

World champion triathlete Craig Alexander is at the finish line to welome home the ironmen. He has praised Bolton and the event. Said scenery for the bike ride was spectacular and beautiful.

2:26pm

Latest from the official site, Cyril Viennot has established a 5mins 17secs lead to Joe Skipper at the 33.5km mark, but Axel Zeebroek is still in the hunt for second. 

Zeebroek is only 5secs behind Skipper and with a spot at Kona on the line, he is going deep to claim second spot.

2:24pm

Just to be clear, Cyril Vionnet is still leading, and Weebroek is third, chasing second-placed Joe Skipper

2:20pm

A volunteer has just complimented this blog which was very nice of him but urged me to include another detail. Most were at the starting point at 2.30 this morning setting up! Great dedication

2:18pm

Lots of hysterical children indulging the tannoy announcer by screaming "you are ironman" when prompted. I think they've got it now...

2:17pm

The Bolton News:

The finish line now - excitement growing!

2:14pm

Crowds gathering now. Axel Zeebroek has the lead back and Joe Skipper is now 2nd, according to the tannoy guy

2:08pm

The Bolton News:

2:05pm

Winner due to finish in 8.41, at 2.41pm, according to organisers.

2:01pm

Looks like the crowds are enjoying the event.The Bolton News: The Bolton News: The Bolton News:

1:53pm

Crowds gathering out in the square now. Cyril and Axel, the two male front-runners are expected to finish at about 2.30pm. Astonishing effort from both

1:52pm

Brit Joe Skipper is up to third!

1:51pm

Men's PRO top-five at 24.5-kilometre mark:

1 Viennot, Cyril (FRA) PRO 7:28:01 +00:00
2 Zeebroek, Axel (BEL) PRO 7:28:27 +00:26
3 Skipper, Joe (GBR) PRO 7:35:05 +07:04
4 Kotsegarov, Kirill (EST) PRO 7:35:35 +07:34
5 Vansteelant, Joerie (BEL) PRO 7:38:02 +10:01

1:50pm

Dean Ramsden, from Horwich, who suffered a crippling neck injury on holiday, has made it through 99km on the bike in 6.26.

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/11352734.Dad_will_do_Ironman_tomorrow___despite_crippling_illness_that_left_him_unable_to_walk/

1:45pm

He has been overhauled! After leading for so long, Axel Zeebroek has been caught by Frenchman Cyril Vionnet. Surely only Cyril can win now? What has Axel got left?

1:44pm

1:39pm

Richard Smith, the Bolton man whose bike was stolen in the run-in to the event, has hit the 152km mark on his bike in 7.17.

http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/11325147.Thieves_steal_Ironman_s_bike_just_weeks_before_gruelling_event/

1:38pm

Got to share this excellent cycling picture that Bolton News photographer Richard Holton captured earlier today with you allThe Bolton News:

1:20pm

Zeebroek is now half-way through the marathon and set to finish between 2.30 and 3pm at current pace.

Surely he will slow down at some stage?

1:11pm

Ironman frontrunner Axel Zeebroek looks like he has a good lead as he hits Bolton Town centreThe Bolton News:

1:08pm

12:56pm

Staggeringly, the leaders are now about 10 miles into the run. The men's race leader is still Belgian Axel Zeebroek.

The tracker chip on his closest follower Cyril Viennot reported stopped working, which is why he is not in these standings, but he is still competing apparently.

These are from 11.3km into the marathon

1 Zeebroek, Axel (BEL) PRO 6:30:17 +00:00
2 Vansteelant, Joerie (BEL) PRO 6:39:31 +09:14
3 Kotsegarov, Kirill (EST) PRO 6:40:21 +10:04
4 Skipper, Joe (GBR) PRO 6:42:17 +12:00
5 Potrebitsch, Little Georg (GER) PRO 6:44:46 +14:29
6 Debil-Caux, Victor (FRA) PRO 6:47:28 +17:11
7 Thomschke, Markus (GER) PRO 6:47:53 +17:36

12:53pm

You can look at and order copies of pictures from yesterday's IronKids at: 

www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/photo_galleries/ironkids_2014/The Bolton News:

12:46pm

 
One last quick shout out to Anthony Murray (BIB 71, M18) of Horwich, who made it through 127.5k in 6hrs 25mins 26secs.
Looks to be going great guns. Another super-fit youngster showing us oldies how it is done.

12:44pm

Right - don't want to miss the first finishers so I am off to get myself prepared for their arrival. I wil be offline for an hour, but my colleagues already out on the course and at the finishing line will keep you well informed.

See you soon,

 

Craig Nelson 

12:41pm

By the way, another Brit who is showing some form is Joe Skipper. He is making up some ground on the run, moved into fifth place at the last check-point, 12mins 59secs behind race-leader Axel Zeebroek.

Go Joe!

12:40pm

Our leading lady Tamsin Lewis, who combines her love of extreme sport with work as a doctor - is now on the run after finishing her 180k bike ride in a split of 5hrs 33mins 14secs.

That takes her total time out on the course to 6:31:34 after completing the 3.8k swim in 55:07.

Victory would be her first at this level and, as the official Ironman site described it, a "career defining moment in her career".

If you are out on the course, give our British wonder woman some encouragement - only another 26miles to go!

12:36pm

The PRO men's standings at 4.5km mark of run:

1 Zeebroek, Axel (BEL) PRO 6:02:56 +00:00
2 Viennot, Cyril (FRA) PRO 6:04:35 +01:39
3 Vansteelant, Joerie (BEL) PRO 6:13:03 +10:07
4 Kotsegarov, Kirill (EST) PRO 6:13:42 +10:46
5 Potrebitsch, Little Georg (GER) PRO 6:16:30 +13:34
6 Skipper, Joe (GBR) PRO 6:16:36 +13:40
7 Thomschke, Markus (GER) PRO 6:18:04 +15:08
8 Debil-Caux, Victor (FRA) PRO 6:18:55 +15:59
9 Vabrousek, Petr (CZE) PRO 6:23:58 +21:02
10 Neyedli, Scott (GBR) PRO 6:24:56 +22:00

12:34pm

 
Wigan's Angela Dixon (W35, BIB 612) made it past 99k on the bike in 5hrs 38mins 42secs after finishing the swim in 1:34:45.
 
 

12:32pm

Bolton News photographer Richard Holton has been in Belmont to capture the cycling.The Bolton News:

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Duncan, who is wearing BIB no 869 and racing in the M35 age group, finished the swim in 1hr 25mins 48secs and made it through 127.5k on the bike in 6:24:19.

12:28pm

12:27pm

Brian Fogerty (GBR) is the first men's age grouper to finish the bike, he's in 11th overall.

Our man Tony Cullen, from Whitefield, is nearing the end of the bike, going through 174k in 6hrs 14mins 10secs.

12:21pm

The leading women are still out on the bike course, with just under 30k left to go.

Women's PRO standings at 152km mark on bike:

1 Lewis, Tamsin (GBR) 5:39:13 +00:00
2 Carritt, Joanna (GBR) 5:49:25 +10:12
3 Konschak, Katja (GER) 5:56:55 +17:42
4 Forshaw, Amy (GBR) 6:10:44 +31:31

12:20pm

Viennot is slowly bringing back Zeebroek back on the run, he is just 1min 29secs back after 6.8-kilometres of running.

Time splits at the end of the bike for Top-10 PRO men:

1 Zeebroek, Axel (BEL) PRO 5:43:00 +00:00
2 Viennot, Cyril (FRA) PRO 5:44:43 +01:43
3 Kotsegarov, Kirill (EST) PRO 5:53:28 +10:28
4 Vansteelant, Joerie (BEL) PRO 5:54:25 +11:25
5 Potrebitsch, Little Georg (GER) PRO 5:56:30 +13:30
6 Thomschke, Markus (GER) PRO 5:57:02 +14:02
7 Skipper, Joe (GBR) PRO 5:58:10 +15:10
8 Debil-Caux, Victor (FRA) PRO 5:58:18 +15:18
9 Vabrousek, Petr (CZE) PRO 6:03:07 +20:07
10 Neyedli, Scott (GBR) PRO 6:03:03 +20:32

12:18pm

 
Earle is going great guns in the M45 age group. He may not be leading the race, but you bet he is putting in 100 per cent effort.
After coming out of the water in 1hr 54mins 45secs, he made it through 69.7k on the bike in 5:47:21.
The official Ironman site estimate he will finish the 180k bike ride in 11:34:01 before getting into the marathon run.
It could be a late one for Earle, but I think he can be certain of a rousing reception when he makes it into the Town Hall square.
Give him Earle a cheer when you see him, he is wearing vest number 1635.
 

12:12pm

 
Bolton born Lee, who is in the M25 age group, finished the swim in 1hr 24mins 34secs and completed 127.5k on the bike in 5:54:08.
 

12:11pm

 
Richard could be in contention to be one of the youngest competitors from the Bolton area. The Westhoughton Ironman, who is in the M18 division, made it out of the water in 1hr 15mins 29secs - 24th in his age group and 622 overall - before passing through the 127.5k mark on his bike in 5:47:58.

12:09pm

12:09pm

 
Gary, M35, of Bolton, completed the swim in 1hr 17mins 42secs and was powering along on the bike, completing 127.5k in 5:50:54.

12:06pm

 
Phil, of Horwich, who is in the M45 age category and taking part in his first Ironman, finished the swim in 1hr 15mins 53secs and made it through 99k on the bike in 4:54:20.
 

12:00pm

Our photographer Richard Holton was in Victoria Square yesterday covering IronKids, see more of his pictures in tommorrow's Bolton NewsThe Bolton News:

11:58am

 
Terrence (Tex) Leece is doing a stirling job raising moneyt for #defibs4bolton
The Bolton competitor (BIB 1210) finished the swim in 1hr 20mins 56secs, 187th in his M40 category and 925th overall, and made it through 99k on the bike in 5:03:56.
Keep it up Tex and don't forget to give him a cheer if you spot him out on the course.
 
 

11:52am

The leaders of the men's race are now on the run.

Cyril Viennot put in a mammoth effort in the closing stages of the bike ride, but faded slightly in the final stretch to finish 1min 43secs back of front man Axel Zeebroek.

Lets see how the race pans out on the marathon run (literally) to the finish line.

11:49am

11:47am

Bolton town centre is filling nicely now as spectators, helpers and paramedics fill Victoria Square.

It is expected that the men's winner will arrive in the square at about 2pm.

Axel Zeebroek, the Belgian leader, has just started the marathon.

11:45am

 
Thomas made it through 99k in 4hrs 51mins 40secs!

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11:39am

Due to a technical problem with the Ironman site, I am unable to go through the age divisions to see who might be the oldest and youngest competitors today. 

But if you know anyone racing from Bolton who is aged under 30 or over 60 then tweet their name, vest number and where they are from to @CraigNelsonBT

 

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11:33am

A slight technical error meant I flagged up Martin Selby as one of the youngest age-group racers from Bolton when in fact he is competing in the 45-49 age category, which makes his performance all the more outstanding.

Martin (1477) made it through 127.5k on the bike in 5hrs 11mins 41secs.

Good work Mr Selby. Only another 50k to go before you can start your run for home!

11:30am

A couple more of Nigel's pictures to wet the appetite (see what I did there)The Bolton News: The Bolton News:

11:26am

This stunning image of the swimming at Pennington Flash was taken by Bolton News photographer Nigel Taggart The Bolton News:

11:23am

Bolton News photographer Nigel Taggart caught this great image of the swimming at Pennington Flash. 

11:22am

In the women's race, Tamsin Lewis has extended her advantage. She was 7mins 38secs ahead of Joanna Carritt and 13:48 clear of Katja Konschak at the 127k mark.

11:20am

On another sad note, another British pro, Scott Neyedli, has also been forced to retire. He won the event seven years ago but must have been finding the sticky conditions and tough bike course a real challenge thi time round.

I would say at this point that, if the pros are struggling, just spare a thought for the mere mortals out there on the course. 

Anyone who has cheered on the competitors from the Town Hall steps in the past will appreciate what these guys are putting themselves through.

As the song goes, only mad dogs and Ironmen would be crazy enough to do this!

11:14am

At the front of the men's race, the competition is hotting up. Cyril Viennot, who was disqualified from a previous event here for using the slipstream of his rivals on the bike, is chasing down leader Axel Zeebroek. The gap was 4mins after 144k and fell by a further 30secs after 152k. He will surely be taking top spot before hitting the run, when Viennot is really expected to come into his own.

The PRO men's standings at 144km:

1 Zeebroek, Axel (BEL) PRO 4:42:13 +00:00
2 Viennot, Cyril (FRA) PRO 4:46:13 +04:00
3 Kotsegarov, Kirill (EST) PRO 4:51:45 +09:32
4 Thomschke, Markus (GER) PRO 4:53:35 +11:22
5 Potrebitsch, Little Georg (GER) PRO 4:53:36 +11:23
6 Vansteelant, Joerie (BEL) PRO 4:53:44 +11:31
7 Debil-Caux, Victor (FRA) PRO 4:55:22 +13:09
8 Skipper, Joe (GBR) PRO 4:57:40 +15:27
9 Vabrousek, Petr (CZE) PRO 4:58:06 +15:53

11:11am

British pro Harry Wiltshire has pulled out of the race after coming into difficulties during the bike.

One of the pre-event favourites, the Wareham-based athlete finished the swim in second place but seemed to struggle with his bike and dropped away significantly.

Wiltshire finally called it quits after more than 99k on the bike and four hours into the race.

He needed the points to get to Kona so will be gutted to pull up short - but that's Ironman, even the pros don't finish every time.

10:55am

My @TheBoltonNews colleague Miranda Newey is rooting for Dave Clamp (BIB 1919), of Bromley Cross, who is hoping to make it to Kona in the 55-59 age category.

He made it out of the water in third place in his division after finishing the swim in 1hr 06mins 57secs and stormed through the 99k check point on the bike in 4:23:38.

Go Dave!

The former Tottington High School teacher took a break from his career to compete in Ironman events full time. He is wearing a Knutsford Tri vest if you want to give Dave a cheer on his way round.

10:48am

10:48am

 
Cath Hartwell (BIB 628), of Rochdale, completed the swim in 1hr 26mins 11secs and made it through 52.3k on the bike in 4:20:50.
 
Keep going Cath! 

10:44am

10:05am Sun 20 Jul 14

miw001 says

Simon Turtington - BIB: 671 From: Lowton, near Warrington
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"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"

10:43am

Of the men's age-group racers, our highest placed competitor from the region is Tony Cullen, of Whitefield, who is currently fourth-best amateur out on the course and 17th overall.

He made it through the 99k bike split in 3hrs 55mins 48secs, 26:31 behind age-group race leader Gilian Oriet, of Switzerland.

I know Tony will be going for gold in the overall age-group race, but he is out in front in the 40+ age category, more than three minutes ahead of Germany's Stefan Flachowsky.

If you want to follow Tony around the course his BIB number is 1079. 

10:37am

Just to explain, Ironman likes to keep things competitive, so has a number races out there on the course.

As well as the battle for the male and female professionals, there is also an overall race for the amateurs, which they call the age group race, and then there are different sub-plots going on out there for the different age categories.

The top amateur finishers in each age group category will be offered spots to travel to compete at the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii - the spiritual home of the sport.

10:33am

An update from the men's age-group race at the 99-kilometre time check:

1 (13 overall) Oriet, Gilian (SUI) (30 age group) 3:55:02 +25:45
2 14 Mangeon, Mathieu (FRA) 30 3:55:03 +25:46
3 15 Fogarty, Brian (GBR) 30 3:55:37 +26:20
4 17 Cullen, Tony (GBR) 40 3:55:48 +26:31
5 18 Gill, James (GBR) 30 3:55:51 +26:34
6 19 Shephard, Richard (GBR) 35 3:56:05 +26:48
7 20 Sanders, Lewis (GBR) 18 3:58:00 +28:43
8 21 Jolley, Michael (GBR) 30 3:58:24 +29:07
9 23 Flachowsky, Stefan (GER) 40 3:59:09 +29:52
10 24 Waugh, Peter (GBR) 30 4:00:02 +30:45
11 25 Browning, Andrew (GBR) 18 4:00:42 +31:25
12 26 Hughes, Callum (GBR) 30 4:00:52 +31:35
13 27 Cox, Ian (GBR) 45 4:01:08 +31:51
14 28 Martin, Andrew (GBR) 25 4:01:53 +32:36
15 29 Rance, Graham (GBR) 30 4:02:13 +32:56
16 30 Forth, Andrew (GBR) 45 4:02:16 +32:59

NOTE: Time gaps are compared to race leader Axel Zeebroek on overall time.

10:31am

Leigh lass Kim O'Neil is our only local competitor in the youngest age category of the women's race. She finished the swim in 22nd place in her division and made it through 79.9k on the bike in 4hrs 20mins 35secs. 

10:23am

Keep an eye on Boltonian Martin Selby (BIB number 1477). He is the only local lad in the 18-24 age group and came out of the water in 11th place in his division and went through 99k on the bike in 4hrs 15mins 31secs - only 45mins behind the the leading pro!

10:14am

Everyone taking part in Ironman doing an amazing thing but some people have had more to deal with than others. Richard Smith had his bike stolen just weeks before the competition. He's currently on the bike ride after completing the swim in just 1hr 25mins.

Read his story here http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/11325147.Thieves_steal_Ironman_s_bike_just_weeks_before_gruelling_event/

10:13am

Standings in the men's pro race after 99k on the bike:

1 Zeebroek, Axel (BEL) PRO 3:29:17 +00:00
2 Viennot, Cyril (FRA) PRO 3:34:35 +05:18
3 Kotsegarov, Kirill (EST) PRO 3:37:20 +08:03
4 Potrebitsch, Little Georg (GER) PRO 3:37:22 +08:05
5 Thomschke, Markus (GER) PRO 3:38:03 +08:46
6 Vansteelant, Joerie (BEL) PRO 3:40:23 +11:06
7 Debil-Caux, Victor (FRA) PRO 3:40:25 +11:08
8 Skipper, Joe (GBR) PRO 3:42:16 +12:59
9 Vabrousek, Petr (CZE) PRO 3:42:25 +13:08
10 Neyedli, Scott (GBR) PRO 3:42:26 +13:09
11 Twigg, Craig (GBR) PRO 3:49:44 +20:27
12 Wiltshire, Harry (GBR) PRO 3:50:35 +21:18

10:11am

Women's pro leader Tamsin Lewis is flying having passed through 99k on the bike in 4hrs 03mins 48secs.

Here is an update of the women's age-group race (for non-pros) after the 76.9k time check.

1 Gill, Vicky (GBR) 30 3:27:17 +06:24
2 Rutherford, Kate (HKG) 40 3:29:36 +08:43
3 Doherty, Carolyne (IRL) 30 3:36:39 +15:46
4 Rooijen, Carla (NED) 40 3:37:56 +17:03
5 Cook, Tracy (GBR) 40 3:39:45 +18:52
6 Fullen, Gill (GBR) 50 3:42:42 +21:49
7 Kenny, Sarah (GBR) 35 3:43:27 +22:34
8 Smith, Zoe (GBR) 30 3:45:41 +24:48
9 Hess, Kelley (USA) 30 3:45:45 +24:52
10 Hoare, Becky (GBR) 18 3:47:21 +26:28
11 Rushton, Nicki (GBR) 45 3:48:05 +27:12
12 Charles, Lucy (GBR) 18 3:49:09 +28:16
13 McNulty, Alice (GBR) 45 3:50:01 +29:08
14 King, Nicola (GBR) 40 3:52:03 +31:10

10:02am

 
No problem. Keep them coming folks - we're here all day.
And good luck to Paul and anyone else raising money for good causes. 
The pros may be battling it out at the front of the field as they bid to earn enough points to make it to Kona, Hawaii, and the World Ironman Championships, but it's those hardy souls who drag themselves over the finish line after 17 hours of pain that really make this event so compelling. 

9:59am

 
Wigan-based Paul Foster (513) made it through 52.3k on the bike in 3hrs 23mins 56secs. 
Anyone else want a shout out to their loved ones competing in the race, just leave a comment or send me a tweet @CraigNelsonBT. 

9:46am

 
Bury Times columnist and former Bury and Burnley player Jamie Hoyland is cheering on his mate Les Thompson. Les made it through 76.9k on the bike in 3hrs 34mins 40secs.

9:42am

If you would like to give a shout out to anyone in the race, leave a comment at the bottom of this story and we will try to feature as many as we can in the blog.

Also, if you leave their name, BIB number, where they are from and any details about why they are competing, we will keep our readers updated on their progress and hopefully interview them as they cross the finishing line.

9:37am

Check out this feature I did on Bolton parkrun race directors Rowan and David Ardill. If you want to join Louise Geoghegan in cheering them on during the race, Rowan is racing in vest number 207 and David in 529.
 
David went through 24.1k on the bike in 2hrs 24mins 16secs and Rowan went through 69.7k in 3:33:51.
 
Keep going fellas!

9:28am

8:14am Sun 20 Jul 14

PennySmith says

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.

9:25am

Great Britain's Tamsin Lewis is our leading lady after 69.7k of the bike ride.

The top three pro women are:

1. Tamsin Lewis (GBR) 3hrs 07mins 23secs

2. Katja Konschak (GER) +5:04

3. Joanna Carritt (GBR) +5:17

9:22am

Morning folks, first sporting round-up of the day. 

Here are the current standings of the pro men out on the course after 76.9k of the bike ride:

1. Axel Zeebroek (BEL) 2hrs 52mins 33secs

2. Cyril Viennot (FRA) +5:01

3. Little Georg Potrebitsch (GER) +5:02

4. Markus Thomschke (GER) +7:03

5. Kirill Kotsegarov (EST) +7:06

6. Joerie Vansteelant (BEL) +10:55

7. Victor Debil-Caux (FRA) +10:57

8. Joe Skipper (GBR) +10:58

9. Scott Neyedli (GBR) +10:58

10. Petr Vabrousek (CZE) +11:00

11. Harry Wiltshire +11:38

12. Craig Twigg +12:28  

8:48am

Paul Bigmore gets out to loud cheers. His time was seconds under 2 hours 37 mins. The cut off time was 2:20. Hopefully he will be back next year 

8:48am

Paul Bigmore gets out to loud cheers. His time was seconds under 2 hours 37 mins. The cut off time was 2:20. Hopefully he will be back next year 

8:34am

Cheers for Paul who is 100 m from the finish 

8:34am

Cheers for Paul who is 100 m from the finish 

8:27am

Commentator says he wonders if the cut off time is sponsored by tissue firm because it's so emotional, and it really is .

8:24am

Sorry they just missed the cut ff point 

8:21am

Three didn't make the time. But still amazing achievement . They are missed it

8:17am

Team spirit athlete could make it. He's called Trevor and could make it. If anyone deserves to do it , he does 

8:17am

Team spirit athlete could make it. He's called Trevor and could make it. If anyone deserves to do it , he does 

8:14am

One left

8:13am

Crowds being told to shout out cheers to encourage them

8:13am

Clock s ticking for the final athletes who entered a year ago to take part

8:09am

Just over 11 mins left and one out .

8:08am

Not covered an Ironman where athletes have not covered the swim in the time... But it's always tense!

8:08am

Not covered an Ironman where athletes have not covered the swim in the time... But it's always tense!

8:06am

About 20 athletes in the water with 14 mins to complete the swim

8:03am

The word being used to describe the athletes is "simply amazing"

8:02am

Apparently Nero is taking part . Not sure where he is but he's a firm ironman favourite

8:02am

Apparently Nero is taking part . Not sure where he is but he's a firm ironman favourite

8:01am

8:01am

Just 20 mins for the last competitors to make it out of the water. Crowds cheering for them in encouragement 

7:34am

Some athletes stoping to give their partners a quick kiss before getting on their bike 

7:33am

12 per cent of competitors are women, the number has grown over the years. First competitor s back at the finishing line shortly after 2pm.

7:23am

Swimmers exiting thick and fast now 

7:16am

144.6 miles of racing from start to finish .

7:11am

Members of True Spirit here raising money for Help for Heroes. They are getting some of the loudest cheers

7:01am

Cheers are deafening now, it's simply amazing down here.

6:59am

These athletes have swum 2.4 miles under an hour

6:58am

Swimming and racing for 56 minutes now, while the cycle ride is now underway for some.

6:52am

There was a shout out to Andy who was encouraged back into the water. The swim is said to be the most intimidating part of the challenge

6:52am

The first competitors are out!!! Now they face the gruelling bike ride

6:45am

Smiling as they get in the water

6:45am

Most athletes smiling as they complete last lap

6:39am

Doing!

 

6:37am

Apparently half  of competitors are idling ironman for the first time

6:36am

Spectators waving to the helicopter camera , with IRONMANUk being shown on TV in the near future

6:33am

The first lap done...and athletes wave to the crowds as they re enter the water

6:27am

Ironman is considered one of the longest days in sport

6:24am

First female rep Germany has completed the first lap

6:23am

He's one of the fatest men in ironman, which is holding its sixth ironman uk in Bolton!

6:22am

Lap one over. Harry wilshaw leading

6:21am

But getting to the start line is an achievement 

6:21am

An athlete existing the water. Ironman dream over for one 

6:19am

Around twenty minutes in. Two hours left before all competitors have to complete this section

6:18am

Pros and amateurs racing together, not many sports which allow that

6:03am

The looks of concentration and focus on the competitors as they entered the water  was unbelievable, as they take part in the ultimate challenge 

6:00am

And so it starts. Good luck to all !!

6:00am

Ten seconds to go

5:53am

Competitiors are being asked to get in the water for the race start.

some here as a personal challenge, others to raise money. All say the cheers and support essential . So if you can get out and support them today

5:50am

It's a mass of bodies we need to get in the water  , says IRONMANUk

5:50am

Everyone lined up now watching as the swimmers get ready for the 6am start

5:49am

Atmosphere is amazing and apparently 35 nations represented here today, massively inspiring atmosphere today . Families have turned out to support them

5:47am

Competitors one entering the water ready for the first leg

 

5:47am

2,000 competitors taking part..the gruelling challenge is sold out

 

4:32am

About to leave for Pennington Flash and catch this year's Ironmen and wome.

Let me know who you are supporting and I'll give them a shout out!

 

11:22pm

Ironman is due to start at 6am.

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8:14am Sun 20 Jul 14

PennySmith says...

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.
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. PennySmith
  • Score: 3

10:05am Sun 20 Jul 14

miw001 says...

Simon Turtington - BIB: 671 From: Lowton, near Warrington
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"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"
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" miw001
  • Score: 2

12:53pm Sun 20 Jul 14

MIL&DIL says...

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 !!!
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 !!! MIL&DIL
  • Score: 2

2:23pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Djorkaeff's right peg says...

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.
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. Djorkaeff's right peg
  • Score: 6

7:31pm Sun 20 Jul 14

mb63 says...

Well done to the town!
Fantastic event that gets better and better, each year in Bolton!
We should ALL be proud for our town!
Well done to the town! Fantastic event that gets better and better, each year in Bolton! We should ALL be proud for our town! mb63
  • Score: 4

9:26pm Sun 20 Jul 14

kev-p62 says...

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.
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. kev-p62
  • Score: 4

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