Bolton's Ironman UK 2014 declared 'best ever'

Bolton's Ironman declared 'best ever'

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Ironman winner Cyril Viennot

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Bolton's Ironman declared 'best ever'

Crowds cheer on the competitors in Victoria Square

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IT has been declared the best Ironman yet.

More than 2,000 athletes took part in the gruelling triathlon, cheered on by thousands of people along the route.

Victoria Square was packed with supporters, who watched as France’s Cyril Viennot clinched victory.

The event started at 6am at Pennington Flash, where competitors swam 2.4 miles in open water swim, before cycling 112 miles through the Lancashire countryside and finally completing a marathon of 26.2 miles, which finished in Victoria Square.

Kevin Stewart, managing director of Ironman UK, said: ““If the support from the crowd is anything to go by then this could be the best Ironman yet.

“We have made changes to the course from last year which we think will have helped but we will have to wait to hear back from the athletes.

“This event has grown in Bolton and become one of the biggest in Europe.”

Craig Alexander, former world champion triathlete, added: “I think it always helps when there is a finish like this in a town centre with a big crowd on the sidelines.

“The crowd help you a lot when you are going through a really hard patch in a race.”

Cllr Nick Peel, executive member, said: “It is very important for Bolton to have it.

“It is worth about £2.5 million to the local economy which is great for businesses across the town.”

Organisers have already announced that next year’s Ironman UK will remain in Bolton.

There will be an estimated 2,500 places and they will be on offer from 9am on Monday morning.

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8:30pm Sun 20 Jul 14

arrian says...

well done to everyone who took part. what an achievement and what hard work! they must be absolutely exhausted. if only it had been televised for those of us who weren't able to go to watch. maybe next year??????
well done to everyone who took part. what an achievement and what hard work! they must be absolutely exhausted. if only it had been televised for those of us who weren't able to go to watch. maybe next year?????? arrian
  • Score: 23

9:39pm Sun 20 Jul 14

DIVORCE says...

I went along, I could only watch the runners, what a fabulous turn out, well done to all who took part, you are all winners.
I went along, I could only watch the runners, what a fabulous turn out, well done to all who took part, you are all winners. DIVORCE
  • Score: 14

10:31pm Sun 20 Jul 14

davelarkmanloveskids says...

Fantastic achievement for all who took part and for once a shining example of what our great town can be if we banish the scrots
Fantastic achievement for all who took part and for once a shining example of what our great town can be if we banish the scrots davelarkmanloveskids
  • Score: 18

12:59am Mon 21 Jul 14

mr.mark.c says...

Oh goody, even more graffiti on the country lanes sprayed on by so called fans.
Oh goody, even more graffiti on the country lanes sprayed on by so called fans. mr.mark.c
  • Score: -36

3:19am Mon 21 Jul 14

Donkey Stone says...

Declared the best ever by the people who organised it. They are hardly going to say it was rubbish are they.
Declared the best ever by the people who organised it. They are hardly going to say it was rubbish are they. Donkey Stone
  • Score: -10

7:00am Mon 21 Jul 14

ruined heritage says...

What a fantastic day, the course takes them past our house so we went out to support the participants before heading to Bolton town centre to see them all come in. I do agree that the event is big enough to be televised live, could have been a great publicity stunt for the town!
What a fantastic day, the course takes them past our house so we went out to support the participants before heading to Bolton town centre to see them all come in. I do agree that the event is big enough to be televised live, could have been a great publicity stunt for the town! ruined heritage
  • Score: 14

9:38am Tue 22 Jul 14

SupeRed09 says...

Donkey Stone wrote:
Declared the best ever by the people who organised it. They are hardly going to say it was rubbish are they.
Well yes actually. If they had have been unhappy with the event for some reason, why wouldn't they have said so?
[quote][p][bold]Donkey Stone[/bold] wrote: Declared the best ever by the people who organised it. They are hardly going to say it was rubbish are they.[/p][/quote]Well yes actually. If they had have been unhappy with the event for some reason, why wouldn't they have said so? SupeRed09
  • Score: -1

11:31am Tue 22 Jul 14

Donkey Stone says...

SupeRed09 wrote:
Donkey Stone wrote:
Declared the best ever by the people who organised it. They are hardly going to say it was rubbish are they.
Well yes actually. If they had have been unhappy with the event for some reason, why wouldn't they have said so?
Are you really so naive?
[quote][p][bold]SupeRed09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Donkey Stone[/bold] wrote: Declared the best ever by the people who organised it. They are hardly going to say it was rubbish are they.[/p][/quote]Well yes actually. If they had have been unhappy with the event for some reason, why wouldn't they have said so?[/p][/quote]Are you really so naive? Donkey Stone
  • Score: 1

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