Only a handful of places remain for one of the biggest events in Bolton's calendar. 

IRONMAN will return to the town on the last weekend of June, a popular fixture on Bolton's events calendar.

With under five weeks to go, only a handful of places remain for the IRONMAN 70.3 race, IRONKIDS is 80 per cent full, and over three quarters of the places for Night Run have been snapped up.

The weekend gets underway with Night Run on Friday, June 28, bringing a party atmosphere to the town centre.

The Bolton News:

From walking the 5k route to going for gold on the 10k, there is something for people of all ages and abilities and over 1,000 people are expected to take part.

The world’s biggest IRONKIDS returns on Saturday, June 29, with the number of places on offer increased to an all-time high of 6,000. 

Road closures will be briefer than in past years, but a new 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

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Bolton Council’s Chief Executive, Sue Johnson, said: “IRONMAN is one of Bolton’s most popular and best supported weekends of the year.

“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger, with this year set to be the largest ever. 

The Bolton News: Last year's men's winner Tom RigbyLast year's men's winner Tom Rigby (Image: Phil Taylor)

“To accommodate demand, the council and IRONMAN have worked together to increase the number of places, but with the events on the horizon it’s looking likely that they will sell out.

“I encourage everyone to sign up soon so that they have the chance to be part of this fantastic weekend.” 

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This comes after it was announced last year that the triathlon would be slashed in half, having previously been the only full IRONMAN event in the UK. 

Traditionally, it involves a 2.4-mile swim at Pennington Flash, a 112-mile ride across the region and a 26.2-mile run around the town centre. 

The new format, IRONMAN 70.3, is in reference to its distance. The triathlon brand says that the shorter distance and faster, flatter route makes it an option for more people than ever before.