It’s nearly here – Ironman UK gets underway this Sunday (19 July), with more than 2,650 athletes expected to arrive in Bolton for the country’s largest Ironman race.


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The pro start list includes some big names like Joe Skipper, who recently broke bike records at Ironman Texas, ex-ITU racer David McNamee and Lucy Gossage, winner of last month’s Ironman 70.3 Staffs. Both of the 2014 winners are absent though, with neither Cyril Viennot nor Tamsin Lewis racing this weekend. 

The race begins at 6am at Pennington Flash, Wigan for the 3.8km swim, where the water temperature is expected to be around 20°C. Athletes will then head off through the Lancashire countryside for a 180km two-lap bike course, then finish with a 42.2km run from the Macron Stadium (home of Bolton Wanderers) to Bolton town centre for a raucous finish. The leading pro men are expected to arrive around 2.30pm.