World’s largest IRONKIDS marks the start of IRONMAN UK.
The World’s largest IRONKIDS race got underway on 3rd August at 8am , to mark the start of IRONMAN UK.
A record breaking 2,000 budding stars of the future, aged 3 – 14, competed across varying distances from 500m to 2.5km as they took to Bolton’s town centre in perfect conditions. Lining the course were thousands of friends and families who cheered them all the way to the Official IRONMAN UK finish gantry in Bolton’s Victoria Square.
Defending IRONMAN UK Champion Dan Halksworth and local Pro Athlete Laura Bostock from Manchester, had come to show their support ahead of the race on Sunday and to congratulate all the potential stars of the future by personally handing out medals as they crossed the finish line.
Dan commented “I am involved in coaching kids aged 6 to 16 and really enjoy giving something back to the sport by hopefully inspiring them – but they too are a huge inspiration to me. To see so many kids here competing is amazing.”
Held in partnership with Bolton Council, IRONKIDS is all about encouraging kids to lead an active, healthy lifestyle and to give them a flavour of triathlon by being a part of a world class event. The 3-5 year olds ran 500m (accompanied by a parent/guardian), 6-10 year olds 1.5km and 11- 14 year olds ran a 2.5km race. The emphasis was on taking part, with each child receiving a special commemorative IronKids t-shirt and a medal after completing the race to celebrate their achievement.
Tony Connell, Cabinet Member for Sports, Youth and Leisure, who also handed out medals throughout the event, commented: “This is a terrific way to get young people involved and fire their enthusiasm for years to come.”
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director IRONMAN UK and Ireland added: “IRONKIDS is a fantastic start to the weekend’s racing and it’s great to see so many children here enjoying the event.”
Many of the IRONKIDS had parents participating in IRONMAN UK on 4th August , which got underway at 6am at Pennington Flash, when over 1800 athletes from more than 34 countries around the globe competed in the 2.4 mile swim, 12 mile bike and 26.2 mile run.
The looped marathon course took place in and around Bolton’s town centre and supporters were encouraged to come and help cheer them along and enjoy the music and entertainment that kept all the athletes going right up to the 17 hour cut off at 11pm.
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