As Ironman Wales drew a close to Ironman racing in the UK for this year, the trend for endurance racing is continually on the rise, with entries for 2013 now filling at a record rate.
(Building on the success of the inaugural Ironman Wales in 2011, together with the support of the Welsh Government, the 2012 Ironman Wales event saw over 1650 entries, a 12% increase on 2011.)
Upon confirmation that Bolton will once again host Ironman UK on Sunday 4 August 2013, 1,000 athletes had entered the IMUK event within 7 days of its opening, with an impressive 54% signing up to Ironman racing for the first time. With entries being filled 9 times faster than this time last year and only 400 places now remaining, organisers are anticipating the event to be full by the end of October.
Given the high percentage of first timers committed to the challenge of racing the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run, event organiser World Endurance UK is committed to supporting competitors with all the training required to help them achieve their goal of becoming an ‘Ironman’.
Training events will be held at all the venues well in advance to help prepare the athletes for what’s in store. Ironman 70.3 UK on Sunday 16 June 2013 in the stunning setting of Exmoor also provides the perfect warm up for more seasoned athletes as well as those looking to step up to racing longer distance.
Demand for being part of the Ironman action in 2013 also extends to the younger generation, following the success and sell out entry of IronKids racing at all UK events this year. Open to children aged 5-14, thousands of kids have already been exposed to the sport of triathlon and the Ironman experience within a competitive environment. Entry to IronKids events for 2013 will open on 30 October 2012.
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of Ironman UK and Ireland said “The response to Ironman UK 2013 entries opening has been phenomenal and it is testament to its growing reputation as one of the great races on the Ironman European Tour circuit. We would therefore urge athletes thinking of joining us at any of our Ironman races in 2013 to do so quickly to secure their slot.”
Athletes can also combine their racing with making a significant contribution to charity through guaranteed entry slots available from Scope, the official charity of Ironman UK, 70.3 and Ironman Wales, with an initial £99 to pay along with a commitment to fundraise £1,000 for the charity’s great cause.
Athletes interested in finding out more about racing for Scope through one of these places should make contact via events[at]scope.org.uk.