As an exciting new element of the Ironman UK race weekend, a sell-out 1,000 kids aged between 3-15 took to the streets of Bolton town centre on Saturday for the inaugural IronKids run event.
Together with the support of Bolton Council, as part of its Year of Sport 2012, the event was made up of both local youngsters, many of whom had never raced before, as well as others whose parents were competing in Sunday’s Ironman. The kids were cheered on by thousands of parents and spectators all the way to the official Ironman finish gantry.
Councillor Guy Harkin, The Mayor of Bolton, was first on the finish line to congratulate the kids and present medals to all the participants. Noting the success of the event he commented, “It’s fantastic to see so many kids getting a taste for sport. Running is one of the easiest forms of exercise – I was 30 before I took up running for the first time and I so wish I’d had the opportunity to start earlier. Hopefully from having a go today, they will have a lifetime of enjoying sport.”
Commenting on the success of the Ironman UK weekend, which spanned over 4 days, Kevin Stewart, Managing Director Ironman Britain & Ireland said, “We would like to congratulate all the athletes that took part who have each put in a phenomenal amount of dedication to make it to the start line. Bolton provides a superb platform for staging such an iconic race and together with the support of Bolton Town Council, our partners and the incredible 500 volunteers out on the course, without whom the event would not be possible. We very much look forward to returning to Bolton for Ironman UK next year.”