13 July 2016 4 Comments

How to watch Ironman UK


This Sunday 17th July sees the 8th time Ironman UK has visited Bolton, and it will be my 3rd effort at this event. It would be fair to say that the original 2009 race was met with a mixture of bemusement and ignorance by the locals, and I well remember running down through town with only the occasional onlooker leaning over their garden gate with a mug of tea in hand entirely unsure what to make of these strange lycra clad individuals shuffling past. Even the finish area had a slightly unreal air about it as despite there being plenty of families and friends out cheering at the finish late into Sunday evening, none of the local food or coffee outlets had twigged that here was a major retail opportunity going begging. The same could be said of pubs along the route which remained resolutely closed.

I haven’t raced at Bolton since 2010, but I gather things have changed spectacularly for the better and I have noticed as I have cycled around the route that pubs are advertising their suitability as a place to watch the race from. So, whether you have a loved one or friend competing, or just want to get out and experience Ironman racing at first hand, here are my top tips for viewing the race.

Disclaimer: I have not checked opening times of pubs or caf


4 Responses to “How to watch Ironman UK”

  1. Rachel garner 13 July 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    Gutted we can’t come and watch this year especially as you have given us a top guide for spectators! Good luck for Sunday we will be cheering you on in spirit I may even wear my tshirt “team john!”


  2. john sutton 13 July 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    You’ll be missed! I’ll post a link to the athlete tracker and live stream. The video you posted last year of the finish at Ironman Wales from your armchair was epic! Do you still have it?


  3. Rachel garner 13 July 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    I’m not sure I’ll have a look as it may be on the laptop. We are currently just trying to work out how we can get over to watch some of it!!!


  4. Phil Taberner 17 July 2016 at 12:53 pm #

    Great blog. Wish you all the luck in the world. It’s a fantastic event to participate in or to spectate. Particularly love being on Chorley New Rd for the marathon. Last year I pulled off the course on the bike; spent the rest of the day with my 12 year old daughter and we set up an impromptu feed stop part way along Chorley New; the runners loved a bit of fresh fruit or a spare jelly baby or 2!

    All the best to you and the Colts.

    Cheers from Japan, can’t make it home this year but hope to compete next; I’m following the race via the official live site from 6000 miles away and feeling gutted I’m not there!!!


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