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Entries will open at noon on Monday, October 26 for the world’s largest Ironkids event in Bolton.

The race, which will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016, has become a key fixture on Bolton’s events calendar following its introduction in 2012.

Last year’s race beat all records with 2,500 children competing, and the 2016 event is set to be the biggest global Ironkids once again.

Families are advised to enter early to avoid disappointment as organisers are expecting all 2,500 places to be filled up quickly.

The main Ironman event – a gruelling 140.6mile triathlon – takes place in and around Bolton the following day and limited places are still available.

To enter Ironkids, which takes place in the town centre, parents or guardians need to complete an entry form at Fee is £3 per child.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Youth, Cllr John Byrne, said: “We’re proud once again to be hosting the world’s biggest Ironkids.

“It’s a brilliant event which could be the making of future champions. Children love it and come back year on year to do it. We have people from all over the UK coming to Bolton especially so that their child can compete.

“Ironkids encourages young people to get involved in sport and together with the Ironman triathlon, the whole weekend brings a real boost to the town.”

Bolton’s Ironkids race is open to children aged three to 14 with different distances depending on the school year of the child.

Children currently in school year one and below compete in a 500m run (accompanied by a parent/guardian); those in years two to five run 1km, years six to eight run 1.5km and those in years nine to 10 complete a 2.5km run.

Each child will receive an Ironkids t-shirt in their entry pack and a medal after completing their run.

Managing Director for Ironman UK and Ireland, Kevin Stewart, said: “With Ironkids UK in Bolton continuing to lead the way as the world’s largest Ironkids event, we are looking forward to another spectacular start to the race weekend in Bolton town centre.

“The atmosphere this year was the best ever and with live streaming of the finish line on, it enables friends and family to from further afield to enjoy the spectacle.”

For more information call Ironman UK on 01865 596266 or visit