Entries have sold out in record time for the world’s biggest global Ironkids race which is held in Bolton.

The event, on Saturday, July 15, 2017, had 2,500 slots which sold out in just 10 days making it the fastest selling Ironkids event in the UK.

Ironkids UK takes place in the town centre and it is a key fixture on Bolton’s events calendar following its introduction in 2012.

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

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Youth, Cllr John Byrne, said: “The speed at which the places for Ironkids were snapped up was just phenomenal.

“It’s one of our biggest sporting events and something which children of all abilities can do.

“It’s hugely popular and we have children who come back year on year to do it from across the UK and further afield. Who knows, it could be the making of a future Ironman!”

Ironman UK Race Director, Sam Brawn, added: “Ironkids is a fantastic start to the Ironman weekend in Bolton.

“Together with the support of Bolton Council, this has not only grown into the largest Ironkids event in the world, but also the fastest selling event in the UK.

“We very much hope early commitment will inspire kids and families to enjoy being active and healthy together with a fun goal to aim to in July.”

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

Children 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.

Entries are still open for Ironman UK, so to make it a family weekend of racing, visit www.ironman.com/uk