The Ironman UK triathlon returns to Bolton this weekend.
The race, on Sunday August 1, has attracted entries from more than 1,400 athletes from 35 countries.
The 2010 event begins at 6 am with a 2.4 mile swim in Pennington Flash, followed by a 112 mile cycle ride around Lancashire, and then a 26.2 mile marathon run through the streets of Bolton.
The run course follows a similar spectator-friendly route to last year. The runners will leave Lever Park Avenue and head to Chorley New Road near the Crown pub at Horwich. They will continue towards Bolton, past Middlebrook and to the Beehive pub, before heading into Bolton town centre and back along Chorley New Road to do another lap.
For the final lap, athletes follow a route via Chorley Street, Bark Street and Knowsley Street into Oxford Street, crossing the finishing line outside the Town Hall in Victoria Square.
The finish line is sure to be a highlight of the course as athletes finish below the big screen TV in front of Bolton’s historic Town Hall.
The first athletes are expected to cross the finish line at around 2 pm.
Detailed swim, bike and run routes are available at www.ironmanuk.com.