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The thirteenth edition of IRONMAN UK has come to a close, with two local age group athletes taking home titles as the new IRONMAN UK Champions on Sunday 3 July in Bolton.

George Martindale was the first athlete across the 2022 IRONMAN UK finish line (09:38:30), chased shortly after by Jack Schofield (9:41:22) and Daniel McParland (09:44:41). A competitive race down to the last mile, the leaderboard saw Dan Elliot, Matthew Dewhurst, and Ben Goodfellow, last month’s 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire Champion, fighting for their shot at first place.

Dee Allen took overall honours in the women’s category, finishing her first ever IRONMAN with a leading time of 11:17:43. Dee was followed by Heleen de Hooge – Bij de Vaate (11:52:47) representing the Netherlands, and Rachel Breslin (11:59:02) who finished in third place representing Ireland. Sian Hurley and Grace Gilbert also fought for their time at the top of the leader board, wrestling for first position in the bike leg of the race.

George Martindale and Dee Allen have taken their IRONMAN UK Champion titles from Joe Skipper (GBR) and Kat Matthews (GBR), who won in their respective PRO Categories at 2021 IRONMAN UK.

The Sunday race saw athletes from ages 18 to 74 compete in the 140.6-mile triathlon event known for its challenging course and spectator support.

Starting with a 2.4-mile swim in the freshwater reservoir at Pennington Flash Country Park, athletes undertook a 112-mile cycle through the rural villages and picturesque moorland of the North West English countryside. The final leg of the event saw athletes undertake a 26.2-mile run around Bolton town centre and through scenic Queen’s Park, finishing under the IRONMAN arch in Victoria Square.

The long day of racing culminated in an emotional finish, as the final IRONMAN UK athlete crossed the finish line at 23:16 with a race time of 16:59:56 – a mere four seconds before the 17-hour race cut-off time. Dave Reilly, a member of Rochdale Tri Club, was met with cheers down the red carpet before being declared the final IRONMAN at the 2022 IRONMAN UK event.

Dean Smith, Race Director for IRONMAN UK, said: “IRONMAN UK is a tough event, and the strength and dedication shown by our athletes on the course yesterday was nothing short of inspiring. We would like to thank our staff, suppliers, and volunteers for their hard work, our spectators for turning out in droves to help each athlete down the finish line, and Bolton Council for their continued help and support.”

To cap off another successful edition of IRONMAN UK, IRONMAN has announced the signing of a new deal with Bolton Council to host the event in Bolton for another five years. This will take IRONMAN UK through until at least 2027 and promise a fifteen-year anniversary for IRONMAN UK in 2024.

The deal includes the return of IRONMAN UK, as well as Night Run and IRONKIDS – the family friendly run activities that take place on the Friday and Saturday in the lead up to IRONMAN UK.

The 2023 edition of the event is confirmed to take place on 2 July 2023. Priority registrations for the 2023 IRONMAN UK will open on 6 July 2022, followed by general entry registrations on 12 July 2022.

For more information on IRONMAN UK, visit www.ironman.com/im-uk