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Ironman race is welcomed

The 10th Ironman UK, where participants swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. People will be lining the streets to cheer them on.
The bike route goes through a large part of Chorley

The 10th Ironman UK, where participants swim 2.4 miles, cycle 112 miles and run 26.2 miles. People will be lining the streets to cheer them on. The bike route goes through a large part of Chorley

A call has been made for a show of support for an annual race that comes through Chorley each year.

The gruelling Ironman UK event combines a swim, cycle and run.

The cycle part of the one-day race passed through Chorley again this year - but not without controversy.

It is set to return to the borough in 2015.

Folk in Heskin called for it not to come back after complaining road closures for the race disrupted their everyday lives.

Coun Alan Whittaker, whose Chisnall ward takes in Heskin, said: “Speaking as a borough councillor, I sent a letter to Ironman saying we don’t want it in Heskin any more.

“I tried to persuade Ironman to change the route – they didn’t want to know.”

However, the race has received support from long-serving councillor Eric Bell, who represents Whittle-le-Woods and Clayton-le-Woods ward.

He said: “It was so sad to hear the view from Heskin about the Ironman
competition.

“It has been coming through Whittle-le-Woods and many other villages of Chorley borough for many years, without any problems – I did get one complaint.

“This year they changed the route through Whittle and the organisers came to the parish council to give us full details.”

He added: “I would like assurances from the council leader, that we will always welcome the Ironman UK using the roads throughout the borough, for one day out of 365.”

The leader of Chorley Council, Coun Alistair Bradley, said: “While the Ironman event brings a lot of attention to the Chorley borough and showcases our fantastic cycling routes, we can understand the frustrations of some local people who are unable to get out and about on the day due to the event road closures.

“We will continue to speak to the Ironman team about their intentions for future years.

“And should they wish to continue to hold the cycling element of the event in the Chorley borough, we will ask them to consider alternative routes so that the burden of road closures does not fall on the same areas every time.”

Ironman UK declined to comment.

 

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