‘Graffiti’ Anger at Ironman

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Highways bosses have been slammed for not cleaning up ‘graffiti’ following a popular annual race through Chorley - for the second year running.

The gruelling Ironman event - which calls on competitors to do a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run - attracts thousands of supporters.

And many daub painted words of encouragement on the road surface.

But the messages of support are not being removed - and it is claimed they are spoiling the countryside. This year’s Ironman challenge on Sunday - which took in areas such as Rivington, Wheelton, Whittle-le-Woods and Buckshaw Village - had more than 90 counts of graffiti on the roads.

Rivington resident Craig Rotherham, 45, criticised the non-removal of messages over a stretch between Rivington and Belmont. “I went out to check because it happened last year and there was 94 pieces of graffiti over two miles,” he said.

“It ruins a true beauty spot and I can’t believe it isn’t being cleaned up.

“I have nothing against the Ironman Challenge but the graffiti ruins Rivington. I and residents could accept it if it was cleaned up - but it isn’t.”

Bill Dawson, LCC’s highways manager for Chorley, said: “The same has happened in past years and the paint has tended to wear off due to weathering and being worn away by car tyres.”