MOTORISTS will face disruption as thousands of athletes head out on to the borough’s roads for one of sport’s toughest endurance challenges this weekend.
More than 1,500 competitors will take on the Ironman UK triathlon on Sunday, with the 2.4 mile swim taking place in Pennington Flash and the first section of the gruelling 112-mile bike ride taking competitors through Leigh and Atherton.
A number of roads in Leigh and Atherton will be closed on Sunday morning, with St Helens Road in Leigh being shut between Daric Close and Atherleigh Way, which will also be closed as far as Wigan Road in Atherton.
Gibfield Park Way and Gibfield Park Avenue in Atherton will also be closed in their entirety, and North Road will be shut from Gibfield Park Avenue to Platt Lane in Westhoughton, where the cyclists will leave the borough to ride across to Chorley and Rivington.
All accesses to these roads will also be shut, with the exception of Wigan Road, where stop and go signals will be in operation to manage vehicles entering and leaving Atherton.
Access for motorists wishing to get to Leigh from the East Lancashire Road will be via Atherleigh Way, St Helens Road and King Street, while drivers travelling from the north will have to make their way along Leigh Road from Atherton.
The roads will be closed shortly before the race begins at 6am, and should be open again by 12 noon.