The IRONMAN 70.3 athletic event will return to Dorset on Sunday, September 22.

The challenge will involve a 1.2 mile swim in Weymouth Bay, a 56 mile bike ride through Dorset and a 13.1 mile run that passes through Weymouth - a total of 70.3 miles.

It is expected that thousands of athletes will flock to Weymouth to take part in this gruelling test of physical prowess.

Last year's event attracted a record 2,750 contestants, including 60 relay teams.

The regional partners for this year's event include Macmillan Cancer Support, Mr Lees Noodles, Wessex FM and Children with Cancer UK.

Anyone looking for more information about this gargantuan test of strength and endurance should visit eu.ironman.com