Chesterfield proved that it is placing a firm foot in the racing circuit with the town welcoming over 1,000 runners for their marathon, half marathon and fun run on Sunday 20 September. The event, celebrating its second year, saw local runner David Taylor take first place over 26.2 miles in a closely fought contest with runner-up Jonathan Godfrey, just one second separating the top two.
Competing in what was his first marathon, Taylor, 36, finished in 2:55:11, to narrowly pip runner-up Jonathan Godfrey (2:55:12). David Blow secured third in a time of 2.58:28. Taylor commented: “I’m extremely proud of what I’ve achieved today. It was quite tough, but as a local lad I knew what I was in for. This is my first marathon. I didn’t run for a charity today but I’m going to donate my £250 winnings to Kids ‘n’ Cancer.”
Caroline Hemming, a teacher from Warrington, won the women’s full marathon with a time of 3:15:58, followed by Emma Diggle, who crossed the line in 3.21.20. Lindsay Cuthbertson, a member of Derby-based Rolls-Royce Harriers, came third, recording a time of 3.38:52.
Caroline, 49, who has completed an impressive 125 marathons since taking up running in the late 1980s, said: “I love running marathons. I started running in 1988 but I didn’t run my first marathon until 2006. “I decided to join the 100 marathon club and I’ve now run 125.”
In the half marathon, Nick Tulp from Les Croupiers RC took the men’s title in a time of 1:17:50, ahead of Phil Skelton in second (1:19:19) and Billy Cartright (1:20:00). Dronfield runner Nicola Gleadall regained her 2014 title to cross the line first in 1:27:32, with Jane Batty 1:30:55 and Claire Bracegirdle finishing third in 1:36:50.
In addition to the running events, there was family entertainment throughout Queen’s Park with a fun fair, bouncy castles, market and food stalls and live music on the main stage. The event culminated with a huge fireworks display to celebrate the success of the day.
Mike Hyman, co-founder of Kids ‘n’ Cancer, said: “It’s been an absolutely awesome day. For me it’s been fantastic to see all of the families, all the 250 people we’ve helped, together in one place. In that sense it’s been a unique event. And the amount of people we’ve had supporting us has been incredible.”
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to every single runner, volunteer, spectator and sponsor for helping to make the 2015 Chesterfield Marathon such a huge success. I’m hoping that our work can continue to enable children to have lives, and to put Chesterfield more firmly on the map.”