Chesterfield will host one of its largest events of the year this Sunday (20 September) with over 1,000 runners expected to take part in the local marathon, half marathon and team relay races. The weekend looks set to be a celebratory affair with a ‘Party in the Park’, plus various food and market stalls, all organised.
Celebrating its second year, the Drainage 2000 Chesterfield Marathon will see runners start (and finish) at Queen’s Park and move through the town centre onto the A617, then looping around onto Slack Lane, Park Road and Chesterfield Road before hitting Mansfield and Hasland Road.
Once at Hady Hill, half marathon participants will return towards Queen’s Park for the finish, with full Marathon runners making their way along the A61 to the Casa Hotel, towards Pevril Road and through to Dunston. From there, the route will pass through Loundsley Green and Holme Brook Valley Park before reaching Ashgate Road and heading back towards the town centre – finally returning to Queen’s Park for the finish.
In addition to the races, Kids ‘n’ Cancer has organised a massive ‘Party in the Park’ to bring the community of Chesterfield together with face painting, hair braiding, and target football. Live music on the main stage will kick off at 1.30pm to keep the music lovers entertained until 8:30pm, bringing the day to an end with a firework display.
Mike Hyman, co-founder of Kids ‘n’ Cancer, said: “We’re really excited that race day is nearly upon us and we can’t wait to see people of all ages and abilities taking to the starting blocks at Queen’s Park. Last year was an absolutely fantastic day and we are looking forward to welcoming spectators and supporters to help us celebrate and raise vital funds for some incredibly worthwhile causes."