CHESTERFIELD: Marathon plan for town

Mike Hyman founder and Andrea Hooley Events and Business manager Kids n Cancer
Mike Hyman founder and Andrea Hooley Events and Business manager Kids n Cancer

Ten thousand people are forecasted to descend on Chesterfield for a proposed marathon – which is set to “put the the town on the map”.

Planning is underway for the Chesterfield Marathon, which hopes to attract 3000 runners and thousands more spectators to the town in June 2014.

Mike Hyman, founder of Tapton-based charity, Kids ‘n’ Cancer – who are organising the event – said: “An event like this could put Chesterfield on the map.”

The charity’s corporate events manager, Andrea Hooley, added:

“It’s going to be massive for Chesterfield. If we get 3000 runners to compete, and they all bring between three and five people, then we are looking at 10,000 people coming.”

The exact route of the marathon is still being negotiated, but organisers say it will start at the Town Hall, and finish in Queen’s Park.

Full details of the event – including information about a proposed carnival to mark the race’s finish – will be revealed at a civic luncheon on June 14.

Dominic Stevens, manager at Destination Chesterfield, said: “Destination Chesterfield welcome proposals for a Chesterfield Marathon and the benefits such an event will bring to the local economy and the profile of the town. We look forward to hearing the full details when it is officially launched in June.”

Huw Bowen, chief executive of Chesterfield Borough Council, said the proposals are welcome He added: “We look forward to meeting with the organisers of the marathon in the coming weeks to find out more details about the event being proposed.”

A glittering fundraising dinner is planned for June 14, to help celebrate the launch of the Kind ‘n’ Cancer UK Chesterfield Marathon.

The event, which will be held at Casa hotel, will include food and entertainment, as well as information on the race.

Call Andrea Hooley on 07507 236407 or email ahooley@kidsncancer.co.uk for tickets, priced at £500 for a table of ten.