Town’s first marathon is launched

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

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A marathon tipped to be the biggest participation event in Chesterfield’s history has been officially launched.

The Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon – run by charity Kids ‘n’ Cancer – hopes to attract 3000 runners and thousands more spectators to the town on September 14, 2014.

Speaking at the event’s launch last Friday, charity boss, Mike Hyman, said the event is set to “put Chesterfield on the map.”

He added: “This will be a feel good event that will involve and promote all elements of our local community.

“Very little happens in Chesterfield on an annual basis. We want the Chesterfield and Derbyshire marathon to grow into a weekend event that people will want to come to and the people of the town can be proud of.”

Proposals for the event also include a half marathon, fun run, team marathon and a fair at Queen’s Park – where the race will finish.

Permission to close the A61 Dronfield bypass has been given by Derbyshire County Council.

Derbyshire County Council’s deputy cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “This sounds like a great race for a fantastic charity, which will bring runners from all over the country to Chesterfield. We’ve been working hard with the organisers to help them devise a route and we wish them all the best with their preparations.”

A spokesman for Chesterfield Borough Council added: “The organisers are seeking approval from the Derbyshire Safety Advisory Group to run the event and once they have that more detailed discussions will be held.”