Fun in the sun at Chesterfield marathon

Runners and spectators flocked by the thousand to Chesterfield’s Queen’s Park on Sunday for the town’s second annual marathon.

More than a thousand competitors took part in three races which took place on the day; a full marathon, a half marathon and a fun run.

Half marathon runners with their medals. L/R: Glen Frost, Sarah Hill, Martin Sawyer.

Half marathon runners with their medals. L/R: Glen Frost, Sarah Hill, Martin Sawyer.

And the crowds were treated to a welcome bit of late summer sun as they cheered the runners home while enjoying the party in the park atmosphere and, later on, a fabulous fireworks display.

Organiser Mike Hyman, of Chesterfield based charity Kids‘n’Cancer, said: “It was just an amazing day and the weather was fantastic.

“We had people from all over the world - the US, Germany, Spain, France as well as every part of the UK.”

The mens full marathon was won by local lad David Taylor and the women’s by Caroline Hemming but the event was as much about the hundreds of charity and fun runners as it was about the elite field.

As well as Kids‘n’Cancer, other organisations set to benefit from the marathon include Macmillan, the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and the British Heart Foundation, as well as community groups like Chesterfield District Scouts and the Friends of Holmebrook Valley and Eastwood Park.