Sparkle Night Walk 2024: All you need to know about 10km fundraiser for Ashgate Hospice which has attracted a record entry

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A record number of people will take part in this weekend’s Sparkle Night Walk in aid of Ashgate Hospice.

The 10km fundraiser has attracted 3,337 participants, 237 more than last year when £317,671 was collected in sponsorship.

Wearing pink T-shirts and flashing bunny ears, the walkers will set off from Chesterfield Football Club’s car park on Saturday, June 22.

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Here is everything you need to know ahead of the event which is sponsored by NOCN Group, Magpie Beauty (T-shirts) and Harold Lilleker & Sons (halfway point):

There will be more participants in this year's Sparkle Night Walk through Chesterfield than ever before.There will be more participants in this year's Sparkle Night Walk through Chesterfield than ever before.
There will be more participants in this year's Sparkle Night Walk through Chesterfield than ever before.


Participants arrive at the football stadium’s car park on Sheffield Road from 7pm for entertainment and warm-up. There is limited parking on site so people are advised to use public transport or be dropped off at the Glass Yard and make their way to the stadium to arrive no later than 9.30pm.

Car park and event volunteers should arrive at 6pm. Marshalls are required to arrive at 8pm.

Road closuresThese roads will be closed from 7pm to 4am:

*Ernie Moss Way, half road closure and one way system set up. Access to Lidi, KFC, Costa etc will still be available. No access onto Ernie Moss Way from Sheffield Road.

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*Lockoford Lane, full closure between Brimington roundabout and Ernie Moss Way. Access to and from Casa Hotel will be controlled by GTM staff.

*Brimington roundabout, only inner lane open.

*A61 dual carriageway, full closure in both directions between Brimington roundabout and Hornsbridge roundabout.

*A617 dual carriageway, inner lane only closed eastbound from Hornsbridge roundabout to Spital Lane slip road.

*Spital Lane slip road, full closure.

*St Leonards Drive, full closure in between Spital Lane and Hasland Road.

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*Hasland Road, half closure between Saxton Close and Hampton Street.

*Hasland Road, full closure between Hampton Street and Mansfield Road.

*The Green, full closure between Mansfield Road and Storforth Lane.

These roads will be closed from 10pm:

*Baden Powell Road, half road closure between Park Road and Summerfield Road.

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*Park Road, half road closure between Baden Powell Road and Boythorpe Avenue.

*Park Road, full closure between Boythorpe Avenue and the exit from Ravenside retail park.

Hipper Street South, closed where it meets Markham Road. Access to businesses permitted if required.

Walk route

The walk will set off from Chesterfield football stadium at 10pm with participants heading for Spital and onto Hasland. There will be a halfway stop at Eastwood Park in Hasland where walkers can grab a banana, chocolate bar and a bottle of water. Toilet facilities will be available in the park. Participants will then walk along Storforth Lane to Chesterfield, along Markham Road and part of the A61 bypass before returning to the football stadium. The walk is expected to take from 90-120 minutes to complete.


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The Met Office weather forecast shows a warm evening for the walk with a 17deg C temperature at 10pm on Saturday falling to 15deg C by 1am on Sunday and a minimal chance of rain at just 5% throughout the walk period.


Participants are urged not to bring their sponsorship money to the walk. Money can be paid online, taken to the Ashgate Hospice fundraising centre at Unit 89-91, Storforth Lane Trading Estate Hasland or to Ashgate Hospice at Ashgate Road, Old Brampton.

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