SPIREITES: Chesterfield chief executive signs up

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Spireites chief executive Chris Turner has signed up for this year’s Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon.

He will run the half marathon, which takes place in the town on September 14, and is running on behalf of the Chesterfield’s Football in the Community programme.

More than 700 people are set to take part in the event which also includes a full marathon, and a relay race, where four competitors take a share of the course.

Young people and families can also enter the fun run which involves shorter distances up to two miles.

The full 26-mile route starts and finishes in Queen’s Park, in the town centre, with the event raising funds for children’s charity Kids ‘n’ Cancer UK, as well as other local charities and causes, including Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

Spireites manager Paul Cook and a selection of players are due to attend the marathon to give their support to all runners, with more than 1,000 people set to take part.

Turner said: “It’s a great opportunity for the town to come together and support various charities in the local area, including Kids ‘n’ Cancer.

“It sounds like it will be a great event, with lots of entertainment around the day. Hopefully we can help get this marathon on the map as one of the best events in the country to take part in.

“I really do feel Chesterfield is on the move. The football club plays a major part in the town and when it’s successful the whole area benefits.

“It’s exciting times and with the marathon, along with Tom Jones and Party at the Proact coming soon too, there’s a lot taking place.”

Runners have until June 1 to enter the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon at the current discount rates of £35 (full marathon) £20 (half marathon) £100 (relay) and £5 (fun run). The deadline is also applicable to runners from the cancelled Sheffield Half Marathon, who will receive a discount to enter the race.

In addition to the running events, there will be a range of fun activities for everyone in Queens Park.

The post-race celebration party kicks off straight after the fun run finishes with entertainment and live bands, fairground rides, an inflatable arena and multi-sports fun for everyone.