Marathon has helped to put Chesterfield on the map

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In response to the letter from Philip Spackman (September 25), we would like to address some of the points raised on the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon.

This was the biggest participation event in the town for more than 30 years, with more than 1,500 people taking part in the full marathon, half marathon and fun run.

Organising an event of this scale is a huge undertaking and was put together by a team of just eight.

This will, of course, result in temporary road closures. Signs were placed throughout the route at least two weeks before the day to notify people of the planned closures, and leaflets and notifications were distributed via the local media in the months, weeks and days prior to the event. In the 24 hours before the marathon, every car on the route was also leafleted.

On the day, our team of more than 150 marshals, mostly volunteers and community groups, worked hard to ensure disruptions were kept to a minimum.

We appreciate people were affected by the road closures and diversions. We will be looking closelyl at these issues for next year’s race.

Feedback from runners and local people has been fantastic and the support on the day was phenomenal. More than 5,000 people descended on Queen’s Park and thousands were on the route cheering on runners.

The event has helped put Chesterfield on the map and stimulate the economy.

And, most importantly, thousands of pounds were raised on the day.

As well as a percentage being donated to local good causes, money will also go towards ensuring Kids ’n’ Cancer can continue helping children to receive life-saving proton therapy treatment in the USA.

Mike Hyman

Co-founder of the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon and charity Kids ’n’ Cancer UK: