The Chesterfield Half Marathon has been launched with a new look route – which promises to be flatter and faster than previous years.
Organisers believe it will attract more participants and elite runners from around the world.
The changes come alongside a suspension of the full marathon for 2016, to enable organisers to focus on creating a much-improved route for the 2017 event.
Runners can now register to take part in the 2016 half marathon, which takes place on Sunday, October 2. It will also include a fun run and a relay race, where four competitors take a share of the course over a distance of either 5km or two people over 10km each.
Mike Hyman, of the event organisers, said: “It has always been our intention for the Chesterfield Half Marathon to be a world class event that will attract runners and visitors to our town from across the UK and beyond. So that, as well as the thousands of pounds the event can generate for many charities, the Chesterfield Half Marathon also benefits the local economy, from the influx of visitors to our town who will spend their money in our shops, restaurants, bars and hotels.
“The route we have designed for this year definitely achieves our ambition. We have been working closely with the local authorities and other agencies for many months, as well as listening to runners’ and residents’ feedback to try and design an equally attractive full marathon route, but there is still more work to do to achieve the optimum route.
“In relation to the full marathon, it is a very difficult task to agree a route that is attractive enough to runners to make it commercially viable, while at the same time limits disruption to residents and satisfies all the agencies concerned, including the emergency services and Highways England. Therefore in 2016 we have decided not to hold the full marathon and instead focus on building the half marathon and the 4 X 5K team relay event.”
Starting and finishing in Chesterfield’s Queen’s Park, the route has retained popular stretches through areas like Hasland whilst also incorporating Chatsworth Road and more of the town centre. The route is all road-based and is fully wheelchair accessible.
There will be an all-day ‘Party in the Park’ in Queen’s Park with a range of entertainment, along with festival zones in areas such as Hasland and Chatsworth Road. To register visit www.chesterfieldmarathon.org.uk/registrations