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Actor takes on marathon number 13

Actor George Telfer is preparing to take on his 13th marathon in his home town of Chesterfield.

Actor George Telfer prepares to tackle his 13th marathon Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The star, best known for his roles in the Auton film series and Emmerdale, will join 1,000 runners today at the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon .

George, 52, has previously completed 10 London marathons, eight of them in aid of children's charity Whizz-Kidz.

He has also completed the Kielder Marathon and the York Marathon.

It feels fantastic to be running in Chesterfield. I've been running lots of routes here for years so it's great to do an official run.

"I train all year round, normally around three or four times a week. I just love to run, I love it that bit more every year. It's become part of my daily life."

– George Telfer

The Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon will raise funds for Kids 'n' Cancer UK, as well as other charities including Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity.

Spireites secure Villa midfielder on loan

Chesterfield have made a double signing on the eve of their first game of the season against Leyton Orient.

Aston Villa's 21-year-old midfielder joins for three months on loan, but the Premiership club have an option to recall him after a month.

The League One club have also signed 29-year-old Benin international Romauld Boco who was a free agent after leaving Plymouth Argyle.

Boco played under Chesterfield boss Paul Cook at Sligo Rovers and Accrington Stanley.

Chesterfield turn down Leeds bid for Cooper

Chesterfield have confirmed they have turned down a bid from Leeds United for defender Liam Cooper.

Chesterfield Chief Executive Chris Turner has confirmed that an undisclosed six-figure offer for Cooper failed to meet the club's asking price.

The former Hull player was a key player at the heart of the Spireites' title-winning defence last season.

We have turned down an initial bid which was below our valuation of Liam and we now await a response from Leeds. I'm not surprised that there has been interest in Liam because he is a quality player. Paul Cook has assembled a squad of players who are capable of playing in League 1 and above and it would be a surprise if none of them attracted interest from other clubs.

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield chief executive

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Dad helped by miscarriage research: don't give up hope for children

A father from Chesterfield has told would-be parents struggling to have children not to give up hope.

Michael Appleby and his wife Nicola tried for ten years to have children. After scientists discovered there was a faulty gene found in both men and women, Nicola was offered drugs and they had healthy twins.

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