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Chesterfield marathon offer discount to Sheffield runners

Runners in the cancelled Sheffield Half Marathon are being given a discount to enter in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon in September.

Chesterfield Marathon organisers
Chesterfield Marathon organisers

Organisers of the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon will provide entry into the full marathon at £25 and the half marathon at £15 - a reduction on the current prices of £35 and £20 respectively – if they sign-up before June 1.

Any runners entering the relay race, usual price £100, will receive a £20 discount.

Runners will have to provide their Sheffield Half Marathon race ID number to qualify for the reduction.

Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon takes place on Sunday, September 14 and will raise funds for children’s charity Kids ‘n’ Cancer UK, as well as other local charities and causes, including Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity.

Runners can take part in a full marathon, half marathon and a relay race, where four competitors take a share of the course. There will also be a fun run for parents, children and anyone wanting to take part in shorter distances up to two miles.

Mike Hyman, founder of Kids ‘N’ Cancer and the marathon, said: “We have great sympathy for both the runners and organisers in the cancellation of the Sheffield Half Marathon after everyone had put in a lot of hard work in the build-up to it.

“We therefore wanted to offer our support by providing a discount to those runners to provide them with a race in the region of similar distance. The offer will be open to runners wanting to take part in both the half marathon and full marathon as part of our day in September.”

More than 450 people have already signed up to take part in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon and entry is now open for all events.

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Mercian Battalion honoured by marching through Chesterfield

As the phased withdrawal of troops from the war zone gathers pace, a battalion which has lost 11 soldiers since the start of the conflict has returned home for the last time and paraded through the streets of Chesterfield.

The infantry battalion of the second Mercian has seen some of the fiercest fighting on the battlefields and paid a high price. David Hirst was in Chesterfield for todays march past.:

Soldiers exercise freedom of Chesterfield

Soldiers from one of the most highly decorated battalions in the Army have been given a heroes welcome in Chesterfield today as they exercised their freedom of the town.

Infantry battalion 2nd Mercian marched through the streets just months after the last of four deployments in Afghanistan where they went toe-to-toe with the Taliban.

Major Tom Kelly says his men should be proud of their time in the conflict:

Mercian Regiment prepare to march through Chesterfield

Members of 2nd battalion The Mercian Regiment prepare to exercise their freedom of Chesterfield. The battalion is one of the most highly decorated in the Army.

Members of the regiment prepare to march

It has completed four tours of Afghanistan and has seen six soldiers die in the conflict, including Private Matthew Haseldin, who was killed in 2011.

Among the VIP guests at today's symbolic event is the Duchess of Devonshire

The regiment's mascot

Mercian Regiment exercise freedom of Chesterfield

The Mercian Regiment recruits from Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Credit: Press Association

2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment will exercise their freedom of the borough of Chesterfield later, by parading through the town.

The Duchess of Devonshire, the Lord Lieutenant, Mr William Tucker, and Chesterfield's Mayor, Cllr Paul Christopher Stone will be present.

Chesterfield residents are also invited to line the streets by 10:10am for a 10:20am start outside the Town Hall.

Before the parade, the Duchess of Devonshire will present a new ram, the regimental mascot - known as Private Derby - to the regiment on behalf of the Duke of Devonshire.

The salute will be taken on the Town Hall steps by the Lord Lieutenant, Mr William Tucker and Chesterfield's Mayor, Councillor Paul Christopher Stone.

Councillor Graham King, Chesterfield Borough Council's executive member for governance, said:

"2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment is made up of many local young people and this is an opportunity for our residents to come along and show how much they appreciate the work of our armed forces."

The Mercian Regiment was granted freedom of entry to Chesterfield borough in December 2007 and has previously paraded in the town in March 2008 and March 2010.

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