The Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon has welcomed its 1000th entrant in 67-year-old John Edward Bee. John, a former member of North Derbyshire Running Club, will make his marathon bow at the inaugural event on Sunday 14 September.
The race has gained widespread attention since being launched and looks likely to be one of the biggest participant events in the town for more than 30 years. Set in the beautiful county of Derbyshire, the course is said to make the most of Chesterfield’s appealing historic market and architecture.
Despite being an experienced runner, this will represent a first full marathon for John, who has taken part in a number of half marathons, 10k and 5k races. John said: “I’m hopeful I can finish the full distance, but whether I can run all the way is another matter! It's really all about taking part and showing support for charity. I just really hope I can finish before everyone else has gone home!”
While John planned to keep his marathon preparation under wraps, hitting the milestone now means he’ll be under pressure from his running buddies: “I was going to keep entering the Chesterfield Marathon a secret from the running club's members, but I may need to rethink that now! It’s great to be the 1000th entry.”
Daniel Lane, landlord of John’s local pub the George and Dragon in Clay Cross, has already offered him a generous sponsorship amount, which John is aiming to at least match as his own sponsorship target. Daniel added: “John has taken part in the pub's own charity event—the ‘Dragon Run’—a five-mile annual race in and around the Clay Cross area for a number of years. We have every confidence he will do very well in the Chesterfield Marathon.”
The Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon also includes a half marathon distance, both of which are scheduled for Sunday 14 September. For more information on registration, visit the event website.