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Chesterfield 5k 2023

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Chesterfield 5k

Sunday 9 Jul 2023

£15.99 Adults | £11.00 Children, under 6s free
Minimum fundraising target: £50

Date: Sunday 9 Jul 2023

Time: 11:00

Venue: Queen's Park

Life is worth Racing for. Enter Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and raise money for life-saving cancer research.

About the 5k event

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The 5k is an achievable distance and a good first challenge for most people. At just over 3 miles it can take about an hour to walk on average, but there's no pressure to finish in a certain time. Go at your own pace to help fund life-saving cancer research.


Queen's Park, Off Boythorpe Road, Chesterfield, S40 2ND View map

Course information

The start and finish are entirely on grass. The event site is on grass which is predominantly flat, however it can be uneven. Ground ground conditions may vary according to recent weather conditions. There is a tarmac path running around the perimeter of the event site. 

The 5k course is a 2.5k double lap and is predominantly on surfaced paths. It is predominantly flat but there is one slight uphill and downhill gradient. 

Wheelchair users can choose to join and finish the race where the grass meets the path (approx. 20m) to avoid the grass.

There will not be any water refill stations along the course so if you require water during the event, please remember to bring your own reusable water bottle already filled up.  A Scottish Power water refill station will be available to use at the finish 

Please arrive 30 to 45mins before your start time so that you are prepared and ready to go on time.

Join forces or go solo

Race for Life participants having fun at events
You can take part in any Race for Life event as an individual or a group to raise money for life-saving research. Walk, jog or run together in a group or go solo at your own pace, or lead the way as a Group Leader and get family, friends and colleagues involved! However you choose to get muddy, you’re helping to beat cancer.

Warm up with other Race for Lifers

Shake off any pre-Race nerves and get moving with our fun warm-up session just before your event.

Supporters and spectators welcome

Bring along as many supporters as you like to cheer you on! We’ve got things for everyone to do, check out the Location section above to see what’s happening on the day.

Soak up the atmosphere

After you've completed the course, stay on and celebrate with other participants, friends and family with a picnic in the park.

Your entry fee covers the cost of your event, but your fundraising helps us save and improve lives. Join the celebration, join the family, and join the thousands helping to raise the money we need to power Cancer Research UK’s biggest discoveries.

Event details

Once you sign up for your Race for Life event, you'll receive an email with all the need-to-know details to help you feel fully prepared for the day.

Meeting point

The start and finish line is located in front of the bandstand within Queen's Park. 

If using what3words, enter ///back.scales.online in the free app, to find the exact starting point.

Pedestrians: The closest entrance to the event site is from Boythorpe Avenue. It can also be reached easily from all entrances to Queen's Park and then by following the paths towards the bandstand. 

General Event Parking:  There is no designated parking available for the event. Boythorpe Avenue will be closed on event day and Queen's Park North Car Park will be closed for the duration of the event. Queen's Park South and Boythorpe Avenue Pay & Display car parks will remain open and operational as usual. The journey from these entrances to the event site is a 100 - 300m walk on tarmac paths. Car parking is also available in a number of public pay and display car parks around the town centre which is a 0.5 mile walk to Queen's Park. 

Blue Badge Parking: There is limited Blue Badge parking in Queen's Park North and South car parks. The journey from these car parks to the event site is a 200m walk on tarmac paths.

Volunteer Parking: Volunteer parking is available in the Queen's Park North Car Park. The journey from here to the event site is 200m on tarmac paths.

Drop Offs: Streets surrounding Queen's Park can be used for drop offs but please do so in a safe manner, being mindful of traffic and local residents.

Public Transport:

Bus: There are numerous bus services that run from the surrounding areas into the town centre and onto Park Road and Boythorpe Road that surround Queen's Park. Plan your journey at www.travelsouthyorkshire.com 

Train: The nearest train station is Chesterfield, which is 1 mile from the venue.

Electric Charging points: The closest car charging point to the event site is the InstaVolt Charging Station at McDonald's on Markham Road, S40 1AA

Cycling & Bike Racks: There is no designated bike parking at Queen's Park 

Dogs allowed
Suitable for pushchairs
Wheelchair accessible
No bag drop
No showers
No parking

We aim to provide our supporters with as much information as possible so that they can make an informed choice based on their own specific needs.

Please refer to the meeting point, course information and travel sections where we aim to give you suffient information on each of these areas.

We have assessed this route and concluded it is wheelchair accessible. 

If you require any further information on the accessibility of a Race for Life event, or wish to bring a carer/assistant to accompany you or if you need to bring a guide runner, please contact our Supporter Hotline on 0300 123 0770 and press 1 when prompted (Opening hours are 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday) or email us at raceforlife@cancer.org.uk 

We aim to have a British Sign Language Interpreter  available on stage whilst our event host is speaking.

Bring a water bottle
We’re trying to reduce single-use plastic at Race for Life. Please bring your own reusable water bottle, already filled. We'll provide an ecofriendly water-refill station at the finish that uses as little single-use plastic as possible.

Have the right kit
It’s a good idea to check the weather before your event and dress accordingly. Think breathable sports gear (leggings and shorts are ideal) and well-fitting trainers. For Pretty Muddy, wear something you don’t mind getting dirty.
Check out the latest range of Race for Life clothing and accessories in our online shop.

Be sun smart
Stay sun safe by finding shade when you’re not on the course and covering up with clothes, a hat and sunglasses. On parts you can’t cover, use sunscreen with at least SPF15 and a 4 or 5 star rating. Find out more about being sun smart.

Your back sign and race number
Remember to bring your back sign and Race number which will be sent to you in the post – don’t forget safety pins so you can attach them to you.

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