23rd April 2017
Denzil Lawrence has just finished the London Marathon in a time of 5:18:48.
He has been running to raise money for our 2017 Restoration Appeal.
To donate, please click here.
“I’ve been running informally for just over 10 years now, with the Spinkhill Striders running club, and have gained a place in this year’s London Marathon on 23rd April.
Over the last 10 years of running, my favourite route has been along the course of the Chesterfield Canal. From my home village of Spinkhill I’ve gradually made it further along past the Staveley basin, to Hollingwood (I’ve being able to ignore the lure of a bacon sandwich!) and as part of my marathon training I’ve even reached beyond Tapton Lock – fantastic! I’ve appreciated every encouraging hello from the Chesterfield Canal Trust’s volunteer workforce along the way!
Seeing the progress in restoration of the canal over the years has been an absolute joy. The Trust is creating a beautiful place to run, cycle and walk for generations to come. For those friends and family kind enough to offer support and sponsorship, I’d like to raise funds to continue this work!
To see the full statistics on Denzil’s run, click here.
To see his start photo, click here.
In 2016, the Chesterfield Canal Trust spent over £85,000 on the restoration of the canal done by our volunteer Work Party.
For 2017 only we are running our A Place in History Restoration Fund in order to keep up the same level of progress. All monies raised will go towards the costs of plant and materials used by our volunteers.
In 1989, the twenty miles of canal from Worksop to Chesterfield were derelict. Since then, 11 miles have been restored along with 37 locks, 11 major road bridges and 2 marinas. Every aspect of the restoration of the remaining 9 miles is covered in a one thousand page document called Next Navigation produced by the Chesterfield Canal Partnership.
Between 1996 and 2003 a new marina was built at Shireoaks and the restoration of 6 miles of canal, several bridges and 31 locks extended the head of navigation from Worksop to the Norwood Tunnel.
At the isolated western end, 5 miles and 5 locks from Chesterfield to Mill Green were made navigable between 1990 and 2002.
Four of these locks were restored by the volunteer Work Party of the Chesterfield Canal Society; they built the fifth from scratch.
A half mile stretch at Renishaw was completed in 2009. A further half mile to the new Staveley Town Basin was opened in 2012.
Our volunteer Work Party built a 600 metre wash wall to link Mill Green to the new basin.
The new Staveley Town Lock was built by our volunteers and opened in 2016.
A new terminal basin is the centrepiece of the £350 million Chesterfield Waterside complex currently under construction.
If we can raise sufficient funds, in 2017 our volunteers will complete 400 metres of brand new canal east of Staveley Town Lock, including a huge spill weir.