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The Sparks Series: Simon Wheatcroft - Making the impossible, possible

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Chesterfield Library
New Beetwell Street
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S40 1QN
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The Sparks Series: Simon Wheatcroft - Making the impossible, possible

About

What would you do if you lost your sight at the age of 17? For Simon Wheatcroft, the second speaker in The Sparks Series, it meant adapting available technology to achieve the impossible.

By cleverly making use of technology, Simon learned not only to navigate everyday life, but also to run outdoors with only a smartphone app and his remaining senses as a guide. Seven months later, he ran his first ever race – an incredible 100 miles long.

Since then, he has gone on to compete in ultra-marathons in the Namibian desert. He now works with leading technology companies to assist them to develop products which help others to go further than they ever imagined.

This is a free event but tickets are required for entry. To book your place visit: www.chesterfield.ac.uk/the-sparks-series

Guide Prices

This is a free event but tickets are required for entry. To book your place visit: www.chesterfield.ac.uk/the-sparks-series

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Catering

  • On-site catering

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Opening Times

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Limited on street parking is available but the directions below are to the nearest car parks.

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Select left hand lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Follow road for approx 500 yards (passing Vicar Lane multi storey car park), and turn left down Park Road. Take first left turning into Beetwell Street multi storey car park.

For surface car parks at traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at roundabout take 1st exit (continuous lane). At traffic lights select right hand lane and go straight on. At roundabout (traffic light controlled) keep in right lane and take 4th exit turning left into Rutland Road. Select right hand lane and at traffic lights at top of hill turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill East) and turn into car park on left or right.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 2nd exit turning left into Rutland Road. Select right hand lane and at traffic lights at top of hill turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill East) and turn into car park on left or right.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 15 minute walk away

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

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