Banham Marsden March FAQs

CANCELLED: The Banham Marsden March

It is with great regret that we have cancelled The Banham Marsden March, due to take place tomorrow, due to a yellow weather warning issued by the Met Office for high wind speeds. 

Marsden March walkers

Date and start information

When is The Banham Marsden March this year?

In 2019 The Banham Marsden March takes place on Sunday 10 March. Early bird registration will be open from Monday 17 September for walkers to sign up.

Where does the walk start and finish? 

In 2019 the 15 mile walk will start at Dovehouse Green – see map. Every year we review all aspects of the event and in 2019 we want more walkers than ever before to join us. For that reason we have relocated the start location so we are able to accommodate more walkers in a safe and accessible location. 

As we haven’t moved far, the walk will still go directly past the front of The Royal Marsden Hospital in Chelsea. 

The 5 mile walk will start from King George’s Recreation Field next to Morden Park – see map
Both distances finish at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton – see map.

What are the start times? 

We don't want everyone starting the walk at the same time or it will be mayhem!

The first wave for the 15 mile walk will start at 08.30am and the first wave for the 5 mile walk will be at 11am.

Walkers will move off in 'waves' based on estimated finishing times and we will endeavour to group teams together in the same wave time. We will be allocating wave times in January once all of our walkers have signed up and registered and the event is closed.

We are unable to confirm individual start times until January 2019.

Taking part

Am I allowed to take part in the walk?

We welcome all ability levels - as long as you enjoy a good walk!

We ask that if you have an existing medical condition, are pregnant or a Royal Marsden patient that you check with your GP or consultant before taking part and make us aware for health and safety purposes.

Also if you are planning to take part in a wheelchair please let us know so we can make sure you have the right support from our team on the day.

Make sure you have fuelled properly for the day. We have been kindly donated recipes for a delicious and healthy three course meal. Enough to keep you going for your 5 or 15 miles!

Is there an age limit?

There are no age limits. If you are under 16 you can still take part as long as you are accompanied by a responsible adult. And more mature walkers are also welcome - we believe you're as old as you feel!

The walk is full. Can I still take part?

Sorry we’d love it if everyone could walk with us but due to the route and health and safety, we’re restricted on numbers. Entries are given out on a first come, first serve basis.

Can I still get involved if I can’t take part as a walker?

Of course, you don't have to walk to support us – we’ll need plenty of volunteers on the day. 


For all the dos and don'ts of taking part in The Banham Marsden March, take a look at our full terms and conditions of entry


How will I know if my registration went through?

You will be shown a confirmation screen and sent an email. If you haven’t received your email please check your junk mail - just in case!

If you’re unsure whether it’s gone through, give us a call and we can check for you.

Can I sign up more than one person at a time?

Yes the more the merrier! If you are registering someone else you will need the details below from them:

  • email

  • address

  • date of birth

  • t-shirt size

How can I ensure that I’m walking with my friends/family?

Make sure you have all registered for the same walk, using the same team name and the same walking time.  

We will do our best to make sure that everyone with the same team name is walking together, but we cannot guarantee this.

Can I register on the day?

Unfortunately not, we need everyone taking part to register in advance.

It’s vital for our administration and also to make sure we have appropriate stewarding, insurance, first aid cover, and plenty of food and drink!

Once you’ve registered

I can no longer take part, what should I do?

Let us know as soon as possible, and if you know someone who wants to take your place instead, send us their details and we will transfer the place. But don't worry if you don't, we have people on our waiting list ready to take it.

Please note we can only replace walkers up to 15 February 2019.

When will I receive my walker pack?

If you haven’t received your walker pack please email us at [email protected] with your name and the address you registered with so that we can look into this for you. Please note you will need to collect your replacement walker pack on the day from the information tent at the start.

My t-shirt doesn’t fit, can I change it?

Yes, there will be a chance to change your t-shirt size on the day before we set off.

However, we will only have a few spares of each size, so we cannot guarantee that the size you require will be available.

Can I change my distance and/or start time?

If you get in touch with us before the 15 February 2019 we will do our best to change your distance and/or start time. Though we cannot guarantee that we will be able to.

Can I change my personal details after I have registered?

Sure, give us a call as soon as possible if you need to change any of your details.

If you need to change your address please make sure you let us know before 11 January 2019, so your pack will go to the right place.


Do I need to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship?

The Banham Marsden March is a charity walk, so we ask all our walkers to raise a minimum of £150 for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The money you raise will help us make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.

We'll be sending plenty of tips along the way to help you reach your target! So don’t forget to add our email address, [email protected], to your contacts.

Can I take part but not raise money?

Unfortunately not. The Banham Marsden March is a charity event and we would like everyone taking part to try their best to raise funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

What’s the best way to start my fundraising?

The best way to get sponsored is by creating an online fundraising page using JustGiving. It’s the easiest way let your friends and family know how they can support you.

We’ve got plenty of handy tips on how to make the most of your JustGiving page on our fundraising page - take a look!

Please wait for confirmation of your registration before setting up your JustGiving page. We also ask that you do not reactivate your page from previous years as it confuses our systems and your sponsorship will not be accounted for.

If you have any problems with setting up your page please get in touch with the JustGiving support team, email [email protected].

Where can I get a paper sponsorship form?

Although we recommend setting up an online fundraising page using JustGiving, if you’d like to use a paper sponsorship form you can email us at [email protected]

I have offline sponsorship, where do I send it?

Please send it to: The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Downs Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5PT. Please include your name and if applicable your team name so we can link it to your fundraising.

Is there a fundraising deadline?

Yes, please make sure that you’ve collected and handed in all your sponsorship money by 10 June 2019.