The Banham Marsden March at Home
What is The Banham Marsden March at Home?
The Banham Marsden March at Home is a virtual walking event. We are asking you to walk five or 15 miles, in your local area, on Sunday 12 May 2024, to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
When is The Banham Marsden March at Home?
We’d love everyone to walk together on Sunday 12 May 2024. You’re more than welcome to complete your walk on a different day, but we’d recommend you aim for Sunday 12 May so you can get involved with the live event and online activities we have planned for that day.
Where is The Banham Marsden March at Home?
You can do The Banham Marsden March at Home wherever you want. That’s the advantage of a virtual challenge! You can walk in your local streets, parks, or even at home in your garden or on a treadmill. Just make sure you stay local to complete your walk and ensure you follow the latest government guidelines.
Can I walk between the two Royal Marsden hospital sites?
No. Please do not attempt to visit our traditional Banham Marsden March route if you are taking part in the ‘at home’ event, for your safety and the safety of others.
You will be turned away if you attempt to join the traditional Banham Marsden March route.
Is there a registration fee?
No, you don’t need to pay a registration fee for The Banham Marsden March at Home.
What do I get when I register?
When you register, you’ll receive a FREE t-shirt to wear on your walk. You’ll also receive a FREE baseball cap, kindly provided by our sponsor Banham. We’ll send this in the post to you, at the address you registered with, in time for the big day.
Can I register my children?
Of course. You can add your children to your registration when you sign up and we will send you all a t-shirt and cap ready for the big day.
Taking part in The Banham Marsden March at Home
Do I have to do 5 or 15 miles in one go?
Yes. The idea of The Banham Marsden March at Home is that you complete the walk in one go. You can opt for either 5 or 15 miles, whichever is a challenge for you. You could also break the distance down into smaller walks, if that suits you.
How do I log my walk?
After you have completed your walk, you can log your walk on your fundraising page so your supporters know when you’ve completed it!
Can I take part as part of a team?
Absolutely! When you register you can create a team and once you are signed up you can let all your friends and family know your team name and they can sign up to join you.
Will I get a medal?
If you raise £150 on your individual page by 16 June 2024, we’ll send you a medal, to the address you provided when you register. If you would rather not receive a medal, you can opt to not receive one when you register.
I can’t take part in The Banham Marsden March at Home anymore, how do I cancel my place/page?
No problem, send us an email and we’ll cancel your registration.
Fundraising for The Banham Marsden March at Home
How much do I have to raise?
There’s no minimum sponsorship target for The Banham Marsden March at Home, just raise as much as you can! If you raise £150, we’ll send you a medal to say thanks.
How do I start fundraising?
When you sign up to The Banham Marsden March at Home, an online fundraising page will be automatically created for you with a target of £150 (but you can increase this if you like!).
To make the most of your page, we recommend you:
- Add a photo
- Set a target – we know that pages with targets raise more
- Complete the ‘About me’ section – tell people why you’re supporting The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
- Share your page – as far and as wide as you can using email, WhatsApp and social media, and ask your friends and family to sponsor you
- Update – keep updating your page to keep your donors updated
How do I pay in my sponsorship money?
The easiest way for your family and friends to support you is online by donating to your fundraising page, which created for you when you purchased your ticket.
All donations made on the page are automatically sent to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, so all you need to do is keep sharing that page to help you reach your target!
If you do receive cash donations or a cheque, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give you details on how to get your sponsorship to us.
The Banham Marsden March
When is The Banham Marsden March?
The Banham Marsden March will take place on Sunday 12 May 2024.
When can I register for The Banham Marsden March?
Registration will open from Monday 20 November.
Registrations will close on Sunday 05 May or sooner if tickets sell out.
How much are tickets?
The 15-mile walk ticket prices are:
- Adults (18+) - £20.00
- 11- 17 years - £10.00
- Under 11 – FREE
- *Royal Marsden staff - £10.00
The five-mile walk ticket prices are:
- Adults (18+) - £15.00
- 11 – 17 years - £10.00
- Under 11 – FREE
- *Royal Marsden staff - £10.00
*Royal Marsden staff will need to enter a unique code when registering.
Other discount codes will be promoted via email and on our social media channels and will remain live for a limited time only.
How do I get to the start locations?
The 15-mile start is at Dovehouse Green, SW3 6NT. You can either book a ticket on our coaches from The Royal Marsden in Sutton or make your own travel arrangements. The nearest tube stations are South Kensington or Sloane Square.
The five-mile start is at King George’s Playing Fields, Tudor Drive, SM4 4PF. You can either book a ticket on our coaches from The Royal Marsden in Sutton or make your own travel arrangements.
How do I purchase a coach ticket?
On the day, we offer coach transport to both the 5 and 15 mile start lines from The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton.
We have a limited number of coach tickets available to take you to the start of each walk. You’ll need to purchase these as part of your registration. Tickets for coach travel are £5 per person and must be purchased in advance - tickets cannot be purchased on the day. We will not be able to allow anyone on without a pre-paid ticket. Your printed tickets will be included in your fundraising pack and you need to bring your printed coach tickets with you on the day.
If you did not purchase a coach ticket when registering for the march you can still purchase one depending on availability by getting in touch with the team at email@example.com.
You’ll be able to choose your preferred coach departure time and this time will be stated on your ticket.
Coach tickets are time specific and not interchangeable. Please make sure you are on time for your coach on the day - we recommend arriving 15 minutes before your coach is due to leave. Please arrive on time as we cannot guarantee travel for anyone arriving late and unfortunately, we are not able to wait for any late arrivals.
Is there parking available?
- There is no parking available at the 15 mile start location in Dovehouse Green
- There is limited parking available on the side roads around the park at King George’s, our 5 mile start location
- There will be free parking at The Royal Marsden, Sutton, all day via the Cotswold Road Entrance, SM2 5NG. Please follow stewards and signs
What are the start times?
For safety reasons, we’ve staggered start times, so it’s important that you arrive in time for the start wave you’ve chosen.
- The first wave for the 15-mile walk will start at 08:30am and the following waves will start every 15 minutes.
- The five-mile walk will start in two waves, at 11:00am and 11:30am.
You will be able to choose your start time when you sign up to the event, but each start time has limited capacity so make sure to sign up early to get your preferred start time.
Will there be refreshments available on the day?
Water will be available at that start line and at various checkpoints on the route, but we recommend packing your own water bottle too.
There will be food vendors at King George’s Playing Fields (the five-mile walk start/checkpoint 2), and at the finish line. They will accept both cash and card payments. Please also ensure you pack some light snacks to fuel you through those final few miles.
Can I still get involved if I don’t want to walk?
Of course, you don't have to walk to support us – we’ll need plenty of volunteers on the day. Find out more about volunteering and how to get involved.
Registering for The Banham Marsden March
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. Under 16s must also wear the wristband in their fundraising packs, with the parent/guardian details completed.
Are there any entry restrictions?
We welcome all ability levels.
We ask that if you have an existing medical condition, or are a Royal Marsden patient that you check with your GP or consultant before taking part.
Also, if you're taking part in a wheelchair or need any additional support, please contact the team.
How will I know if my registration has gone through?
You will be shown a confirmation screen and sent an email from The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. If you haven’t received your email, please check your junk mail - just in case!
If you’re unsure whether it’s gone through, email us 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 below details from them:
- t-shirt size
Please note you will have to register your team at the same time as part of the same transaction. Once your registration is complete, you cannot add further participants, but friends and family will still be able to join your team themselves.
You cannot register a child under 16 without a parent or guardian, so please make sure to add them on when you register yourself.
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 start time.
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!
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.
Please note we can only transfer places up to 05 May 2024.
When will I receive my walker pack?
We will start sending out your walker packs in March 2024. Each participant will receive theirs in advance of the event. If your pack hasn’t arrived 2 weeks before the event, please contact us.
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 have a limited stock 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 05 May 2024, we will do our best to change your distance and/or start time. Although 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. We will do our best to amend these details on your fundraising pack but if we have already printed your pack this won’t be possible.
Fundraising for The Banham Marsden March
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 to use the fundraising page that was created when you registered for the event. It’s the easiest way let your friends and family know how they can support you.
The link to your fundraising page will have been sent to you in an email from The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
If someone else signed you up for the event you will need to set up a login to access your fundraising page. You should have received an email from us with a link to login to your page.
We kindly ask that you do not reactivate any fundraising pages from previous years as we won’t be notified that your page has been reactivated and your sponsorship will not be accounted for.
How can I pay in offline donations?
Thank you! Please make cheques out to 'The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity' and send to the below address with a note of your full name and a reference 'The Banham Marsden March'.
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
Or if you would like to find out about other ways to pay your sponsorship in, such as bank transfer, please contact us. Thank you so much!
Where can I get a paper sponsorship form?
Although we recommend using your online Funraisin page, we will include a paper sponsorship form in your walker pack. If you’d like to receive a form sooner, please email us.
Is there a fundraising deadline?
Yes, please make sure that you’ve collected and sent in all your sponsorship money by 09 June 2024.
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