On the day

Here you will find everything you need to know to get ready for The Banham Marsden March and what you can expect on the big day!

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Essentials to bring with you on the day

Comfortable clothes & shoes

Choose comfortable trainers or walking shoes and your Banham Marsden March t-shirt and cap. Don't forget to attach your personalised back panel. 
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Your walker number

Everyone taking part must wear their walker number at all times. Under 16s also need to wear the wristband included in their pack.

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A water bottle

We’ll have bottles of water available at checkpoints on-route, but please ensure you bring your own bottle of water to use at our refillable stations and some light snacks. 

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Coach tickets

If you have booked coach travel you will need to bring your printed coach ticket with you on the day. These are included in your fundraising pack. 

What should I wear on the day?


Footwear and clothing suitable for walking.

It is important to choose comfortable footwear and clothing appropriate for walking. We recommend comfortable trainers or walking shoes. Please remember to check the weather and prepare for the day accordingly. This includes wearing clothes that will keep you either warm or cool, packing waterproofs and bringing suncream with you. 

Your Banham Marsden March t-shirt and cap.

You'll receive a t-shirt and cap in your fundraising pack. If your Banham Marsden March T-shirt doesn't fit, bring it with you on the day and you can exchange it for another size at the start line (please note stock is limited, so we will do our best to provide your preferred size). 

Your personalised back panel  

Your back panel is your personal space to share your own message about why you are walking and to inspire your fellow walkers. We encourage you to customise it and attach it to the back of your t-shirt on the day using the safety pins included in your pack. 

Fancy dress is encouraged! 

Many people choose to take part in The Banham Marsden March in costumes. On the day you’ll see teams with brilliant costumes, accessories, and customised back panels. 


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On the day you must wear your walker number. 

Everyone taking part in The Banham Marsden March must wear their walker number. Your walker number is specific to you, so please don’t swap it with others.

Please ensure you complete the information on the reverse for health and safety reasons and then use the safety pins in your pack to attach it to the front of your Banham Marsden March t-shirt.  

Under 16s must also wear their wristband

All children and young people aged under 16 on the day of the event must also wear the wristband provided in their pack for safety. Using a marker pen, please fill in the parent/ guardian name and a contact telephone number.   

Getting to the start line

At the start line we’re joined by hospital heroes to help wish you on your way. You’ll hear from patients, staff and fellow marchers before setting off. The five-mile route will also have a family-friendly warm up activity.

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. Each start time has limited capacity so make sure to sign up early to get your preferred start time. 

15 mile start line marker

15-mile start location

Dovehouse Green, King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 6NT.  

  • Dovehouse Green is a paved square off King’s Road, around a five-minute walk from The Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea.
  • Please do not enter the hospital at any time. 
  • The nearest tube stations are South Kensington and Sloane Square. Please note there is no parking available.
5 mile start line marker

five-mile start location

King George’s Playing Fields, SM4 4PN.

  • The five-mile walk start location is at King George’s Playing Fields.
  • The nearest tube station is Raynes Park (2 miles away). There are also bus routes running from Sutton and Morden station.   
  • Limited parking on the side roads around the park. Please be courteous to residents of the area.

The Banham Marsden March Route 

The full 15-mile route goes from Dovehouse Green in Chelsea, through Fulham, Putney, Wimbledon and Cheam, all the way to the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton. The shorter, family-friendly 5-mile route follows the last five miles of the main route. 


The walk route is step free and accessible toilets will also be available at checkpoints on the route. If you will need assistance on the day of any kind including coach travel, please let us know by  emailing the team at:

marsdenmarch@royalmarsden.org or calling us on 0208 661 3391. 

Checkpoints and facilities 

We have three checkpoints along the route where you’ll find toilets, waterpoints and first aiders on hand. Family and friends are welcome to cheer you on at checkpoints and the finish line but not along the route.

Water and food 

Water will be available at various points on the route, but bringing your own water bottle is essential. Please also ensure you pack some light snacks to fuel you through those final few miles. There will also be food available to buy at Checkpoint 2, King George’s Playing Fields (The five-mile walk start), and at the finish line. 

Checkpoint 1 marker

Checkpoint 1


The Windmill
Wimbledon Common
SW19 5NR

Closing time

water point

Checkpoint 2 marker
Checkpoint 2
& five mile route start


King George’s
Playing Fields

Closing time

food available
water point
Checkpoint 3 marker
Checkpoint 3


Nonsuch Park
Ewell Road

Closing time

Finish line flag

The finish line and celebration

Both walks finish at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton.

When you cross the finish line, you’ll receive your hard-earned Banham Marsden March medal and don't forget to strike a pose for our finish line photographer! 

You’ll also be able to enjoy our finish line celebrations including live music, performers, children’s activities, and special areas of reflection and celebration. A selection of delicious food options will also be available for you to choose from. 

Our finish line celebration will end at 6:30pm. 

Travel on the day 


On the day, we offer coach transport to both the five and 15 mile start lines from The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton.

The coaches will leave from the Cotswold Road entrance, at The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton. 

You can purchase coach tickets as part of your Banham Marsden March registration and your printed tickets will be included in your fundraising pack.

Tickets for coach travel must be purchased in advance, they cannot be purchased on the day. You need to bring your printed coach tickets with you on the day.

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. Unfortunately, we are not able to wait for any late arrivals. 


Free parking is available at the Sutton hospital site all day. Marshalls will direct traffic on the day. Access is via the Cotswold Road entrance only. 

There is no parking available at the 15-mile start location, and limited parking may be available near the five-mile start location.

Public transport

If you are making your own way to the start line, make sure you check your start location, start wave time and plan your route before you set off and give yourself plenty of time.

  • The nearest tube stations to the 15 mile start line are South Kensington Sloane Square. 
  • The nearest tube station to the 5 mile start line is Raynes Park (2 miles away). There are also bus routes running from Sutton and Morden station. 

More Questions? We have answers!

For more information, check out our our Banham Marsden March FAQs
or get in touch at marsdenmarch@royalmarsden.org