Read our FAQs for walkers taking part in the Marathon March.

What is the Palace for Life Marathon March?

The Palace for Life Marathon March is a 26.2 mile marathon walk that will be led by Palace legend Andy Johnson from Selhurst Park to Trafalgar Square. It is a fundraising event and all taking part will be fundraising for the Palace for Life Foundation to help the charity continue the work that we do in the local community.

Where is the Palace for Life Marathon March taking place?
The palace for Life Marathon March will begin at the Crystal Palace Football Club stadium and finish at The Admiralty, a luxurious pub located in Trafalgar Square, Central London.

Can I join Andy Johnson on the Palace for Life Marathon March?
You most certainly can! With 26.2 miles to walk on the day, you will have plenty of time to have a chat with Andy and all others taking part in what will be a great team effort.

How much does it cost to enter?
There is a £25 registration fee per day which will include a breakfast bite at the stadium, a hearty lunch, morning and afternoon snacks and sandwiches at the finish line pub.

How much do I need to fundraise?

On top of your registration fee, there is a pledge to raise a further £300 per day for the Palace for Life Foundation.

How much are you trying to raise from the Palace for Life Marathon March?
We have an ambitious target of raising £20,000 for the Palace for Life Marathon March campaign.

How many people are going to take part?
We’re expecting between 150 and 200 people to join us in the Palace for Life Marathon March.

Can children join?
Unfortunately, due to the tough nature of covering 26.2 miles, we can’t accept children onto the event.

What happens after I register?

You’ll be updated with regular emails about the event, and we will also send you a Facebook invitation for our ‘Friends of Palace’ Facebook group for the March, where you can chat to your fellow walkers.

What do I get for signing up?
As well as walking with Andy Johnson, you will receive a walkers’ breakfast at the start, refreshments and lunch along the route, medical support, a Palace for Life T-shirt and an official photo of the day with Andy Johnson. All walkers that raise a minimum of £300 will also see their names printed in the matchday programme. Special money can’t buy experiences will also be offered to walkers ahead of the Marathon March so watch this space!

What’s not included?

Transport back to the starting point at the end of the day is not included.

When do registrations close?
The deadline for signing up for the event is two weeks before the day, or earlier if we reach capacity. We recommend signing up as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.
You will be unable to register on the day.

What’s itinerary?
Most walkers will set off in the morning at 8am from Selhurst Park and the walk will last around 10 hours. There will be a slight changeover at Kew Bridge as those completing the shorter routes finish and start here. Walkers will need to reach Selhust Park between 7:00 and 7.30am for registrations or Kew Bridge at the communicated time.

How long is the Palace for Life Marathon March?

You will be walking around 26 miles over varied terrain, with an expected journey time of up to 10 hours.

How fit do I need to be?
You’ll need to have a fairly good level of fitness to keep up and be able to walk at 3 mph. We can offer support and tips to help you get in shape to cover the distance, but your fitness is your responsibility.

Can I volunteer at the event?

Yes, we rely on volunteers to make ensure our events run as well as possible. We would love to have your help so please get in touch at admin@palaceforlife.org

When and where is registration?
Registration will be between 7am and 7.30am at Selhurst Park stadium. Please head for the main entrance on the day where you will then be directed to Glaziers Lounge.

Allow time to park and get to the registration point which will be signposted/marshalled by one of our team. The walk will set off at 8am prompt so please ensure that you arrive at the registration point in good time.

What if I am late or can’t find the registration point?
If you are running late or are having trouble finding the registration point, please call the event phone on 07860 850 327
Please note that this number is only available during the event. If you have a question about the event please email admin@palaceforlife.org

What food will be provided during the day?
Breakfast will be provided in the morning for registered walkers.
We would advise that you see this as an additional breakfast and that you eat some food yourself before arriving at registration.
Lunch will be provided for registered walkers and will be a buffet style.
You will also be provided with an end-of-walk meal at the finish location.
Please do bring your own snacks/sweets to make sure you have plenty of nutrition for your day.
Please also arrive with a filled water bottle so that you are ready to begin the challenge.

What should I wear?
We would recommend you do not wear jeans and instead wear walking trousers/tracksuit bottoms or leggings. Non-cotton sports t-shirts are best to avoid you getting too sweaty.
Bring waterproofs (jacket and trousers) with you in case it does rain at any point.
If it looks like it will be cold then please bring some warm layers as appropriate.

What footwear should I bring?
Please ensure you have pre-worn the footwear you will be wearing on the day.
For the days with shoes/trainers designed for walking on tarmac will be fine but please be mindful of how much it has been raining in the run up to the event. We suggest trainers over walking boots.

Please keep an eye on the weather forecast for the day and prepare accordingly.

What else should I bring?

You must also remember to bring with you any personal medication and your own supply of blister plasters/Vaseline/anything else you feel you need to look after your feet.
You will need to carry any kit/clothing/snacks with you for the day, but we will have regular water refilling points and we will be providing lunch and snacks so you will not need to carry any more food or water than needed.

Will there be car parking available?
Car parking will be available at the stadium and will be free of charge but cars will need to be removed from the premises by 11:30pm. All cars are left at the owners’ risk.

When/where will the walk finish?
Whilst we cannot guarantee exactly when the walk will finish, we would expect the day to be finished between 6pm and 7pm at The Admiralty pub in Trafalgar Square.
Please note that whilst we will do everything to ensure these timings are met, the nature of the event means that things can over run for a whole variety of reasons so please plan accordingly.
After such a long day we would recommend you make your post-event journey plans bearing in mind that you will be tired.

What about the safety of the walkers?

This event is fully supported by our team of walking leaders who all have plenty of experience looking after groups of walkers so you are in good hands.
Everyone on the team is a first-aider and we will carry first aid kit for any emergency situations. There will also be a support vehicle on hand throughout the event.
Whilst utmost care has gone into planning the routes to ensure we take the safest viable route between the start and end locations, please be aware we will be walking along extended sections of open country road and pavement besides busy roads.
The event crew will provide support throughout, but walkers must exercise common sense and take a degree of personal responsibility for their own wellbeing whilst taking part in the event. We will provide a full mandatory safety briefing each day ahead of the walk setting off.

To help you prepare, please consider the following safety advice:
On open roads where no pavement is available then we will always walk in single file, towards oncoming traffic, unless instructed otherwise by an event walking leader.
Always look both ways when crossing roads and take responsibility for your own safety. Exercise common sense at all times and do not presume that just because the rest of the group is crossing it is safe for you to do so.
Always have visible your event bib top which will be provided. It helps us to recognize walkers who are taking part in the event.
Always carry your event instructions (which will be provided at registration). These will explain what to do should you become separated from the group.
Inform an event walking leader if you are unwell, suffer an injury or for any other reason you need to drop out.
Ensure that you checking and have your name recorded at each checkpoint and at the finish. This enables us to ensure everyone is still within the group.

Will we split into smaller groups?

The walk is very much being run as a team event and not as a race.
While it may become necessary to split the group into smaller teams we would like to encourage you all to walk as a team and to help each other to get to the end of the day.