Marathon March – Everything you need to know

On Saturday 7 October, a large group of over 100 Eagles fans will make the 26.2 mile trek from Selhurst Park to Trafalgar Square to raise money for the Palace for Life Foundation. Here you can find out everything you need to know about this remarkable feat for a good cause.

Why is the Marathon March happening?

Proceeds raised from the event will go towards supporting the Foundation’s mission of “helping young south Londoners grow through sport”. The Foundation focuses on young people who face severe challenges in their lives, including mental health, social exclusion, obesity, disability and finding employment.

The Foundation’s priorities for the coming season include tackling inactivity and mental health, getting people fit and ready to work, and providing early intervention for those at risk.

The Marathon March will be powered by Utilita, the headline sponsor for the event.

Where can I catch the fundraisers on the route?

The walk starts at Selhurst Park at 8am, passing through Richmond Park and Kew and along the embankment to Trafalgar Square, via the House of Commons.

Their rough itinerary includes:

08.00: Depart from Selhurst Park
10.50-11.15: Morning rest stop – Windmill Tea Rooms, Windmill Rd, Wimbledon, SW19 5NQ
13.50-14.30: Lunch stop, The Botanist on the Green, 3-5 Kew Green, Richmond, TW9 3AA
16.30-17.00: Afternoon rest stop – The Imperial, 577 King’s Road, SW6 2EH
18.30-19.30: Cross the finish line – The Mall/Admiralty Arch
End of walk celebration/refreshments- The Admiralty, 66 Trafalgar Square, St James’

Take a look at the interactive map of the route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23301742

Who will be taking part?

So far, there are 110 confirmed participants, including some notable faces for Palace supporters in the form of ex-Eagles Andrew Johnson and Andy Gray, who both won England caps during their time in SE25.

Comedian, political satirist and Foundation Trustee Kevin Day will also be involved, as well as Ed Warner, the Chair of the Foundation Trustees, and Lib Dem MP for Carshalton, Tom Brake. Representatives from the club, the Foundation, Five Year Plan and Palace and Proud will also be getting involved, as well as a number of participants on Foundation programmes.

There will also be some special guests along the route, including personnel linked to the first-team squad, so keep your eyes peeled!

How much are they hoping to raise?

The Foundation has a lofty aim of raising £40,000 to help with all the good work planned across south London throughout the season. Thanks to the support of supporters, friends and family of those taking part, nearly 75% of this total has been raised already.

How I can support this great cause?

If you would like to help them hit the £40,000 mark, then you can donate £5 by texting CPFC17 5 to 70070 or through the below link:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/crystalpalacefc-foundation/marathonmarch