Fundraisers enjoy the sun during 14 mile Marsden March

Sutton Guardian: Walkers arrive at the Royal Marsden after their 14 mile trek Walkers arrive at the Royal Marsden after their 14 mile trek

The sun shone on 5,000 marchers as they took on a 14 mile charity trek across London

The fourth annual Marsden March challenged the intrepid fundraisers to walk from Chelsea to Sutton yesterday.

Sutton Guardian:

Walkers were in mgood spirits despite the 14 mile march

The event raises money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and started from the charity's Chelsea base before ending at its Sutton site in Downs Road.

All the money raised has not been counted yet, but early indications show the event will surpass the charity's £1million target and could be the most successful yet.

Amanda Heaton, community fundraising and development manager, from the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said: "A big thank you to everyone who gave up their Sunday to come along today.

"This is the fourth year in a row we have run the Marsden March, and today has seen more walkers than ever taking part.

"We are overwhelmed with the support we have received from walkers, helpers and celebrities today.

"It is wonderful to  see so many people marching between our hospital sites with one clear goal – to walk together to take on cancer."

Sutton Guardian:

Fancy: L-R Frankie Alden, Hannah Scott-Peter, Steve MacKinnon, Leighanne Tippins and Natalie Wells.

Among the marchers were several well-known faces including Richard and Fred Fairbrass, better known as pop stars Right Said Fred. Richard Fairbrass said: "Once again I have had such a fantastic day; it’s been lots of fun with a great atmosphere.

"Over the course of 14 miles I’ve had a chance to meet and talk to so many wonderful people who have come together to take part in this special event. I’m pretty tired now and hopefully won’t be too full of aches and pains tomorrow but if I am it will be worth it! I look forward to next year’s March already!"

Other walkers took on a smaller version of the walk that started from Raynes Park and ended at the Sutton site.

The event raises money for the charity's cancer research and treatment.

Sutton Guardian:

Carlie Stevens enjoys a well earned rub-down after the walk


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10:47am Mon 17 Mar 14

GrumpyofCarshalton says...

Fantastic cause and well done to everyone, BUT I was stuck in the traffic on A24 London Road, between Cheam Common Road and Langley Avenue for an hour yesterday while the walkers took command of the zebra crossing at the junction of Langley Avenue, there were so many walkers that drivers just could not get past the crossing. Unfortunately I had just been shopping and had to throw food away as it had defrosted while sitting in traffic. they maybe need to sort this out for next year.
Fantastic cause and well done to everyone, BUT I was stuck in the traffic on A24 London Road, between Cheam Common Road and Langley Avenue for an hour yesterday while the walkers took command of the zebra crossing at the junction of Langley Avenue, there were so many walkers that drivers just could not get past the crossing. Unfortunately I had just been shopping and had to throw food away as it had defrosted while sitting in traffic. they maybe need to sort this out for next year. GrumpyofCarshalton
  • Score: -20

3:27pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Marie from Sutton says...

GrumpyofCarshalton can rest assured that, from experience, he will not be made to wait if he every joins the queue in outpatients at the Marsden.
GrumpyofCarshalton can rest assured that, from experience, he will not be made to wait if he every joins the queue in outpatients at the Marsden. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: 14

3:30pm Mon 17 Mar 14

AMarsdenMarch 2014 says...

Dear GrumpyofCarshalton,
I hope you never have to join this walk because you have been affected by cancer.
Regards
A very proud Marsden Marcher
Dear GrumpyofCarshalton, I hope you never have to join this walk because you have been affected by cancer. Regards A very proud Marsden Marcher AMarsdenMarch 2014
  • Score: 17

3:42pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Something-Wonderful says...

Great work everyone and especially proud of my wife, daughter and niece who completed the 14 mile walk. Great cause!
Great work everyone and especially proud of my wife, daughter and niece who completed the 14 mile walk. Great cause! Something-Wonderful
  • Score: 16

3:43pm Mon 17 Mar 14

GrumpyofCarshalton says...

As I said, a very good cause and well done to everyone, I would like to say that I have been affected by cancer more times than I care to mention, I was merely commenting on the use of the zebra crossing at Langley Avenue, maybe the walkers could carry on the same side of the road and cross at the Cheam Common Road junction lights instead of holding traffic up by using a zebra crossing.
As I said, a very good cause and well done to everyone, I would like to say that I have been affected by cancer more times than I care to mention, I was merely commenting on the use of the zebra crossing at Langley Avenue, maybe the walkers could carry on the same side of the road and cross at the Cheam Common Road junction lights instead of holding traffic up by using a zebra crossing. GrumpyofCarshalton
  • Score: -10

3:57pm Mon 17 Mar 14

AMarsdenMarch 2014 says...

A little inconvenience to you having to wait for some Marchers is NOTHING compared to a life-shattering diagnosis of cancer.
A little inconvenience to you having to wait for some Marchers is NOTHING compared to a life-shattering diagnosis of cancer. AMarsdenMarch 2014
  • Score: 16

4:09pm Mon 17 Mar 14

GrumpyofCarshalton says...

AMarsdenMarch 2014 wrote:
A little inconvenience to you having to wait for some Marchers is NOTHING compared to a life-shattering diagnosis of cancer.
I am not going to get into a debate on here but you do not know my personal situation and what I have had to go through in the last 12 months regarding cancer.
[quote][p][bold]AMarsdenMarch 2014[/bold] wrote: A little inconvenience to you having to wait for some Marchers is NOTHING compared to a life-shattering diagnosis of cancer.[/p][/quote]I am not going to get into a debate on here but you do not know my personal situation and what I have had to go through in the last 12 months regarding cancer. GrumpyofCarshalton
  • Score: -1

4:14pm Mon 17 Mar 14

suttondad says...

GrumpyofCarshalton wrote:
Fantastic cause and well done to everyone, BUT I was stuck in the traffic on A24 London Road, between Cheam Common Road and Langley Avenue for an hour yesterday while the walkers took command of the zebra crossing at the junction of Langley Avenue, there were so many walkers that drivers just could not get past the crossing. Unfortunately I had just been shopping and had to throw food away as it had defrosted while sitting in traffic. they maybe need to sort this out for next year.
What a absolute insensitive comment, could you not of turned your car around, gone another way? I walked through Cheam yesterday and I can say that the marshalls on the traffic lights did a marvellous job and should have a pat on the back as for your shopping, maybe given that the traffic can be like that anytime,maybe take freezer bags along or ice box in the boot of your car.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofCarshalton[/bold] wrote: Fantastic cause and well done to everyone, BUT I was stuck in the traffic on A24 London Road, between Cheam Common Road and Langley Avenue for an hour yesterday while the walkers took command of the zebra crossing at the junction of Langley Avenue, there were so many walkers that drivers just could not get past the crossing. Unfortunately I had just been shopping and had to throw food away as it had defrosted while sitting in traffic. they maybe need to sort this out for next year.[/p][/quote]What a absolute insensitive comment, could you not of turned your car around, gone another way? I walked through Cheam yesterday and I can say that the marshalls on the traffic lights did a marvellous job and should have a pat on the back as for your shopping, maybe given that the traffic can be like that anytime,maybe take freezer bags along or ice box in the boot of your car. suttondad
  • Score: 4

4:54pm Mon 17 Mar 14

snpc81 says...

Agree this was an absolutely brillian cause. I would however add someone might want to have a word with the local coucil who had two parking wardens out issuing tickets to people who had come to congratulate people involved in the walk who had no-where else to park but on a single yellow line. I find it utterly disgraceful and it just goes to prove parking wardens have little or no integrity when it comes to hitting their quota. Let's hope all tickets issued are quashed or at the very least funds raised go to this well deserving charity. Such a shame for those poor people to end a day fighting for a good cause funding our greedy council !!
Agree this was an absolutely brillian cause. I would however add someone might want to have a word with the local coucil who had two parking wardens out issuing tickets to people who had come to congratulate people involved in the walk who had no-where else to park but on a single yellow line. I find it utterly disgraceful and it just goes to prove parking wardens have little or no integrity when it comes to hitting their quota. Let's hope all tickets issued are quashed or at the very least funds raised go to this well deserving charity. Such a shame for those poor people to end a day fighting for a good cause funding our greedy council !! snpc81
  • Score: 5

9:51pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Monstermunch17 says...

GrumpyofCarshalton wrote:
AMarsdenMarch 2014 wrote:
A little inconvenience to you having to wait for some Marchers is NOTHING compared to a life-shattering diagnosis of cancer.
I am not going to get into a debate on here but you do not know my personal situation and what I have had to go through in the last 12 months regarding cancer.
Hope you weren't stuck in any traffic jams during that time, just to make things really bad.
[quote][p][bold]GrumpyofCarshalton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AMarsdenMarch 2014[/bold] wrote: A little inconvenience to you having to wait for some Marchers is NOTHING compared to a life-shattering diagnosis of cancer.[/p][/quote]I am not going to get into a debate on here but you do not know my personal situation and what I have had to go through in the last 12 months regarding cancer.[/p][/quote]Hope you weren't stuck in any traffic jams during that time, just to make things really bad. Monstermunch17
  • Score: 1

12:00am Tue 18 Mar 14

chelseagirl1 says...

My son , his friend and parents attended the event . People had walked and raised money for the marsdon some of those people have cancer and still smile as hard as live seems . These people have more balls then the two traffic wardens giving out tickets on Sunday .
My son , his friend and parents attended the event . People had walked and raised money for the marsdon some of those people have cancer and still smile as hard as live seems . These people have more balls then the two traffic wardens giving out tickets on Sunday . chelseagirl1
  • Score: 5

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