Following demand for places to join the Palace for Life Foundation Marathon March, the deadline to sign up and confirm your spot alongside Eagles legends and fans has been extended to Sunday 23rd September.
Former Eagles Andrew Johnson, Mark Bright, Neil Shipperley, Andy Gray and Sasa Curcic will all be taking part in the 26.2 mile charity walk from Selhurst Park to Trafalgar Square in support of the club’s official charity on Saturday 13th October.
Palace Ladies players Ria Collins, Meghan Cooley, Lauren Allen, Megan Lynch, Nikita Whinett, Jade Davenport, and Pam McRoberts will also be lending their support when more than 150 fans take to the streets of London.
"We're looking forward to joining the Palace family at the Marathon March in October, the Foundation does such important work in the local community and we're proud to support that."
After walking the final five miles at the event in 2017 and making a donation himself, Palace chairman Steve Parish will also walk the entire route and is encouraging fans to join him:
“I have seen first-hand the amazing work the Foundation does to inspire young people to make genuine, long lasting changes to their lives. In 2017, I was inspired to see so many Palace fans come together for the Marathon March in support of the Foundation’s work and that is why I have decided to take part this October.
“The Marathon March is a really unique way for south Londoners to support the Foundation and raise vital funds to help the community, I’m really looking forward to the challenge and would encourage Palace fans to join me.”
Mark Bright, who is director of under-23 development football at the club, scored 92 league goals during a six-year spell at Palace and is keen to show his support for the local community.
“I am proud of the work Crystal Palace and the Foundation do in the community and having missed last year’s walk, I’m pleased to be taking part in this year’s Marathon March in October. I look forward to meeting the fans and exchanging some banter whilst doing my part for a great cause.”
Funds raised through the Marathon March will help the Foundation run activities such as free sports sessions in areas of deprivation, disability football teams and mentoring young people who are at risk of getting involved with crime. More than 140 Palace fans have already signed up and have raised over £10,000, but we are aiming to beat the £67,000 raised last year.
Fans wanting to take part have just over one week left to sign up, with applications closing on Sunday 23 September.
The Marathon March is a marathon-length walk from Selhurst Park to Trafalgar Square taking place on Saturday 13 October 2018. The social event is open to anyone, and is non-competitive, where the primary aim is to raise money for Palace for Life Foundation. All participants are asked to register for £25 and commit to raising a minimum of £300 each in sponsorship and all those that do will see their name printed in the Palace matchday programme and on the Palace for Life roll of honour on their website.
Each year the Foundation works with almost 13,000 young people across south London to help them build for a brighter future. Help the Foundation reach even more young people next year, sign up for the Marathon March by Sunday 23rd September here.
To find out more information about the March or if you are interested in organising your own fundraising event, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07523 515 708.