A new date has been set for the Banham Marsden March after it was called off at the last minute due to a forecast of high speed winds.

People set off on their own walks when the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity was forced to announced it had cancelled the event on March 9.

However, despite the news coming in less than 24 hours before the event, would-be participants still used treadmills, streets and public spaces anyway that day.

The new date has been set for May 19 to allow registered walkers to complete their five or 15-mile walks, the event’s sponsors Banham Security say.

And the fundraising campaign has been extended to May 31 so as to help continue raising funds and awareness for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

Antonia Dalmahoy, managing director of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, said: “I know how disappointed our walkers and supporters were that we had to cancel the event, so I’m thrilled we could rearrange it and look forward to seeing everyone again, hopefully in the May sunshine!

“It was also lovely to see people going out and doing their walk along safer routes on the original day. I’d like to thank all at Banham for their ongoing support of the event through this time and for kindly extending this new customer promotion to help us reach our fundraising target.”

Banham is offering a discount on fitted and supplied products for both new and existing clients who reside along the Marsden March route.

For every order placed, five per cent will be discounted to the customer and Banham Security will donate an equal amount to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

The offer is only valid for Security Surveys made until May 31.

Charles Hallatt, Banham’s executive chairman, said: “Banham have proudly supported The Marsden March for four consecutive years and are delighted to continue our support with The Banham Marsden March to 2021.

“We were of course disappointed to cancel the event in March, however, the security of the event’s walkers is paramount and we fully support The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s decision to do so.

“We are all really thrilled that we have a rescheduled date in May for all registered walkers to complete their 15-mile or five-mile walks, raising vital funds and awareness for this incredibly important cause.”