Firstly let me introduce myself. My name is John Sandys, I’ve been a enormous fan of the Derby for more years than I care to remember, about 40 years at the last count. For many years I’ve not only been fascinated by the race, but also by the many thousands of people who travel to Epsom Downs every Derby day, particularly the people who many years ago made their annual pilgrimage to the Downs under their own steam, shanks’ pony, trap, buggy etc. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to embark on such a journey, planning weeks in advance, saving every last penny for a feast of food and drink, up at the crack of dawn, tired but excitedly joining the merry throng on this day, Christmas, birthday, mother's day, father's day and New Year's Eve all rolled into one kaleidoscope of vibrant colour with all the city’s characters out to play in one huge animated scene along the road from London to Epsom. Well, this year I intend to realise a dream and help a few others along the way (with your help). We're planning to walk from The Tattersalls Tavern, Knightsbridge (close to the site of the many gambling debts paid on the Monday after the Derby, settling day), and from there we make our way to the Elephant and Castle, gateway for the many thousands of people who make this the GREAT event it is. From there the plan is to travel via the A24 through Clapham, past the Swan, onto Colliers Wood through Merton onto Morden, past Morden Hall and onto Epsom via North Cheam. Upon reaching Epsom, pay homage to the Mecca that once was the Spread Eagle (now a covered shopping mall, see picture above) and finally reaching Epsom Downs racecourse via historic Chalk lane, taking in the Amato, Durdans and the sites of the Ladas and Chalk Lane Hotel on the way.
For the second year the joining fee entitles the entrant not only to refreshments throughout the walk (at various locations), a nutritious goody bag at the walk outset, but also a delicious two-course meal and drinks reception at the finish of TheDerbywalk, the iconic Epsom Downs Racecourse. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity in the famous winner's enclosure. The registration fee is £15 for fundraisers £25 for non-fundraisers (£10 of the latter is donated to our nominated charity).
As mentioned above, many charities have benefited from participants of the event. For the 3rd year in succession we're proud to announce the fabulous Epsom Riding for the Disabled as our nominated charity.
TheDerbywalk2019, celebrating its 10th Anniversary, takes place on Sunday May 19th, meeting at Tatteralls Tavern in Knightsbridge at 9am and we would like to invite you to walk with us. Sponsorship forms are available to download form this site or from The DerbyWalk head office.
Derbywalk Mission Statement: we are a charity website magazine in our 11th year. Our aim is to raise money for both deserving children’s and racing charities.
We also have an passion to raise the profile of the positive aspects of all horse racing, world wide, be it through history, interviews with backroom staff, pictures or music.
Our target audience is: anyone interested in racing, purely for the sport of racing. We are not a gambling-orientated organisation. However, we do understand that gambling is a major part of the racing experience.
We realise that the vast majority of people that go racing for the first time don’t win, therefore the occasion must be entertaining and cost effective for them to return. We try to encourage people (adults and children alike) to enjoy the whole spectacle of the race day, encompassing all areas of the racecourse.
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