The Windsor Enclosure Ascot Racecourse 18/19th July 2020

What is Relay For Life?

Relay For Life is a unique community event, teams fundraise all year and over the Relay weekend come together to celebrate their efforts in a 24 hour celebration.  As well as raising money for Cancer Research UK, Relay celebrates cancer survivors, promotes cancer awareness and remembers those lost to cancer.

Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordon "Gordy" Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington, raising money for the American Cancer Society. Today there are Relays in over 26 countries around the world with 4 million people fundraising to beat cancer.  

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Ascot Relay

Ascot Relay For Life started in 2008 and has taken place at Ascot Racecourse every year since. Over the past 11 years we have raised over 1.2 million pounds for Cancer Research UK.  We are also proud holders of the Queen's Award For Voluntary Service.

During the Relay weekend, team members take turns walking round the track while all around them a party is in full swing.  There's live music, competitions, themed laps and lots more.  We celebrate cancer survivors and remember those lost to cancer.  So why not get a team together and join us for Ascot Relay For Life 2020.



This is a great opportunity to team up with people you know to help beat cancer. Just get together 8-15 people to be your team, register, and start fundraising.  Then join us over the Relay weekend for 24 hours of fun, celebration and commemoration. 

On the day team members take it in turns to walk round the track for 24 hours. This marks the fact that cancer never sleeps.

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Candles of Hope

As dusk falls, the atmosphere quietens for the Candle of Hope ceremony. This is the most poignant part of Relay For Life. Candle of Hope Bags - decorated with messages to loved ones affected by cancer - are lit and placed round the track.  They remain alight to inspire teams as they continue to walk through the night.Visitors are welcome at the Candle of Hope Ceremony which begins at 10pm.

There is more information on the Candle of Hope page


Anyone who has ever had a cancer diagnosis is invited to come along to Relay as a special guest. Cancer survivors of all ages start Relay by walking the first lap. They are cheered on and supported by family, friends and teams. Survivors are also asked to bring along a carer, someone who has supported them through their treatment so that they can walk in a special carers lap. This gives survivors the chance to thank the people who have helped them through their diagnosis. Visit the survivors page for more information.

Make a Donation

If you would like to make a donation to Ascot Relay For Life and help CRUK continue its lifesaving research, please click here