Relay For Life Ascot 2020 has been postponed until 2021

Your health is our top priority and we want to hold our Relay at a time when it’s safe for everyone to enjoy. We will therefore be delaying our event until 2021 but we do pledge to make 2021 the best Relay ever!

For teams, all fundraising will carry over; you won’t need to register again for next year’s event and you’ll still be able to use your fundraising pages. Registration for new teams, team members and survivors will be suspended whilst we finalise the date for Relay 2021. We’re here to support you and are therefore looking at some new ways we can fundraise at home virtually, so we all have fun together.

Please join our Facebook group, if you haven’t already, to stay in touch.

These are uncertain times and we understand that you might have questions or worries about coronavirus and how it could affect you, a friend or family member who has, or has had, cancer. You can find some guidance on coronavirus on the Cancer Research UK website,,
along with other useful links and information. We’d also recommend talking to your cancer team if you have questions, and to follow NHS advice to reduce your risk of catching coronavirus.

As the weeks and months progress, we know that our Relay community will remain strong and support each other. We look forward to seeing everyone soon and thank you all for your support and understanding. If you have any questions about Relay, please do not hesitate to email us.

Please keep safe and remember that we’re in this together and together we will beat this and Cancer!

Relay for Life Ascot Committee


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. 



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.

Click the button below for more information

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