20th July 2024

12 Noon

Ascot Racecourse

Royal Enclosure Picnic Area (Access via Car Park 1)

To find out more about our Relay, have a look at the video opposite and experience the fun, laughter, energy, emotions and hope that make up 24 fantastic hours.  

What is Relay For Life?

Relay For Life is a community festival celebrating the power of fundraising in the fight to beat cancer. Teams fundraise for cancer research then unite at a weekend-long festival to honour everyone who has been affected by cancer.

The festival is focused around a 24-hour relay where team members take it in turns to walk around a track to show that together we will beat 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.  

  • spacehopper2 - Copy
  • track4 - Copy
  • cycling2 - Copy
  • booth13
  • track2 - Copy
  • track1 - Copy
  • survivor2 - Copy (2)
  • medals - Copy
  • booth11
  • 3 legged - Copy
  • spacehopper - Copy
  • nuts2 - Copy
  • sally ann baby - Copy
  • miss relay
  • survivor sally ann
  • brad
  • team minnie
  • photobooth4
  • coffee crew
  • 3 legged2

Relay For Life Ascot

Relay For Life Ascot started in 2008 and has taken place at Ascot Racecourse every year since. Over the past 15 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. This year our theme is Movies. There will be music and activities throughout the 24 hour event and a Candle of Hope ceremony to honour every life touched by cancer. 

We celebrate cancer survivors and remember those lost to cancer.   Get ready to join Janet, Tony and Phil for a team fundraising challenge you won’t forget.  Click here to register



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.

Corporate Support

We are always looking for sponsorship so that money raised by teams does not get swallowed up in event costs.

Could you sponsor security, medals or banners? Could you help with the printing of flyers and posters which could include your company name? Could you contribute to costs of staging, signage, marquees, printing, medals or first aid?  Could you provide treats for participants and survivors?

If you are interested in sponsoring any aspect of Relay or can offer services please email: [email protected] or use the contact form

Make a Donation

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