20/21 July 2019 The Windsor Enclosure Ascot Racecourse

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 26 countries around the world with 4 million people fundraising to beat cancer.  

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Ascot Relay For Life

2019 will our 12th Relay and in the past eleven years we have raised over one million pounds for Cancer Research UK. 

Anyone can Relay, whatever their age or fitness level. Everyone is welcome and we especially like to hear from anyone interested in starting a new team.

During the Relay weekend, team members take it in turns to walk around the track while all around them a party is in full swing. The aim is to have at least one member of each team on the track for the whole 24 hours. There is free entertainment and the opportunity to take part in games, competitions and various novelty laps. 


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 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.