Event day timetable
What happens at your Race for Life event
To ensure you are ready to gang up on cancer we’ve put together an approximate schedule.
Starting times vary so please check your Race for Life venue page for the exact start time.
Arrival – one hour before start
This gives you, your friends and family plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and get involved with activities happening on site, plus do any last minute preparations such as pinning on your back sign or putting finishing touches to your outfit.
There’s no need to check-in on the day – just make your way towards the stage area where there will be music to get all the participants and supporters in the mood.
This is the perfect opportunity to drop off any quality items you no longer want at the Donation Station marquee at your event, which we can then sell in your local Cancer Research UK shops.
Welcome from the Race for Life team – 30 minutes before start
Your Race for Life event organiser welcomes you and shares information about the groundbreaking work that Cancer Research UK does, and explains why your support is vital.
Warm-up – 20 minutes before start
You can take part in a light aerobic warm-up with all the other participants, to get those muscles ready to unite in the battle against cancer.
Take your places – 10 minutes before start
You make your way to the walkers or runners flags, depending on how you are ganging up on cancer.
The starting signal goes and you're off with friends and family gathered round to cheer you on. While you’re taking part there will be time for your friends and family to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the on-site activities before greeting you at the finish line.
Celebration – after your event
Once you’ve crossed the finish line, you will receive a Race for Life medal from one of our volunteers. This is a thank-you for ganging up on cancer.
Wear your medal with pride and stick around with your friends and family to enjoy the activities at your event. From live music to children’s games, there is something for everyone. Check your venue page to see what is happening at your event.
Join the fight against cancer and enter Race for Life
Cancer, we’re coming to get you. Join in this year’s Race for Life and show cancer who’s boss. Come along and run, walk, dance or sponsor - together we will bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.