On the day

What happens at Race for Life?

Whether you’ve taken part in a Race for Life event before or this year is your first time, you can find out what to expect on the day and what you need to bring along with you here, so you can take the fight to cancer.

For the best information about facilities, stalls and transport, check your event page.

Don't forget to download the Race for Life app for updates about your event.

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What to bring

  • Your info: remember your back sign and Race number.
  • Pin it: safety pins so you can attach your sign and number to you.
  • Bag it: bring bags full of unwanted things for our Donation Stations.
  • Dress up: think comfortable clothes, a sports bra and trainers.
  • Change it: if you’re getting Pretty Muddy®, bring clothes and a towel.
  • Cheer on: supporters can use our cheering boards (PDF, 593KB).
  • Drink up: keep a bottle of water handy to keep you hydrated.
  • Be SunSmart: a hat and sunscreen will help protect your skin.

Unfortunately, there are no lockers, changing facilities or showers at Race for Life events, so please bear this in mind and ask friends to look after your valuable belongings, clean clothes and towels.

Can I take part with my dog?

We allow participants to take part with their dogs at some of our venues; you can check this on your event page, just look out for the dog icon. However, we would ask that you be a responsible dog owner when bringing your pet to a Race for Life event and make sure you bring water to keep your pet hydrated.

Event day timetable

  • Arrival – one hour before start

Try and arrive an hour before the start time of your event. There’s no need to check-in on the day, just drop off your Donation Station bag and make your way towards the stage.

  • Welcome – 30 minutes before start

Your Race for Life event organiser will welcome you and share information about the groundbreaking work that Cancer Research UK does, and explain why you are vital.

  • Warm-up – 20 minutes before start 

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 – boot camp style at our Pretty Muddy events.

  • Take your places – 10 minutes before start

Make your way to the walkers, joggers or runners flags, depending on how you are ganging up on cancer. If you’re taking part in Pretty Muddy, make sure you’re in the right wave.

  • Start time – go!

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 and some goodies. Stick around afterwards with your supporters to enjoy the activities; check your event page for more information.

What to do if your event is cancelled

We really don’t like cancelling events, but sometimes nature or things outside of our control mean we have to for your safety. Find out more about what to do if your event is cancelled.

Testimonial_Nicola BourneThe sun was shining as we lined up with hundreds of other women in the fight to beat cancer. Our group had runners, joggers, walkers and we even had two running with skipping ropes! It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you go it’s the taking part and raising money that counts. It was a great feeling to be running with so many other women. Race for Life is a fantastic event and I would recommend it to everyone. Nicola Bourne and EEC Home Improvements

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