Relay for Life beats rainy weatherBy Becky Barnes
July 25, 2012
Mud and rain failed to dampen the spirits of 31 inspirational teams of walkers who braved the outdoors for a 24-hour relay.
Around 450 people took part in the fifth annual Relay for Life at Ascot Racecourse to raise more than £61,000 for Cancer Research UK last weekend. Rose Dalton, volunteer chair of Ascot Relay for Life, said: “Conditions were muddy so we were very lucky it went ahead.
"The Silver Ring was a quagmire, it definitely was a challenge.”
The opening ceremony on Saturday, July 14, was attended by 75 cancer survivors and featured a performance of Five Star singer Deniece Pearson’s new single ‘Here I Am’.
Rose said: “It was absolutely brilliant, everyone showed fantastic spirit.” Walkers started the relay in a very muddy Silver Ring and moved to other parts of the racecourse through the 24 hours to avoid the bad weather. On Sunday, the sun came out so the teams continued the relay on hardstanding before completing a final lap in the mud.
Rose added: “We finished with the Candle of Hope ceremony and managed to keep the flames alight.
“This year we had a lot of new teams and they are already raring to go again. We are still counting and collecting funds and we are already at a higher point than this time last year.”
The poignant Candle of Hope ceremony featured bags decorated with touching messages in memory of, or in celebration of, loved ones which were lit up around the track.