Hundreds of fundraisers arrived at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex on Saturday, ready for a mammoth 24-hour challenge to raise money for Cancer Research.

The Yate Relay For Life has become one of the largest events in the annual calendar across the town.

It involves a number of teams staying at the 400m track from 12pm on Saturday until 12pm of Sunday. At all times throughout the 24 hours there must be at least one member of each team on the track.

The event has been hugely successful in recent years, with the total raised in 2018 totalling over £100,000.

This year already, the organisers have revealed that £44,000 has been raised by the participating teams as hundreds enjoyed warm weather at the facility.

Sari Vanska, one of the organisers of the event, revealed her delight that it had gone so well.

“It's my first time helping organise this event and what has really struck me is how the community has come together with local business's giving up their time to help set up the event, bake cakes, decorate our marquee and not forgetting the bands that came along to entertain everyone, it's really quite incredible,"she said.

As money was raised, course records were broken.

One participant, Kelvin Bullock, walked an astounding distance of 3 marathons in the 24 hours.

“I took part in Relay For Life because I have family that have been affected by cancer and wanted to help, some of them are no longer with us," he said.

"I wasn't aiming for the triple marathon as I'm only just back from a broken leg but I wanted to see how far I could go. I felt shattered but really enjoyed it. Together we're turning our back on cancer."

The event was supported by the community and was sponsored by some big companies.

Barratt and David Wilson Homes were the main sponsors as well as Brandwells Construction.

There was also support from schools, the U3A, Dom Walker, who D.J’d the whole 24 hours and Avon Fire and Rescue.

You can continue to donate to the event by visiting