What is the Research Relay?
It’s a virtual fundraising event. Walk, run or cycle the distance between two or more of our research locations across the UK. Use our mile matrix to pick your distance and aim to raise £1 for every mile you complete.
What distance should I complete?
It's completely up to you! Pick a distance from our mile matrix (see our Tips & Resources page) that's right for you. You could pick a distance and complete it solo, or ask friends and family to form a Research Relay team and divide the miles between you.
You could choose 55 miles and cycle, run or walk the distance from Glasgow to Edinburgh, two of our BriTROC centres. Or it could be 120 miles, the distance of travelling from the Ovarian Cancer Action Research Centre in London to Professor Ahmed's lab at the University of Oxford and back again.
Or if you're looking for the ultimate challenge, could you and your team complete the 616 miles between all of our research centres?
Can I take part as a team?
Yes! You can complete your own Research Relay as a personal challenge or gather a team, pick a distance and divide the miles between you.
By creating a virtual team you can raise more and stay connected with friends, family or colleagues. Your team can compete to see who completes the most miles, or combine your efforts to collectively reach your target. If you have a range of abilities in your team, everyone can pick a distance that’s right for them.
If you choose to meet up in person with members of your team, follow the latest government guidance on social distancing to ensure you're completing your challenge in a safe way. The government's guidance can be found online here.
Is there a fee to take part ?
No, it's completely free to take part. Simply sign up and your fundraising page will be created for you.
How can I make sure I'm completing my challenge safely?
Whilst out running, walking or cycling, keep a safe distance from others and avoid crowds.
If you're taking part as a team and choose to meet up in person with members of your team, follow the latest government guidance on social distancing to ensure you're completing your challenge in a safe way. The government's guidance can be found online here.
If you're taking part as an indivdual, you can connect with others by shraring photos or screen grabs of your progress on social media. You could also use video platforms such as Zoom to livestream your challenge
How can I track my miles?
You can use a fitness tracker like a Fitbit or Apple watch. You can also use apps like Strava, Google Fit and Mapmyfitness. Sync the app with your fundraising page or enter your steps on your page manually.
We’ve created a guide to help you, download it here.
How much do I need to raise?
We’re asking you to aim to raise £1 for every mile you complete. It's a great motivator and will help you and your supporters get you through the challenge. However much you raise, we're incredibly grateful for your support.
We’re here to support you as well, so if you’d like fundraising support contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7380 1730. You can also take a look at our Tips & Resources page
How can I raise funds?
We've come up with 4 simple steps to help you become a fundraising champion.
1. Make your page shine by adding a photo, setting a target and sharing your story. This will all help you raise more.
2. Ask for support. Don't be afraid to ask for donations to your page. You'll find that friends and family are happy to help and want to support your fantastic challenge.
3. Share your progress to keep everyone up-to-date with how your challenge is going. Post photos or screen grabs of your miles from your rides, runs or walks.
4. Say thank you to your sponors and let them know the difference they're making for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
If you want some extra inspiration, we've created a fundraising guide with more ideas which you can find in our Tips and Resources section.
How will my fundraising make a difference for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer?
COVID-19 has paused some of our potentially life-saving research projects. We need your support now more than ever to help us get ovarian cancer research back on track. We're aiming to raise £20,000, which could fund an MSc orPhD student - the innovators who will make a breakthrough with this disease - for 8 months.
Here are some more of the ways that your Research Relay makes a difference:
£30 could buy a bottle of specialist dye to stain cancer cells, so that our researchers can study them with a microscope
£100 could buy one month's supply of cell isolation kits which enable researchers to prepare individual cells for studying
£500 funds enough test tubes for BriTROC 2 researchers for two years
How do my funds reach the charity?
All the money you raise on your online fundraising page is transferred automatically to us. If you raise funds offline, you can send a cheque to our office: Ovarian Cancer Action, 8 - 10 Camden High Street, London, NW1 0JH. If you're sending a cheque, please include a brief note with your name, address and email so that we know the donation is from you.