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About This Event

Ernest Cooper and Macmillan Ride of Their Lives

For 2021 our famous Ernest Cooper Macmillan Ride of Their Lives will return on Friday 24 September. Last year our 12 brave amateur riders raised an incredible £340,000 for people affected by cancer with all their hard work, training, and dedication leading to one of our best races ever. Find out more about this year's riders and how you can support them by visiting their page on JustGiving.

Virtual horseracing

If you're looking for an activity to do with your friends and family, then why not check out our brand-new Virtual Horse Racing game! This fun activity brings the thrill of horse racing to you as you and your friends try to guess who will win each race. This game doesn't involve any money but why not come up with some fun prizes for each winner, like one winner making a rule for everyone else for the rest of the game, or getting out of doing the dishes for the day. Find out more about our Virtual Horse Racing game here.

This event has raised over £9 million 

Silent auction and sponsorship

Frequently answered questions

  • Where is the money being spent?
    All the money raised for The Macmillan Charity Raceday will be spent in the Yorkshire region. The money will be spent on Macmillan services in the Yorkshire region which could include grant to patients, allied health professionals and support workers.
  • How can I get involved if I can't attend on the day?

    If you are unable to attend the Macmillan Charity Raceday on Saturday 13 June, then there are other ways you can still get involved.

    The Jump of Their Lives is taking place on Saturday 6 June, which is a tandem skydive in aid of Macmillan. Applications are open until 14 February and you will have the chance to see the beautiful views of the Yorkshire Coast.

    If you would like to donate without participating in a fundraising event, there are other ways you can do so. Firstly, if you would like to make a cash donation, this can be done over the phone or by email. Please get in touch with the Supporter Events team on 020 7840 4800 or email to find out more. At the Macmillan Charity Raceday, we will be holding a silent auction, where there will be a range of amazing prizes to be won. The silent auction will go live before the event day, with the opportunity to bid online for your favourite prizes. Keep an eye on our website to find out more information about prizes and when the auction goes live.

    If you would like to donate a prize to our silent auction, please get in touch with the Supporter Events team on 020 7840 4800 or email

  • I want to support but horse racing isn’t for me

    If you would like to support The Macmillan Charity Raceday but do not want to attend the event at York Race Course, then there are other fantastic ways you can get involved.

    On Saturday 13 June the first Yorkshire Dales Mighty Hike is taking place. This stunning hike will follow the river Aire, passing Janet’s Foss waterfall and pretty market towns including Malham and Grassington. The one-day hike will cover 26 miles and is the perfect opportunity to support Macmillan and help paint Yorkshire Green on 13 June. The registration deadline is Friday 29 May 2020 so head over to to sign up!

    Another fantastic opportunity to support Macmillan is by taking part in the Jump of Their Lives on Saturday 6 June. This is a tandem skydive in aid of Macmillan and you’ll have the chance to take in the beautiful views of the Yorkshire coast. Applications are open until 14 February so head over to York Racecourse website to find out more.

  • How can I watch the Ride of Their Lives race?

    The Ride of Their Lives will take place at York Racecourse on Friday 24 September. If you would like to attend the race, head over to York Racecourse website to book tickets.

  • I am a corporate and want to support the fundraising
    If you are interested in finding out more about our sponsorship opportunities and how you can get involved with this event, please email

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