Run Your River

Run the your River

This year, we asked runners to help us put an end to wasted potential by taking part in Run the River - wherever they were - between 7 - 12 September 2021.

Thank you to all our runners who took part this year, you can now register your interest for next year.


Since 2013, over 21,000 runners have taken part in the iconic Run the River.

Our annual flagship fundraising event, Run the River, has traditionally seen 3,000 people run along the River Thames on a single evening to raise vital funds for our work supporting the UK’s most disadvantaged schoolchildren. This year we’re keeping the event virtual and flexible, which means you can run, roll or stroll your chosen route anywhere in the world.
This year, it doesn’t matter where you run – it just matters that you run.

Find your time 

You've completed your run, logged your time and your finisher's medal is on its way. Want to see where you finished next to your fellow runners? Take a look at our finalised leader board and find out!

See the results

Took part as a team? Check out the final team results here

Keen to take part? 

Entries have now closed but you can still find out below why we need your support more than ever before and register your interest for next year.

Register your interest

The team effort was fantastic and I’m delighted to say that we’re well on the way to having a team for next year’s run already. Thanks to all.
Gerald Shortland,
The Worshipful Company of Butchers

Taking part as a team

You can take part in Run the River solo or as part of a team. When signing up, team captains should click 'Create a team' and choose a team name. All other team members should select 'Find a team' and search for it by name. It's that easy.

If your company would like to cover the cost of your team, we can support with arranging an invoice. Find out more here or get in touch with us at to make the arrangements.

You can also fundraise as a team using JustGiving. More information can be found in the FAQs.

If you plan to run with your team, please remember to follow your local government guidelines regarding social distancing.

Your support has never been more vital

Before COVID-19, poorer kids only had half the chance of succeeding at school compared to their more-advantaged friends. The odds are now much tougher.  

This isn’t just about fairness, it’s about the economy. Four years after the last global crash, more than one in five young people were left unemployed. For this generation, getting a good job is likely to be just as hard, if not worse. And without access to a fair education – it’ll be nearly impossible.  

Schools serving the most disadvantaged communities will be at the heart of our country’s efforts to recover. They’re already doing all they can to prepare their pupils for whatever lies ahead. But they can’t do it alone. Will you put an end to wasted potential by supporting Teach First?

Donate to our Run the River campaign.

Check out our FAQs for more information on donating or fundraising to support our work.

Register your interest

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Let’s work together to build an education system that works for every child.

COVID-19 closed schools for a few months, but it's impact could last a lifetime. As the country begins to rebuild, it's time to break the cycle of inequality that existed before the pandemic.

The money raised through Run the River will help us support young people facing the biggest challenges. We're proud that once again, this event was run in partnership with Citi as part of their inspiring e for education campaign. 

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Our partners

Citi e for education

Our global network partners

Teach for All
Teach for America (Chicago)
Teach for India
Teach for Mexico
Teach for Poland
Teach the Nation (South Africa)
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