Runners at the start line

Run the River

Over 2,000 runners took part in our 2023 event to help children facing the biggest barriers get the education they deserve and fulfil their potential.

We'll be back in 2024. We hope to see you on the start line.

For 20 years, we've been improving the life chances and choices for children facing the biggest barriers. We believe education is the most powerful tool to help a child fulfil their potential. Children living in poverty have to overcome more challenges to succeed at school – and in life.   

Help us to power up every child’s potential. 

Join our twilight charity run along the Thames.

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Massive group photo with all participants from Run the River 2023 before starting

Run the River 2023

In 2023, we returned to the banks of the Thames for our twilight run with a mass event or online option to choose from, there’s never been an easier way to take part.

We had over 2,000 runners and raised an incredible £250,000.

A big well done and thank you to everyone who took part.


Participant from Run the River 2023 showing her medal


Run the River wouldn’t be possible without a team of brilliant and enthusiastic volunteers. This year we’re looking to double our volunteer numbers to help make this year’s event the biggest and best yet. Volunteer roles range from guiding and cheering our runners along the route, to being at the finish area putting medals around our triumphant runners’ necks. 

Join our team of volunteers:

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Group photo of volunteers from Run the River 2023

Images from Run the River 2023

You can see some of the highlights from last year’s event below. We welcome everyone to take part this year too - all ages and abilities.

Runner at Tower Bridge during Run the River 2023
Runners smiling and waving at camera during Run the River 2023
Group photo of Run the River 2023 participants at finish point with their medals
Volunteer handing out medals at the finish line of Run the River 2023
I was drawn to take part because I experienced inequality in our education system first-hand. When I completed the race, I felt like all my hard work in fundraising and training paid off and I had achieved something great.
Run the River 2022 runner
All children have big dreams. But not every child gets the opportunities they need to thrive in school. 

Children living in poverty only have half the chance of fulfilling their potential at school than their wealthier classmates. You can change this by signing up and showing your support with Run the River. Help power the potential in our young people by fundraising or donating to support the pupils who need it the most.

With your help, we can ensure all children can have the future of their choice.

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In the UK, one in four children live in poverty.
What would you be running for?

Well, imagine you’re out for a run with a friend. Their half of the route is clear, yet yours is lined with extra challenges. Unfair, right? But that’s what our education system is like for children living in poverty.

They face more challenges to succeed at school and in life.  And, since the pandemic, the hurdles preventing them from succeeding at school – and in life – are even higher. Children deserve to have access to the great teachers, brilliant leaders and role models they can relate to in order to thrive.

With your help, we can ensure all children have the future of their choice. Join our twilight charity run along the Thames.

Runner from Run the River 2023 running across Tower Bridge

Help us power their potential

With your support, we can reach the UK's children experiencing poverty and give them the opportunities they deserve.

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