Run Your River

Run the your River

Join us for Run the River this year - wherever you are  - to help every young person get the opportunities they deserve.

7 - 12 September 2021


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.

Entries are officially open, so you can sign up now and take part between 7 - 12 September.

Don't forget, to receive your t-shirt in time for event week, you'll need to sign up by 10 August if you're overseas or 24 August if you're UK-based.

Taking part in Run the River 2021 is easy

1. Sign up

Click here to sign up for £15 as a UK-based runner or £19 if you’re overseas. Your registration fee will cover the cost of the event including your technical running t-shirt and finisher’s medal.

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2. Support in any way you can

Donate or fundraise to support Teach First. And don’t stop there. Spread the word and get friends, family and colleagues involved. 5km or 10km. Any route. Any ability. Anywhere in the world. It’s that simple.  

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3. Plan your route

Whether your chosen 5km or 10km route takes place in a local beauty spot, is around the block or up and down your living room, your individual distances will all add up.     

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4. Log your run

Between Tuesday 7 and Sunday 12 September, track your run with your preferred running app. Just remember to follow your local government guidelines regarding social distancing. Log your run via our portal to see where you stand on the leader board.

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5. Receive your medal

All runners who complete Run the River 2021 will receive a finisher's medal in the post. Share your photos with us via our Twitter and Instagram pages, using the hashtag #RunTheRiver, or through our Run the River Strava group.

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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?

Set up your online fundraising page.

Donate to our Run the River campaign.

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

Sign up now

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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 its impact could last a lifetime. And the poorest children will be hit the hardest. The money raised through Run the River will help us support disadvantaged pupils to get the best start back at school.

We're proud that once again, this event is being run in partnership with Citi as part of their inspiring e for education campaign.

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Our partners

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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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