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Run the River

Sign up to Run the River 2022 to help every young person get the opportunities they deserve. 

For ten years, runners have been unlocking potential in UK’s poorest schoolchildren by taking part in our annual fundraising event, Run the River. 

This year, we’re returning to the banks of the River Thames for our twilight run on Wednesday 21 September. 

Will you be joining us? Entries are open now. 

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runners near Tower Bridge in London
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 arrange an invoice. Get in touch with us at

You can also fundraise as a team using JustGiving. If you need more information, get in touch.

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Virtual race option   

Prefer a more flexible event? With a virtual running option for those who can’t run in-person at the London-based event, there’s never been an easier way to take part. Just select the virtual race option when you sign up and we’ll make sure you have everything you need.

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Volunteering at the London event

Run the River wouldn’t be possible without a team of brilliant volunteers. From baggage drop and medal distributors in the event village, to route marshals and water stations along the course, roles are varied and all equally vital. Get involved and help make our tenth anniversary run along the Thames a success.

Find out more

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Your support has never been more vital

Before COVID-19, poorer kids only had half the chance of fulfilling their potential at school than their wealthier classmates. The hurdles are now even higher.   

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 tougher. And, without access to an education system that works for every child, 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 help us put an end to wasted potential? 

Donate to our Run the River campaign. 

Get in touch with us for more information on donating or fundraising to support our work. 

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Let’s fight for an education system that works for every child.

Imagine you’re going out for a run with a friend. Their half of the running route is clear, yet yours is lined with hurdles. Unfair, right? But that’s what our education system is like for the UK’s poorest children.   

They’re less likely to have access to the teachers, leaders and role models they need to thrive.  

And, since the pandemic, the hurdles preventing them from succeeding at school – and in life – are even higher. 

That’s why we need more people than ever to take part this September. 

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 is 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
Enseña por México
Enseña por España
Teach for India
Teach for Italy
Teach for Poland
Teach the Nation (South Africa)

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