What is Race for Reading?
Together we are aiming to cover the circumference of the world in 80 days, raising crucial funds for Schoolreaders so we can provide one-to-one reading support sessions for thousands of primary school children across the country.
You can walk, run, cycle, swim or even hop to complete your miles over the course of 80 days. Simply decide if you want to take part alone or as part of a team, set your own mileage goal and decide how you want to complete your challenge. All miles completed will go towards our 25,000 mile goal.
When is Race for Reading?
The race will launch on March 31st and run until June 19th 2021.
Where is Race for Reading?
There is no specific location for the race. You can cover your miles anywhere - in your local park or at home running up the stairs! The choice is yours…
Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee but every individual that raises a minimum of £15 will receive a medal after the close of the Challenge. Every £150 raised will provide weekly reading support for 10 children for a whole year.
How do I sign up?
Click here to create your individual fundraising page. Set your mileage and fundraising goal and simply share your page with people who may sponsor you.
How do I set up a team page?
You can take on the race with friends, colleagues or family. You just need to set up your individual page first, then click 'edit page' and navigate to the ‘Team’ tab. Make sure you have decided on a team name, fundraising target and mileage goal when setting up your team page. When your team members sign up just tell them about the team page and they can connect their fundraising page with the team.
How do I edit the team page?
You are only able to edit the team’s page if you were the one who created it. If you are the creator, you can click the ‘Edit page’ button where you will see the option to edit your team page. You will be able to edit the team name, fundraising target and story.
How do I join a team?
You can either join a team by using the search function when you create your individual page, or you can join one at any time by going to your individual page, clicking ‘Edit page’, and selecting ‘Join Team’ from the Team tab.
How do I log my miles?
You can track your miles using a fitness app such as Strava - this can be linked straight to your fundraising page to give your supporters regular updates on how you are getting on. To link Strava to your fundraising page click ‘Connect to Strava’ which is a button on your page. If you are not using Strava you can input your miles manually by clicking on ‘Log Miles’ on your page. This will automatically link to your team page if you are part of a team.
How long do I have to complete my challenge?
The challenge launches on March 31st 2021, and you have 80 days to complete your challenge with the last day being June 19th 2021. Depending on your chosen target, you may well complete your challenge sooner. You may sign up after March 31st but you will have less than 80 days to complete your challenge.
When do I need to register by?
We recommend that you register by the launch date of March 31st 2021, but you are welcome to register after this date - you will just have less time to complete your challenge.
Is there a minimum fundraising target?
Every penny raised will make a difference, we are hoping everyone will raise a minimum of £15. For all who do, on completion of the challenge we will send you a fabulous 2021 Race for Reading medal. Check out our Resources page for tips on fundraising. And remember… Every £450 raised will help an entire class of children for a whole year!
Is there a minimum number of miles I have to reach?
No, but our goal is to achieve 25,000 miles around the globe so we are asking everyone to help by covering as many miles as possible over the 80 days.
How do people sponsor me?
All donations can be made through your Just Giving fundraising page and will go directly to Schoolreaders. Make sure you use the link on your Just Giving page to share on social media and with friends to tell them about your challenge. To make your link stand out, download the social media graphics on our Resources page.
If you have raised any of your donations outside of the JustGiving site, that’s fine. Please send them by cheque or bank transfer, by clicking here for the ‘How to donate’ page on the Schoolreaders website.
Please note all cheques must be made payable to Schoolreaders. For bank transfers please use the reference R4R then your surname.
We request that all funds raised are paid to Schoolreaders within 8 weeks of the Challenge end date.
Who are Schoolreaders?
Schoolreaders was founded in 2013 to improve childhood literacy throughout the UK. As of March 2020 we had over 1,200 volunteers who were providing weekly one-to-one reading support sessions to over 12,000 primary school children across the country.
Prior to Covid-19, 1 in 4 children left primary school unable to read well. With schools being shut for the majority of the past year the situation has become even worse, particularly for the most disadvantaged children who have fallen even further behind.
Our aim is to increase these children’s life chances by offering a vital service, free of charge to schools. To find out more please visit www.schoolreaders.org.
How do I get in touch with Schoolreaders about Race for Reading?
If you still have a question please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY TAKING PART, YOU AGREE TO FOLLOW THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE, INCLUDING FOR EXERCISING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST. HAVE FUN AND REMEMBER… EVERY MILE YOU COVER WILL HELP IMPROVE A CHILD’S CHANCES IN LIFE!