1. 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.
2. When is Race for Reading?
The race will launch on March 31st and run until June 19th 2021.
3. 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…
4. Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee but every individual who 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.
5. How do I sign up?
Click here to pre-register for the event or click on the button at the bottom of this page. When entries open on around 21st March, we'll email you a reminder to register and a link to the Race for Reading site. Once you've fully registered you'll be able to create your individual fundraising page. You'll be able to take on the race with friends, colleagues or family. You can set your mileage and fundraising goal and then you simply share your page with people who may sponsor you.
You'll find full instructions on the Race for Reading site when it goes live on around 21st March.
6. 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.
7. When do I need to register by?
Full registration opens on around 21st March and you will be able to register by visiting . Until then, you may pre-register by clicking here or by using the button at the bottom of this page, but please note that completing the pre-registration process does not mean that you are fully registered for the challenge. If you pre-register, we will send you a reminder to complete the full registration process when entries open.
We recommend that you complete full registration by the challenge 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.
8. Is there a minimum fundraising target?
We are asking everyone to raise a minimum of £15. On completion of the challenge, we will send you a 2021 Race for Reading medal. Individuals raising £100 or more will receive a 2021 Race for Reading sports
t-shirt. Individuals raising £1,000 or more will receive a 2021 Race for Reading gold medal on completion of the challenge. Remember… every £450 raised will help an entire class of children for a whole year!
9. 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.
10. How do people sponsor me?
All donations can be made through the Just Giving fundraising page that you will set up as part of the official registration process, and all funds raised will go directly to Schoolreaders. Full instructions will be found on the Race for Reading site once it is launched on 19th March.
If you have raised any of your donations outside the JustGiving site, that’s fine. Please send them to us by cheque or bank transfer. You can click here to download a copy of our donation form (go to 'Paying in Funds Raised' at the bottom of the page). Please note all cheques must be made payable to Schoolreaders.
We request that all funds raised are paid to Schoolreaders within 8 weeks of the challenge end date.
11. 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, and 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
12. What about Covid restrictions?
When taking part you will be expected to adhere to any Government restrictions. Fuller details can be found in the challenge Terms and Conditions, which are available here.
13. How do I get in touch with Schoolreaders about Race for Reading?
If you still have a question please email or call us on 01234 924 333.
Thank you for your interest in Schoolreaders' Race for Reading.
Every mile you cover will help improve a child's chances in life!
If you have any questions please contact us via or telephone us on 01234 924333
Please click here to read event Terms & Conditions