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The Butchers turn out in big numbers to Run The River

Published on: 13 September 2021

“I hope my body holds up; It’s got to because this is for Derek and that’s important,” said one member of Court.

WCB’s support for Teach First's Run The River this year was nothing short of magnificent. Usually a run along the Thames, once again it was re-named Run Your River with participants able to run or walk 5k or 10k wherever they chose between 7th and 12th September.

The Butchers' team reached record numbers and was entered in memory of Derek Berry who sadly died last year, having been such a supporter of Teach First and as Warden, a respected and admired Liveryman and member of Court.

Teach First is a long-term charity supported by the WCB which recruits and trains teachers to work in schools that provide education for the poorest children in our society. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the need being ever greater.

Scroll through the gallery of photos to see our brilliant 2021 team...

How did our team perform this year?

We are particularly indebted to The Friends and Family of Rod Adlington who made up a team of 9 people; Rod also producing another outstanding video, and the Baker Family who numbered 6. Rob Yandell’s video is also worthy of note.

Most interesting was where individuals chose to participate; the outliers being Phoebe Boanas Evans and Elliot Grogan who ran in Nice and Andrew Duff who ran in Edinburgh.

John Bausor at the age of 80 completed 10km on his horse and Finan Shortland aged 7 ran 5km in Cambridge.

Margaret Boanas’s team walked through Smithfield in time honoured fashion, wisely finishing at the Butchers Hook and Cleaver where they were met by Heather Burgess and Georgie Pedley of Teach First who wanted to thank the team, for their long-term involvement in the event and celebrate WCB’s team being the largest of any involved.

The parting words most often heard were, “See you next year” – Derek would have looked down and smiled.

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