Long Ducker - fundraising run

Partner: Long Ducker
Partner type: Community Group
Project category: Sporting Partnerships

Long Ducker remains one of the foremost events in the school calendar. It began in 1988 and has been run every year since. The annual event of running, swimming or rowing by members of the school community (every boy participates) has been responsible for raising a huge amount of money for good causes. The money is split between a nominated charity for the year, the Harrow Club and our partner schools. The funds raised (over £300,000 over the last three years) have been used to do an enormous amount of good and have made a significant difference in the lives of those who need support. 

Some members of Certitude (the main charity for this year) joined us for Long Ducker: Harrovians, Masters, parents and friends of the School ran the 10km from the Wembley Stadium to Harrow on the Hill (or a 13km half marathon). Certitude provides personalised support across London to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health support needs as well as their families and carers. As well as financially supporting the charity, Harrow boys have started visiting Certitude service users in Harrow. Aisling Duffy, CEO of Certitude: “We hugely value our relationship with Harrow School. It was impressive to see so many boys and teachers running the Long Ducker, proudly wearing Certitude t-shirts and sharing our vision that everyone has the right to a good life. The money raised by Harrow School means that Certitude can go further in supporting people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health in Harrow. Certitude knows that everyone has gifts and talents and we are delighted to have the support of such a prestigious school that shares and supports our values.”  In the 2017 Long Ducker, 53 boys ran the Half Marathon (39 finishing it in under 1 hour 50 minutes) and three completed a ‘Double’, swimming 400 lengths and then running the Half Marathon. So far, the event has raised £112,000 for Certitude and other charities. Harrow School's founder, John Lyon, also set up an endowment fund to maintain the Harrow Road, on which the runners run. The fund now operates as John Lyon’s Charity, one of the largest grant-giving organisations in the country.

Aims of the project

To involve every boy in the school in fundraising and to raise money for charities and local organisations. 

Background and goals

The Long Ducker is a well established part of Harrow life and has grown enormously over the last thirty years.


This is a large-scale project, a significant amount of resources are required.


A huge amount of money has been raised for charities and local organisations.

Pupil involvement

Every boy and teacher in the school is involved.

Frequency and duration