Beat Beethoven – taking Beethoven’s Fifth out of the classroom for Sport Relief 2020

In March, as part of Sport Relief, hundreds of people around the country will challenge themselves to run 5K and “beat” a live performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which lasts between 30-35 minutes. Here’s how your school could get involved.

Teens, teachers and parents: sign up to fundraise your own Beat Beethoven 5K run in March

Run or jog during the live Radio 3 broadcast OR take a special Beat Beethoven download on a run around your playing field, park or track.

  • Set up your #BeatBeethoven Giving page now via Sport Relief. All the details and T&Cs are at 
  • Get training!
  • Option 1: Run or jog while listening to the live Radio 3 broadcast via the free BBC Sounds smartphone app (4-5pm on Friday 13 March)
  • Option 2: From 14 March, search the BBC Sounds app for “Beat Beethoven” and download the special audio. You can do your fundraising 5K any time until 29 March.

Teachers of younger children: make Beethoven’s Fifth the soundtrack to your PE sessions or daily mile

Visit to find streaming audio of the entire symphony. Follow the links to order a Sport Relief fundraising pack for your school or to make a direct donation to Sport Relief.


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