London Marathon raised record £61.5m this year

This was the eleventh year in a row that the race has broken the world record for the most money raised by an annual single-day fundraising event

April's London Marathon
April's London Marathon

A record £61.5m was raised for charity at this year’s London Marathon, it has been announced.

Organisers said the new high, which was £2.1m higher than the total raised in 2016, meant the event had broken the world record for the most money raised by an annual single-day fundraising event for the eleventh successive year.

The total raised through the race is calculated by taking figures from charities that have places at the event, fundraising platforms and information from the runners themselves in a bid to reach a comprehensive figure.

A record high of 39,487 people finished this year’s race, which took place on 23 April.

Virgin Money Giving said after the race that it would add 10 per cent to all donations made on its website on 23 and 24 April after people experienced problems with its website during the event.

The Teenage Cancer Trust was named in April as the charity partner for next year’s London Marathon, with a fundraising target of £1.5m.

The mental health initiative Heads Together, which is backed by charities including Mind, YoungMinds and Calm – The Campaign Against Living Miserably, was the official partner of this year’s race.

Next year’s marathon will take place on 22 April. A record high of 386,050 people applied for a place through the public ballot.

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