London Marathon runners raised record £59.4m this year

The event broke the previous best for an annual single-day charity event for the tenth year in a row, and has raised more than £830m since it began in 1981

London Marathon: record breaking
London Marathon: record breaking

This year’s Virgin Money London Marathon raised a record £59.4m for charity, say figures released today.

Organisers said it was the tenth successive year that the event had broken the world record for the highest amount raised by an annual single-day charity event.

The figure beat last year’s total by more than £5m and takes the amount raised for charity through the event to more than £830m since it began in 1981.

A new high of 39,140 runners completed the race, including Shannon Foudy, a police officer from Hemel Hempstead, who became the event’s one-millionth finisher.

The NSPCC, which was the event’s charity of the year, raised more than £2m through its team of runners this year.

Two fundraising pages for the army officer Captain David Seath, who died after collapsing at the 23-mile mark in this year’s event, have attracted donations of almost £200,000 for Help for Heroes.

The charity partner for the 2017 marathon will be Heads Together, the campaign set up by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to support mental health charities including Mind, the Campaign Against Living Miserably and Place2Be.

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