More than £45m raised by London Marathon runners, say fundraising platforms

More than 2,000 charities are expected to benefit from the annual 26.2 mile race

More than £45m has so far been raised by people who ran in yesterday’s London Marathon, with the total expected to rise, two major fundraising platforms have reported.

The London Marathon sponsor Virgin Money Giving said a record amount of £21.8m had been raised for good causes through its platform, with the final count expected to pass £25m.

The rival site JustGiving said London Marathon fundraisers using its platform had so far raised £22.3m through donations and Gift Aid, and an extra £1.6m offline.

More than 2,000 charities are expected to benefit from the donations, and more than 40,000 people completed the race.

A spokesman for Virgin Money Giving said the amount raised so far was 9 per cent higher than at the same point last year.

A total of £1.3m has so far been raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the official charity partner of this year’s race.

Kate Collins, chief executive of TCT, said. "We hope that being this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon charity of the year will be transformational in our ability to support young people with cancer," she said.

Marathon organisers confirmed this morning that one participant had died in hospital after collapsing at the 22.5 mile mark.

Matt Campbell, aged 29, a professional chef from the Lake District who featured in the TV show Masterchef: The Professionals last year, was running to raise money for the youth charity the Brathay Trust and in memory of his father Martin, who died in 2016.

He was a keen marathon runner and earlier this month had completed the Manchester Marathon in under three hours, the London Marathon said in a statement.

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Its statement added that his family had paid tribute to him as an inspirational son and brother.

"Everyone involved in the organisation of the London Marathon would like to express our sincere condolences to Matt’s family and friends," the statement said.

Campbell’s fundraising page, which at time of publication had raised more than £11,000, more than four times its initial target, can be found here.

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