Archer's Marathon sponsorship could break world record

Disgraced peer Jeffrey Archer has raised more than £1m in the London Marathon, and could take the charity world record for the event, according to marathon organiser David Bedford.

The record for marathon charity sponsorship was set in 1999 in London at £1.13m, and Bedford said: "He told me he has already raised more than £1m and has outstanding pledges from another 118 people, which should secure him the world record."

But it seems unlikely Archer will reach his target of raising £1 for each yard of the marathon, or £1.66m.

Four charities are sharing the funds raised: the British Heart Foundation, the Facial Surgery Research Foundation, Make A Wish, and the Fund for Addenbrooke's, for whom his wife, Lady Archer, is deputy chairman.

Lord Archer's Marathon success is in contrast to the fortunes of computer programmer Laura Foster, who aimed to spite the former peer by raising more money than him (Third Sector, 28 January). Despite generating considerable publicity, she raised only a few thousand pounds.

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