London Marathon raises a record £53m for charity this year

The marathon has broken the Guinness World Record for charity fundraising at a single annual event for the seventh successive year

London Marathon
London Marathon

This year’s Virgin London Marathon raised a record £53m for charity, official figures show.

Marathon organisers have announced that the amount raised surpassed the 2012 total of £52.8m, despite the fact that the number of people who finished the race – 34,728 – was more than 4,000 fewer than last year.

It is the seventh successive year in which the marathon has broken the Guinness World Record for charity fundraising at a single annual event. 

This year’s race took place in April, shortly after the Boston Marathon, at which three people died and 264 were injured in a bombing attack. London marathon runners wore black ribbons in memory of the dead and injured and the London Marathon donated £2 for every finisher, raising £68,556 for The One Fund Boston, set up to help those affected by the incident. 

Hugh Brasher, race director of the marathon, said: "This impressive achievement is testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of our runners. To raise this record-breaking amount in the current economic environment, at the same time as achieving their own marathon goals, shows that London Marathon finishers are among the most committed runners in the world."

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