London Marathon runners raised a record £63.7m this year

The event set another high for an annual single-day charity fundraising event, with an increase of £2m on last year - the event has raised £955m since it began in 1981

The London Marathon
The London Marathon

The Virgin Money London Marathon raised £63.7m for good causes this year, setting a new world record for an annual single-day charity fundraising event for the 12th year in a row.

The new record is an increase of £2m on last year’s race. The event has now raised more than £955m for charity since it was founded in 1981, organisers said today.

Despite being the warmest London Marathon on record, 40,273 people completed the race – a record high.

Children with Cancer was the top fundraising charity this year, raising more than £3m.

Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind, Whizz-Kidz, the NSPCC and Cancer Research UK each raised more than £1m this year, as did the Teenage Cancer Trust, which was the official charity partner for the 2018 event.

Emily Roff, senior sports events manager at Children with Cancer, said the race was its single biggest fundraising event and generated about 20 per cent of the charity’s annual income.

"We are delighted to have raised such an incredible amount to fund vital specialist research," she said.

Hugh Brasher, the London Marathon event director, said: "We salute every runner who has contributed to this amazing world record total of £63.7m, a truly incredible sum from a one-day event.

"Since 1981, the London Marathon has been an extraordinary force for good that has inspired profound social change.

"We are constantly working to grow the event and its positive impacts as society, health services and charities face ever-increasing pressure on their services and funding. The London Marathon Charitable Trust has enabled hundreds of thousands more people to get active through its funding of a huge range of recreational projects."

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