London Marathon runners raised a record £66.4m this year

The figure is more than £2.5m more than last year, making this the 13th year in a row that the race has broken the world record for the amount raised by an annual single-day event

The London Marathon (Photograph: Virgin Money London Marathon)
The London Marathon (Photograph: Virgin Money London Marathon)

The Virgin Money London Marathon raised a record £66.4m for charity this year, organisers have said.

It is the thirteenth year in a row that the race has broken the world record for the highest amount raised by an annual single-day fundraising event and is more than £2.5m more than the previous year’s total.

It includes £4m raised for Dementia Revolution, a year-long partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK, which was the official charity partner of this year’s race.

Some other charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support and Whizz-Kids, each raised more than £1m from the 2019 race, a statement from event organisers said.

The sums raised this year by the record 42,549 people who completed the event mean it has generated charitable donations of more than £1bn since it began in 1981.

Hugh Brasher, event director at London Marathon Events, said: "Since 1981, the London Marathon has helped to raise more than £1bn for charitable causes, celebrated by our #ThanksaBillion campaign at this year’s event.

"It is a phenomenal achievement and part of what makes the London Marathon unique. No other mass-participation event comes anywhere near this kind of fundraising."

Next year’s event, which will have the learning disability charity Mencap as its official charity partner, will take place on 26 April.

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