SNAPSHOT: A record race

Sports scientist Ben Edwards' attempt to become the most sponsored person in a running event is climbing towards its £1.13 million target after he completed the London Marathon in five hours and one minute on Sunday (left). The former cancer sufferer has so far raised £890,000 for Cancer Research UK and a further £240,000 needs to be collected in the next 10 days to put him in the Guinness Book of Records. The charity ran a direct mail campaign asking 250,000 donors to sponsor him and tapped into more sponsors through its online and high street outlets. Official London Marathon charity Shelter expects to raise at least £1 million through its 800 runners. Apart from a runner disguised as a house (right), celebrities racing to Shelter's aid included Wayne Hemingway, who designed the official Shelter vest, comedian Paul Tonkinson and London Marathon patrons Paula Radcliffe and Tanni Grey-Thompson. The marathon is expected to break last year's £31 million fundraising record.

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