Following a decision to appoint a successor to the current Race Director, Dave Bedford, complete with a structured changeover, the Virgin London Marathon is delighted to announce HUGH BRASHER as Deputy Race Director.

Hugh will work closely with Dave Bedford, beginning January 2011, with the intention that he will act as joint race director in 2012, and then become sole Race Director in 2013, when Dave Bedford will begin a part-time role within the London Marathon organisation.

Dave Bedford said: "There were a number of very strong applications for this role, however Hugh Brasher through his business experience in sporting events and understanding of the sport from every angle, was head and shoulders above the other applicants. Hugh has been involved in organising road races for 10 years, and has also been a Director of the London Marathon since 2008. He is also part of the advisor group to UK Athletics that set up runbritain".

Hugh has run the London Marathon four times, the New York Marathon three times, and already worked on 29 London Marathons, beginning by selling train tickets to competitors at the first London Marathon!

Hugh has considerable experience in race organisation, his company organises  two of the largest road races in the country - The Reading Half Marathon, and the Experian Robin Hood Marathon - now renamed Festival of Running.

Hugh is also CEO of Brasher Leisure Ltd (Sweatshop), the UK largest specialist running retailer, with 32 shops around the UK.  Hugh's father, Chris Brasher was the co-founder of the London Marathon.

A member of Ranelagh Harriers, Hugh races motorbikes in his spare time.

The 2011 Virgin London Marathon - The 2011 Virgin London Marathon will take place on Sunday April 17th 2011 and the official charity of the 2011 Virgin London Marathon will be Oxfam.

For more information please contact ;  The Virgin London Marathon Press Office

Nicola Okey 0207 902 0182 / 07799 661345  / Hannah Finch 0207 902 0199

Notes to editors

The London Marathon Ltd is the operating subsidiary of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

The London Marathon Charitable Trust

The London Marathon Charitable Trust, a registered charity number 283813, was created in 1981, the inaugural year of the London Marathon, to meet one of the six objectives set by Chris Brasher and John Disley, the race founders: "to raise money for the provision of recreational facilities in London."

Since then, the Trust's objects, which are "to provide or assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation", have been widened to enable grants to be made for projects in any area where the London Marathon Limited stages an event.

The London Marathon Ltd is the operating subsidiary of the London Marathon Charitable Trust. Every year the surplus from the company is transferred under Gift Aid to the Trust and the trustees award grants to further its objectives. In 2009, it allocated grants of more than £5 million from the record surplus made by the London Marathon Ltd. This brings the total grants made by the Trust to date to more than £35 million aiding more than 850 projects.

This year 59 projects across 29 London Boroughs have been allocated grants of between £750 and £250,000. The largest award was made towards the construction of a new sports hall in Redbridge while £750 paid for a short mat bowling carpet in Bromley.

Other large grants included: £150,000 to Enfield Council to help bring the Queen Elizabeth II stadium back into use; £150,000 for new changing rooms at Abbey Road Rec in Merton; £100,000 to Newham 6th Form College for a floodlit multi-use games area; and £125,000 to refurbish two children's playgrounds in Richmond Park.

Numerous smaller grants were also made, such as £8,000 for new apparatus at Heathrow Gymnastics Club in Hounslow; £13,000 to install an artificial bowls surface with disabled access in Southwark Park; £9,000 for an artificial cricket wicket in Bexley; and £65,000 for a climbing wall for disabled and special needs residents at Mellish estate in Greenwich.

In addition, the Trust has set aside a further £500,000 towards its commitment to community legacy facilities after the London 2012 Olympics. It has also added £1.15 million to its designated fund for the preservation of playing fields.

Most recently, the Trust has confirmed an award of £700,000 to Camden Community Football and Sports Association to buy Chase Lodge playing fields from the London Borough of Camden. The new facilities will include a new clubhouse, gym and full-sized football pitches. This will bring to six the number of playing fields saved for sport and recreation by the London Marathon in the last eight years.

The Trust has also agreed to contribute £500,000 to the redevelopment of Hackney Marshes, the ‘home of grassroots football'. Plans for the east London site include new sports pavilions and changing facilities, upgraded football pitches, and new rugby, cricket and mini-soccer pitches.