London Marathon sets new charitable fundraising record
Following the confirmation of funds raised from the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon, the total raised for charity by the worldâ€™s greatest marathon has now passed Â£3/4 billion (more than Â£770 million) since the event was founded in 1981.
Runners in the 2015 event raised Â£54.1 million for charity, up from Â£53.2 million in 2014, which set a new world record for an annual single day charity fundraising event for the ninth successive year.
Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the London Marathon, said: â€œEvery year, the Virgin Money London Marathon inspires thousands of runners to raise record-breaking millions for charity.
â€œOver its first 35 years, the London Marathon has been an extraordinary force for good that has inspired profound social change. It is an iconic event which inspires tens of thousands each year to get off the sofa, take up running and raise millions for charity. We are constantly working to grow the event and its positive impacts as society and health services face rapidly increasing problems with obesity.
â€œThe London Marathon Charitable Trust has enabled thousands more to get active through its funding of a huge range of recreational projects.â€