Virgin London Marathon Runners Set Fundraising Record

By Community | September 19, 2012

Virgin London Marathon Runners Set Fundraising Record

Runners in the 2012 Virgin London Marathon set another fundraising record with £52.8 million ($85.7 million) being donated to charity for this year’s race.

London Marathon runners have now broek London Marathon runners have broken the Guinness World Record for charity fund raising at a single annual event worldwide for the last six consecutive years.

The total raised for causes since the race began in 1981 now stands at £610.7 million ($991.7 million).

There were a record 36,705 London Marathon finishers on April 22. Seventy-four percent of finishers runners raised money for good causes.

“We are extremely pleased to announce another amazing record amount of money raised for charities by London Marathon runners,” said Virgin London Marathon race director Hugh Brasher.

“This is an especially impressive total and the fact that this figure increased again for the sixth year in a row, despite the well-publicised economic woes, shows just how committed our runners are to raising funds for good causes”.

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, said: “We are really pleased to confirm that we are well on the way to achieving the quarter of a billion pounds fundraising target that we set at the beginning of our sponsorship with the London Marathon.”{jcomments on}