London Marathon breaks another world record

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As runners get ready for the announcement of the 2019 London Marathon ballot, which happens on the first week of October, organisers announce that the 2018 race has broken another world record. 

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Not only is the race the most popular marathon on the planet, with a record breaking number of runners entering the public ballot for the 2019 race (414,168 people in fact), the 2018 London Marathon raised a record-breaking £63.7 million for charity.

For the twelfth successive year, this has broken the previous world record, set at the 2017 London Marathon, with an increase of more than £2 million. It brings the overall sum raised for charity since the event was founded in 1981 to more than £955 million.

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The total raised for charity by the London Marathon since Virgin became the title sponsor in 2010 is now more than £500 million.

Jo Barnett, Executive Director at Virgin Money Giving, said: “Once again the generosity of the public around the Virgin Money London Marathon is truly astounding and we are delighted to be able to play our part in raising money for so many worthwhile causes. A staggering half a billion pounds has been raised for charity since Virgin Money became lead sponsor of the London Marathon and we are delighted to be involved with an event that is not only the highlight of the running calendar but also the largest single day annual fundraising event in the world.”

Hugh Brasher, Event Director, said: “Every year, the Virgin Money London Marathon inspires thousands to take on the challenge of running the famous 26.2 miles and raise these incredible sums for charity. We salute every runner who has contributed to this amazing world record total of £63.7 million, a truly incredible sum for a one day event.”

The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 28 April 2019.

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