London Marathon has set a new charitable fundraising world record. The total raised by the marathon since it was founded in 1981 has now reached £3/4 billion.
The event which celebrated its 35th anniversary this year set a new world record for an annual single day charity fundraising event for the ninth successive year. Runners in the 2015 event raised £54.1 million for charity, up from £53.2 million in 2014.
Hugh Brasher, event director of London Marathon, said: “Every year, the Virgin Money London Marathon inspires thousands of runners to raise record-breaking millions for charity.
“Over its first 35 years, 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."
The next London Marathon will take place on Sunday 24 April 2016.