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Cancer Research UK runners raise over £2.4m in London Marathon

Cancer Research UK runners raise over £2.4m in London Marathon

Runners taking part in the 35th annual Virgin Money had already raised £2.4 million for by the end of the event.

Over 2,000 people ran for the charity which is this year’s official charity for the event. This is the largest number of runners that have taken part for the charity, and the £2.4 million total is expected to rise.

Celebrity runners

This year’s team of runners for the cancer charity included F1 driver Jenson Button, TV presenter Jenni Falconer and British fashion designer Henry Holland.

Two runners, Paul and Laura Elliott, got married en route. Novelty costume runners included Tom Jones dressed as a guitar and Michael Fernando who ran in full hockey goalie kit after losing a bet to a friend.

Photo: Bob Martin for Virgin Money London Marathon. Copyright: London Marathon.

Runners cross Tower Bridge in the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon. Photo: Bob Martin for Virgin Money London Marathon. Copyright: London Marathon.

Head of sports at Cancer Research UK, Helen Jackson, said:

“We knew that the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon was going to be a huge year for Cancer Research UK as the official charity. We set ourselves the ambitious target of £2.5 million and I’m so thrilled that we are on track to beat it. With donations still coming in thick and fast there is still time to get your sponsorship in!”

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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