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Charities wish their runners well in 36th Virgin Money London Marathon

Howard Lake | 24 April 2016 | News

Charities have wished their runners well in today’s Virgin Money London Marathon, the 36th year that the world’s biggest one-day fundraising event has been run.
This year’s theme is #oneinamillion, because at today’s race, the one millionth runner to take part in a London Marathon will cross the finishing line. Participants who were one of this first million have been able to buy the t-shirt to claim their status. Watch them put their finger in the air as they cross the finish line to signify this status.

British ESA astronaut and digital marathon runner Tim Peake was the official race starter this year.

Total number of runners

Virgin Money Giving is encouraging supporters to track friends and family taking part and to share their messages of support with the official event hashtags of #LondonMarathon and #oneinamillion.

Charities wishing their runners good luck

Plenty of charities have posted encouragement to their teams of runners this morning.










It’s not just events teams cheering them on. Here’s an encouraging tweet from a charity CEO:
And another:

In wishing runners luck, there’s always an opportunity to invite more people to show their support by donating:


Support from others

Organisers and others are offering to give public support for particular runners.



Support for individuals

Other charities are highlighting individual runners who are raising funds for them this morning.


And recognition for individual volunteers too:


More London Marathon fundraising

Twitter emojis are in evidence too this year.



Save the Children UK has explained why people choose to take part in the London Marathon to raise funds:

If some of your work is about to be viewed by TV viewers around the world, it makes sense to let people know:

If running isn’t your thing, then the BBC shares details of how you can get involved in charity events as a volunteer:


Here’s a nod to the very first London Marathon in 1981:

And we simply like this tweet from JustGiving:


More fundraising today

There’s more exertion going on today to raise funds for charities, including the Kiltwalk in Scotland: