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London Marathon raises record £53m

A record £53 million was raised for charity at this year's London Marathon.

It was the seventh year in a row that runners in the 26.2-mile race had broken the world record for charity fundraising at a single annual worldwide event.

Of the 34,278 runners who finished the 2013 Virgin London Marathon in April, 75% had signed up to raise money for good causes. They topped the £52.8 million that was raised in 2012 to continue the record-breaking streak which began with the £46.5 million which was raised in 2007.

Runners have raised more than £663 million since the race began in 1981.

Virgin Money London Marathon race director Hugh Brasher said: "We are delighted that this year's amazing London Marathon runners have, once again, raised a record-breaking amount of money for charity.

"This impressive achievement is testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of our runners. To raise this record-breaking amount in the current economic environment, at the same time as achieving their own marathon goals, shows that London Marathon finishers are among the most committed runners in the world."

Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson said: "It is fantastic that, despite challenging economic times, we've continued to see such phenomenal fundraiser commitment and generosity."

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