Colin, the man in the Big Pink Dress at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

Records tumble at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

You and your supporters made this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon the best yet.

Thanks to nearly 14,000 fundraisers who gave their all for charity running 26.2 miles.

Thanks to the friends, family and colleagues who donated over 600,000 times.

You’ve raised a staggering £26.8 million so far and we expect that to hit £28 million. Wow. We can’t wait see how you’ll turn £28 million into life-changing moments.

It’s been an absolute blast helping you get here. And we loved working our socks off to help everyone do their bit and have an amazing time doing it. This year we gave your fundraisers miles more, and they made the miles count for even more too.

Helping you raise more

To help your fundraisers raise more for your cause, we brought together a team of gurus to help make fundraising that much easier. We created our brand new Fundraising Hub. We packed it full of stories to inspire your runners, fundraising tips and competitions to reward everyone.
It’s been visited over 30,000 times by fundraisers, doing their bit for the Virgin Money London Marathon and beyond.

The Running Show

We took time out to celebrate at the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show. We bowled together, danced together and had a blast. Plus our guru Colin joined in too! 97% of you rated our Challenge Zone as 4 or 5 stars . Oh, and we gave away £20,560 in donation vouchers throughout the week!

Colin, the Man in the Big Pink Dress, bowling at the Challenge Zone at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show

We also shared together the reasons why we do what we do, and how proud we are of the ones taking on the marathon.

'My mum was here last year, running with cancer! I am running for Cancer Research in Mum's memory. Sasha xxx'

The result: your fundraisers smashed it

Here are some of our favourite stats so far:

  • Last Friday was our biggest day ever for donations, shortly followed by Sunday and Saturday.
  • Sunday morning was the busiest ever time for donations, topping 151 donations a minute, and averaging 112 for 2 hours!
  • Friends and family donated 12,000 times whilst tracking fundraisers on the Marathon app.
  • And donors covered fees for 86% of donations last week – with Sunday being the highest at 88%!

When the dust has settled, we’ll bring you the full story

Over the next few week we’ll be busy digging into the data and the success stories of the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, so we can share it with you all.

We can’t wait to do it all again. We’ve got loads of ideas to make it ever better next year!