London Marathon sets new charitable fundraising record

London, Sep 14 (IANS) The 2016 London Marathon raised a whopping 59.4 million pounds (about $ 78.4 million) for charity, setting a new world record for an annual single day charity fundraising event for the 10th successive year.

The total raised money was up more than 5 million pounds ($6.6 million) from 54.1 million pounds in 2015 and takes the total raised since the marathon began in 1981 to more than 830 million pounds, reports Xinhua.

The 2016 event saw a record number of finishers with 39,140 runners crossing the line in front of Buckingham Palace.

Shannon Foudy, a serving police officer from Hemel Hempstead, became the millionth finisher in the history of the event.

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