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Record number of people take part in London marathon with millions raised



Millions has been raised for charity already (Picture PA / REUTERS)

A record number of people took part in today’s London Marathon, with over 50,000 running the course from Greenwich to Buckingham Palace.

Among those who took part in the race were ‘Hardest Geezer’ Russ Cook, soldiers injured in the Ukraine war, women’s record contender Tigst Assefa, TV presenter Romesh Ranganathan, and Matt Hancock.

Of course, as well as famous faces there were also plenty of wacky charity costumes, – did you spot any Minions, an aeroplane, bananas or people in hazmat suits?

Also among the runners were 20 MPs and peers, the most in the event’s history, including Chancellor Jeremy Hunt.

Over £30 million has been donated to 18,000 fundraisers on JustGiving, as well as over £20m has been raised through the event’s official fundraising partner Enthus.

Donations are still flooding in, and are expected to beat last years’ £63m raised.

There were 30 seconds of applause before the 2024 race in memory of last year’s elite men’s race winner Kelvin Kiptum, who died in a car accident in February at the age of 24.

He set a new London Marathon record of two hours, one minute and 25 seconds last year with his third win, and set a new world record of two hours and 35 seconds in Chicago in October.

Fancy a marathon tipple? (Picture: Mike Ruane / Story Picture Agency)
Some bold fashion statements on today’s runway(Picture: Mike Ruane / Story Picture Agency)
A competitor dressed as a giraffe in Blackheath before the marathon (Picture: PA)
Another woman went as a fire engine (Picture: PA)
A participant dressed as a squirrel in action during the marathon (Picture: Reuters)
‘Hardest Geezer’ Russ Cook runs alongside Yasmin Mahamud (Picture: Reuters)
Runners have raised millions for charity(Picture: John Walton/PA Wire)

More than one record has been broken this year, with 61-year-old Steve Edwards gaining the fastest aggregate time to run 1000 marathons.

Edwards has been running marathons since 1981, when he was 18 years old.

Kenyan Alexander Mutiso Munyao finished in first place to win the 2024 London Marathon in the men’s elite race, with a time of two hours, four minutes and one second to finish ahead of second placed Kenenisa Bekele.

Great Britain’s Emile Cairess secured the final podium spot with a time of two hours, six minutes and 46, just seconds ahead of another British runner in Mahamed Mahamed, who finished just behind him in fourth place.

In the elite races, Switzerland’s Marcel Hug won the men’s wheelchair race for the fourth year in a row, with a time of one hour, 28 minutes and 38 seconds.

Catherine Debrunner, also Swiss, won the women’s wheelchair race with a time of one hour, 38 minutes and 52 seconds.

This year’s race is the first time that wheelchair and non-disabled athletes have received the same prize money for a marathon.

All four winners of the elite races will receive £44,000, with the runner-up receiving £24,000 and third place £18,000.

David Weir, who will be racing his 25th consecutive London Marathon on Sunday and has won eight times, said he had not expected the change to happen in his lifetime.

Event director Hugh Brasher said the event will be ‘more inclusive than before’ with support for more than 200 disabled participants as well as a faith space and a quiet space for neurodivergent participants in the finish area.

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