A huge well done to everyone who ran the first Virgin London Marathon on Sunday!
The Caterpillar (a team of 34 runners tied together) led by our patron Holly Branson and her brother Sam completed the marathon, breaking the world record for ‘Most runners linked to complete a marathon’. So far they have raised nearly £140,000 including Gift Aid for 12 charities.
We’ve been taking a look at some of the data behind the Virgin London Marathon runners and here are our favourite 5 stats so far.
- The most common message of support on fundraising pages for the 2010 Virgin London Marathon pages was ‘Run Forrest run’ and appears over 500 times.
- So far over 13,000 people donated £1 for every mile of the marathon, leaving a donation of £26.20. Something as little as £1 per mile by so many people becomes total of £340,600 (and that’s £429,854.50 with Gift Aid added).
- Our oldest fundraiser was Cyril Trice (aged 79) who completed the marathon in a very respectable 7hrs and 2mins.
- The largest single donation made to a fundraising page was £20,000.
- 319 fundraising pages were created for more than one charity which is a unique feature on Virgin Money Giving.
A little mention to our team of staff runners who all finished too, we’ve got more on them coming up on our blog shortly.
Since we launched, fundraisers have already raised over £10million for charity using Virgin Money Giving and because we’re not-for-profit £500,000 more has gone to charity*.
*Compared to JustGiving, assuming donations made with a Visa debit card and Gift Aid reclaimed.