Congratulations to all 2010 Virgin London Marathon runners

A huge well done to everyone who ran the first Virgin London Marathon on Sunday!

Sir Richard Branson with Holly & Sam and the record breaking marathon running caterpillar

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Our oldest fundraiser was Cyril Trice (aged 79) who completed the marathon in a very respectable 7hrs and 2mins.
  4. The largest single donation made to a fundraising page was £20,000.
  5. 319 fundraising pages were created for more than one charity which is a unique feature on Virgin Money Giving.

We’re adding all our photos to a Flickr both from the Expo and the race. They’ll be on our Facebook page too so why not take a look.

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.

3 Responses to “Congratulations to all 2010 Virgin London Marathon runners”


  1. 1 See The Difference April 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    We’d just like to say a really huge ‘well done!’ to all the team at Virgin Money Giving. What a fantastic effort! Those are some realllly impressive figures you’ve pulled out… goes to show that even £1 can make a huge difference. Loved the pics in Flickr also. Congrats again to everyone involved!

  2. 2 Dave (Dick) Whittington May 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Thankyou to Virgin Money, my target Fund Raising for British Lung Foundation has been exceeded by more 20%. The fact that no charges were made for the donations being made came as a bonus; especially following the Channel 4 programme about how money raised by the London Marathon was not reaching the Charities it was intended to help. Through VirginMoneyGiving, sponsorship monies are going immediately direct to the charity concerned with the added bonus of Gift Aid recovered where the donation has been pledged in this way.
    Many thanks again, Oh! and can I come back next year?

  3. 3 Stuart Blackburn May 28, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks to Virgin Money for giving me the chance to run as part of their team.

    Great effort from everyone, running the marathon and acytually collecting the money. I’m £1.80 short of £1000 (but over £1140 with Gift Aid) so I’m made up and I know Claire House will be too.

    I really want to run it again next year – just off to look down the back of the couch for loose change.


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