Athletics - London Marathon breaks charity fund-raising record

The London Marathon raised more money for charity than ever and broke the fund-raising world record for the sixth straight year, organisers said on Wednesday.

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Runners at the 2012 London Marathon

Marathon runners raised £52.8 million, £1m more than last year, bringing the total raised since the race began in 1981 to £610.7m.

"We are extremely pleased to announce another amazing record amount of money raised for charities by London Marathon runners," race director Hugh Brasher said in a statement.

"The fact that this figure increased again for the sixth year in a row, despite the well publicised economic woes, shows just how committed our runners are to raising funds for good causes."

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