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Marathon fundraisers reach PS1bn.

MONEY raised by London Marathon runners since its conception broke the PS1 billion mark yesterday, as tens of thousands of people took part in the 39th event.

Elite runners were joined by celebrities and amateur fundraisers as race officials accepted the highest ever number of entrants.

Tennis star Andy Murray pushed the starting button to launch the Elite Men, British Athletics and England Athletics Marathon Championships, and Mass Race at 10.10am.

British Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah finished fifth, with a time of 02:05:39, behind Kenyan winner and marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge, who crossed the line in 02:02:37.

Earlier in the morning, the Elite Wheelchair race and World Para Athletics Marathon Championships Ambulant Athletes set off followed by the Elite Women at 9.25am.

The Duke of Sussex also made a surprise appearance to hand out medals to marathon and wheelchair winners and meet volunteers.

The Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year 2019 was Dementia Revolution, a partnership between the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 29, 2019
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