Donations reach marathon million

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MORE than £1 million was raised for charity thanks to the inaugural Milton Keynes Marathon last month.

A whole host of charities were the beneficiaries as more than 3,000 athletes hit the streets of a rain-sodden Milton Keynes on Sunday, April 29, with pledges still coming forward.

Charities and groups to benefit include MK Dons SET, which will receive around £29,000, Cancer Research, which estimates the total fundraising from the race to be around £25,000 and Willen Hospice, which is thrilled with the £18,000 its runners have managed to raise.

Race director Andrew Hully was delighted by the amount of money raised. He said: “A proportion of each runner’s entry fee was donated to the official event charity MK Dons Sports & Education Trust. We also had more than 36 different charities who bought places but own-place runners were free to raise money for any charitable cause they wished and we have heard of some fantastic totals being reached.”

And the marathon organisers added to the generous spirit by donating cash for equipment and travel to talented young athlete Daniel Oderinde, from Milton Keynes Athletics Club.

While 26.2 miles may have been too much for some, 98 relay teams completed the marathon. First across the line in the Geoffrey Leaver Corporate Relay Challenge was Motor Insurance Bureau Team 5 followed by Lido Romeo and in third place Mazars LLP Team 1.

> A marathon party has been organised for Monday, May 21, at 5.30pm at stadium:mk. Wearing your medal is compulsory. If you want to attend email run@miltonkeynesmarathon.co.uk