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Highlights of the Virgin London Marathon

Highlights of the 2012 Virgin London Marathon

Elite athletes, incredible atmosphere, terrific fancy dress efforts and a mammoth amount raised for charity

This year's medals waiting for runners to complete the 26.2 mile course

This year's medals waiting for runners to complete the 26.2 mile course.

The elite women’s race begins at Greenwich Park - Kenyan and British athletes were chasing selection for this year’s London Olympics

The elite women’s race begins at Greenwich Park - Kenyan and British athletes were chasing selection for this year’s London Olympics.

Michel Roux, Nikki Sanderson, Amanda Mealing and Jenni Falconer line up with the other celebrity runners – all raring to go!

Michel Roux, Nikki Sanderson, Amanda Mealing and Jenni Falconer line up with the other celebrity runners – all raring to go!

The streets of the capital team with excitement during this year’s Virgin London Marathon

The streets of the capital team with excitement during this year’s Virgin London Marathon.

One of many Union Jack inspired costumes as the nation prepares for both the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Summer Olympics later this year

One of many Union Jack inspired costumes as the nation prepares for both the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Summer Olympics later this year.

Still close together, the lead pack in the elite women’s race

Still close together, the lead pack in the elite women’s race.

Flying the British flag and running for Oxfam

Flying the British flag and running for Oxfam.

This year’s wheelchair race was won by British athlete David Weir

This year’s wheelchair race was won by British athlete David Weir.

An Angry Bird is one of the many character costumes featured in this year's marathon

An Angry Bird is one of the many character costumes featured in this year's marathon.

Runners leave Tower Bridge in their wake, signalling they are past the halfway point

Runners leave Tower Bridge in their wake, signalling they are past the halfway point.

A Pink Lady apple is spurred on by spectators as he raises money for the Bobby Moore Fund

A Pink Lady apple is spurred on by spectators as he raises money for the Bobby Moore Fund.

Spectators find innovative ways to cheer on runners and find the best possible view at Canary Wharf

Spectators find innovative ways to cheer on runners and find the best possible view at Canary Wharf.

The London Eye looms over dedicated runners who enjoyed bright spring sunshine throughout the morning

The London Eye looms over dedicated runners who enjoyed bright spring sunshine throughout the morning.

Elite men’s winner Wilson Kipsang crosses the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace

Elite men’s winner Wilson Kipsang crosses the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace.

A relieved runner, who raised funds for charity Clic Sargent, for children with cancer, finishes the race

A relieved runner, who raised funds for charity Clic Sargent, for children with cancer, finishes the race.

BBC TV newsreader and presenter Sophie Raworth, delighted with her medal. Sophie ran for St John Ambulance, which came to her aid when she overheated during the 2011 Virgin London Marathon

BBC TV newsreader and presenter Sophie Raworth, delighted with her medal. Sophie ran for St John Ambulance, which came to her aid when she overheated during the 2011 Virgin London Marathon.

Volunteer Lucy proudly presents runners with their medals

Volunteer Lucy proudly presents runners with their medals.

Prince Harry presents the elite men and women with their winning medals and trophies with Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Prince Harry presents the elite men and women with their winning medals and trophies with Virgin Money CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia.

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Virgin London Marathon logo - 2012

The Virgin London Marathon is part of Virgin Money’s ambition to make everyone better off.

Our sponsorship of the Virgin London Marathon helps to make everyone better off in many ways:

  • The Marathon gets the financial support that means it can continue to be the world’s premier road race

  • Thousands of charity runners get the opportunity to raise millions for good causes in what is already the world’s biggest annual fundraising event

  • Everyone gets to see world-class athletes

  • We get to raise awareness into who we are and what we do at Virgin Money

Our sponsorship of the Virgin London Marathon also inspired us to launch Virgin Money Giving, our fundraising site, which as a not-for-profit enterprise ensures more of your money goes to charity.

Virgin Money Giving can be used by everyone who’s raising money for a charitable cause (not just the marathon!).

We aim to help people raise over £250 million for charity by 2014. We’re already well on the way – our site users broke the £100 million barrier recently.

Click on the slideshow to see highlights of the 2012 Virgin London Marathon – including fun-runners in fancy dress, elite athletes from all over the world and the medal presentation by HRH Prince Harry and our own CEO Jayne-Anne Gadhia.

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