Seven MPs ran the London Marathon yesterday, raising a total of over £63,000 so far for a range of charities and causes.
The original number of MPs set to run was eight, but Phillip Lee Conservative MP for Bracknell had to pull out the day before due to a hamstring injury. In a statement on his donation page he announced that he was ‘gutted’ to be out of the marathon but will compete next year. Despite having to pull out of the race, he still raised almost £1,000 to go to his charities, the Thames Valley Hospice and The Royal British Legion.
Ed Balls raised the most money for his two chosen charities, Whizz Kidz and Action for Stammering Children, reaching a total of £57,290 so far.
Though the total amount raised had been spectacular, the running times were perhaps less so, with Ed Balls the last of the MPs to finish in 5 hours, 31 minutes and 48 seconds. His wife, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper, was also at the race and showed her support on Twitter. She tweeted:
He actually made it. 5hrs31 & £56,785 raised so far. Worth a late sponsor 4 Whizzkidz and Action 4 Stammering Children just.ly/edballsmp— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) April 22, 2012
The best time for an MP this year was set by Liberal Democrat Greg Mulholland, who completed the marathon in 3 hours, 42 minutes and 51 seconds. This was followed by Edward Timpson, who raced with his wife for CLIMB. He finished the race in 3 hours, 55 minutes and 19 seconds.