London Marathon 2017: Donations splurge on race day sends Virgin Money Giving fundraising website crashing

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Donations on Virgin Money Giving are on hold due to the technical problems (Source: Getty)

The website for London Marathon fundraising has collapsed like exhausted runners making their way across the finish line, under the pressure of last-minute donations.

The Virgn Money Giving website has crashed due to the high demand. And in a message to anyone arriving at the website wanting to donate to runners raising money for charity, it said:

Virgin Money Giving is really busy

Because so many amazing people are donating to their friends and family, the site is currently really busy.

We're sorry for the inconvenience, please try again in a few moments.

Thanks for your patience!

The Virgin Money Giving Team

Last year runners raised a record-breaking amount of money, at £25m.

The online fundraising website tweeted: "We apologise for the current performance issue. Our IT team is working hard to resolve the problems with the website as quickly as possible."

More than 40,000 are registered to take part in today's race.

Mary Keitany of Kenya triumphed in the women's race, smashing Paula Radcliffe's record, while her fellow countryman Daniel Wanjiru finished first in the men's race. Britain's David Weir won his seventh title in the men's wheelchair, a record number, and Manuela Schar of Switzerland won in the women's wheelchair race.

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