Official fundraising site for London Marathon crashes on race day

Connor Sephton, News Reporter

Thousands of people were running - but the London Marathon's official fundraising page wasn't.

Virgin Money Giving crashed on the morning of the race - with last-minute donors who tried to log on greeted by a message saying the service is "currently unavailable".

The website also suffered a short outage on Saturday night because "lots of donations were being made" - but the organisation had insisted the technical issues were resolved.

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Thousands of runners have relied on the Virgin Money Giving website to raise cash for their chosen charities, and many would have been hoping to benefit from a race-day surge in pledges.

"Virgin Money Giving are aware of the performance issue and the IT team are looking into it," a spokeswoman said.

The website was later updated to read: "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!"

Dozens of exasperated donors asked the website for updates on Twitter.

One runner wrote: "At prime time for donations, you have really let me down, I am sorry to say. Hope I haven't lost too many donations as a result."

A record number of competitors tackled this year's marathon, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - as well as Prince Harry - cheering the 40,000 runners as they tackled the 26.2-mile course through the capital.

Hundreds of police were deployed to keep the runners safe, in addition to the estimated 760,000 spectators who were expected to line the streets.