Participants have been fundraising in the 23 Great Run events across the UK series

Charity fundraisers taking part in Great Run events have raised almost £54million for good causes in 2016, it has been revealed.

Research by The Great Run Company shows that participants in the 23 Great Run events across the UK have raised an estimated £53,945,246 for hundreds of charities over the past 12 months.

Runners raised £26,332,773 alone in the flagship Great North Run between Newcastle and South Shields, the world’s biggest half marathon with 57,000 entrants.

With more than 200,000 finishers across the range of events from Glasgow to Portsmouth, almost a third of participants were raising money for charity, with the most popular amount raised by runners around £300.

The total was unveiled by The Great Run Company at the St Mary’s Heritage Centre in Gateshead, a short distance from the iconic Tyne Bridge, which participants cross during the Great North Run.

The amount was based on an estimate following post-event questionnaires across the events.

The figure is expected to be even higher in 2017 with the addition of two new marathons in Stirling and Birmingham, alongside a range of events in Aberdeen and the introduction of a half-marathon in Manchester.

Mark Hollinshead, The Great Run Company group chief executive, said: “Charity participants are the lifeblood of our events and we’re delighted to see such a magnificent amount of money raised for good causes in 2016.

“It is heartening to see that there is so much goodwill among our running community and it has been humbling to meet some of the charities to learn first hand how they are putting those funds to good use.”

Marion Buggins, running programme manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “The Great Run Series is an integral part of Macmillan’s challenge events calendar and we’re delighted to have been involved again this year. From the Great Scottish Run, which saw 524 runners raising over £110,000, to the Great North Run, which is one of our biggest events and saw a staggering 1100 runners proudly wearing a Team Macmillan vest and fundraising set to smash the half a million mark, every single event and runner really does make a difference.

“Each person that crosses the finish line of one of the events for Macmillan helps ensure that we can keep providing our vital services, so no one has to face cancer alone. With 2.5 million people in the UK currently living with cancer, and this number set to rise to four million by 2030, taking part in these events is more important than ever.”