Action on Addiction runners at this year’s Royal Parks Half have raised £42,500 with donations from yesterday’s event still rolling in.

In total 40 runners tackled the 13.1 mile course around the stunning royal parks of central London with poor weather conditions making it more challenging than usual this year.

Ellen Lamer, relationship manager at Action on Addiction, said: “Even though we weren’t blessed with the same beautiful autumnal weather we’ve enjoyed in previous years our runners have once again raised the bar and the current total of £42,500 is a phenomenal.

“At Action on Addiction, our experts talk about the pain and shame of addiction and this, together with the stigma that is associated with this life-stopping condition, can stand in the way of people getting the help they need to rebuild their relationships and move forward in their lives.

“Our mission is to offer the most effective possible solutions to those affected by addiction, irrespective of their ability to pay. Our ambition is to reach more people in more places and offer more individuals, families and communities the chance of help, hope and ultimately freedom from addiction. Any donation to Action on Addiction will help us get one step closer to achieving our mission.”

This week is a bumper week of fundraising for Action on Addiction, with two further fundraising events taking place.

On Tuesday 16 October, Barts and The London Boat Club, the oldest hospital club in the world, is hosting a 24-hour rowathon in central London to raise funds for the charity.

Two rowing machines will be set-up near Millennium Bridge at Peter's Hill EC4V (between the City of London School and The Salvation Army International Headquarters). There will be opportunities to join in and donate on the day.

Meanwhile, the prestigious Lombard Rally Bath takes place on the 19th and 20th October. The event brings together classic rally cars and star drivers for a meet and greet as well as a tour of four RAC Rally tarmac stages in Somerset and Devon. The rally dinner on Saturday night will finish with an auction in aid of Action on Addiction, with items of memorabilia and flights to New Zealand among the lots for bidding.