Ben Smith

Ben Smith

401 marathons in 401 days. Come and hear Ben's incredible story from the man himself at the festival.

Ben Smith

Extreme runner

Ben ran 401 marathons in 401 days around Britain. Overcoming a fractured back (among other physical challenges) he ran 10.506.2 miles (the same distance from London to Sydney), visited 30 different locations on the UK Mainland and ultimately raised over £315,000 for two amazing charities, Kidscape and Stonewall.

The two amazing charities, Kidscape and Stonewall, are dedicated to tackling bullying something Ben experience firsthand throughout his early life. After 8 years of bullying at school for being gay, Ben had attempted to take his own life twice by the age of 21, and he endured mental health issues throughout his 20s, before finally suffering a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack), otherwise known as an incomplete stroke. This led Ben to sit up and make a change - he needed to find out what made him happy in life - and this turned out to be running. A lot. From being unable to run for a bus in 2013, Ben completed his 401-marathon mission in 2016, garnering lots of local, national and international press throughout the project, visiting over 100 schools and inspiring thousands of people to do things they never thought were personally possible.

Come and hear this incredible story from the man himself at the South West Outdoor Festival. 

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