Meet Ben Smith, breaking down barriers through running
Ben Smith completed the 401 Challenge between 1 September 2015 and 5 October 2016. Bristolian Ben Smith completed 401 marathons in 401 days.
Overcoming a fractured back (among other physical challenges) he ran 10,506.2 miles (the same distance from London to Sydney) and visited 309 different locations on the UK mainland.
On completing this impressive journey Ben raised over £315,000 for two amazing charities, Kidscape and Stonewall, who 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. He endured mental health issues throughout his 20s, before finally suffering a TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack), otherwiseknown 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 - this turned out to be running.
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 Top of the Gorge Festival.
Find out more about Ben at: www.the401challenge.co.uk and follow his journey on Twitter: twitter.com/the401challenge