Since last September, Ben Smith has been travelling around the UK, running marathons in hundreds of different locations in a bid to complete 401 marathons in 401 days. He’s aiming to raise £250,000 for Kidscape and Stonewall, having suffered bullying in his childhood.
Along the way, Ben has run with more than 8,000 people from five to 80 years old and you’ve probably seen his face in local media, on Twitter and on national TV (below). Now he’s set to run his final marathon on 5 October in Bristol – and has teamed up with EtchRock and Virgin Money Giving to invite you to join him and help him smash that fundraising target.
The 401 Challenge has teamed up with EtchRock and Virgin Money Giving to deliver a virtual running challenge named #Marathon401. Participants can join Ben virtually for #Marathon401 by running either a 10k, half-marathon or marathon between 2 and 9 October 2016. EtchRock’s virtual platform enables individuals to record their training, connect with other participants and actively promote the challenge worldwide. #Marathon401 enables people to support The 401 Challenge’s objectives to raise £250,000 for charity and engage as many people as possible. 100% of the entry fee of £26.20 will go to the charitable fund, that has already reached over £140,000. Participants will receive a limited edition 401 challenge medal, goodies from our sponsors and a letter from Ben once they have completed their virtual run.
Speaking about the support he’s had during the challenge, Ben said: “Having a close network of friends, family and sponsors on board has been integral to the success of The 401 Challenge so far,” he wrote on the 401 Challenge website. “The strength they have given me to accept who I am has led me to be able to use my own experiences from my past and present to stand up and be counted when it comes to stamping out bullying. It’s important to point out, The 401 Challenge isn’t about being a victim, the challenge is about showing people that no matter what you go through growing up there can always be a positive outcome if you want there to be.”