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Ben Smith - The 401 Challenge (401 marathons in 401 days)

Published by Kingswood Preparatory School on Friday 6th of October 2023

Back in 2015-16 Ben Smith became the only person in the world to run 401 marathons in 401 days and raised in excess of £330,000 for two anti-bullying charities in the process.


The project won the coveted BBC Sports Personality Helen Rollason Award, along with other awards including the ITV Pride of Britain National Fundraiser of the Year Award.


Over the past seven years Ben has been sharing his story across the UK. Ben continues to undertake significant challenges and is taking on some ultramarathons later this year, including 6 ultras in 6 days in 6 US states!


Ben will be giving a talk at Kingswood, to Students and Staff on the 12th October, discussing his background and the significant challenges he has faced and overcome in his life. This talk will include themes of bullying, sexuality and mental health that some people may find difficult to hear. If you have any questions about the talk or want to find out more information please do get in touch with Mr Deacon.

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