Marathon man Ben passes milestone

Ben Smith visited Berwick during his '˜World Record' attempt to run 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days around 309 different locations of the UK mainland.

Thursday, 10th March 2016, 14:59 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th March 2016, 15:03 pm
Ben Smith with Henrietta Carter at the Swan Centre in Berwick.

The challenge is to raise both awareness of the issues of bullying in our society along with £250,000 for two amazing charities dedicated to tackling bullying.

The two charities are called ‘Stonewall’ and ‘Kidscape’. Both these charities work tirelessly to support award winning initiatives which really get to the heart of bullying in our UK schools and society in all its forms.

Whilst in the North East, Ben has run marathons in Alnwick, Bamburgh and Berwick where running club the Tweed Striders helped map out a route for him.

Swan Leisure Centre massage therapist Henrietta Carter gave him a much needed massage treatment to help him recover before the next marathon the following day.

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He has been helped along his way by local people joining him on his long runs each day and he said the support he has received whilst in the North-East has been great, one car even stopping when it spotted his minibus on the A1 to hand him a donation. When he was running along Bamburgh beach, passing the 1,000 mile mark, a group of lads brought down a bag of Cadbury’s crème eggs to help him on his way!

So far, he has raised over £40,000. To donate visit www.the401challenge.co.uk