401 Marathons in 401 days

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A British runner has completed an epic charity challenge by running 401 marathons in 401 days.

Ben Smith started his marathon challenge on 1 September 2015. However, after running 284 marathons in 284 days, he suffered an injury, which meant he had to stop for a few days to recover.

Ben was badly bullied at school when he was younger, and is running the marathons to help raise awareness.
He said: “I’m doing this to raise £250,000 for two anti-bullying charities, I was bullied for eight years of my life at school – it affected my confidence and self-esteem” he said.
As well as running marathons he has visited more than 100 schools all over the U.K. to give anti-bullying talks.

Ben’s challenge in numbers
17,000km ran in distance (more than from UK to Australia!)
309 places he’s run in the UK
23 pairs of trainers worn
A marathon is around 42km long, and each one takes around 7 hours to complete.

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