Towards the tail end of last year I stumbled across an article about a chap attempting to run a vast amount of consecutive marathons. We’ve all seen or heard about Eddie Izzard doing his marathon challenges on TV, but the sheer number of marathons planned in this particular attempt is off the scale, 401 to be precise!!!
On September 1st 2015 Ben Smith embarked on a challenge of a lifetime which will see him run 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days around 309 different locations of the UK. His aim is to raise £250,000 for two fantastic charities, ‘Stonewall’ and ‘Kidscape’. Both these charities work tirelessly to combat bullying in our schools and society.
As of this morning he has run a staggering 255 consecutive marathons, I can’t even fathom it. The sheer effort and will power it must take to get up everyday and go out and run 26.2 miles, regardless of the weather, regardless of any aches and pains, regardless of feeling a bit ill, without a day off in sight, it is the ultimate feat of endurance! 255 back to back marathons, 6681 miles covered, in 255 days and still going! Unbelievable.
One of the things I like most about this challenge is that, whilst being a very personal challenge, it is open to all to come and ‘run with Ben’. You can look up his schedule and join up and run alongside him, be it a solitary mile or the whole marathon distance. He has inspired so many people who have never run a marathon to run with him and run further than they ever have before. Truly inspiring.
Not only that, but whilst touring the country running marathons he drops into schools and gives talks about bullying and why he is doing this challenge. This is so much more than a personal challenge. What a legacy, what a legend.
If you’ve never heard of this challenge and what to know more then check out the following links.
I plan on running with him in September when he is back down in Hampshire. I’ve sponsored him a marathon and bought some merchandise from his website so help with the cause.
If you’ve not done so already then please check out his website, follow him on social media and, if you can, drop him a bit of sponsorship. What he has achieved so far is just remarkable and needs as much publicity as it can get.