401 Marathon Man Ben Smith inspires Hampshire students
Hampshire school children and college students were treated to an inspirational talk from Ben Smith, who completed the unthinkable challenge of running 401 marathons in 401 days last year.
The challenge aimed 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 were ‘Stonewall’ and ‘Kidscape’. 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. Ben ended up raising £310,000 for these two marvellous charities through generous donations from around the country and the world.
Co-ordinated by Energise Me, Ben began his day with a visit to The Crescent Primary School, followed by St Johns Primary School and Barton Peveril College, where a handful of other local schools joined the college students to hear Ben’s emotive journey to completing The 401 challenge.
Mrs Silcox from The Crescent Primary School said “It was such a privilege to have Ben visit our school. He was such an inspiration to both the children and the adults!”
Ben spent the day visiting schools before delivering the key note speech at the Energise Me Awards and said this about his time visiting local Hampshire schools. “It was a fantastic day travelling and visiting schools around Hampshire. It was humbling to see the reaction from pupils when I spoke about the experiences I faced growing up and during The 401 Challenge. I feel the day had a positive impact on everyone involved”.