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Ben is Back in Cumbria

July 22, 2016

This weekend we will welcome Ben Smith back to Cumbria. Ben will be setting off on his 327th consecutive Marathon tomorrow in Carlisle!

Ben is running 401 marathons in 401 days and has been running a marathon a day since 1st September, by the end of the challenge he will have run the equivalent distance of London to Sydney. Ben has endured a number of problems along the way including swollen knees and ankles, severe tendonitis in the shins, and a broken big toe, but the determined 33-year-old has managed to carry on. He was forced to suspend his journey after crippling back pain in June caused by a bulging disc, but after just a few days off his feet he vowed to be back and is doing extra running on top of his marathon-a-day to catch up with the days he missed. 

Ben took on the challenge to raise awareness of bullying after he was abused at boarding school for being gay. He is running for two inspiring charities Stonewall ( and 'Kidscape' ( and his amazing efforts have been raising the profile of not only the benefits of physical health, but of mental health challenges, anti-discrimination and anti-bullying. 

Thousands of people across the UK have run with Ben, some completing their first ever marathon and hundreds getting a new PB. Join Ben on the following Marathons: 

Marathon 327 - Carlisle

Saturday, 23rd July 2016




Marathon 328 - Carlisle

Sunday, 24th July 2016




Marathon 329 - Workington

Monday, 25th July 2016




Marathon 330 - Keswick

Tuesday, 26th July 2016




Marathon 331 - Ambleside

Wednesday, 27th July 2016




Marathon 332 - Windermere

Thursday, 28th July 2016




Marathon 333 - Newby Bridge/Allithwaite

Friday, 29th July 2016





This visit is his third visit to Cumbria, he was here in February and then again in March. 

If you've been inspired by the 401 Challenge and want to help Ben reach his goal of £250,000 for Anti-Bullying charities Stonewall and Kidscape please donate what ever you can to his official Virgin Money Giving fundraising page.