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Ben Smith

The 401 Challenge

Challenge complete

Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[lt]p style="font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; text-align: center;"[gt][b]Welcome to[/b][/p] [lt]p style="font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; text-align: center;"[gt][b]The 401 Challenge[/b][/p][lt]p style="font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px; text-align: center;"[gt][b][lt]br /[gt][/b][/p] [lt]p style="font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px;"[gt]On Septerber 1st  2015, I embarked on a challenge of a lifetime that will see me run 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days around 309 different locations of the UK mainland.[/p] [lt]p style="font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px;"[gt]This has been project in the making for 2 years now with a lot of planning and prepartion involved. The project is almost fully sponsored with the last few material and financial sponsors coming onboard as I write this.[/p] [lt]p style="font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px;"[gt]The objective of this challenge is to raise awareness of the issues children in the UK face when it comes to bullying, not only will I be running for 401 days but I will also be speaking in schools throughout the challenge to support this important message.[/p] [lt]p style="font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px;"[gt]I will be supporting two amazing charites that work tirelessly to support this issue. I am honoured to be working alongside 'Stonewall' (www.stonewall.org.uk) and 'Kidscape' (www.kidscape.org.uk) and all donations made to 'The 401 Challenge' will go to support the work these charities do.[/p] [lt]p style="font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px;"[gt]I experienced 8 years of both mental and physical bullying at school with the effects of this staying with me well into my adult years. The bullying got so bad that I tried to take my own life twice as I saw no way out. Bullying is something that you feel you have no control over, you ask the questions all the time, why is this happening to me? What have I done to deserve this? You start to feel worthless, under confident in who you are and as this happens throughout the years where you are growing up this has an uncontrollable effect on your self esteem and unconcious thought process.[/p] [lt]p style="font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px;"[gt]After therapy and the support of my amazing family and friends I have come to terms with the bullying I faced and am completely 100% congruent with myself now. This has given me the power and energy to really try and make a differecne in this area.[/p] [lt]p style="font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px;"[gt]If you want to learn more about The 401 Challenge and the great work both 'Stonewall' and 'Kidscape 'do, please visit the challenge website at www.the401challenge.co.uk or click on the links in the text above.[/p] [lt]p style="font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px;"[gt]Thank you for your donation, every penny helps and with this money both these charities can carry on helping children that are dealing with the issues of bullying.[/p] [lt]p style="font-family: -apple-system-font; font-size: 12px; line-height: 16px;"[gt]You are amazing, thank you.[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

06 Oct 2016


Apr 8, 2018


What an amazing person you are. Well done Ben.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 5, 2017


£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Mar 22, 2017



Jan 2, 2017


I am in awe!


Dec 28, 2016

Adrian Blackman (KHRC)

Well done on the 401. Inspirational. Great cause too.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Dec 24, 2016

David Walters

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Dec 23, 2016


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Dec 22, 2016

Hannah B

For a spare t-shirt from Kings Heath Running club!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 21, 2016


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Dec 21, 2016

Martin Brailsford

Donated from an inspired Kings Heath Running Club member, congrats on the achievement and SPOTY award

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid