Marathon challenge arrives in Bridlington

Through Flamborough village
Through Flamborough village

Marathon man Ben Smith’s world record attempt arrived in Bridlington on Tuesday.

The Bristol endurance runner is aiming to complete 401 marathons in 401 days, and day 155 brought him to East Yorkshire.

Ben Smith at the finish line

Ben Smith at the finish line

He ran the Bridlington Half Marathon circuit twice, and will return again in May as he travels all over the country, trying to raise £250,000 for anti-bullying charities.

Bridlington Road Runners Mark Woodley, Emma Brown, Pearl Bayford, Anthony Hughes and Mel Halstead joined him for the full distance and they completed the route in four hours and 43 minutes.

Mark said: “Ben did a great job at motivating some of the runners that were struggling and keeping everyone together and motivated.”

Other Bridlington runners, including Karyn Hoggard, Bob Eyre, Allan Clayton and Caroline Chard, joined the team for part of the route, alongside runners from East Hull Harriers, Pontefract, Selby and members of the local Blast Fitness gym, while Christina and Pete Royal and Andy Godfrey gave out drinks along the course.

Ben Smith and his fellow runners at the start.

Ben Smith and his fellow runners at the start.

For more details about Ben’s exploits, visit www.the401challenge.co.uk.

Ben Smith running down Bempton Lane

Ben Smith running down Bempton Lane