World record runner to visit Bridlington

Ben Smith

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Members of Bridlington Road Runners could play a small part in helping an endurance athlete set a new world record.

Ben Smith is trying to run 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days around the UK, a challenge he hopes will raise £250,000 for anti-bullying charities.

Ben Smith started his challenge in Bristol last September

Ben Smith started his challenge in Bristol last September

His schedule involves two trips to Bridlington, where each day he will complete two laps of the town’s half-marathon course.

His first visit to East Yorkshire will be on Tuesday, February 2, and depending on work commitments, some of the Bridlington Road Runners team are hoping to join him.

Smith will set off from Beaconsfield Promenade at around 9:30am and head out towards Sewerby, Flamborough and Bempton, before heading back towards Bridlington.

March and April sees him run in the North east and Scotland but he will be back in Bridlington on Thursday, May 12.

By running in more than 300 towns and cities, he is hoping to raise huge sums of money for Stonewall and Kidscape.

The 33-year-old was bullied at boarding school, suffered a nervous breakdown in his late teens and twice tried to take his own life.

But two years ago, he came out as gay and had started running as a way of reducing stress in his life

“The feeling I got from running was a sense of accomplishment I had never felt before, I was hooked. Having never been very good at sport at school you could say I had started from nothing which made the achievement even sweeter.

“The 401 Challenge isn’t about being a victim, the challenge is about showing people that no matter what you go through growing up there can always be a positive outcome if you want there to be.”

Smith is looking for a therapist to donate their services on the day of his visits to Bridlington. Anyone who can help can email the401challenge@gmail.com.