Portishead 401 marathon star wins award

PUBLISHED: 11:57 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:41 10 July 2017

Ben Smith

Ben Smith


Portishead’s marathon man has won another award for his incredible endurance feat last year.

Ben Smith ran 401 marathon distances in as many days to raise cash for two anti-bullying charities: Stonewall and Kidscape. He managed to collect more than £300,000.

MORE: See pictures of Ben Smith’s final marathon between Portishead and Bristol.

To reward him for his incredible effort, the National Fundraising Awards has named him as its volunteer of the year for 2017.

The 401 Foundation, set up after Ben completed his fundraising last October, said the award meant a ‘great deal’.

Amanda Bringans, chairman of the Institute of Fundraising which runs the award, said: “Ben’s fundraising story is inspirational and both an incredible athletic and fundraising accomplishment.

“He was driven by his own experience of bullying to ensure children have the support they need, and showed true determination and grit to endure 401 consecutive marathons.

“This is one of the most incredible examples of individual fundraising I have seen and Ben’s award is richly deserved.”

MORE: Ben Smith wins Pride of Britain award.

Meanwhile, plans are being developed to run a sports event at Portishead Lake Grounds at the end of next month,

The Festival of Running will see people able to run a variety of distances, from 500m to a half marathon, across August 27-28.

A party is also scheduled for the first night.

* For more information about the running event, visit www.the401foundation.co.uk/our-events

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