Two-day sports event for Portishead to be organised by Ben Smith and 401 Foundation

PUBLISHED: 09:48 15 July 2017

Ben Smith running in Portishead as part of his 401st and final marathon.

Ben Smith running in Portishead as part of his 401st and final marathon.


A Portishead runner, who ran 401 marathon distances in as many days in 2015-16, wants to build on his legacy and hold a major sporting event in his hometown next month.

Ben Smith has won lots of awards since finishing his 401 Challenge last October and, with help from his supporters, is seeking to build on the £330,000 he raised for anti-bullying charities.

MORE: Ben Smith named fundraiser of the year.

A foundation spokesman said: “It is set up to award grants to grassroot community projects, organisations and individuals who look to build confidence, self-esteem, tackle mental health and self-development issues in their local areas, across all age-groups.

“While undertaking The 401 Challenge, Ben experienced many situations confirming the need for a foundation such as this.”

To boost the fundraising, a sister events company has been set up to assist the foundation.

It will run a sports weekend at the Lake Grounds on August 26-27. The 401 Festival of Running will feature races, music and food.

Ben said: “You don’t have to run, you can come and enjoy the free music festival on the Saturday evening, or bring the family down to support the runners on route.

“This is a community event which adds to the ever growing collection of fantastic events Poritshead has to offer.

“If you want to be involved but don’t want to run, we have an opportunity to become a volunteer marshal, helping guide runners around the course. If you are interested please email”

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