About the 401 challenge

Multi Award winning 'The 401 Challenge' saw Ben Smith run 401 marathons in 401 days all around the UK, raising in excess of £330,000 for two anti bullying charities Stonewall and Kidscape. The project raised much needed awareness of the issues of bullying and mental health and inspired thousands of people to change their lives in a positive way not just for themselves but for others.

Facts & Figures


marathons in 401 days


miles ran (equivalent distance between London and Sydney)


feet climbed (15 Mount Everests)


hours of running


people who ran further than ever before


first time marathon or Ultra Runners


million Facebook impressions Worldwide media attention


raised for Kidscape and Stonewall


school talks completed

Meet The Team

Ben Smith


Tolu Osinnowo

Joint Project Manager

Kyle Waters

Joint Project Manager

Peter Smith

Logistics and Planning Manager

Beverley Smith

Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator

Lucy Saunders

PR and Communications Assistant

Vicky Burr

PR and Communications Assistant

Andy Davis


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Please get in touch

Please get in touch! We'd love to hear from you if you have your own story to share, would like to book a speaking event, or are interested in any other aspect of the challenge.