Marathon effort from Ben

Ben Smith who is running 401 marathons around the British coast,was pictured at Arbroath Academy with local athletes who will take turns at running with him on  his latest marathon.
Ben Smith who is running 401 marathons around the British coast,was pictured at Arbroath Academy with local athletes who will take turns at running with him on his latest marathon.

Arbroath was the 279th stop on the way for a charity endurance runner who is running 401 consecutive marathons.

Ben Smith was in town on Sunday where he was joined by a cohort from the Arbroath Footers Club for the latest leg of his epic charity challenge, which could become a Guinness World Record.

Ben (33), from Bristol, has so far raised over £110,000 for the charities Stonewall and Kidscape, and at the time of going to press he had run 283 marathons back to back, clocking up just over 7500 miles.

A victim of bullying throughout his teenage years, it left him with long-lasting side effects which resulted in him trying to commit suicide on two occasions. In recent years, Ben has fought to regain control of his life and achieve his own aims, including this challenge which is allowing him to raise awareness and funds for his chosen charities.

He began his 26.2 miles from Arbroath Academy and took in along his route a number of local sights, including Auchmithie, the cliffs, the Abbey, Arbirlot and Elliott.

After stopping for cake and coffee provided by the But ‘n’ Ben, the restaurant also presented him with a cheque for £100 and this was further bolstered by a cheque from the Footers, also for £100.

Ben posted on his Facebook page after his run: “Brilliant day today in Arbroath with the Arbroath Footers! Thanks to Gerry and the team for organising such a fun day.”

You can find out more about Ben at http://www.the401challenge.co.uk/ or follow his exploits on

Facebook.