Join 401 marathon man as he comes to Grantham for his 247th run

By Zoe Conville on April 29th, 2016 - comments

401 marathon man Ben Smith will be back in Lincolnshire to run his 247th consecutive marathon next week.

So far he has ran 26.2 miles everyday since he began his challenge on September 1 last year.

Ben will start his 247th marathon at 10am in Grantham from The SK Sports Stadium on Trent Road.

He told the BBC: “I looked at running a marathon every single day for a year – so 365 marathons – but I liked the idea of rounding it up and adding the last one as a victory lap.”

The 33-year-old has already completed marathons in Lincolnshire, finishing five in Skegness and Lincoln last December and running through Stamford earlier this month.

His aim is to raise £250,000 for anti-bullying charities Kidscape and Stonewall and he encourages everyone to join and support him if they can.

Members from Grantham Running Club, Belvoir Tri Club and Grantham Athletic Club, along with Inspire+, came together to organise this leg of Ben’s 401 Challenge.

Paul Davidson, from Grantham Running Club, spoke to the Grantham Journal. He said: “At 9.30am Ben will give a short talk about his experiences to schoolchildren, and then those that want to can run round the track with him before he exits the stadium on the rest of his daily 26.2 mile run.

“He will be completing 4.3 miles around the stadium track and will be visiting lots of the local schools to do laps of their playing fields.

“The route takes us across town, and to Harlaxton, Barrowby and Great Gonerby. It will finish at the Meres Leisure Centre.”

You can follow Ben’s progress on a live tracker of the route at 401challenge
grantham.yolasite.com and can find more information at the401challenge.co.uk.

If Ben’s challenge has inspired you to take up running, you can sign up to the Lincoln Half Marathon in October at the event organiser’s website: osbevents.com