Starting on 1st September 2015, Ben Smith famously set off on a journey of a lifetime to complete 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days. His feat made headline news and as well as encouraging almost 10,000 runners to share in his journey, Ben raised over £330,000 for two anti bullying charities and raised the much needed awareness of bullying in the UK. Ben’s adventure may be over, but his journey is not complete and the work continues to carry on the legacy of The 401 Challenge. The setup of The 401 Foundation which offers grants to grassroots projects that focus their efforts on building confidence and self esteem along with tackling mental health and self development issues for all ages is that legacy.
Why not join us for this brand new event and get involved with supporting The 401 Foundation through our first Virtual Festival of Running? The Festival will, in the spirit of The 401 Challenge, appeal to runners and non runners, of all ages, sizes and abilities. With a choice of races for the youngsters as well as 5k, 10k and Half Marathon distances available. Why not test yourself and take on The Virtual 401 Festival Challenge and complete all three main distance events and receive a special challenge medal!
All proceeds will go directly to The 401 Foundation, why not join our virtual Facebook event HERE to keep up to date with all that going on. You can also share your pictures, videos and posts on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM pages setup especially for the event itself.
Have fun, enjoy it and maybe we will see you next year at the LIVE event.
The 401 Festival of Running offers a series of 2-day running festivals designed to inspire and challenge youWe have a large selection of adult race distances, including, 'The 401 Half Marathon', 'The 401 10km' and 'The 401 5km'On top of this, we offer the chance for you to complete ALL individual race distances over the weekend including an additional 6.1km race, taking your overall weekend distance to 26.2 miles (a full marathon)This is known as The 401 Festival Challenge and is by far our most popular ticket every yearThere are a selection kids races including 500m and 1-mile dash races each dayEvening entertainment and a full events village add to the atmosphere, if you want a fun, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities then come and join us in either Portishead near Bristol in August or Sherwood Pines near Nottingham in July.We look forward to seeing you soonBen and The 401 Challenge Team