Marathon Man Completes 401 marathons – in 401 days!

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Marathon Man Ben Smith has completed 401 marathons in 401 days to raise money for anti-bullying charities.

Smith ran his last marathon at home in Bristol with hundreds of his supporters. Thousands turned out to cheer him on as he came over the line in Millennium Square.

Ben Smith, 34, began his charity attempt on 1 September 2015 and ran 284 consecutive marathons in 284 days.

He then developed an umbilical hernia in June which forced him to stop for 10 days to recover before resuming and making up the lost mileage.

Smith, from Portishead, not far from Bristol, was joined by about 350 people who set off with him at 10:00 BST on his 401st marathon.

An emotional Mr Smith was cheered through the finish line by hundreds of supporters and thanked his parents, partner and team for their support.

“I think I’m in a bit of shock,” he said. “I can’t believe we have done this.

Ben’s Marathon challenge helped raise £250,000 – the target he wanted to achieve.

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