Pupils back 401 marathon man Ben

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

TYTHER­ING­TON School pupils met a marathon man on course to break a world record when he dropped in to give them a talk on bul­ly­ing.

Pupils were all ears when they met Ben Smith, who is run­ning 401 marathons on con­sec­u­tive days in 309 lo­ca­tions across the UK.

He is run­ning to raise funds for anti-bul­ly­ing and LGBT char­i­ties Kid­scape and Stonewall and is also talk­ing to young­sters across the country about his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with bul­ly­ing.

Ear­lier this month more than 100 chil­dren from 10 schools across Mac­cles­field joined him on the race track for his 224th race, which took place at Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre.

Ben is aim­ing to raise £250,000 in to­tal and young­sters at Tyther­ing­ton School have so far raised more than £200 to­wards his cause.

Manny Botwe, head­teacher, said: “Ben’s courage is amaz­ing and his story has in­spired our young­sters. It was great to have him come and talk to our stu­dents.

“They were in awe of his sto­ries about the men­tal tough­ness as well as the prac­ti­cal­i­ties of run­ning 401 con­sec­u­tive marathons.

“It’s not ev­ery day you meet a po­ten­tial world record breaker. As a school we are get­ting be­hind him and hope to raise over £1,000 for his cause.”

Year Seven stu­dents Lilia Al­manza-Tor­res and Sam Dodd pre­sented the run­ning hero with a cheque.

Ben, from Bris­tol, said: “I was de­lighted to visit Tyther­ing­ton School and the wel­come we re­ceived was awe­some.”

Spon­sor Ben at uk. vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/ the401chal­lenge.

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