Pupils back 401 marathon man Ben
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.”
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