Ben Smith

Charity Campaigner Who Ran 401 marathons in 401 Days & Founded the 401 Foundation

How to hire Ben Smith

Contact the Champions Speakers Agency to provisionally enquire about hiring Ben Smith for your next event, today. To get in touch, simply call an official booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

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Ben Smith's official speaking topics include:

  • Motivation & Performance
  • Adventure & Exploration
  • Leadership
  • Mental Resilience
  • Motivational
  • Peak Performance
  • Teamwork & Team Building
  • Running
  • Awards & Event Hosts
  • Conference Facilitators
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • LGBT+
  • Workplace Culture
  • Online Motivational

Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

"The talk was fantastic! Ben is great and people really enjoyed his talk, they were inspired by and engaged with it. Ben’s description of his experiences is profoundly moving. He is able to paint a very powerful picture of what it is like to suffer intolerable pressure on your mental health until you feel the only way out is to take your own life. However he then shows us how you can be given an unexpected chance to rise from desperation and rebuild your life – and then to go way beyond what you thought you were capable of. We all have our own struggles to endure but Ben helps us understand how we can overcome even the most terrible situations and find happiness and fulfilment in our lives. We loved hearing his story and will take it with us in our daily lives." - Sanofi

"Ben's delivery of his personal story and journey was done in an authentic way. The audience could really relate to Ben and found his talk very moving. It really did start a conversation within the Company to talk more openly about mental health." - Gilead

"Your talk set an important tone for the rest of the day. The day was attended by 150 members of the paediatric multi-professional teams mainly from the Great North Children’s Hospital, but also colleagues’ working across the North East and it was a great success." - The Great North Children’s Hospital

"Ben was an amazing person, really friendly and really approachable. He talked to the delegates on numerous occasions as he walked around the hotel, at the airport etc. His presentation was so inspirational. Throughout his presentation you could have heard a pin drop. His delivery was so good and his story was just so interesting. We had delegates sobbing because they had family members who could relate to his story and many delegates admitted to a tear in their eye, including me! After his presentation people were certainly talking about it and I heard only excellent comments about how interesting his story was, how inspirational he was etc. I have to say it is one of the best I have seen and thank you for your help. It was so good. We wish him luck in America in 2021." - Elite Travel

"Great Place to Think is a quarterly programme where we invite external speakers to challenge, stretch and inform our thinking with the aim to stimulate ideas and discussions. We invited Ben Smith to speak as part of Pride month and he gave a powerful talk, sharing his personal story and how he came to run an incredible 401 marathons in 401 days. Prior to the event, Ben took time to get to know our organisation and find out what we wanted from the session. He told us that he would be talking very honestly about some issues that people may find emotional or upsetting and at the session we were able to signpost people to the support we offer internally. Ben finished his talk by saying: “My life fully started when I embraced myself wholeheartedly. This success and happiness all came when I accepted my truth and dropped all of the shame.” Feedback following the event was very positive. One delegate said: “Your story made me cry and laugh. So inspiring (you almost made me think about running!)." Having booked lots of guests for Great Place to Think, Ben was a natural and engaging speaker who provoked discussion about being our authentic selves. I would highly recommend him as a speaker on topics covering mental health, anti bullying, resilience and LGBTQ+." - RHP

"We have been so lucky as an organisation to have had some great speakers at our events over the last 20 years, but Ben Smith stands out as one of the very best. His story resonates with us all. Anyone who has been touched by adversity will relate to Ben’s experiences, but his story of resilience is truly inspirational. He has a unique skill in making his story relatable at the same time as astonishing us with his incredible achievements, all told with great humility. Ben’s story is one that needs to be heard, and he is superb at telling it." - EuRA Relocation

"Thanks again for such a great talk. The way Ben tells his story really connects with people on such a personal level. I've had such positive feedback from the team and even a few inspired to get out running the next day!" - Byte

"This event was a huge success and many thanks Chris for highlighting Ben to us.  Please can you pass our sincere thanks to Ben, we have received so many wonderful comments from staff, saying how much they enjoyed his story which was both incredibly moving and inspiring and many look forward to reading his book." - Invicta Law Ltd

  • 2022 - Created and implemented a FREE Virtual School Programme for 20,000 young people between 4-11, designed to help them build their confidence and self esteem after the COVID pandemic.
  • 2021 - Delivered over 500 inspirational talks since the start of The 401 Challenge
  • 2017 - Founded The 401 Foundation, a national mental health charity that provides financial aid to projects whose aim is to improve mental wellbeing in UK communities
  • 2016 - Delivered his first TedX talk
  • 2016 - Recipient of the Power of Light Award from the Prime Minister
  • 2016 - Won Pride of Britain National Regional Fundraiser of Year Award
  • 2016 - Won BBC Sports Personality Helen Rollason Award
  • 2016 - Ran 401 marathons in 401 days raising over £330,00 for two anti bullying charities