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 Ben Smith for your event today. Simply call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

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"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+." - Geraldine, Learning & Development Advisor, RHP

"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

  • 2016 - Completed the 401 Challenge: 401 Marathons in 401 Days
  • 2016 - Recipient of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award 
  • 2016 - Pride of Britain National & Regional Fundraiser of the Year
  • 2016 - Awarded the Power of Light Award from the Cabinet Office and former Prime Minister Theresa May
  • 2016 - Gave a TEDx Youth Talk
  • Founder & CEO of The 401 Foundation