Back in January this year East Hull Harriers hosted a chap called Ben Smith for two days. Ben was undertaking a challenge to run 401 marathons over as many consecutive days around the UK. At this stage he was at days 139/140 and his story was still growing. I’d only discovered it a few weeks earlier and joined some of the route on the first day visit going round the Boxing Day 10K loop after he’d run the East Hull 20 first. He repeated the same the following day, both primarily with a crowd from EHH and a few extras. I had the pleasure of hosting Ben for diner the night before the first of these visits and learning more of his background story and why he’d chosen to run for Stonewall and Kidscape.
DNF. Not something I have ever had to say before. But this was a whole new experience, I’ve ran marathons and baby ultras, even spent 10 and 11 hours running, but being on the go almost constantly for 38 hours with a quick 2 hour restless nap for recovery was new territory.