Leeds leg for 401 marathon fundraising runner

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A CAMPAIGNING runner who is aiming to complete the equivalent of 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days took to the streets in Leeds yesterday.

Ben Smith, 34, started out last September on his mission to run 10.506.2 miles - the distance form Bristol to Sydney. He wants to raise £250,000 for anti-bullying work by charities Kidscape and Stonewall as he suffered bullying at school which led to suicide attempts as a young man.

Coun James Lewis, deputy leader and LGBT champion of Leeds City Council, was at the start on Harrogate Road in Alwoodley to support Mr Smith ahead of the Leeds Pride celebrations this weekend. Ben Smith said: “Weather was lovely, and got to see part of Leeds I have never seen before.”