We're delighted to announce that Ben Smith, the creator of the 401 Challenge and the 401 Foundation, will be joining keynote speaker Steven Bartlett at this year's annual School Games National Summit. This year's event will take place at the Telford International Centre on Tuesday 14 November 2017 - with all School Games Organisers (SGOs) invited.
Ben was given the Helen Rollason Award at the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year show after running 401 marathons in 401 days - a distance of more than 10,500 miles. The 34-year-old, from Portishead, Bristol raised more than £250,000. The award, for achievement in the face of adversity, is in memory of the BBC presenter who died of cancer in 1999. Ben began the challenge by running 284 consecutive marathons during late 2015 and early 2016, only to be halted by a hernia and a back injury, but incredibly after just a ten day break he returned to complete the challenge with a further 117 consecutive marathons. Ben's chosen charities were Kidscape (an anti-bullying charity) and Stonewall (a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights charity).
You can find out more about Ben on the BBC Sport website. We look forward to welcoming all SGOs to the School Games Summit next month.