Marathon Man Visits Queen Anne’s

Wednesday 28th September 2016

A remarkable man ran through the gates of Queen Anne’s last week and was warmly welcomed by some of our U4 girls.  Ben Smith is currently running towards completing 401 marathons in 401 days. This will be a new world record and with only a few marathons to go Ben is nearly there.  Our girls had a brisk Q and A with Ben and then completed a lap of the school sports pitches with him before sending him on his way with cheers, smiles and plenty of support to keep him going.

Ben suffered badly at the hands of bullies throughout his school career.  It wasn’t until later in life when Ben discovered long distance running which then in turn provided him the confidence and opportunity to meet great people that he could put the past behind him. Ben has decided to make a difference and has used his incredible challenge of endurance to promote anti-bullying issues within the whole community.  His target is to raise £250,000 for two separate charities that tackle bullying head on – ‘Stonewall’ and ‘Kidscape’.  He is now over half way there!  If you would like to pick up his story, follow his progress or simply donate to ‘Stonewall or Kidscape’, please click here to visit his website.

Mr Gary Blunt, Wilkins Housemaster was quoted saying,

“It was brilliant to be able to highlight Ben’s amazing feats to the girls in school assemblies.  Having now met the man with the girls he certainly came across a hugely determined, fit looking and inspirational figure for all of us to be inspired by. His indomitable spirit will be remembered by us all, who met him, for a long time to come.”

Mr Blunt would like to take this opportunity to thanks Mrs Sam Whalley who helped provide the opportunity for Ben to visit Queen Anne’s School during his Reading based marathon as part of ‘The 401 Challenge’.

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