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The 401 Foundation Festival of Running 2017

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Date and time

04:00 pm

04:00 pm

Event Enquiries

Tel.: 01797 229955

Event Location

Portishead Lake Grounds, Esplanade Road, Portishead, Bristol, Somerset, BS20 7JA

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Event Description

Race HQ Location: Portishead Lake Grounds, Esplanade Road, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 7JA


Date: 26th and 27th August 2017


Time: Saturday – From 4:00pm and Sunday – From 9.00am


Starting on 1st September 2015, Ben Smith famously set off on a journey of a lifetime to complete 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days. His feat made headline news and as well as encouraging almost 10,000 runners to share in his journey, Ben raised over £330,000 for two anti bullying charities and raised the much needed awareness of bullying in the UK.

Ben’s adventure may be over, but his journey is not complete and the work continues to carry on the legacy of The 401 Challenge. The setup of The 401 Foundation which offers grants to grassroots projects that focus their efforts on building confidence and self esteem along with tackling mental health and self development issues for all ages is that legacy.

So, why not join us for this brand new event and get involved with The 401 Foundation through our first Festival of Running? The Festival will in the spirit of The 401 Challenge, appeal to runners and non runners, of all ages, sizes and abilities. With a choice of races for the youngsters as well as 5k, 10k and half marathon distances available. Why not test yourself and take on The 401 Foundation Challenge and complete all three distance events and receive a special challenge medal! All routes take place in and around the beautiful location of Portishead near Bristol, Ben’s home town.


The Saturday evening event will include The Young 401 Club Challenge (a 500m dash), The 401 One Mile Dash and The 401 Bright Lights 10k. Followed by The 401 After Party, with food and music! Come dressed in your favourite bright clothes and light accessories to help illuminate the course! The brighter the better, be creative!


Sunday will see The 401 5k, as well as a chance for the Young Runners to do the double and complete The Sunday Club Challenge and One Mile Dash. And for those with enough energy, you can tackle The 401 Half Marathon!


Bespoke medals on offer to all finishers plus prizes and trophies available for leading runners in all races, plus top three overall male and female for those who enter The 401 Foundation Challenge!






4.00 The Young 401 Club Challenge -  a 500 metre dash for the little ones

4.30 The 401 1 Mile dash - open to families or runners of all ages

5.00 The 401 Bright Lights 10k  

6.30 The 401 After Party




9.00    The 401 5k - open to all aged 11 or over

9.45    The Young 401 Club Challenge (a 500m dash)

9.55    The 401 1 Mile Dash

10.15  The 401 Half Marathon


The 401 Foundation is currently creating their website and applying for charity commision status which they anticipate will come through in June/July 2017 ahead of the Festival of Running. Any questions regarding the Foundation please email or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


For all other enquires please contact Nicework on 01797 229955


Event Terms

Please enter me for the above event. I accept that the organiser will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of my participation in or attendance to this event. I declare that I will not attend unless I am in good health on the day of the event and accept that I attend at my own risk. In the unlikely event of abandonment or cancellation, all or part of my entry fee may be retained for the management and administration of the event. No refunds or transfers allowed under any circumstances.

Further information from the Organiser

The last date for posting your race pack/number has now passed. You will now collect this at the venue on the day of the event. Please arrive in good time.

Event Organiser

Name: Martin Burke

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