401 Runner Ben Smith to officially start the Bournemouth Marathon

401 MARATHON RUNNER Ben Smith (34) will be the official race starter of the 2016 Bournemouth Marathon on Sunday 2nd October.

Ben is close to the end of his remarkable challenge of running the equivalent of 401 marathons in as many days. The Bournemouth Marathon will be Ben’s 398th marathon.

The race starts at 10am on Sunday morning which will see thousands of runners set off from Kings Park and complete the coastal marathon route around Bournemouth and Poole.

Ben has currently raised over £165,000 for his two chosen Anti-Bullying charities Kidscape and Stonewall. Part of the 401 challenge is to raise awareness of the shocking effects bullying can have on an individual after Ben experienced bullying at boarding school which led to two suicide attempts and depression.

Since the challenge began, Ben has visited nearly 100 schools where he has delivered educational talks about the harmful effects of bullying.

“The Bournemouth Marathon is the only official marathon that I’m doing twice throughout my challenge so I’m incredibly honoured to be the official starter for the Bournemouth Marathon.” said Ben.

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival takes place on 1st & 2nd October. For more information visit www.bournemouthmarathon.com

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Boaz Kiprono
Olefirenko & Ndungu set to light up the Bournemouth Marathon
Abi Beautyman, Bournemouth Marathon Festival Elite Coordinator, predicts another “very quick series of road races on the fast Bournemouth route” as Ukranian Igor Olefirenko and Kenyan Peninah Wanjiru Ndungu both look set to light up the Bournemouth Marathon when it takes place next Sunday 2nd October.

Olefirenko will be taking part in the Bournemouth Marathon for the first ever time after setting a lightning quick 2:13:33 time in Japan earlier on this year. With the current course record of 2:16:00 set by Boaz Kiprono in 2015, the Bournemouth Marathon could be in for a record breaking year.

Olefirenko isn’t in for an easy ride however, with Kenyans Stanley Kiprotich Bett and Julius Kiplagat Korir both looking to put up a fight in the elite men’s race. Abdelhadi El Mouaziz from Morocco is also lining up after finishing the Edinburgh Marathon earlier on in the year in a time of 2:20:13.

In the elite female race, Kenyan Ndungu starts as favourite after running 2:34:25 in Brighton last year. However she’ll face stiff competition from fellow Kenyan Eddah Jepkosgei who won the Edinburgh Marathon with a time of 2:39:53 back in May. Sophie Carter is back again to defend her British title which she won last year.

Behind the elite athletes, there’s other athletes aiming for unique world records. Ben Smith of Bristol is in the midst of attempting to run 401 marathons in 401 days – Bournemouth will be Ben’s 398th marathon in 398 days and  is the only marathon he is set to run twice.

Four men are set to run the Bournemouth Marathon on October 2nd in a Viking Ship as part of their Knights4Charity charitable campaign. Paul, Dave, Neil and Patrick are a team of four close friends who work together and share a real passion for supporting wonderful causes through daft endurance based challenges. Over the years, they have set 38 indoor rowing world records and raised nearly £40,000 for a number of charities.

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival takes place on 1st & 2nd October. For more information visit www.bournemouthmarathon.com

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St Katharine's School
St Katharine’s Primary School Crowned Junior Champions
PUPILS from St.Katharine’s C.E Primary School were treated to a surprise visit from Double Olympian and Commonwealth medalist Liz Yelling last Wednesday where they were revealed as the winners of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival Junior Races competition.

Liz surprised the winning school during their assembly for National School Sport Week (NSSW) where she presented a trophy and £150 worth of vouchers to be used towards school sport equipment.

P.E Teacher, Claire Bradley, said: “We are delighted that our students took part in this race and won it for the first time. It was great for them to be able to compete and be involved with so many other good runners. We encourage our students to be active, and these three girls have set a fantastic example. Bring on the 2016 event!”

Young runners aged 6-8 took part in the 1.5k race and 9-12 year olds raced over 2k as part of a packed weekend of running last October which also includes the Supernova 5k, Supersonic 10k, Half Marathon and Marathon. Over 500 kids took part in last October’s event, which was the biggest yet.

The winning team from St. Katherine’s C.E Primary School consisted of Imogen Gent, aged 9, Erin Wells, aged 9, and Ruby Moroney, aged 7.

Liz Yelling said: “Congratulations to the all-girls St Katharine’s C.E Primary School on winning the Schools Competition at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival. I look forward to seeing them trying to defend their title at this year’s event in October.”

“The Bournemouth Marathon Festival is now into its fourth year and is already established as one of the UK’s top Autumn running festivals. It’s great to see children getting fully involved in the junior races. Better still when they get to watch mum and dad taking part in the other events. It really is a fantastic weekend for all the family.” Liz added.

The junior races kick-start the weekend on Saturday 1st and are a great way for children to be active, have fun and get involved over the weekend.

Each finisher receives a medal, wicking technical finishers t-shirt, race recovery pack, chip timed result and a fantastic running experience.

For more information, including entry details see www.bournemouthmarathon.com Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BournemouthMarathonFestival or follow us onwww.twitter.com/RunBournemouth

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Viking Boat Men
Marathon voyage Guinness World Record attempt at Bournemouth
FOUR MEN are set to run the Bournemouth Marathon on October 2nd in a Viking Ship as part of their Knights4Charity charitable campaign.

Paul, Dave, Neil and Patrick are a team of four close friends who work together and share a real passion for supporting wonderful causes through daft endurance based challenges. Over the years, they have set 38 indoor rowing world records and raised nearly £40,000 for a number of charities.

The team have chosen to raise funds for Worldwide Cancer Research on their marathon voyage around Bournemouth in October.

“We chose to run the Bournemouth Marathon as I ran the half before so recommended it, but we are also attempting a Guinness World Record for the longest 5 man costume – which is going to be a Viking Ship, so it made sense to run by the sea!”

“Worldwide Cancer Research is a Charity that we have previously supported and all of us have either lost someone close to us or know someone that has lost a loved one.

“A small bit of pain whilst running in a costume is nothing compared to what an awful lot of people have to live with on a daily basis.” explained Paul.

The marathon is one of six events taking place across the weekend on 1st-2nd October as part of Bournemouth Marathon Festival.

All six races take place on fast, PB-potential courses and feature the unique chance to run to the end of Bournemouth’s historic pier and back.

Standard entries for the marathon close on Wednesday 31st August at 5pm and standard entries for 10k, 5K & junior races are set to close at 5pm on Wednesday 7th September. Find out more on the website at www.bournemouthmarathon.com and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BournemouthMarathonFestival or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RunBournemouth.

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