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The 401 Festival of Running - Saturday

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

  • Toilets
  • Baggage Drop Off
  • Refreshments
  • Live Music and Food Stalls (Saturday only)
The Course
The Half Marathon course will be a two lap undulating route using the roads surrounding Portishead starting and finish at Portsihead Lake Grounds.

The Bright Light's 10k route is a single lap route around the roads of Portishead.

The Foundation 5k route is a two lap route using the roads surrounding the Portishead Lake Grounds.

You can view copies of the route maps for each event below.

Half Marathon
1 Mile Dash
401 Club Challenge

First Aid
St John Ambulance will be in attendance on the day and the course will be marshalled to provide assistance. There will also be a sweep marshal following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for.
Your individual time and position will be recorded by your electronic chip. We will endeavour to display results as they come into the race centre. Results will be uploaded to www.nice-work.org.uk as soon as possible after the race. All entrants that have supplied a valid and legible email address will receive a copy of the results as soon as possible after the race.
There is currently no train station in Portishead, the nearest is Bristol Temple Meads or Nailsea. We would recommend you get a taxi or the bus if traveling into Portishead from outside the town.

Please book your taxi ahead of schedule for a drop off and pickup which will be at the events village, this is marked on the map in the ‘Events Village’ section. You can print off the map to give to your taxi driver to show him/her where to drop you off and where to pick you up from. Taxi’s will be able to approach the events village on both days.

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