Ben Smith is one of the best rugby players around and would definitely be in my current World XV.
But there is another Ben Smith making the news today – a bloke who is about to complete 401 marathons in 401 days –
This feat is way beyond my comprehension – I’ve managed several half marathons and I once ran 19 miles from home to where I worked in Woolwich – it seemed like a good idea at the time and saved on petrol!
I was totally shagged (not like that sadly) after every race..
Actually trying to run even one marathon now would most likely hasten my journey to joining the choir invisible – luckily my knees are fucked, so it’s not something I’m ever going to find out.
Ben Smith (the runner) is doing this to raise money for anti-bullying charities (Stonewall and Kidscape) – seriously worthwhile causes.
I have always had a major aversion to bullying – wherever it takes place – so good on you Ben.
Interestingly World Cup winning winger Ben Cohen set up a charity with a similar purpose – The Ben Cohen Foundation –
Ben Cohen remains second in the ranks of England scoring – pretty special, but actually exceptional when you find out that he is profoundly deaf in both ears and has to lip read. Probably a handy skill when you are being cheered on by 70,000 delighted fans.
Both Bens’ have a particular reason for working to support this type of charity – they are to be much admired and applauded for their efforts.
Ben Smith (still the runner) is going to wind down by running half marathons for the next 3 months so that his body can adjust!
The other Ben Smith will be getting ready to face the Boks on Saturday.