Mental Wealth Lab with Ben Smith, The 401 Challenge

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Date: 16 October 2019
Venue: UWE Bristol, Bristol Business School, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol, BS16 1ZG
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Time: 18:00-21:00

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Ben Smith @the401challenge, will deliver a talk as part of the UWE Bristol Mental Wealth Lab Initiative.

Ben will talk candidly about his experience growing up from a happy childhood that took a difficult turn during school where he experienced pervasive bullying, mental and physical abuse that left him with shattered confidence and low self-esteem. Ben will share his emotional account of his teenage
years where he suffered active suicidal intention. His story continues to his young adult life where, although successful or what society deemed success to be, he was deeply unhappy and living a stressful and unhealthy life-style that culminated in him suffering a TIA (incomplete stroke.) It was at this point in his life, aged 29 he began his journey to finding out who he truly was.

He will deliver his inspirational talk with compassion and sincerity and share his experiences in life which have led him to be where he is today. He will talk with honesty about the ups and downs, the days where he lacked confidence and direction in his life. How he has had to adapt, think about things differently, recondition his thought processes and open himself up to new, exciting and sometimes scary things. His teaching includes healing through support, achieving goals and above all, proves that with happiness and a strong foundation, anything is possible.


  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - Talk
  • 19:30 - Networking


This event is free and open to the public. If you wish to attend please register here.

About the 'The 401 Challenge'

During 2014, Ben decided to take his bad experiences and turn them into something positive. This was the birth of 'The 401 Challenge'. The objectives were deemed to be impossible.

1. Raise 250,000 for two anti-bullying charities
2. Raise awareness of the harmful effects of bullying in the UK
3. Inspire and challenge people to do things they never thought they could do
4. Run 401 marathons in 401 days

On the 1st September 2015, Ben began his journey in Bristol. He sold everything he owned and through the help of his partner Kyle, family, friends and complete strangers he spent the next 401 days running around the UK. It wasn't an easy feat, but in October 2016 after 401 days on the road, Ben crossed the finishing line in Bristol having accomplished every one of the objectives of the project he set out to complete.


This event will not be podcasted.

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Cost: Free
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