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VIDEO: Amazing Ben completes 398th marathon in as many days

Multi marathon runner Ben Smith fired the starting gun at the Bournemouth marathon, and then set off to run his 398th marathon in as many days.

He's aiming to set a new world record - by running 401 marathons in 401 days - to raise awaremess of bullying and to raise money for the Kidscape and Stonewall charities.

He told us why he's doing it.

They're off! Bournemouth marathon started by endurance athlete

Endurance athlete Ben Smith stared the race Credit: ITV Meridian

The Bournemouth marathon and half marathon are under way, started by a man who knows more than most about what it takes.

Ben Smith is close to the end of an incredible challenge of running the equivalent of 401 marathons in as many days.

The Bournemouth Marathon will be his 398th marathon.

13 thousand people are taking part in the event, which runs along the seafront between Boscombe and Bournemouth.

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Mother breaks marathon world record

A mother from Hampshire has broken a world record after completing 60 marathons in 60 days.

Alice Burch from Woodlands in the New Forest broke the record at the Southampton Athletic Track.

Despite swollen ankles and damaged tendons, she managed to complete her challenge, while raising money for the animal charity SPANA.

Watch Sam Holder's report below:

Alice runs 60 marathons in 60 days

Alice prepares to set off on her last of her sixty marathons Credit: ITV Meridian

Alice Burch from the New Forest is attempting to break the world record for the number of consecutive marathons run by running sixty marathons in sixty days.

Today she will complete her 60th - running with 60 friends at the sports centre in Southampton as the finale to her achievement.

Alice warms up for her final marathon Credit: ITV Meridian

It has taken her between 4.5 to 6.5 hours hours per marathon.

Alice is raising money for animal charity SPANA which helps to alleviate the suffering of working animals in some of the world's poorest communities in Africa and the Middle East.

To sponsor Alice click here

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VIDEO: Keep on running, 14 time marathon man

In a little over a month thousands of people will run the 26 miles of the London Marathon. Some will be professional runners, some will run in costume and one man from Kent, who turns 50 this year, will be taking part in the race for the 14th time.

Sarah Saunders went to meet the marathon man, Ray Johnson from Folkestone.


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