Ben Smith

Ben Smith

“Possibly the most inspirational and amazing person I have ever seen”

Growing up Ben wasn’t a runner, in fact, he wasn’t very sporty.  He suffered at the hands of bullies through school and with his confidence and self esteem knocked, he led a life dictated to him by others.  After suffering from a Transient Ischemic Attack, or incomplete stroke at 29, Ben who was 17 stone at the time, felt he needed to change the way he led his life.

Ben has delivered inspirational talks to audiences covering physical wellness, resilience, LGBTQ+ and mental health.

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‘I recognised in Ben somebody who saw that his life wasn’t going the way he wanted it to and he was brave enough and strong enough to alter its direction. On the first day I met Ben, I watched him tell his story to a roomful of teenage kids, it came straight from the heart. It sounds like a simple message, but his story has so many layers to it, which is why Ben inspires so many people for so many different reasons.”

Steve Cram CBE – Former Olympic Athlete

‘So many people end up on a path they don’t really want to be on, but they haven’t got the strength and courage to turn back and try another way instead. Ben has taught people that it’s never too late to completely change your life around and be the person you really want to be. He’s motivated so many kids and adults who have been bullied to re-build their self confidence, and therefore their lives.

His story has helped so many people, but he doesn’t think he is special, which is what is so special about him. I love that I got to meet him. I admire him so much.’

Paula Radcliffe MBE – Olympian and Marathon World Record Holder

‘Ben’s delivery of his personal story and journey was done in an authentic way. The audience could really relate to Ben and found his talk very moving. It really did start a conversation within the Company to talk more openly about mental health.’


‘Your talk set an important tone for the rest of the day. The day was attended by 150 members of the paediatric multi-professional teams mainly from the Great North Children’s Hospital, but also colleagues’ working across the North East and it was a great success.’

The Great North Children’s Hospital

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