Ben in the running for Battle captaincy

Nominee: Ben Ashworth of Ben's Bowel Movements, who could be leading Lancashire to victory in the streets of Sheffield

Nominee: Ben Ashworth of Ben's Bowel Movements, who could be leading Lancashire to victory in the streets of Sheffield

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Preston cancer fighter Ben Ashworth needs your votes to be named Lancashire captain during the Great Yorkshire Run’s War of the Roses battle.

Every year Yorkshire and Lancashire compete to be crowned the fastest county during the 10km race through the streets of Sheffield. The average time of each county determines the winner.

We’re looking for two people worthy enough to lead their county to victory… and take home the glory

When runners enter they are asked to pledge their allegiance to their county, and a red or white rose is printed alongside their run number.

To lead the troops, organisers asked for nominations for county captains, and have now drawn up a shortlist.

Dad-of-three Ben, 37, was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in 2012. He committed to running six marathons in six months last year and has since completed 17.

By doing this, Ben and wife Louise, who live in Broadgate, have raised more than £20,000 for charity, with more set to come as Ben takes on a three peaks cycling and walking challenge.

Today he will be cycling from Preston to Ruthin.

Other Lancashire nominees are Karen Hughes from Rochdale, whose daughter has fought back from serious illness to win two medals at the British Transplant Games, and Steve Bullows from Stalybridge, who is raising money for pregancy cancer charity, Mummy’s Star.

David Hart, from The Great Run Company, said: “Yorkshire are the current War of the Roses title holders, but you can never predict the result, as Lancashire won for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.

“We’re looking for two people worthy enough to lead their county to victory… and take home the glory.”

The two captains will be voted for by readers of the Sheffield Star and Lancashire Evening Post.

To vote visit www.lep.co.uk and click ‘live’.