New mountain challenge for terminally ill super dad

NEW GOAL: Ben Ashworth after running one of six marathons

NEW GOAL: Ben Ashworth after running one of six marathons

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A terminally ill father of three who defied the odds to run six marathons in six months has set his sights his biggest challenge yet.

On September 3 Ben Ashworth, 36, from Preston who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in March 2012, will embark on an epic 11-day mission to cycle around Britain to climb the country’s three biggest mountains.

I want to carry on challenging my mind and body and redefining what I can expect from life

Ben Ashworth

He will start by climbing Ben Nevis before cycling more than 450 miles to the foot of Scafell Pike, where he will scale the 3,000ft mountain. Then he will cycle more than 100 miles to Snowdon in Wales to attempt his final ascent.

And to finish it all off he will then tackle the North West Tough Mudder in Cheshire.

Ben, who has already raised around £30,000 for charity, is determined to raise even more cash for Beating Bowel Cancer, Mummy’s Star and Rosemere Cancer Foundation by completing his new goal.

He said: “11 straight days of activity is going to be gruelling, but I’m determined to do it!

“I want to carry on challenging my mind and body and redefining what I can expect from life.”

Ben had two rounds of chemotherapy and two major surgeries to remove tumours in his bowel and liver but the cancer was very aggressive and he was given a terminal prognosis in February 2013.

Since then Ben, who has three daughters Skye, 10, Isobel, five and Heidi, three, with his wife Louise, has surpassed all expectations by completing at least one marathon every month for the last 17 months despite still going for chemotherapy every two weeks in-between training.

He said: “As well as raising money I set out to promote awareness of bowel cancer symptoms and hopefully make my family proud.”

Here are some of our previous stories about Ben and the challenges he has tackled:

Cancer patient to run six marathons in six months - Full story

Ben’s next challenge takes him from sunset to sunrise - Full story

Ben shows off stoma selfie to raise support for others - Full story

Marathon pair are honoured with special award - Full story

Cancer fighter Ben kicks off Great Manchester Run with Paula Radcliffe - Full story

Marathon man Ben Ashworth is an all-action hero - Full story