Cancer patient to run six marathons in six months

BIG TASK: Ben in training
BIG TASK: Ben in training
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Tackling six marathons in six months would be a gruelling task for anyone.

But that is just the task Ben Ashworth, set himself, despite being diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer two years ago.

The 35-year-old, dad-of-three from Broadgate, Preston, will begin his challenge with the Blackpool Marathon tomorrow.

He said: “At the time I was working as a librarian at Blackburn Library and had just ran the Great North Run a few months prior.”

“When my wife was three months pregnant with our third daughter I was told that after two operations to try and remove the cancer, and several failed chemotherapy attempts, I had six to 12 months left to live.

Ben said: “The treatment I’m having at the minute will eventually stop working but I’m just trying to concentrate on what I can do now.

“I’m expecting to be quite slow on Sunday but, regardless of that, I’ve always wanted to run a marathon so it’s the realisation of a dream.”

And the thought of his daughters, Skye, 9, Isobel, 4, 19-month-old Heidi and his wife, Louise, keeps him going.

He said: “I always think about them because my cancer is terminal and there’s a likelihood that I won’t get to go out with them on their first run but hopefully we’ll make enough memories which will inspire them to get out and pound the streets for charity themselves when they’re old enough.”

Money raised by Ben will be shared between the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support, Beating Bowel Cancer and CLIC Sargent.

You can sponsor Ben at and search Bens Bowel Movements to find his blog.