A terminally ill father of three is celebrating after completing an epic 11-day fundraising mission, cycling across the country while conquering Britain’s biggest mountains.
Ben Ashworth, 36, from Broadgate, Preston, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012, completed the National Three Peaks Challenge, which involves scaling the UK’s highest mountains, before tackling a 12-mile assault course.
Ben said he felt “great” after the feat, and said: “I was already quite fit but I’ve never done as much cycling as this. I thought I’d bitten off more than I could chew. Towards the end, the hills were never ending and it was a really hard day.
“I was thinking about the people we were raising money for who have it a lot harder than I do, like the charity Mummy’s Star which supports women who are undergoing cancer treatment during pregnancy.
“I just thought of them to get me through.”
Despite being told he is an inspiration to many, Ben said: “All I’ve done is get on a bike or run.
“I find it hard to talk about myself like that – I’m lucky I can do this but there are people who suffer a lot more than I do.”
Chief executive of the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, Mark Flannagan, said: “It’s typical of Ben to take on such an epic challenge for charity and everyone here wishes him all the very best.
“He is an incredible human being and an inspiration to everyone who knows him.”
Anyone who wishes to donate to Ben’s chosen charities can visit virginmoneygiving.com/BensBowelMovements..
Here are some of our previous stories about Ben and the challenges he has tackled: