Running route on Preston's Guild Wheel will honour Ben Ashworth

Louise opened the stretch of The Guild Wheel dedicated to Bens memory. She is pictured with their children, Heidi, five, Isobel, eight and Skye, 13
Louise opened the stretch of The Guild Wheel dedicated to Bens memory. She is pictured with their children, Heidi, five, Isobel, eight and Skye, 13
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Cyclists,  runners and walkers  will remember Ben Ashworth after a 2.5km stretch of Preston’s Guild Wheel was dedicated to his memory.

Ben’s wife Louise Harlow, 34, opened the section, which runs from the Miller Park entrance in South Meadow Lane to Riversway, on Sunday.

The idea to dedicate a section of the popular route to Ben came just days after he died of bowel cancer aged 38 last July.

Speaking to the Post, Louise said: “It was a gorgeous tribute to Ben. I’m just thankful for the way that people have continued to support us.

“I just really want to thank Graham Dixon who put some music together. It was a song about Ben. I sang it at the Continental afterwards. It’s called Tribute to Ben Ashworth and that was just a lovely thing.

“It was particularly memorable for me.”

Following his diagnosis, Ben had set a target of six marathons in six months in 2014, and carried on running more than 20, raising thousands of pounds via the Ben’s Bowel Movements charity site.

The official dedication saw friends, family and supporters run or walk the section which is marked by a sign on the wall at the start and a stone in place at the other end of the route.

The route heads to the Docks and takes in the scenery of the River Ribble along the way.

Members of the public met at The Continental pub for the unveiling, returning after completing the stretch for music, cake and a raffle at the pub.

The dedication of the stretch of the Guild Wheel in Ben’s memory saw £1,000 raised by well-wishers. Funds will be donated to Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Ben died after a five-year cancer battle on July 2, 2017. The serial marathon runner had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2012. He raised thousands for charity and campaigned to combat the stigma of bowel cancer.

The stretch of the Guild Wheel unveiled in his memory is a route that Ben would regularly use in his training.