Preston has paid tribute to one of its sporting, and most inspirational, greats – Ben Ashworth.Advertisement
It’s nearly exactly five years since Ben was told he had a six per cent chance of living to see this day.
On Friday night he walked on stage at Preston Guild Hall to receive the special recognition and services to sport award at the Preston Guild Hall Sports Awards.
Ben since being diagnosed has run marathons across the UK and raised in the region of £45,000.
He also organises an annual 5k in Avenham Park – Ben’s Cheeky Santa Dash – to raise money for bowel cancer charities.
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Ben said: “When I was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in 2012 some of the statistics gave me a 6% chance of living this long. I’m glad I didn’t know that at the time, but I’m really pleased to have reached a such a milestone.
“My health has been a little poor lately, but I made it back to the gym for the first time in a couple of months yesterday. Making it to my fifth anniversary, despite the difficulties I’ve faced gives me great encouragement that there’s life left in me yet!
“It’s a huge honour to be considered for such a prize by the people in my city. It’s been a great way to celebrate my anniversary.”