Calls for a section of Preston’s Guild Wheel to be named after an inspiration marathon runner will be discussed by councillors.Advertisement
More than 3,000 people signed the petition to Preston City Council calling for a permanent memorial to Ben Ashworth following his death in early July.
Ben, 38, was diagnosed with bowel cancer and ran dozens of marathons during his five-years of chemotherapy and treatment.
One of Ben’s favourite places to train was along the Ribble and Broadgate, near his home.
He also ran the Guild Wheel countless times – including twice in one day.
The city council agreed to receive the online petition, despite it not following the usual convention for petitions which could trigger a discussion at a full council meeting.
Ben’s widow, Louise Ashworth, and his three children, were present as the petition was handed to the leader of the city council Peter Rankin by petition founder Graham Dixon.
Read more: Louise Ashworth opens up following Ben’s death
Mr Drixon was inspired to set up the petition, backed by Blog Preston, in the hours following the announcement of Ben’s passing – and he set up the online petition.
Ben was remembered on Saturday (15 July) with more than 600 people joining Louise and family at Blackburn Cathedral to mark Ben’s remarkable achievements and celebrate his life.
Read more: Tributes pour in for Ben Ashworth
Councillors will discuss the petition and the proposal for the Guild Wheel at the next full council meeting on Thursday 24 August.
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