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Cheeky Santa Dash returns to honour Ben Ashworth

Posted on - 16th October, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Charities, Christmas, City Centre, Events, News, Preston City Centre, Things To Do
Ben and his wife Louise before the Santa Dash
Ben and his wife Louise before the Santa Dash

A Christmas run returns to the city in honour of one of Preston’s most famous runners.

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Ben Ashworth, who died in July after a battle with bowel cancer, started the Cheeky Santa Dash with his wife Louise.

It sees hundreds of runners straped inflatable bum cheeks to their bottom and sprint round Avenham and Miller Park.

Raising money for Beating Bowel Cancer the event is once again being organised by Ben’s widow Louise and her friends.

Read more: Ben Ashworth petition to name section of Guild Wheel for runner is successful

She said: “The Santa Dash started as one of those crazy ideas that hits you late at night.

“The hope was to bring together our family’s love of Christmas, passion for raising awareness and commitment to generating essential funds.

“The run is now in its fourth year and I’m amazed and humbled by everyone’s support.

“After Ben died in July I knew this year’s event would be even more special. An opportunity to join in his lust for life, encourage others to exercise and of course check your poo!

“I’m particularly grateful to beating Bowel cancer for their support in making sure the Santa Dash can go ahead this year. I don’t know where my head is going to be at from day to day! So knowing the team is behind me has made sure it can go ahead!”

Ben Ashworth and family
Ben Ashworth and family

Runners are encouraged to run in Christmas jumpers, Santa suits and hats, baubles and other sparkly bits.

This year’s Cheeky Santa Dash is on Saturday 9 December from 11.30am.

Read more: Memorial service marks life of Ben Ashworth

It’s £10 to enter as an adult, a fiver for seven to 17-year-olds and it’s free for runners under-six. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

You can sign up via the Beating Bowel Cancer website.

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