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Ben Ashworth section of the Guild Wheel to be unveiled

Posted on - 28th May, 2018 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Broadgate, Charities, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Ben Ashworth's favourite training route was along the River Ribble
Ben Ashworth’s favourite training route was along the River Ribble

A year on from his death a section of a Preston man’s favourite running route is to be named in his honour.

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Prestonians are being invited to don their running gear and join a 2.5km dash in honour of Ben Ashworth.

Ben, who died aged 38, was a tireless campaigner for raising awareness of bowel cancer.

Given just months to live he went on to run marathons and much more during the years since his diagnosis.

Read more: Pictures of everyone being brilliant in memory of Ben Ashworth

Lancashire County Council agreed to name a section of the Guild Wheel, a route Ben ran many times, after Ben following a petition.

Cllr Peter Rankin, Leader of PCC; Mrs Ashworth (Ben’s mum); Louise Ashworth and three daughters; Graham Dixon who set up the petition.
Cllr Peter Rankin, Leader of PCC; Mrs Ashworth (Ben’s mum); Louise Ashworth and three daughters; Graham Dixon who set up the petition.

The stretch is 2.5km from the entrance to Miller Park by the Continental going towards the Docks – running alongside the River Ribble.

Ben’s widow, Louise Ashworth, says there is an event planned at the Continental after the unveiling, on Sunday 1 July from 1pm, of the Ben Ashworth section.

Cabinet member for envionrment at Preston City Council councillor Brian Rollo said: “Ben was a wonderful Prestonian. It is our pleasure to dedicate part of the Guild Wheel to Ben – we are proud to honour his memory in this way, and look forward, with his family and friends, to the grand unveiling 1 July.”

Read more: Memorial service celebrates life of Ben Ashworth

All proceeds from the Conti event, which is to include music and food, will go towards the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

A Facebook event has been set up to keep people informed of the event.

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