Cheeky Santa Dash returns in memory of Ben Ashworth

Posted on - 24th November, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Charities, Christmas, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Last year’s Cheeky Santa Dash – in the snow!

There’s set to be a few odd looks as bum cheeks are flashed in Avenham Park.


The Cheeky Santa Dash in memory of Ben Ashworth returns for a fifth year.

Runners take on the fun-run route in memory of Ben who died aged 37 after a five year battle with bowel cancer.

His Ben’s Bowel Movements campaign reached hundreds of thousands of people who were inspired by his running success – as he took on more than 20 marathons and long-distance runs.

Ben’s widow Louise is continuing to organise the cheeky Santa Dash which sees hundreds of people take on the route for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, where Ben received treatment.

Ben and his wife Louise before the Santa Dash
Ben and Louise before a Santa Dash

Louise said: “It was the girls who kept asking me when this year’s Cheeky Santa Dash was going to happen.

“They spurred me into contacting some of Ben’s running friends for help and sorting a date. I really hope people will join us.”

Read more: Ben Ashworth plaque on the Guild Wheel unveiled

The two-lap 5km run takes place on Saturday 8 December from 10.15am. The meeting point is the Avenham Park pavilion.

Entry is £10 for adults and £5 for children (aged up to 16 or under). Entry for little ones in a pram is free.

Fancy dress is optional, a pair of bum shorts will be provided. You can register online for the Santa Dash.

Read more: Preston Santa Dash to run at Preston Docks

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