A big-hearted Rochdale runner has raised more than 000 21,000 for charity after taking the Mega Marathon Challenge in memory of his father, who died at the age of just 29 in an unusual form of cancer.
Ben Beat, 39, completed four marathons in less than 24 hours to raise funds for Sarcoma UK.
The personal trainer took up the challenge, paying tribute to good friend and client Tom McCain.
He started the run, which included 26 laps around Bamford and Norden at 4pm on Saturday (July 2) and ended Sunday afternoon outside his Body Pro’s personal training studio on Barry Road. The sea of supporters greeted him to the last line.
Ben said: “In 2019, Tom passed away in 2019 with osteosarcoma. He was only 29 years old and had two young daughters behind him who were only three and eight weeks old.
“Last year I was happy to train some of Tom’s friends and wife, to help run the 2020 London Marathon to raise money for Sarcoma UK.
“Sarcoma is a rare cancer that develops in muscles, bones and soft tissues and affects adolescents and young people in most cases.
“Sarcomas are notoriously difficult to treat and have poor survival statistics, which is why Sarcoma UK is considering providing groundbreaking research programs to raise awareness about Sarcoma and to reach the end of this deadly disease.” Is.
“Team Tom won the London Marathon and I felt I could continue my efforts by continuing my mission to run 244 hours, aiming to cover 104 miles. Helping raise money in Tom’s memory was a big challenge.
Ben added: “This run completely pushed the limits of my physical abilities and in some places I went to some dark places, but the heartache of Tom’s fight and his family was not so severe. ۔
“I am delighted to have raised 21,000 for this Sarcoma and hope that such a challenging year can help them grow their coffers. Thanks. “
Tom’s wife, Christie, added: “After initially joking with Ben about going better than our marathon last October, little did I know that he would suggest running four marathons in just 24 hours. Will
“It seemed impossible that anyone would ever be able to do this, but he stood for many miles during training, and before we knew it, it was D-Day.
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Seeing Ben suffer mentally and physically, I still can’t believe he managed to run 104 miles without 24 hours of sleep – it’s an epic achievement.
“Ben has raised an astonishing 000 21,000 for this charity, which will be added to the Tom McCain Fund at Sarcoma UK and will help fund important research into the possible advancement of treatment for this cruel disease. ۔
“Everyone’s generosity has been amazing and Ben’s great dedication to this challenge.
“I am blown away by Ben’s accomplishments and that means he chose to run in honor of Tom. I will always be grateful to Ben for helping me and Tom’s family keep Tom’s memory alive. What a hero. “
Donating for the tour: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ben-bate