Bexleyheath man running two gruelling marathons for cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 11:42 18 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:43 18 March 2014

Ashley Benson is getting ready to run two gruelling marathons for Cancer Research UK

Ashley Benson is getting ready to run two gruelling marathons for Cancer Research UK


Ashley Benson, from Bexleyheath, is getting ready to run two gruelling marathons to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Ashley, 24, is an administration assistant at Kings College Hospital Dental Institute, Denmark Hill.

He will be taking part in the London2Brighton Ultra marathon, which covers 62.5 miles, on May 24. He will then participate in the Mizuno Endure 24 race in Reading on June 28 where he will attempt to run for 24 hours and cover over 100 miles.

“I’m quite excited,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the first one, the second one will be a bit more challenging I think.”

Ashley said that while no one in his family has been personally affected by cancer, Cancer Research UK is a charity that he thinks very highly of.

“It’s something I have great respect for,” he explained.

He said that his parents would be there to support him during his first marathon. “My parents will be in Brighton and they will be there to see me cross the finish line.”

There is a £375 fundraising minimum to participate in the London2Brighton race, but none for the one which takes place in Reading. Ashley has raised £70 so far is hoping that he will be able to meet his target through online sponsorships.

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