Running enthusiast Ben Reeves, 29, is embarking on a 200-mile run from Chester to Southampton on Thursday 28th April to raise over £5,000 for Bowel Cancer UK. It’s the second biggest cancer killer to affect many across the UK and beyond.
Reeves will put his best foot forward to raise awareness of the illness and to help the 268,000+ people living with bowel cancer in the UK.
Sixty-year-old Alex Reeves, Reeves’ father, was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer in the summer of 2017, prompting the challenging journey.
“As a keen runner, I wanted to do something beyond a traditional marathon to raise awareness of bowel cancer,” Reeves said. “It can be treated much more easily if it’s diagnosed early. Hopefully this will prompt people to see their doctor if something doesn’t seem right.”
The 322-kilometre route starts in Chester, where Reeves’ father was born. Along the way, Reeves will run through Whitchurch, Telford, Kidderminster, Worcester, Cheltenham, Cricklade, Marlborough, Andover, before finishing in Reeves’ hometown of Southampton.
He will run through over 30 towns and cities, crossing 7 counties to reach his destination. It will take more than a quarter of a million steps to complete the journey.
To keep him company on the trip, Reeves is inviting anyone to run with him, be it those from running clubs, other keen athletes, or locals wishing to show their support. Reeves will run over a quarter of a million steps over the journey, burning over 5,500 calories a day to complete the massive endeavour, averaging 20 miles a day for 10 days.
Many have already shown their support for Reeves’ massive undertaking on his JustGiving page, including Reeves’ employer, comparison specialists TotallyMoney, who have sponsored him £500.