Ben's Marathon Challenge
Ben Cornick, 43 from Westbourne near Chichester, is taking on the life changing challenge of running the London Marathon. He is running in memory of his uncle Bill Worden and raising money for local charity Dementia Support and for Dementia Revolution – the marathon’s charity of the year.
Ben discovered race running quite late and this will be his first marathon. He took part in the Great South Run in October 2018 and was inspired to continue. He has been motivated to maintain his new found fitness but also to keep raising money for Dementia Support and the charity’s new dementia care facility Sage House in Tangmere.
Both Ben’s aunt and uncle, Sylvia and Bill Worden, have been involved with the charity since it was established in 2014. They were both supporters of the new dementia support hub – Sage House, and they were keen to see it built for the local community. Bill himself had dementia, and sadly died two days before Sage House opened without seeing the fruits of his support.
The family are still heavily involved with the charity, Sylvia volunteers regularly at Sage House and nephew Ben is fundraising through his runs and marathons.
Ben entered to run the London Marathon through a ballot which was advertised at his work. Admittedly he did it on a whim and thought there was a slim chance of him successfully being allocated a place. However, he did get a place much to his shock and to the surprise of his family.
Daughter Izzy, aged 10, said she remembered: “Dad collected me after school and said he had some news – I thought he was joking when he said he was running the London Marathon. But I am very proud of him. We go out together now, I cycle and Dad runs alongside me.”
Ben started his training back in August for the Great South Run which was 10 miles, and after Christmas he started the Beginner Marathon Plan. Each weekend he has gradually increased the miles he has run, and at the end of March he achieved 22 miles (a marathon is 26 miles).
“I have never been a runner, it was not a goal of mine last summer but once I got started I found I really enjoyed it. I get an adrenaline rush, but it is also relaxing; if I have had a bad day going for a run is a great remedy.
“It has been great for my physical health too – I have had to change my diet, be aware of having a drink at the weekends if I want to run, and I’ve noticed a positive change in my fitness too. It has taken a lot of commitment – I have missed a friend’s 40th birthday, fallen over in the dark – but I’m doing it for a great cause and in memory of a wonderful man, Uncle Bill, who I was very close to.”
“I’m looking forward to being one of the 40,000 running on 28th April, but I’m also looking forward to a month of enjoyment afterwards! I’m hoping to achieve a run time of 4 – 4.5 hours. It will be a great atmosphere I’m sure, and the family will get to enjoy the race from the grandstands.
I am part of the Dementia Revolution groups on social media, and we have been a great support for each other. We have also received a lot of encouragement from Scott Mitchell – Barbara Windor’s husband. After the marathon the Dementia Revolution team are having a party to celebrate.
“I would love to keep on running, and to keep on raising money for Dementia Support over several marathons.”
Ben is number 27496 – see if you can spot him on Sunday 28th April!
He is fundraising for Dementia Support and the dementia revolution. His sponsorship page can be found online: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=BenCornick&pageUrl=1