Ben was born in Blackpool in March 1980. Following schooling at Arnold Junior and Senior Schools, Ben studied sports science with psychology at the University of Gloucestershire. Having gained his degree he moved to London to work in the fitness industry, where he met his wife, Verena. He died in a tragic accident whilst on holiday in South Africa with Ve and several friends in April 2010 just after his 30th birthday.
Ben was actively involved in sport all his life; having enjoyed football, rugby, cricket and athletics at school he continued to play rugby for Blackpool RUFC and Fylde RUFC until moving to London in 2002.
Unable to play team sports due to his work schedules as a personal trainer, Ben started to compete in endurance events, beginning with the New York marathon in 2003 which he ran with his brother and father.
He continued with other marathons: Paris, Rome, Dublin (with his wife, Ve), Auckland (New Zealand), Blackpool, Edinburgh, Khon Kaen (Thailand), Box Hill (allegedly Britain’s hardest) then onto double marathons such as the Thames Meander and 24 hour runs such as the Thunder Run.
In 2007 Ben completed the Marathon des Sables, 151 miles through the Sahara desert in 6 days.
In 2009 Ben completed the Ultra Trail de Mont Blanc, 104 miles through three countries around Mont Blanc in under 46 hours.
In 2010, two weeks before his untimely death, he completed the “world’s most beautiful marathon”, the Two Oceans marathon in Cape Town.