As a company committed to supporting charitable causes, EPC-UK is proud to announce that Managing Director, Ben Williams will be going the extra mile this January by participating in Prostate Cancer UK’s new running challenge, Run the Month.

Whether in times of normality or pandemic, our company culture has always advocated altruistic actions that are either close to a team member’s heart or serve to benefit our wider society.

As such, Ben has embarked on the prostate charity’s ‘Marathon Edition’ this month – a virtual challenge for runners everywhere of all abilities. Participants are required to run 26.2 miles across distances and timescales that suit them best; from taking on a mile at a time over 26 days, to running two half-marathons over the course of the month, with all efforts sharing the same live-saving goal.

In this instance, Ben’s charitable venture bears personal significance. Tragically, his father is currently battling with prostate cancer, a disease now nationally considered as the most commonly diagnosed cancer.

In the UK, one man dies every 45 minutes from prostate cancer. The impact of the coronavirus crisis has understandably placed Prostate Cancer UK’s life-saving research at risk in recent months, so by taking part in Run the Month: Marathon Edition, Ben will be helping to improve the charity’s live-saving ambitions, as he hopes to raise in the region of £1,000.

Detailing his plan to tackle the run, Ben says: “I’ll be breaking the marathon down into sections, which will still require me to do a lot of running and really get moving this New Year!

“When I was younger, I enjoyed fell running and cross country. I even began preparing to run the London Marathon, which I entered in 2000, however following a knee injury sustained in training, I couldn’t participate in the final event. I had an operation on the joint two-years ago and afterwards found running painful.

 

“Then recently, my dad told me that the biggest mistake you can make in life is to stop moving, so taking his advice, I began running again to test that knee…and so far, so good.

“The furthest distance I’ve ever run is 12 miles, which was part of my marathon training. Prior to my knee op in 2018, I’d also completed a local 10K run in June 2015, but only now do I have the confidence – and incentive from my dad’s advice and illness – to run again.

 

“I’ve been taking training seriously and have been inspired by my son Joshua to improve my fitness level, which has led to me losing 7.5kg. We purchased an exercise bike in lockdown and Joshua has encouraged me to train in-between undertaking his own professional football commitments and working on his studies to become a fitness instructor. Involvement in the charity run has become a family affair, as my sister Lorna, an NHS District Nurse who helps to care for my dad, has also taken up the challenge – and Lorna hates running!”

Adding comment, Tracey Pritchard, Director of Fundraising & Supporter Engagement at Prostate Cancer UK, said:

“We’re incredibly proud to learn that Ben and Lorna have joined our team of remarkable runners for Run the Month: Marathon Edition, and are helping to raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

 

“From cycling, walking and playing multiple rounds of golf in a day, we’ve been blown away by the support throughout the current pandemic. Our Run the Month challenge in October 2020 saw our amazing runners race their way and raise more than £450,000 – and throughout a difficult 2020 our incredible supporters have consistently been on the front foot, raising more than £1m across many virtual events. Now, as 2021 unfolds and with New Year resolutions in place, we’re hoping many more people will pound the pavements and help us kick off the New Year in style. 

 

“We want to make prostate cancer a disease that the next generation of men do not fear and thank Ben and Lorna and everyone who is taking part in Run the Month: Marathon Edition for their efforts.”

Ben continues by saying:

“This endeavour has been a positive experience in so many ways. Run the Month: Marathon Edition has helped me mentally as well as physically, during challenging times that have affected us all. Training has blown away the cobwebs and freshened my mind, and I hope, that as part of our company’s Commit To Be Fit campaign efforts, my actions will encourage and motivate others to pursue their own health and wellbeing activity programmes.

 

“I’d highly recommend using exercise to support a charity or enabling a health goal to benefit a personal cause, as it can deliver vital motivation ‘to keep moving’; just as my dad recommends.”

Visit Ben’s fundraising page for more information and to help him achieve his goal of raising over £1,000.