In March 2021 I suffered (what I now know to be) a major seizure whilst setting out on my bicycle to meet a very good friend to go for a bike ride. However I never made it to the meeting place and woke in the back of an ambulance on route to hospital.
This resulted in being promptly being referred for MRI and EEG tests, which took place in April. The diagnosis of which being informed of the distressing news that I had a tumour.
Things continued to happen very quickly, with me being admitted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire in early May. This was to carry out a craniotomy (brain surgery) to de-bulk the tumour. I was very fortunate that the procedure was carried out without incident and that I recovered relatively quickly from this major surgery. However the results of the cell analysis confirmed the worst news, in that it was malignant.
In June I started on an intensive chemotherapy session for one week and then started a 6 week treatment plan of both radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Fortunately my body coped well with the treatment as it can cause many ill effects.
I've always been a very active person. My main sport is hockey and I also enjoy road cycling with friends. Generally I struggle to sit still for long periods and I truly believe that keeping my body in good shape assisted with my recovery from surgery and with dealing with the following treatment plan. I've been blessed with many great friends, but the Burton Bash is down to Andrew Pell, Will Larkin and Adam Bellerby. This is to raise the awareness of this terrible disease and raise money for the Brain Tumour charity. But also it is to bring together family and friends to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
THE BURTON BASH
Two amazing events : One great cause
A month of activity to get you moving
Throughout the month of September (Ben's month of birth), we ask you to "Give Ben 10". That can be 10 hours, 10km's or 10 days of exercise. You can walk, run, cycle, paddle board, do a gym workout all with the aim to get that bit more active!
See the club's latest activities below and if you're inspired, click on the link below to join our STRAVA club.
Our sponsored cycle ride
The Castle to Castle ride is held yearly, on the first weekend of October and is a weekend of cycling, celebrating and fund raising. Cyclists set off from Warwick Castle at 9am on the Saturday with Ludlow Castle in their sights, 104km away. That evening we enjoy the hospitality that Ludlow has to offer and take time to catch up with friends new and old.
The Sunday see's the route reversed as we depart Ludlow Castle at 9am, with the aim to arrive back in Warwick by 5pm for a well deserved celebration at The New Bowling Green public house.
The ride is open to all but please note, it is self supported so we ask all those joining in to be able to ride the distance and ensure they have everything they need for the journey (water, food, money, puncture repair kit, pump, etc!).
Follow us on Social Media for updates and please dig deep if you wish to support Ben and the amazing work of The Brain Tumour Charity.
"I want to bring together family and friends to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle."