Always looking for ways to push his limits and raise funds for important cancer research, Ben is no stranger to endurance events. Having already raised well over £100,000 for AICR by completing the gruelling Marathon des Sables and last year's London Marathon, Ben took part in the highest marathon in the world. The journey lasted from the 15th November to the 9th December 2007 with the actual marathon taking place on the 5th December.
This is what Ben had to say to his supporters when he got back to the UK:
Update 5 - "I'm glad to be back home. I've lost ten pounds and have a lung infection. The local hospital have done tests and I'm beginning to feel better although its still hard and a bit painful to breath. The important thing now is to get fit and well for the birth of my son. My wife Emma has been great now its my turn to be there for her. I'll keep you posted but we expect Thomas James to put in an appearance any day now. Thanks again to all of you who have sponsored me, and supported me with your messages of good will and encouragement. I hope together we will have raised the target of £100,000 to support AICR."
Update 4 - "Its done...all finished, and I can't say I'm not glad its over. The stomach and chest infection caught up with me on the race day and I could only walk the course . It took me over 11 hours and I was the last man through the finish gate. The support team allowed me to continue through the night to finish the event. As those of you who know me will confirm, failure was never an option for me.The doctors are concerned as I have a severe chest infection and want me to rest. All I can think about now is getting home to my wife in time for our son's birth. I'm hoping I can fly back to Kathmandu tomorrow, and expect to be back in Cheshire by Sunday. Thanks to each and every one of you for your support and good wishes. I did wear the AICR T-shirt with pride as I always do - and I did my best."
Update 3 - "At the time of writing we have two more camp nights: one at Lobuche and one at Gorak Shep. Most of us are getting impatient - me most of all. I have a son at home waiting for his dad to get back so he can be born, and a lovely wife ready to pop! I just want to get on with the race now. Those of us that are ill don’t want to get any worse by camping in freezing conditions. Those that are well don’t want to catch anything from those with colds.
This is the last report until after the race. Inevitably there have been personal ups and downs, injuries and illness, some so serious that three people have had to return to Kathmandu - one guy with a suspected heart condition and a girl with DVT. The majority will pass their medicals tomorrow and be on that start line, and I plan to be one of them.
Spare a thought for those that make it and those that don’t, because you can be sure that each and everyone has given 100%.
This will be one of the toughest things I've ever done. Please think of me. Ben"
Update 2 - "We are climbing ever higher every day and the altitude is taking its toll on some of us. Luckily I am over my stomach bug with no lasting problems to report. The routine is repetitive but reassuring as we make our way slowly to Gorak Shep and the Race start: 7am kit packed, by 8am breakfast finished and on our way. 3pm arrive at campsite, unpack kit, meal at 6pm and into sleeping bags by 8pm.
The weather during the day is perfect - sunny and warm, but at night it is freezing. To give you an idea of the conditions, by 5pm there is frost on the outside of the tent, by 6pm frost inside the tent. Your breath freezes as soon as it leaves your body.
During the day because of the dry conditions - it is extremely dusty and dirty - we are all filthy, our kits are filthy and most of us have given up washing - there's just no point. The kitchen boys and porters who work so hard for us are always singing no matter how hard their work is. It makes you realise just how much we take for granted back home.
The scenery is of course breathtaking - during the day and at night when there are stars from horizon to horizon. As we have increased our altitude - up to 5440 metres (Gokyo Ri) inevitably there have been casualties from mild to severe altitude sickness - with one person having to return home already. People are here to raise money for causes they believe in but to get to the start line is an achievement in itself. But its a fact - and a sadness - some won't make it.
Yesterday, one of the girls got 'gored' by a yak. Luckily it didn't damage anything important, but she won't be arm wrestling for a while.
Thanks again for all the messages and support from home. My next report will be on Tuesday - and by then we'll be 24 hours before RACE DAY."
Before Ben set off we asked him about his preparations.
Question 8 - You're a veteran of extreme sports and challenges. Why do you do it?