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F1 team member Ben Cowley to run London Marathon

06 Apr F1 team member Ben Cowley to run London Marathon

Keen runner Ben Cowley, 29, lost his grandfather John Backley in 2015 at the age of 85, now he is set to run the London Marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK, in memory of his grandfather.

Ben, who is Head of Content for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Team and lives in Twickenham, London, said: “Losing my grandfather 18 months ago hit me really hard.

“We’re a big family and we’re all very close. He had a lot of grandkids and was a huge part of our lives – especially in our early years, teaching us how to play different sports and card games.

“I’m running the marathon for Alzheimer’s Research UK because, having witnessed the effects dementia can have on someone so dear to me, I want to do anything I can to help prevent others having to see their loved ones endure the same thing.”

Ben whose job includes working with British driver Lewis Hamilton and Finn Valtteri Bottas, has already raised £1,500 of his £3,000 target and is hoping his colleagues from across the Grand Prix paddock.

Kenneth Foreman, Sporting Events Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We can’t thank Ben enough for his ongoing fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK and we’re thrilled to see he’s already raised so much for us ahead of the marathon.

“In the UK there are 850,000 people living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Research UK is leading the way to find treatments and preventions for dementia, which couldn’t be done without our generous supporters like Ben.”

To donate to Ben’s page, go to