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IRONFRAN | Car Raffle Collection

August 14th 2019 |

Be sure to look out for the Ironfran Car Raffle collection buckets at the Southampton FC game this Saturday, 17th August from 11:00-3:00.

An evening with Francis Benali - AFC Totton

August 14th 2019 |

AFC Totton are hosting an evening with Southampton FC legend and charity hero Franny Benali on Thursday 26th September.

Father's Day with Francis Benali

May 24th 2019 |

Join us on Father's Day for a special three-course lunch with Saints Legend, Franny Benali.

Are you feeling lucky?

May 24th 2019 |

Why don't you enter yourself into a raffle where you could possibly bag yourself a BRAND NEW The Hendy Group Ford Fiesta ST Line worth a whopping £18,120 OR one of 5 Fitbit UK & Ireland Versa Smartwatches.

Help us smash that £1m goal!

May 7th 2019 |

Over the past week Fran and the #ironfran team pushed themselves to super-human limits, both physically and mentaly. Let's make all the pain and suffering woth it and donate BIG today!

The day after the night before

May 7th 2019 |

The challenge may be over, but the work is far from down. Franny and the team are busy dealing with the aftermath of the last week.

IRONFRAN FINAL DAY | A hero's welcome

May 7th 2019 |

The man, the hero, the legend is HOME.

IRONFRAN FINAL DAY | The final ride!

May 5th 2019 |

Franny Benali has finished his marathon and is onto the final leg of today’s Iron Fran Challenge, Day 7 of 7 - this guy is on his final stretch home.

IRONFRAN FINAL DAY | The last leg of the marathon!

May 5th 2019 |

Franny has completed the day 7 marathon!

IRONFRAN FINAL DAY | Welcome home Fran!

May 5th 2019 |

He’s just passed the 7mile mark!

IRONFRAN FINAL DAY | And they're off!

May 5th 2019 |

Here he is at the start line of the ABP Southampton marathon this morning. He will now take on a 26.2 mile run before getting on the bike for a 112 mile cycle! This will really be hurting him.


May 5th 2019 |

Start of the marathon prep

IRONFRAN FINAL DAY | ‪And he’s completed the final swim!

May 5th 2019 |

Franny you are superhuman. How he is still going is beyond belief.

A really tough decision.

May 3rd 2019 |

Really tough decision, but Franny's health is of course paramount. Fingers crossed he should be back to complete his challenge tomorrow.

IRONMAN DAY FOUR | Ironman four done!

May 3rd 2019 |

Ironman four completed!

IRONFRAN DAY FOUR | A dedication to Vicky

May 3rd 2019 |

Today Franny is dedicating his marathon, the toughest part of the Ironman, to a very special lady.

IRONFRAN DAY FOUR | Franny hits a wall

May 3rd 2019 |

Franny has hit a big wall. He needs treatment before he can continue on the bike. Then it’s on to the marathon.

IRONFRAN DAY FOUR | Hill after hill

May 3rd 2019 |

He is so visibly tired and sore today. Please give him every ounce of support you can. Whether that be tracking him via the website and coming out to support him on the route, spreading the word or simply donating.

IRONFRAN DAY FOUR | Peddling through the pain

May 3rd 2019 |

Just keep peddling through the pain barrier Franny, we are all totally behind you.

Neil meet's the Ironfran team

May 3rd 2019 |

Neil is now in remission after a tough battle with cancer. After hearing of Franny’s unbelievable efforts to beat this horrible disease, he was determined to be poolside to support him.

IRONFRAN DAY FOUR | Day four swim, smashed!

May 3rd 2019 |

Franny has absolutely smashed the swim on day 4 of his epic feat to complete 7 Ironman triathlons in 7 consecutive days. Today Franny has dedicated his swim to Neil.

IRONFRAN DAY FOUR | This feels like groundhog day.

May 3rd 2019 |

Franny is prepping for day 4 with Rutledge Sports Therapy in treatment on the fourth morning of the Ironfran challenge. They chat about the importance of keeping on top of fluids and food and about Franny’s aches and pains.

IRONFRAN DAY THREE | Get this man some ice cream!

May 2nd 2019 |

Franny how are you putting one foot in front of the other?!

IRONFRAN DAY THREE | Matt Le Tissier joins Franny

May 2nd 2019 |

It’s been another tough day so far but he has some pretty good company to keep his spirits high. Franny’s former team mate and friend of 35 years Matt Le Tissier is running with him.


May 2nd 2019 |

Day three 112 mile cycle. Franny you hero. You are literally helping to save lives by funding research!

IRONFRAN DAY THREE | How does he do it?

May 2nd 2019 |

How is this amazing man getting up each morning and doing this over and over again?!

IRONFRAN DAY TWO | Relationship goals!

May 1st 2019 |

For the first stint of the 26.2 miles Franny was joined by his wife Karen on day 2 of Ironfran.

IRONFRAN DAY TWO | Second bike ride

April 30th 2019 |

An emotional start to the second bike ride of the 7 ironman's in 7 days challenge.

IRONFRAN DAY TWO | Day two swim

April 30th 2019 |

Franny gears up for his first swim of the second day.

IRONFRAN DAY ONE | The first ironman done!

April 30th 2019 |

This has been a tough day and he has to do this 6 more times.

IRONFRAN DAY ONE | The first marathon

April 30th 2019 |

The enormity of this challenge has well and truly hit.

IRONFRAN DAY ONE | The first 112 mile cycle

April 30th 2019 |

It’s time to get on the bike.

IRONFRAN DAY ONE | Breakfast time!

April 30th 2019 |

Keeping the food down is already a struggle for Franny.

IRONFRAN DAY ONE | Good Morning Britain

April 30th 2019 |

Did you catch Francis Benali on Good Morning Britain yesterday morning?

IRONFRAN DAY ONE | And we're off!

April 29th 2019 |

IronFran is underway for his first 2.4 miles swim of the week!

Ironfran Team Roll Call

April 29th 2019 |

Meet the IronFran team!

Preparations are underway for Ironfran 2019!

April 29th 2019 |

The final preparations for IronFran 2019 are underway.

Royale Life sends their support for Franny

April 26th 2019 |

Big thanks to Royale Life for their epic donation towards Ironfran!

Ironfran charity wrist bands

April 26th 2019 |

Ironfran charity wrist bands and badges now available!

Royalty Jeff Stelling gives his support for Ironfran

April 24th 2019 |

Fran, 7 Ironmans in 7 days! You are stark staring bonkers!

Packing has begun

April 24th 2019 |

This image shows the medical kit alone needed for Francis' Benali's Ironfran challenge.!

From one football legend to another

April 23rd 2019 |

Franny’s former teammate, Alan Shearer, offers his words of support before Franny’s unbelievable challenge

An Easter update from Fran

April 23rd 2019 |

Whilst most of us are with our families enjoying the long weekend, it’s been another relentless day for Franny.

Les Misérables sends their words of support

April 18th 2019 |

We dreamed a dream of raising £1m for Cancer Research UK!

Fran's post workout snack!

April 18th 2019 |

‪Post cycle snack? Franny’s mastered it!

Hollyoaks stars support IronFran

April 18th 2019 |

“Franny, mate, you are my hero!”

The Brownlee Brothers show their support for Ironfran

April 17th 2019 |

One Ironman is hard enough, let alone seven of them!

BBC Sport | Ironfran

April 17th 2019 |

"It's literally a licence to eat." Sounds like a dream, right? Not in Francis Benali's case - it's a necessity when you're soon going to be burning 10,000 calories a day.

The Brutal Consequences of IronFran

April 16th 2019 |

Remember those things you used to call feet Franny?!

Fran's Mammoth Training

April 16th 2019 |

Did you struggle to wake up for work this morning? Well Franny can 100% relate.

The Sun covers Fran's epic story

April 16th 2019 |

"Southampton legend Francis Benali plans to complete seven Ironman-distance triathlons in just seven days for charity"

Francis Benali meets young fans ahead of IronFran challenge

April 15th 2019 |

“Being told your child has cancer is awful. It devastates you in every way – as individuals, as a family, financially. But it also makes you incredibly strong."

An Evening with Fran at Eastleigh FC 22 March

March 11th 2019 |

Franny Benali will be talking about his career, previous challenges and his upcoming superhuman, Iron Fran 7 day event

An Evening with Fran at Basingstoke Town FC

March 5th 2019 |

Franny Benali will be relaying his Football career and previous challenges with Basingstoke Town FC on 9th March at 7:30pm. Tickets Still Available Please contact 01256 327575 for ticket sales.

Southampton woman wins a new car – with her initials already on the number plate

May 30th 2017 |

When Louise Le Grande bought a ticket to win a brand new car she was one of thousands hoping to win a Ford EcoSport from Hendy in a lottery to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Chance to win a car and meet Franny

April 13th 2017 |

Don't miss out on your chance to purchase your Benali's Big Ball lottery ticket for a chance to win a Ford EcoSport 1.0 Zetec 125PS worth £17,315

Competition Winners Announced

November 30th 2016 |

Franny's in the picture!


November 16th 2016 |

Francis Benali was today awarded the honour of Freedom of Southampton in recognition for his fundraising achievements for charities.

Benali's big thank you

October 17th 2016 | News

Francis Benali has thanked all those who have supported him on his Big Race.

Emotional welcome home for Franny

October 16th 2016 | News

Francis Benali returned home to a hero's welcome.

The end is in sight

October 16th 2016 | News

Francis Benali is heading for home - and a hero's welcome.

Birthday boy boosts Benali

October 15th 2016 | News

Matthew Le Tissier spent his 48th birthday running through London with Francis Benali.

Hope and heartache in homecoming

October 14th 2016 |

Franny's homecoming will be an emotional event for Southampton mum-of-four Sue Jones.

Franny an inspiration to brave Joe

October 14th 2016 |

Battling leukaemia, Joe Scully may have endured a tougher three years than most his age – but he still says he has a lot to be thankful for.

"Three in a million"

October 13th 2016 | News

Three very special people are firing Francis Benali towards the finish line

London Calling

October 13th 2016 | News

Francis Benali is bracing himself for some serious capital punishment.

Revised final route update

October 13th 2016 |

Due to last minute changes on the route, Franny will now be making his way home to St Mary's on a revised route

"He’s a Superhero"

October 13th 2016 |

Boy Josh Carrington thanks Franny for fundraising

Benali's back-up team in the spotlight

October 13th 2016 | News

Francis Benali's support team are working round the clock to keep him going.

Ronan Keating backing Benali

October 12th 2016 | News

Ronan Keating has given his support to Benali's Big Race.

Benali's Big Race Wristbands now in stock

October 12th 2016 |

Find out who has stock of the wristbands to show your support

Hammond's helping hand

October 11th 2016 | News

Former Saint Dean Hammond ran and cycled with Francis Benali today.

Alan Stubbs praises Benali

October 10th 2016 | News

Cancer survivor and Rotherham manager Alan Stubbs is full of admiration for Francis Benali.

Familiar faces for Franny

October 10th 2016 | News

Three former Saints team-mates turned out to meet Francis Benali at Leeds.

Moran turns out for Franny

October 9th 2016 | News

Former Saints striker Steve Moran met Francis Benali at Hull City.

Sky's the limit for the Benalis

October 9th 2016 | News

Francis Benali's children are skydiving to raise money for charity.

Benali goes to Hull and back

October 9th 2016 | News

Francis Benali is on a Highway to Hull.

Friendly face for Franny

October 9th 2016 | News

Francis Benali met up with former Saints team-mate Neil Maddison at Middlesbrough.

Homeward bound

October 8th 2016 | News

Francis Benali is heading for home!

Toughest day yet for Benali

October 7th 2016 | News

Francis Benali says Day 6 has been the most gruelling so far

Download social media icons to show your support

October 7th 2016 |

Franny fights fatigue

October 6th 2016 | News

Francis Benali is feeling the strain

Adam Lallana greets Francis Benali

October 6th 2016 | News

Former Saints star Adam Lallana has paid tribute to Francis Benali

Cause keeps Franny going

October 6th 2016 | News

Francis Benali continues to be inspired by the courage of cancer sufferers

Benali's injury blow

October 5th 2016 | News

Francis Benali has suffered a hamstring injury on his challenge

Burnley back Benali

October 4th 2016 | News

Burnley are looking forward to welcoming Francis Benali back to St Mary's

Day two

October 3rd 2016 | News

Francis Benali has made it to Swansea... via Cardiff

Two down... 42 to go

October 2nd 2016 | News

Francis Benali has successfully made it to Bristol...

Great send-off for Benali

October 2nd 2016 | News

Francis Benali's greatest challenge is under way...

Ready for the big day

September 30th 2016 | News

Francis Benali is ready and raring to go...

Franny keeps on track

September 30th 2016 | News

Francis Benali will be kept on course by Ordnance Survey and Open Tracking...

Southern Communications sponsor Benali's Big Race

September 29th 2016 | News

Southern Communications have been announced as the title sponsors of Benali's Big Race

Benali keen to help again

September 26th 2016 | News

Find out when Francis Benali made the decision to do a second challenge...

Nerves kicking in for Franny

September 22nd 2016 | News

Francis Benali has admitted he is feeling nervous ahead of his challenge.

Benali needs to bulk up

September 22nd 2016 | News

Francis Benali needs to watch his weight ahead of the challenge

Benali booked again

September 20th 2016 | News

Francis Benali will be holding a signing session in Waterstone's at 11.30 at Waterstone's in WestQuay Southampton

Benali's Big Race in the Daily Mail

September 16th 2016 | News

Francis Benali was no stranger to a no-nonsense challenge during his playing career, a trait which has led the Southampton stalwart to his latest charity quest.

Franny's race against time

September 15th 2016 | News

Francis Benali is finding there are not enough hours in the day as he prepares for his challenge.

Unfinished Business

September 10th 2016 |

Benali still aiming to raise a million

No Turning Back

September 9th 2016 |

Franny is ready for the challenge

Benali's Big Race Launch at Staplewood Training Ground

September 8th 2016 |

Franny joined by Saints first team for the launch of Benali's Big Race

Franny on front page of Daily Echo

September 8th 2016 |

Make sure you grab your copy of the Daily Echo today! Franny reveals all about his next epic challenge




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