Father's Day with Francis Benali
Join us on Father's Day for a special three-course lunch with Saints Legend, Franny Benali.
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The day after the night before
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
The man, the hero, the legend is HOME.
IRONFRAN FINAL DAY | The final ride!
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!
Franny has completed the day 7 marathon!
IRONFRAN FINAL DAY | Welcome home Fran!
He’s just passed the 7mile mark!
IRONFRAN FINAL DAY | And they're off!
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.
IRONFRAN FINAL DAY | Marathon Prep
Start of the marathon prep
IRONFRAN FINAL DAY | And he’s completed the final swim!
Franny you are superhuman. How he is still going is beyond belief.
A really tough decision.
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!
Ironman four completed!
IRONFRAN DAY FOUR | A dedication to Vicky
Today Franny is dedicating his marathon, the toughest part of the Ironman, to a very special lady.
IRONFRAN DAY FOUR | Franny hits a wall
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
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
Just keep peddling through the pain barrier Franny, we are all totally behind you.
Neil meet's the Ironfran team
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!
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.
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!
Franny how are you putting one foot in front of the other?!
IRONFRAN DAY THREE | Matt Le Tissier joins Franny
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.
IRONFRAN DAY THREE | Cycle squad!
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?
How is this amazing man getting up each morning and doing this over and over again?!
IRONFRAN DAY TWO | Relationship goals!
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
An emotional start to the second bike ride of the 7 ironman's in 7 days challenge.
IRONFRAN DAY TWO | Day two swim
Franny gears up for his first swim of the second day.
IRONFRAN DAY ONE | The first ironman done!
This has been a tough day and he has to do this 6 more times.
IRONFRAN DAY ONE | The first marathon
The enormity of this challenge has well and truly hit.
IRONFRAN DAY ONE | The first 112 mile cycle
It’s time to get on the bike.
IRONFRAN DAY ONE | Breakfast time!
Keeping the food down is already a struggle for Franny.
IRONFRAN DAY ONE | Good Morning Britain
Did you catch Francis Benali on Good Morning Britain yesterday morning?
IRONFRAN DAY ONE | And we're off!
IronFran is underway for his first 2.4 miles swim of the week!
Ironfran Team Roll Call
Meet the IronFran team!
Preparations are underway for Ironfran 2019!
The final preparations for IronFran 2019 are underway.
Royale Life sends their support for Franny
Big thanks to Royale Life for their epic donation towards Ironfran!
Ironfran charity wrist bands
Ironfran charity wrist bands and badges now available!
Royalty Jeff Stelling gives his support for Ironfran
Fran, 7 Ironmans in 7 days! You are stark staring bonkers!
Packing has begun
This image shows the medical kit alone needed for Francis' Benali's Ironfran challenge.!
From one football legend to another
Franny’s former teammate, Alan Shearer, offers his words of support before Franny’s unbelievable challenge
An Easter update from Fran
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
We dreamed a dream of raising £1m for Cancer Research UK!
Fran's post workout snack!
Post cycle snack? Franny’s mastered it!
Hollyoaks stars support IronFran
“Franny, mate, you are my hero!”
The Brownlee Brothers show their support for Ironfran
One Ironman is hard enough, let alone seven of them!
BBC Sport | Ironfran
"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
Remember those things you used to call feet Franny?!
Fran's Mammoth Training
Did you struggle to wake up for work this morning? Well Franny can 100% relate.
The Sun covers Fran's epic story
"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
“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
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
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
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
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
Franny's in the picture!
FRANNY AWARDED FREEDOM OF THE CITY
Francis Benali was today awarded the honour of Freedom of Southampton in recognition for his fundraising achievements for charities.
Benali's big thank you
Francis Benali has thanked all those who have supported him on his Big Race.
Emotional welcome home for Franny
Francis Benali returned home to a hero's welcome.
The end is in sight
Francis Benali is heading for home - and a hero's welcome.
Birthday boy boosts Benali
Matthew Le Tissier spent his 48th birthday running through London with Francis Benali.
Hope and heartache in homecoming
Franny's homecoming will be an emotional event for Southampton mum-of-four Sue Jones.
Franny an inspiration to brave Joe
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"
Three very special people are firing Francis Benali towards the finish line
Francis Benali is bracing himself for some serious capital punishment.
Revised final route update
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"
Boy Josh Carrington thanks Franny for fundraising
Benali's back-up team in the spotlight
Francis Benali's support team are working round the clock to keep him going.
Ronan Keating backing Benali
Ronan Keating has given his support to Benali's Big Race.
Benali's Big Race Wristbands now in stock
Find out who has stock of the wristbands to show your support
Hammond's helping hand
Former Saint Dean Hammond ran and cycled with Francis Benali today.
Alan Stubbs praises Benali
Cancer survivor and Rotherham manager Alan Stubbs is full of admiration for Francis Benali.
Familiar faces for Franny
Three former Saints team-mates turned out to meet Francis Benali at Leeds.
Moran turns out for Franny
Former Saints striker Steve Moran met Francis Benali at Hull City.
Sky's the limit for the Benalis
Francis Benali's children are skydiving to raise money for charity.
Benali goes to Hull and back
Francis Benali is on a Highway to Hull.
Friendly face for Franny
Francis Benali met up with former Saints team-mate Neil Maddison at Middlesbrough.
Francis Benali is heading for home!
Toughest day yet for Benali
Francis Benali says Day 6 has been the most gruelling so far
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Franny fights fatigue
Francis Benali is feeling the strain
Adam Lallana greets Francis Benali
Former Saints star Adam Lallana has paid tribute to Francis Benali
Cause keeps Franny going
Francis Benali continues to be inspired by the courage of cancer sufferers
Benali's injury blow
Francis Benali has suffered a hamstring injury on his challenge
Burnley back Benali
Burnley are looking forward to welcoming Francis Benali back to St Mary's
Francis Benali has made it to Swansea... via Cardiff
Two down... 42 to go
Francis Benali has successfully made it to Bristol...
Great send-off for Benali
Francis Benali's greatest challenge is under way...
Ready for the big day
Francis Benali is ready and raring to go...
Franny keeps on track
Francis Benali will be kept on course by Ordnance Survey and Open Tracking...
Southern Communications sponsor Benali's Big Race
Southern Communications have been announced as the title sponsors of Benali's Big Race
Benali keen to help again
Find out when Francis Benali made the decision to do a second challenge...
Nerves kicking in for Franny
Francis Benali has admitted he is feeling nervous ahead of his challenge.
Benali needs to bulk up
Francis Benali needs to watch his weight ahead of the challenge
Benali booked again
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
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
Francis Benali is finding there are not enough hours in the day as he prepares for his challenge.
Benali still aiming to raise a million
No Turning Back
Franny is ready for the challenge
Benali's Big Race Launch at Staplewood Training Ground
Franny joined by Saints first team for the launch of Benali's Big Race
Franny on front page of Daily Echo
Make sure you grab your copy of the Daily Echo today! Franny reveals all about his next epic challenge