Francis Benali to prepare for his epic 'Benali's Big Run' challenge by running on a treadmill in WestQuay this Saturday

Benali's Big Run to hit WestQuay

Benali's Big Run to hit WestQuay

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

SAINTS legend Francis Benali will be pounding away on a treadmill at WestQuay tomorrow, as he continues to prepare for his epic challenge of running to all 20 Premier League grounds.

The 45-year-old, who is in the midst of a gruelling training programme, will be spending about three hours in the shopping centre on one of the exercise machines, raising awareness for ‘Benali’s Big Run’.

There is just three weeks until the former Saints defender sets off on his journey from Newcastle United’s St James’ Park stadium to St Mary’s – visiting all of the other top-flight clubs along the way.

The route, which is nearly 1,000 miles long, will see Benali cover between 40-50 miles a day, over the course of three weeks.

He hopes his efforts will help raise £1m for Cancer Research UK.

Benali has already received tremendous support from the public during his training, and he is hoping plenty of people will be on hand in WestQuay tomorrow to offer him some encouragement, as he runs for between 20 and 30 miles.

He will begin at about 11am, in the concourse area on the ground floor.

Saints mascot 'Sammy Saint' will also be there to cheer Benali on.

As well as the chance to meet Benali and offer him support, there will also be an opportunity to donate via collection buckets.

For more details on his challenge, visit benalisbigrun.com To sponsor him, text BIGR55 followed by the amount you would like to donate (e.g. BIGR55 £10) to 70070.

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12:37pm Fri 1 Aug 14

johnlennon_ar says...

Respect to the little/big man a Saints legend.
Respect to the little/big man a Saints legend. johnlennon_ar
  • Score: 6

2:52pm Fri 1 Aug 14

slatts1 says...

I mention to Franny father in law that my 3 boys are huge saints fans and he came in today with perserlized atograths for each of my boys and singed book and poster what franny took time to do. Huge thanks Franny and bill made my kids so happy u are a legend sir and I going run a few miles with u when u enter Southampton ...
I mention to Franny father in law that my 3 boys are huge saints fans and he came in today with perserlized atograths for each of my boys and singed book and poster what franny took time to do. Huge thanks Franny and bill made my kids so happy u are a legend sir and I going run a few miles with u when u enter Southampton ... slatts1
  • Score: 6

10:42pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Peachiesleftfoot says...

Good luck Franny, great cause
Good luck Franny, great cause Peachiesleftfoot
  • Score: 4

11:13am Sat 2 Aug 14

saintsfan76 says...

I had some friends who walked from St. Marys to Fratton Park in aid of the British Lung Foundation a few weeks ago. They said that was tough. It pales into insignificance compared to this. Goood luck Franny...hope you raise 1000' s
I had some friends who walked from St. Marys to Fratton Park in aid of the British Lung Foundation a few weeks ago. They said that was tough. It pales into insignificance compared to this. Goood luck Franny...hope you raise 1000' s saintsfan76
  • Score: 0

11:39am Sat 2 Aug 14

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

Good luck Mr Benali mush!
Good luck Mr Benali mush! Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child
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