Francis Benali has been joined by best friend and former teammate Matt Le Tissier as he continues his epic 1,000-mile run around the country.

Benali is attempting to visit all 20 Premier League grounds during his three-week challenge, and has received support today from his fellow Saints legend.

Having reached Burnley yesterday, Benali is now on his way to Everton, Liverpool and Manchester United on Saturday.

Le Tissier travelled north this morning to link up with the 45-year-old, who is running for between 40 and 50 miles each day and is approaching the end of his first week on the road.

Donations towards Benali's Big Run, which is raising funds for Cancer Research UK, have now topped the £35,000 mark.

You can follow his progress on Twitter and by visiting

To donate, go to or text BIGR55 followed by the amount you would like to donate to 70070.

For example, if you want to donate £10, text BIGR55 £10 to 70070