Franny’s pain barrier battle

Franny’s pain barrier battle

Franny’s pain barrier battle

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Franny Benali continued to run through the pain barrier as he reached the halfway point of his 1,000-mile run.

The Saints legend ran another 42 miles via Leicester City’s Walkers Stadium alongside the club’s ex-Saints midfielder Dean Hammond.

He will tick off two more clubs when he drops in at Aston Villa and West Brom this morning.

But his right knee is continuing to give him pain as he prepares for the second half of his gruelling journey, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

“I was struggling a bit for the first five or six miles and battled through the last eight,” said Benali, who stayed between Nuneaton and Tamworth last night.

“I had a few pit stops and my physio was excellent with the roadside treatment she gave me.

“I had to dig deep, and psychologically it’s good to have reached ten of the 20 clubs and be about halfway through the mileage.

“It was also great to be joined by Dean, he ran for quite a few miles with me.”

You can follow Franny’s progress on Twitter @Benalisbigrun and at jellyfishlivewire.co.uk/benalis-big-run/map.

To donate, go to justgiving.com/BenalisBigRun or text BIGR55 followed by the amount you would like to donate (EG £1, £3, £5, £10) to 70070.

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

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8:44am Wed 3 Sep 14

This is Southampton and we are the Saints says...

You would think sky would have given Francis a bit more coverage
You would think sky would have given Francis a bit more coverage This is Southampton and we are the Saints
  • Score: 9

11:41am Wed 3 Sep 14

localnews says...

This is Southampton and we are the Saints wrote:
You would think sky would have given Francis a bit more coverage
Totally agree,if Sky gave Franny more exposure He'd probably triple what he's managed to raise so far.Absolute Legend,A true Saint
[quote][p][bold]This is Southampton and we are the Saints[/bold] wrote: You would think sky would have given Francis a bit more coverage[/p][/quote]Totally agree,if Sky gave Franny more exposure He'd probably triple what he's managed to raise so far.Absolute Legend,A true Saint localnews
  • Score: 7

12:52pm Wed 3 Sep 14

florida saint says...

keep going franny, you never give up. that's the way you are.
keep going franny, you never give up. that's the way you are. florida saint
  • Score: 4

2:34pm Wed 3 Sep 14

lowe esteem says...

This is a fantastic feat, and I know what trying to run through knee pain can be like on just the one run.
Come on pledge or text some money for a great bloke and a very worthwhile cause.
Keep going St Francis.
This is a fantastic feat, and I know what trying to run through knee pain can be like on just the one run. Come on pledge or text some money for a great bloke and a very worthwhile cause. Keep going St Francis. lowe esteem
  • Score: 2

5:07pm Wed 3 Sep 14

warrens 76 says...

Go Franny go.
Go Franny go. warrens 76
  • Score: 1

8:33pm Wed 3 Sep 14

IvanMilat says...

Props to Dean Hammond for joining Franny - Saints fans will always remember your stellar contributions in the Championship and League 1.

As for Franny, I have run seven marathons and am amazed at what he is doing. It is beyond unbelievable.
Props to Dean Hammond for joining Franny - Saints fans will always remember your stellar contributions in the Championship and League 1. As for Franny, I have run seven marathons and am amazed at what he is doing. It is beyond unbelievable. IvanMilat
  • Score: 1

9:07pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Baddesley Bill says...

The man is a red n white machiiiiiiiiine!
The man is a red n white machiiiiiiiiine! Baddesley Bill
  • Score: 1

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