Saints fans are being invited to scale the Yorkshire Three Peaks with a club legend as Benali On Tour returns for 2024. 

Former Saints great Franny Benali, a prolific charity fundraiser who has taken on several epic challenges in the past, will take part in the Saints Foundation fundraiser in May. 

Fundraisers who join him will be rewarded with a ticket to Saints' hotly-anticipated end of season clash with Leeds United. 

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Franny will lead a small group of fundraisers to summit the Yorkshire Three Peaks from May 2 to 4.

With 24 miles of trekking and 1,585 metres of ascent across three different peaks, the challenge is not for the faint-hearted, but offers a much-coveted reward at the finish line. All those who take part get to watch Saints play promotion rivals Leeds United in what’s set to be a nail-biting last match of the season on May 4.

Following his long and celebrated spell as a defender at Southampton FC, Francis Benali MBE made a name for himself with his huge fundraising challenges, raising more than £1.2 million for charities with his ‘Iron Fran’ triathlons.

Ten years ago, Benali completed a three-week 1,000-mile (1,600 km) challenge running to all 20 Premier League grounds.

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In 2016, he completed another ultra-challenge, running and cycling to all 44 Premier League and Championship stadiums in two weeks.

He ran a marathon and cycled 75 miles each day and was awarded the freedom of the city of Southampton.

Benali attempted to race seven Ironmans in seven days in 2019, as part of his aim to raise £1million for Cancer Research UK.

Despite being hospitalised, he completed five Ironmans.

Franny, who received the MBE in the 2020 New Year's Honours for services to cancer patients, returned to the world of endurance challenges after a four-year break last year, leading 30 fundraisers across the South Downs and raising more than £16k for Saints Foundation in the inaugural Benali On Tour.

Both Franny and his daughter, presenter Kenzie Benali, are official ambassadors for Saints Foundation, the charity of Southampton FC.

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