We're supporting local footballing legend Francis 'Franny' Benali, who is aiming to raise £1m for Cancer Research UK by running an incredible 7 Ironman triathlons in 7 consecutive days. This epic 'Iron Fran' challenge equates to a staggering 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and 26.2-mile marathon run...every day!
The challenge began on Monday 29th April and will see Franny travel across England, raising vital funds for cancer research, before returning home to Southampton where he will take part in the city's marathon on Sunday 5th May. To help Franny achieve his goal, we are supplying support vehicles for the team to use along the way, and we have also provided a Ford Fiesta ST-Line for the Iron Fran fundraising raffle - see below.
The Iron Fran challenge follows years of impressive fundraising efforts from the Southampton dad of two, including him teaming up with Hendy in 2017 to launch Benali's Big Ball lottery. However, this is by far his most physically demanding challenge to date, and Franny, who has just turned 50, is thought to be the oldest man in the UK to take on such a gruelling challenge.
Franny commented: "Ever since the last challenge finished my mind has been focused on the fact that we are still short of the £1m I promised to raise for Cancer Research UK and what I should do next to make sure we get there."
He added: "Having a focus every day is hugely important to me. Knowing the money I raise will directly fund immunotherapy research...is hugely motivating."
We are in complete awe of Franny's determination, and we can't wait to see him complete the challenge and hopefully smash through the £1m fundraising barrier in the process! Find out how you can help him do so below...
Iron Fran raffle: win a Ford Fiesta ST-Line
By entering the Iron Fran raffle you can not only help Franny achieve his £1m target, but you'll also be in with a chance of winning a black Ford Fiesta ST-Line, supplied by Hendy, or one of five Fitbit Versa? smartwatches! The lucky winner will be drawn on 16th August. Click here to get your tickets: https://ironfran.zaffo.com/
Other ways to show your support
You can also support Franny by texting FRAN5 or FRAN10 to 70200 to donate £5 or £10, or, for any other amount, visit ironfran.co.uk. The final day of the challenge will be held in Southampton on Sunday 5th May - he will be finishing in style by taking on the Southampton Marathon, starting at 9am outside the Guildhall. Please join us in supporting him along the route! View the spectator's guide here: https://www.abpsouthamptonhalf.co.uk/get-involved/spectators-guide/
On completing his final Ironman triathlon, Franny will have swum 16.8 miles, cycled 784 miles and run a huge 183.4 miles in seven consecutive days! At the time of writing, he has raised £736,252 for Cancer Research UK - let's help him hit the £1m mark! In the meantime, keep an eye on our social pages for updates on the Iron Fran challenge.
Good luck, Franny!
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