Date: 19th June 2019 at 5:51pm
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Southampton fans have been reacting on social media in an attempt to get former player Franny Benali a Pride of Britain award, in honour of his charity work. The ex-Saints captain has completed a series of challenges with the purpose of raising money for Cancer Research UK.

His latest challenge was concluded last month and his efforts led him to raise over £1 million. Benali’s Iron Fran test saw the 50-year-old complete five Ironman triathlons inside a week. He ran five marathons, swam 12 miles, cycled 560 miles and almost burned 61,000 calories.

He started the challenge in Manchester and finished in Southampton, his home city, where many people turned out to cheer him home.

Benali joined Saints as an apprentice in the 1980s and stayed with the club until 2004, making over 300 appearances for his hometown club.

The Iron Fran challenge was his third attempt to raise his target of £1 million, in 2014, he ran to all 20 Premier League stadiums and two years later he conducted a two-week test that saw him run and cycle to all the Championship and Premier League grounds.

After the challenge, a petition was started to get Franny a knighthood, and many fans believe he deserves recognition for his charity work.

 

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