Congratulations, Franny Benali!

By SFC Media time Sun 05 May Club
Photo by Stuart Martin | Franny Benali

Southampton legend Franny Benali today crossed the finish line at the end of his epic IronFran 2019 challenge.

Benali rode into Guildhall Square at around 9.15pm to huge cheers from hundreds of supporters, as he completed the final leg of the seventh ironman triathlon of the week.

The incredible undertaking, which has seen the 50-year-old attempt to complete a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a marathon on each of the past seven days, has raised vital funds for Cancer Research UK, with Benali now closing in on achieving his £1m total for the charity.


Franny Benali
Ironman Challenge
A huge crowd greets Franny Benali as he arrived home in Southampton (Photo: Stuart Martin)

After completing the first of the four ironman triathlons, Benali had been forced out of action on days five and six on medical advice, underlining the sheer scale of the challenge he was attempting.

But his support team stepped into his shoes and, between them, completed both days, allowing Benali to recuperate and return for an emotional day in his own city.

Having completed his swim early this morning, he then took part in the Southampton Marathon, where he was joined by his friend and former teammate Matt Le Tissier for the first half.

Francis Benali's IronFran challenge for Cancer Research UK
Matt Le Tissier joined his friend and former teammate on the final day (Photo: Stuart Martin)

The pair ran together through St Mary’s, as the route worked its way around the city, with Benali receiving tremendous support from the crowds throughout.

He was then accompanied by a peloton on his final 112-mile bike ride, across the New Forest, before his emotional arrival at the finish line.

Everyone at the club sends their congratulations to Franny and the entire IronFran 2019 team for completing such an incredible challenge.

You can still donate by texting FRAN5 or FRAN10 to 70200, to give £5 or £10, or visit to donate any other amount to Cancer Research UK.


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