Update: Benali's Garden Marathon

By SFC Media time Thu 23 Apr Saints As One
Photo by Matt Watson | Franny Benali

This Sunday, Club Ambassador Franny Benali is undertaking one of his most unique challenges yet, by running a full marathon at his home in support of Saints Foundation and NHS Charities Together.

However, following advise from Southampton FC doctors after a practice run yesterday, he will no longer be completing the distance via laps as originally planned. Instead, he will take on the gruelling 26.2 miles on a treadmill, specially set up in his garden.

Explaining the decision, the former Southampton defender said: “I tried to do a trial run yesterday, but after 15 laps I felt very dizzy and really rough.

“I consulted with the team at the club, and they said the challenge would be dangerous if I continued.

“I’m sorry to everyone that the challenge won’t be the same as we first thought, but it’s still going to be really difficult on a treadmill as I have had no time to train for this event.


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“I’ve also never really used a treadmill before, only for short warm-ups.

“I’m looking forward to giving it a good go on Sunday, and I hope lots of you can join me and support me throughout the day.”

You can support Franny by heading over to his Virgin Money Giving page and donating towards two incredible causes.

His feat also coincides with a nationwide campaign to support the UK charity sector through this unprecedented time. Get involved in the 2.6 challenge yourself, and set up your own fundraising page with Virgin Money Giving.


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