Exhausted Franny's toughest day so far

Exhausted Franny's toughest day so far

Exhausted Franny's toughest day so far

First published in Football Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

FRANNY Benali collapsed in tears at the end of the toughest day of his 1,000-mile Big Run so far.

The Saints legend’s phenomenal feat of endurance has seen him cover more than 550 miles as he attempts to raise £1m for Cancer Research UK.

But after running 45 miles in nine hours on day 12, it all became too much when he reached the Herefordshire village of Whitney-on-Wye, a few miles from the Welsh border.

Daughter Kenzie said: “It was a really tough finish, dad literally broke down in tears. It wasn’t so much through pain, he said his knee wasn’t too bad today, but tiredeness.

“He’s absolutely exhausted and not really eating anything. He needs to be replacing all the calories he’s burning but he just can’t stomach anything.

“It’s the worst I’ve seen him so far, I’ve never seen him like this in my life. I’ve never seen him cry before. He didn’t just have tears in his eyes, he was really sobbing.

“It was quite a shock for my brother Luke and I, my mum held him and cried too. He’d run through the pain like he always does and then just crumbled.

“It’s been the hardest day so far. I think he’s been holding it in for a while. He’s running for longer than he’s sleeping, which is about six hours a night at the moment.“

Franny will cross into Wales tomorrow morning before arriving at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

After that he will not see a Premier League club for three days before arriving at QPR in west London on Wednesday. Franny is due to arrive at St Mary’s a week on Saturday.

You can follow Franny’s progress on Twitter @Benalisbigrun and at jellyfishlivewire.co.uk/benalis-big-run/map.

To donate, go to justgiving.com/BenalisBigRun or text BIGR55 followed by the amount you would like to donate (EG £1, £3, £5, £10) to 70070.

For example, if you want to donate £10 text BIGR55 £10 to 70070.

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9:39pm Thu 4 Sep 14

SOULJACKER says...

Are there things organized for when he gets back, the guy is a proper hero in my book.
Are there things organized for when he gets back, the guy is a proper hero in my book. SOULJACKER
  • Score: 23

9:54pm Thu 4 Sep 14

J7junctionseven says...

You'd think there would be .......hope so

COFB
You'd think there would be .......hope so COFB J7junctionseven
  • Score: 17

10:17pm Thu 4 Sep 14

jls217 says...

There are top endurance athletes who will tell you just how punishing on the body this is. There must be a mental price too. Much respect Franny.
There are top endurance athletes who will tell you just how punishing on the body this is. There must be a mental price too. Much respect Franny. jls217
  • Score: 18

11:20pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Billy Bowl says...

There will surely be something organized before the game on the 13th. The man is an absolute legend and always given total commitment to the club.
There will surely be something organized before the game on the 13th. The man is an absolute legend and always given total commitment to the club. Billy Bowl
  • Score: 17

11:34pm Thu 4 Sep 14

This is Southampton and we are the Saints says...

Keep going shrib! We're all thinking about you I've got a little red tomahawk if you need a doubler! Really Proud of you ; )
Keep going shrib! We're all thinking about you I've got a little red tomahawk if you need a doubler! Really Proud of you ; ) This is Southampton and we are the Saints
  • Score: 9

4:00am Fri 5 Sep 14

Illinois saint says...

I registered just to tell him how much I respect his courage and tenacity. He was a player that made Saints proud, and now he is continuing that tradition. FB, You're in our prayers.
I registered just to tell him how much I respect his courage and tenacity. He was a player that made Saints proud, and now he is continuing that tradition. FB, You're in our prayers. Illinois saint
  • Score: 10

5:52am Fri 5 Sep 14

Wembley76 says...

Unbelievable effort......true grit and determination....we are all proud of you Franny.....a fighter to the end, just like you were as a player!!
Unbelievable effort......true grit and determination....we are all proud of you Franny.....a fighter to the end, just like you were as a player!! Wembley76
  • Score: 9

6:02am Fri 5 Sep 14

Southampton boy says...

Bring out the buckets on that day and everyone should donate! I think he is mad but great respect for him well done see you at St Mary's
Bring out the buckets on that day and everyone should donate! I think he is mad but great respect for him well done see you at St Mary's Southampton boy
  • Score: 10

6:53am Fri 5 Sep 14

TPFKARTSNINZ says...

Total respect, & a true Sotonian Saint through & through.
Total respect, & a true Sotonian Saint through & through. TPFKARTSNINZ
  • Score: 8

7:55am Fri 5 Sep 14

Ozmosis says...

Come on Franny - you can do this!
Come on Franny - you can do this! Ozmosis
  • Score: 5

9:00am Fri 5 Sep 14

Tony in Liberia says...

The word legend is bandied around so easily these days - Franny is the real deal. Respect!
The word legend is bandied around so easily these days - Franny is the real deal. Respect! Tony in Liberia
  • Score: 2

12:58pm Fri 5 Sep 14

kingkong 1 says...

What a massive effort. Congrats all the way. Get er done.
What a massive effort. Congrats all the way. Get er done. kingkong 1
  • Score: 2

1:20pm Fri 5 Sep 14

lowe esteem says...

We're fighting you cancer...and we've put one of the toughest battlers ever up to show you what for!
St Francis.
We're fighting you cancer...and we've put one of the toughest battlers ever up to show you what for! St Francis. lowe esteem
  • Score: 1

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