Ex-footballer Francis Benali visits Norwich City’s Carrow Road on gruelling fundraising challenge

Francis Benali, ex-Southampton player who is visiting Carrow Road as part of a fundraising challenge

Francis Benali, ex-Southampton player who is visiting Carrow Road as part of a fundraising challenge to run and cycle to every Premier League and Championship ground in England. - Credit: Archant

A former Premier League footballer visited Norwich City's football ground as part of a mammoth fundraising challenge for Cancer Research UK.

Ex-Southampton defender Francis Benali, 47, is running and cycling to all 44 Premier League and Championship grounds in just two weeks in a bid to raise £1m for the charity.

To complete the 'Benali's Big Race' challenge, the full-back – who made more than 300 appearences for The Saints – will cover at least 100 miles a day, running one marathon and cycling the remaining distance every day.

He will arrive at Carrow Road, from Leicester City's King Power Stadium, on Wednesday evening before leaving at 7am yesterday for Ipswich Town's ground.

Mr Benali said: 'Last year, my father-in-law Bill was diagnosed with prostate cancer so I'm even more determined to raise as much money as possible to help conquer this devastating disease. I'm hoping to top my previous fundraising total with all the money raised going towards Cancer Research UK's work into immunotherapy across the UK.

'The support I received in 2014 was incredible and hopefully people in Norwich and across the UK will be just as generous this time around. Every pound donated will support Cancer Research UK's pioneering work in immunotherapy, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.'

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