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Benali goes to Hull and back

October 9th 2016 | News

Francis Benali is on a Highway to Hull.

The former Southampton defender is heading for what will be the halfway point of his epic challenge.

After leaving Middlesbrough, the 47-year-old is now making the long haul to Humberside on his trek to every Premier League and Championship ground to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

It means running a marathon and riding at least 75 miles every day for two weeks - and this will be the midway point.

He said: "It was a big psychological boost when I left Newcastle and started heading south; it felt like I was heading for home.

"But with a long detour to East Anglia still to come, Hull will be halfway both in terms of time and distance.

"That will give me a real lift to know that I have done more miles than there are left.

"I have had fantastic support from clubs and from well-wishers and I know that will only increase as I get closer to home."

Benali is due back in Southampton in time for the club's home game against Burnley on October 16 when he will receive a hero's welcome.

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