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Francis Benali's charity Big Run Begins.......

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Francis Benali began his tremendous challenge of running 1000 miles to visit every Premier League club on 24 August.  His starting point was St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle FC, where he was joined by his friend Alan Shearer. 

A short trip south saw Franny arriving at the Stadium of Light, the home of Sunderland.   Next will be a run to Turf Moor, the ground of Burnley FC, where he will be joined by another former colleague, Matt Le Tissier.

Franny is running to raise money for Cancer Research UK and his target is £1 m.  To help Franny reach his goal, please visit and donate on his Just Giving page by clicking here

We will be following Franny every step of the way.  If you would like to see more about his first day, or find out more about the challenge, please click here