Francis Benali visited the Madejski Stadium enroute to completing his epic journey around the Championship and Premier League grounds on foot and bikeThis week Francis Benali completed his “impossible challenge” of running and cycling between every Premier League and Championship ground!
The former Southampton defender called in at the Madejski Stadium where he was greeted by a crowd of fans as well as Royals legend Shane Long and Club Chairman Sir John Madejski who then took Benali pitchside and presented him with a signed shirt.
The 47-year-old reached the Madejski th3e day before the final torturous weekend leg of his 1,500-mile traverse of the country, visiting all 44 Premier League and Championship grounds in his bid to raise £1million for Cancer Research. And he completed the journey by ending up at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium to a deserved rapturous reception.
You can still donate to a very worthy cause of course, go to benalisbigrace.com or, to give £5, text FRAN to 70200.
Check out the moment Benali arrived at the Stadium below:
And some more pictures of the arrival:
And finally some footage as he set off the next morning!