On Friday 20th May 2022 I was asked to photograph a special event at the St Marys Stadium, Southampton. Benali’s Big Ball is 3 The Third Gala Dinner after Southampton Footballing legend Franny Benali completed his ultra-challenge 7 Ironman distance Triathlons in 7 days.
In 2014 Franny set a target to raise £1 Million pound for Cancer Research UK and has undertaken 3 Challenges:
- 2014: Run 1000 miles in 3 Weeks and visit every Premier League Club
- 2016: Run a Marathon and Cycle a minimum of 75 miles a day in 2 Weeks and visit every Premier League and Championship Club
- 2019: Complete 7 Ironman distance Triathlons in 7 days. (2.4 Mile Swim, 26.2 Mile Marathon & 112 Mile Bike ride).
Iron Fran has now raised over 1.2 million Pounds for Cancer Research uk, and through events and donations on the night the total continues to rise. To donate: Donate to Benali’s Iron Fran (cancerresearchuk.org)
A thoroughly enjoyable evening below are just some of the images from the night a full gallery can be found here Benali’s Big Ball 3 – 20MAY2022 – Dave Vokes Photography , where 10% of all sales will be donated to the charity