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    Latest tweet says he's still going no?

    Incredible feat of human endurance. You lose on average 1.5cm of height caused by spine shortening due to compression during a marathon. Crazy stuff he's putting his body through.
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    Yeah, just found a tweet of someone who is running with him tonight, about 10 miles to go!!

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    Just seen the latest and have sent him a tenner. Ridiculous.

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    Likewise hypo

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    Such a legend. Go on Franny!

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    5 minutes ago post on FB saying 5 Miles left

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    I'm on a train to Farnborough after an evening out in London. Hope to see him between station and home.

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    4 completed!!!!!!

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    Bugger! Missed him by a few minutes. Go Franny!

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    Another one down.
    Greeted by the local fire brigade and a ‘guard of honour’
    He shook all there hands and looked fresh as a daisy.
    Phenomenal.


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    Saw on the donation page that Adam Lallana has made a donation that comes in at over £6k.

    Fair play.

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    Legendary stuff and makes me feel very unfit and lazy watching his progress!

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    WHAT A (HUMAN) GUY!! Hopefully he gets to finish, but doubt anyone would begrudge him if he didn't.

    Medically we have been forced to make the regrettable decision to retire Franny from his IronFran challenge today.

    This decision has not been taken lightly but follows the recommendation of his sports therapist.

    This morning Franny will receive further medical assessment from doctors in the hope that he will be able to return to complete his epic challenge tomorrow and return home to Southampton this weekend.

    Franny has been fully involved in making this decision but is obviously hugely disappointed to not be back in the pool and on the road today.

    This is not Fran quitting, this is a medical decision and his family and support team have decided they will continue IronFran on his behalf today – swimming, cycling and running for Franny.

    We would urge everyone to continue to show their support and turn out and cheer the team on and help Franny get to his £1m goal for Cancer Research UK.

    Please text Fran5 or Fran10 to 70200 to donate £5 or £10 or for any other amount visit http://ironfran.co.uk

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    Just seen the video on FB of him in bed being told he ain't being allowed out to play today, "shall I get in the Pool" is where it ends this is going to Piddle him right off!

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    .......................His tracker has him down at the pool, no doubt in support but probably chomping on the bit to get going again.
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    I hope he doesnt feel like he's failed by having to miss out on Day 5 as nothing could be further from the truth.
    His own health however is the most important thing and I hope for his sake he can complete the last two days, or the last one in Southampton at least.

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    the guy is a machine. Ive already donated more then I anticipated as each new video has left me in awe of the challenge he set himself and what he has already accomplished

    all the best Franny, and I hope he recovers enough to get back on it tomorrow

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    Managed to cheer him in as he finished at Farnborough last night, Even though he was absolutely ****ed he still took time to thank every one for being there.
    The bloke is a hero, even if he might be slightly mentally unstable for even attempting this !

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    Quote Originally Posted by eelpie View Post
    Perhaps it is time for Franny to appear on our banner. And not just for what he has done for Saints. What a man.
    This needs a bump.

    Nothing but respect and admiration for the fella. A True Mush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eelpie View Post
    Perhaps it is time for Franny to appear on our banner. And not just for what he has done for Saints. What a man.
    Yep - agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Armstrong View Post
    Saw on the donation page that Adam Lallana has made a donation that comes in at over £6k.

    Fair play.
    Agreed.

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    Fair play. Donated him some wonga, worthy cause.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabbage_Face View Post
    Fair play. Donated him some wonga, worthy cause.




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    Got a record deal yet, rocketman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shurlock View Post
    Got a record deal yet, rocketman?
    Huh?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabbage_Face View Post
    Huh?


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    According to posters on here, you’re quite the piano virtuoso, the next Elton John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Armstrong View Post
    Saw on the donation page that Adam Lallana has made a donation that comes in at over £6k.

    Fair play.
    It's like me donating £30...

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    Quote Originally Posted by shurlock View Post
    According to posters on here, you’re quite the piano virtuoso, the next Elton John.
    Never touched a piano in my life


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabbage_Face View Post
    Never touched a piano in my life
    What about an organ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trousers View Post
    What about an organ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trousers View Post
    What about an organ?
    I hear, that he likes to blow his own trumpet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfc4prem View Post
    It's like me donating £30...
    Well then f*ck him then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfc4prem View Post
    It's like me donating £30...
    but have YOU donated £30

    serioulsy, someone donates 6k and you have a problem with at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingeletiss View Post
    I hear, that he likes to blow his own trumpet!
    surely we are not going to turn this thread into petty sound bites like the others, not this page please.

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    As we all knew he would be - Franny is back on it today!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Boy Saint View Post
    As we all knew he would be - Franny is back on it today!!!
    I'm going to try and stay behind tomorrow after my run to see him finish , they're expecting it to be around 9pm if anyone else is interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Boy Saint View Post
    As we all knew he would be - Franny is back on it today!!!
    His spirit is unquestionable, his resilience colossal.

    People really need to absorb exactly what he's doing, what he's putting himself through, and then donate.

    Total respect Franny - get him on the banner.

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    For those slightly confused as to where he is on a Sunday - just as I thought I heard right Franny IS running the Southampton Marathon - then doing the cycle out through the Forest etc. Makes sense.
    Think someone might have called it on the first page with maps etc.

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    Sounds like he's been pulled out again

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    Yeah terrible shame for him to be pulled out again. This challenge has been a step too far. Sadly, his age is now against him in terms of recovery.

    He's as tough as nails and could easily do this challenge with the right amount of rest and recovery, but back to back on almost zero rest (I heard 4 hours sleep) is not enough.

    Although he won't be doing this at sub-maximal performance he is still accumulating fatigue at a very high level.

    Brilliant that his team are carrying on and I hope he can recover enough to complete the challenge tomorrow.

    One tough bloke that's for sure.

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    Back on it again , Done the swim this morning and going to attempt the Marathon today with Mlt

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    Yes Franny!

    Just broken the £900k barrier too.

    There will be huge support on the marathon, especially with Let Tiss running it with him. Wish I lived closer.

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    As far as I can tell he's just completed the final marathon!

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    Just wandered over to Hill Lane to give him a cheer as he sets off on his bike ride.

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    Saw hime flash by with his lead car, peleton, follow up van and car at the top of Romsey, can see he is in Downton now

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    Great turnout at Hilltop, he certainly wasn’t going slow! Unbelievable achievement.

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    Hopefully he hits £1 million by midnight.

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    Really surprised the club haven't rounded it off to a million tonight. A little disappointed.

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    How do we fran a knighthood?

    Has anyone started the process yet?

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    https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/publicat...ational-honour

    Link above. Anyone can nominate someone for an honour. Not sure about the knighthood, but recognition is certainly warranted (MBE?). Think that this should come from the club

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    Went to the Guildhall last night to see him arrive,
    I think only Matt Le Tissier with an association with the club was there to welcome him home.
    Shame really.
    No Civic dignitaries either.
    Franny really shows the Spirit of Southampton to the best degree.
    I am not one to promote the distribution of honours but if anyone earns one it is definitely Franny!!

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    Less than £45,000 short of the million with bucket collections still to add. Would be nice if the club made up that shortfall......or the players had a whip round.....

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