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Fred and Francis discuss the 1,000-mile challenge

Fred with Francis Benali after today's interview Credit: David Meikle

He's run the equivalent of two marathons a day for three weeks. In all, 1,000 miles. A test of endurance for any sportsman or woman!

Saints legend Francis Benali - who made more than 300 appearances for Southampton Football Club - returned to St Mary's this weekend, at the end of his marathon charity event. His aim - to raise money for Cancer Research - by visiting all 20 Premier League Grounds.

Francis came in to meet Fred and the team after his 1, 000 mile run.

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Redgrave and Grainger back cancer rowing challenge

Chris Spencer and his Great Thames Row team (Dan Bartlett, Rob Coleman, Roger Spencer and Paul Prentice) with Katherine Grainger and Sir Steve Redgrave Credit: Everyone Active

Olympic gold medallist rowers Sir Steve Redgrave and Katherine Grainger CBE stepped out this morning at Maidenhead Rowing Club to show support to cancer survivor Chris Spencer, 48, who is rowing the length of the Thames to raise awareness of leukaemia and the Anthony Nolan charity.

A general manager for the Everyone Active leisure operator, Chris has had two bone marrow transplants – the most recent just 10 months ago. He says Anthony Nolan saved his life and now it’s ‘payback time’ so Chris set himself the task of rowing 150 miles in 3.5 days to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

Sir Steve Redgrave and Katherine Grainger CBE met Chris at Maidenhead Rowing Club in Berkshire earlier today to lend their support and encouragement to him and his team before sending them on their way to complete their challenge.

He will finish in London at midday tomorrow.

Linvoy Primus and other Pompey legends playing at Liss

Linvoy will be playing in the match at Liss Credit: Meridian

Portsmouth legends, including Linvoy Primus, are taking part in an event to mark ground improvements at Liss FC on Sunday.

The club received a grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund to extend and refurbish the dressing rooms. Liss will be playing the Pompey Legends team, including Linvoy Primus. The kick-off is 2pm.

Before the match there will be junior games for eight to 15-year-olds with an outside bar, food and other attractions.

Map of Tour of Britain, passing through region

Stage 6 of The Tour of Britain whisked along the A338 to Hungerford, along the A4, skimming Newbury - heading past East Illsley, To Wantage, past Didcot and Wallingford to Stokenchurch - ending in Hemel Hempstead 128 miles later.

Tourism chiefs hope it will do the same for the region as the Tour de France did for Yorkshire.

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World's top cyclists ride through our region

The Tour of Britain is in our region Credit: PA

Some of the world's top cyclists - including Sir Bradley Wiggins- have raced through South Oxfordshire today.

The Tour of Britain whisked along the A338 to Hungerford, along the A4, skimming Newbury - heading past East Illsley, to Wantage, past Didcot and Wallingford, to Stokenchurch in Bucks - ending in Hemel Hempstead 128 miles later.

A huge operation was mounted to close roads and put up signs and bunting. Tourism Chiefs hope it'll do the same for the region as the Tour de France did for Yorkshire.

Runners prepare for this year's Maidenhead half marathon

Thousands of runners are lining up in Maidenhead ready for this year's half marathon.

The route will start and finish in Maidenhead town centre and take a scenic route through the surrounding areas.

Runners in the 2011 inaugural race keep their race number for the future of the race. Once they have run the race five consecutive times their number will change to gold indicate their achievement to all.

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