Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Fridge runner set for UK swansong

Tony Phoenix-Morrison will run from John O'Groats to Land's End while carrying his 42kg Smeg fridge

A grandfather famous for doing charity runs with a fridge strapped to his back has decided to bow out by running the length of Great Britain.

Tony "the fridge" Phoenix-Morrison, from Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, will take on one final gruelling test by running from John O'Groats to Land's End while carrying his 42kg (93lb) Smeg fridge.

The 1,053 mile challenge, starting on August 3, will see Mr Phoenix-Morrison run 40 marathons in 40 consecutive days as he aims to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

"Carrying the fridge is hard and I know I need to draw a line under things. In my head, I've had a few ideas about overseas challenges but nothing concrete and I know I need to stop before I damage myself," he said.

"This will definitely be my last big fridge run in this country and I wanted to make it something special. To really challenge myself and there's no doubt this run will do that."

Some of Mr Phoenix-Morrison's previous "fridge-running" escapades have included running 30 half marathons in 30 days and running for 24 hours.

He said: "It's going to be much harder than anything I've ever experienced before. I'm not the slightest bit afraid but I am wary. Some of the roads and the hills, mountains in some cases, will be brutal."

Mr Phoenix-Morrison, 49, said by raising money for the Sir Bobby Foundation, he felt like he was doing something practical to help those people that have to fight cancer.

The Foundation funds projects within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust that directly benefits patients from across the North-East and Cumbria. "My efforts are a tribute to all those people who have to fight cancer every day," he said.

People will be able to follow Mr Phoenix-Morrison's progress live on his website www.tonythefridge.com, on Twitter @tony_the_fridge and donate at www.justgiving.com/tonythefridge.

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