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Grandad feels the heat with GNR fridge run

COOL RUNNER ... Tony Phoenix-Morrison, who ran with a fridge strapped to his back.

COOL RUNNER ... Tony Phoenix-Morrison, who ran with a fridge strapped to his back.

A GRANDAD had a novel way of keeping cool for today Great North Run - he did it with a fridge strapped to his back.

Veteran Great North Runner Tony Phoenix-Morrison, 47, has done the famous half-marathon 15 times before, and feared people may not sponsor him this year unless he did something different.

The fridge was fitted with a set of speakers powered by a car battery, weighing about 40kg (6st) in total.

Tony, who is a grandfather of one and father of four, said: “I was training for the race by running with kettle-bells on my shoulders, but injured myself.

“So I strapped on the fridge because I thought it would be more steady.

“A friend donated to me a marvellous piece of kit used for carrying ammo boxes during the Falklands, so the fridge is strapped on with that.”

Tony, of Hebburn, hopes to raise more than £2,000 for youth football charity The South Tyneside Football Trust.

He said: “I didn’t think I would get much sponsorship if I just ran it, because everyone knows I can run it.”

To donate go to www.targetslocated.co.uk/donate.

* Don’t miss tomorrow’s Gazette for a full Great North Run round-up.

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