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Tony the Fridge tackles gruelling London marathons challenge

FUNDRAISER ... Tony 'The Fridge' Phoenix-Morrison in action.

FUNDRAISER ... Tony 'The Fridge' Phoenix-Morrison in action.

SOUTH Tyneside fundraiser Tony the Fridge was today pushing his body to its absolute limits as he tackled one last gruelling challenge at the London Marathon.

Tony Phoenix-Morrison, of Hebburn, aims to raise tens of thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK by completing four marathons in one day with a Smeg fridge, weighing more than 6st, strapped to his back.

The challenge started at the London Marathon on Sunday and after he finishes the famous 26.2 mile course through the capital, the borough iron man then plans to complete three more gruelling marathons.

Tony, whose fundraising feats have made him famous in recent years, hopes his final challenge will inspire those battling cancer, but he’s also well aware of the dangers of his final fridge feat.

Speaking this week, he said: “Yeah, my life is at risk - no question about it. My body could go into shock.”

The Hebburn grandad hopes he will be “swept along with the crowd” during his first marathon, but will rely on sheer grit and physical stamina for the other three marathons.

He added: “As for life-threatening challenges, this is the last one.”

The London Marathon charity challenge will see the borough fundraiser running four back-to-back marathons, covering more than 100 miles with his famous fridge on his back.

Over the last four years, Tony the Fridge has ran 30 half-marathons in 30 consecutive days and trekked from John O’Groats to Land’s End - with a fractured femur - to raise cash for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Without his trademark fridge, the borough charity champ has also vowed to break the world record for the 874-mile John O’Groats to Land’s End run, which currently stands at nine days and two hours.

Tony the Fridge has asked people to support his mighty London Marathon challenge by texting his unique Vodafone JustTexting code - FRID93 £5 to 70070.

 

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