HEBBURN fundraiser Tony ‘The Fridge’ Phoenix-Morrison is nearing the end of his latest charity challenge.
He has pushed his body to the limit by trying to complete four marathons in 24 hours, with a Smeg fridge weighing more than 6st strapped to his back.
Tony, of Hebburn, was hoping to raise tens of thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK.
The challenge started at the London Marathon yesterday and after he finished the famous 26.2-mile course through the capital, he planned to complete three more gruelling marathons.
After the first marathon he Tweeted: “Difficult first marathon - very hot, not well. @LondonMarathon crowds were absolutely amazing and very loud! Thank you!”
As he started the second he added: “Onto the second marathon now, cooler and quieter but still hard going. Help me dig deep, please keep your support coming!”
His next Tweet showed the gruelling schedule was starting to take its toll: “Really unwell, heat stroke and exhaustion everything that could go wrong has! Going to take a quick rest.”
Last night, a member of his support team Tweeted: “Sunstroke has seriously damaged his chances of finishing four marathons before the noon cutoff. I’m just astonished he’s still walking.”
The early hours of the morning saw the helper add: “Another bout of horrible vomiting by the side of the road. I’m starting to wish Tony would stop this now. No one should have to suffer this.”
An update at 4am said: “Tony is taking a short coffee break right now, and will then be pressing on with 13 miles of gruelling London roads. Tough as old boots.”
And the last update from the man himself came at 6am, as he Tweeted: “Thanks everybody for all the lovely messages, I’m exhausted and emotional but I’m still going because you.”
Tony, whose fundraising feats have made him famous in recent years, hopes his final challenge will inspire those battling cancer.
You can support his London Marathon challenge by texting his unique Vodafone JustTexting code – FRID93 £5 to 70070.