40 Marathons In 40 Days - With A Fridge

3 August 2013, 07:11 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

'Tony The Fridge' from Hebburn starts his toughest challenge yet - running the length of the UK carrying a 42 kg fridge.

Tony Phoenix-Morrison 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 today, will see Mr Phoenix-Morrison run 40 marathons in 40 consecutive days as he aims to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Tony told Capital:
"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.

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.
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."

Some of the 49 year old's previous "fridge-running'' escapades have included running 30 half marathons in 30 days and running for 24 hours.

Mr Phoenix-Morrison 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.

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