Tony The Fridge back on home turf in 40 marathon challenge

Post by Jeff Stevens on 16th August 2013 in Refrigeration

Tony The Fridge back on home turf in 40 marathon challenge

A charity marathon runner from south Tyneside is preparing to set foot on home turf, almost two weeks into his John O'Groats to Land's End challenge.

Tony 'The Fridge' Phoenix-Morrison is attempting to complete the 1,053 mile route in 40 days and nights doing back-to-back marathons with no rest days – and a 42.5kg Smeg fridge on his back. He left John O'Groats on August 3 and expects to arrive back in his home town of Newcastle tomorrow.

The 49-year-old, who has become an inspiration to many after completing a series of running challenges while carrying domestic appliances, is once again out to raise money for The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to support the early detection and treatment of cancer.

Earlier this week Tony took time out at the Edinburgh Fringe festival to talk to members of the public about his challenge.

Writing in his daily blog, he said: "I set off around Edinburgh to find the 'Fridge' Festival, had a great laugh with the tourists and people in the street, they all pointed out to me with glee that it is actually the Fringe Festival – I was the only fridge there!

"It was really important to me that everybody knew why I was attempting this challenge - I think we've got that point across successfully."

By the time Tony arrives at Newcastle United's St James' Park ground tomorrow he will have completed just under 400 miles of the epic challenge. He is due to arrive at his final destination on the coast of Cornwall on September 11.

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