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Cool running for charity star
A CHARITY marathon runner returned to his native North-East part way through an incredible 40-day fundraising challenge.
Tony ‘the Fridge’ Phoenix-Morrison, from Hebburn, is attempting to run 40 marathons in 40 consecutive days - while carrying a 42.5kg fridge.
The 49-year-old grandfather is 15 days into his Smeg John O’Groats to Land’s End Endurance Challenge to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
He was visibly moved by the cheers of family, friends and supporters as he approached St James’ Park in Newcastle on Saturday before posing for photos with the statue of Sir Bobby.
Mr Phoenix-Morrison said: “Sir Bobby Robson, now he really is a legend.
“There was a time when I was up in the mountains and it was getting late. “I was running in the dark and I really did feel low and wondering how stupid this whole thing is and looking at the enormity of the task ahead of us and I had this dark moment, I’m only human.
“So I started shuffling through my iPod to see if I could come up with a song or whatever and I’m clicking through and Nessun Dorma came on.
"I could see Sir Bobby with a tear in his eye at the end of the World Cup semi-final when we hadn’t got through and I could just hear him saying ‘go on, the Fridge’.
"It was amazing.”
Mr Phoenix-Morrison has set off from the same point today (Sunday) and faces a further 25 days running, and another 660miles, to reach Land’s End on September 11.
He is running for around seven hours each day and will clock up around 1,050 miles in total.
Mr Phoenix-Morrison said: “It’s been great running home to Newcastle and, I’m thinking, well what have I got to look forward to next.
"And that’s a lot of days of pain, there’s an arduous task ahead of me. But no doubt I’ll meet many more people and have more adventures.
“We’re on this crazy adventure. I’ve my feet blessed, people cooking for me, all sorts. We call this phenomenon ‘fridge love.’”
His route today takes him over the Tyne Bridge and past the Angel of the North finishing just outside Durham.
Then on Monday he will continue on through Darlington and Northallerton.
To donate log on to justgiving.com/tonythefridge or text ‘FRID93 £5’ to 70070.
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