Charity runner Tony the Fridge to tackle four marathons in 24 hours

Charity champion Tony the Fridge intends to hang up his fridge this year after first taking on his most ambitious challenge yet

Tony the Fridge
Tony the Fridge

Charity champ Tony the Fridge is bracing himself for one last epic challenge before he hangs up his household appliance.

He aims to complete four marathons in one day with a 42kg (6.6st) Smeg fridge strapped to his back.

The challenge starts on April 13 at the London marathon and, after he finishes the 26.2 mile course, he will run three more.

Tony said: “This record attempt will be my final near impossible journey, which I hope will inspire people in their battles with cancer and encourage people to keep moving forward.

“No matter what pain I go through I will get to the end of this as my pledge to help beat cancer.

“It will be incredibly tough and the slightest misplaced step could cause serious injury.

“I am really hoping the general public get behind me and pledge their support by text donating, as that is the key to me completing this challenge.”

In the last four years the charity runner – Tony Phoenix Morrison, of Hebburn – has become a household name.

Highlights include him running 40 marathons in 40 days, from John O’Groats to Land’s End – much of it with a broken femur sustained in a fall – to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

His latest challenge is in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Tony will be asking supporters to donate by texting via his unique Vodafone JustTextGiving code FRID93 as he hopes to raise tens of thousands of pounds.

Dr Mick Wilkinson, senior lecturer in exercise physiology at Northumbria University who has worked with Tony, said: “My main concern is for his legs and back.

“While training offers some protection against muscular damage, the way Tony is forced to run to counterbalance the weight of the fridge subjects his skeleton to incredibly high forces every time he lands, and it takes an awful lot of strides to cover 104.8 miles!

“What I do know is that he prepares himself as well as anyone could and if it comes down to strength of mind and willpower, he usually finds a way – I have witnessed this first-hand.”

Although he is soon to be putting down the fridge, Tony’s fundraising exploits will continue.

Ironman Tony has already vowed to break the – fridgeless – world record for the 874-mile John O’Groats to Land’s End run, which currently stands at nine days and two hours.

Tony is fundraising through JustTextGiving by Vodafone, which means texts are free to send on any network and 100% of the donation goes to Tony’s charity.

To support Tony’s challenge, text FRID93 £5 to 70070. Gift Aid can easily be added too.

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