In amongst the 30,000 runners taking part at the London Marathon, Tony ‘The Fridge’ Phoenix-Morrison will be embarking upon his final endurance challenge with his trusted kitchen appliance. The London event will be the first of four marathons he plans to tackle on Sunday, with Tony then planning to tackle the remaining three within 24 hours, all with a 42kg Smeg fridge attached to his back.
His feats of endurance have so far seen him run the length of the country, John O'Groats to Land's End, in August last year. The 40 day challenge saw him cover over 1,000 miles and translated to around 40 consecutive marathons. Prior to this, Tony also successfully ran for 24 hours around Newcastle's Quayside and covered a half marathon a day for a whole month.
The upcoming event, however, could be his toughest yet: “It’s incredibly dangerous. I could die – I understand that. There are a million things that could go wrong with extreme endurance. People have heart attacks and die and I’m 50 this year. Not only that but the fridge is heavy and it’s knocked me out a few times.”
Speaking of the of the sacrifices he has made for his various endurance event, "I had a small successful business but I started doing this and it took over my life. I’ve gone from a six- figure salary to no pay. I got overwhelmed with people’s stories and I didn’t care about the business any more.”
Over the course of 4 years, Tony has raised around £100,000 for charity but admits this will be his final challenge, with the fridge at least: “As for life-threatening challenges, this is the last one. I’m going to retire the fridge but will keep up the extreme endurance charity challenges.”