VIDEO: Endurance hero Tony the Fridge arrives into Land's End
FUNDRAISING endurance hero ‘Tony the Fridge’ arrived at Land’s End today after possibly his most gruelling challenge to date.
A crowd came down to see Tony Phoenix-Morrison, famed for undertaking notoriously difficult charity expeditions, cross the finishing line after setting off from John O’Groats last month.
Carrying the seven-stone Smeg unit over 1,053 miles, he reached Cornwall’s sign post this morning and said he was overjoyed to have succeeded.
“This really was the final chapter in a group of ‘impossible’ challenges I have set myself over the last couple of years. I’m happy to have finished," he said.
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He was running in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a charity set up by the late football icon that looks to catch cancer early.
“My idea was that if I could carry something heavy on my back it would signify the burden of cancer.
“I hope to help people fighting the disease - hopefully it gives them hope.”
Over the last few months he described the test as possibly a “fridge too far” - but has proved himself wrong.
The charity runner completed around a marathon every day with the 42.5kg weight and has travelled across the UK. He said he has met some great people over the past weeks.
“I wouldn’t have got this far if I hadn’t had all the support. It’s been long, arduous and rough but I’ve been helped along the way.”
Tony said he was “welcomed into Cornwall” as he got onto the home straight, adding he was going to have some Champagne and visit St Ives after returning to the county for the first time since childhood.
“I have witnessed the wonderful community of Great Britain and Cornwall has been amazing,” said the hero.
“People here have gone out of their way to help out. It’s nice to be back in the area. I’m going to have a bit of a holiday now.”
Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and ex-England and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer have both championed Mr Phoenix-Morrison’s campaigning in the past, with his efforts sparking national acclaim over the years.