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Granddad feels heat with fridge run

Published 18/09/2011 | 15:51

Tony Phoenix-Morrison ran the Great North Run with a fridge strapped to his back
Tony Phoenix-Morrison ran the Great North Run with a fridge strapped to his back

A grandfather ran the Great North Run with a fridge strapped to his back.

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Veteran Great North Runner Tony Phoenix-Morrison, 47, has already run the famous half marathon 15 times and feared people may not sponsor him this year unless he did something different.

The fridge was fitted with a set of speakers powered by a car battery, weighing about 40kg in total.

Mr Phoenix Morrison, who is a grandfather of one and father of four, said: "I was training for the race by running with kettlebells on my shoulders but injured myself.

"So I strapped on the fridge because I thought it would be more steady.

"A friend donated to me a marvellous piece of kit used for carrying ammo boxes during the Falklands, so the fridge is strapped on with that."

Mr Phoenix-Morrison, of Hebburn, South Tyneside hopes to raise more than £2,000 for youth football charity The South Tyneside Football Trust.

He said: "I didn't think I would get much sponsorship if I just ran it, because everyone knows I can run it."

To donate go to www.targetslocated.co.uk/donate.

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