LONDON - MT - A charity fundraiser who ran the length of Britain with a fridge on his back has been taken to hospital with spinal injuries.

Tony Phoenix-Morrison only had feeling in his right leg when he finished the Great North Run on Sunday – on top of completing 1,009 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End last week.

The 49-year-old was treated in South Shields General Hospital after he was unable to walk.

He was taken from there to Sunderland Royal Hospital for an emergency MRI scan to assess possible spinal damage.

The injury may force the endurance runner to abandon his extreme and unorthodox challenges.

Tony, 49, said: “I was in so much excruciating pain and there were a few times I said I was done to my wife.

“I was broken but there were people with banners, chanting my name and shaking my hand all through the run so I just had to take it one step at a time.

“I am just an ordinary bloke and to have so many people behind me was unbelievable. “I was in tears by the end from a mixture of pain and pride. It renews my faith. “I have never felt like I belonged and I have had a difficult life, so getting all that praise is not something I am used to.

“That was the greatest moment of my running career and if that was the last time Tony the Fridge has a day out, then what a day.”