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Meet the man travelling around Hertfordshire with a fridge on his back

Daniel Fairbrother from Stevenage is attempting to break a World Record by running the London Marathon with a fridge attached to his back to raise funds for us.

Daniel, 34, works in sales and decided to take on the unusual running challenge for his best friend, Sam Wilson who lives with type 1 diabetes.

The pair have known each other for 15 years and Diabetes UK is “close to Sam’s heart”, said Daniel.

Last year, he attempted to do a run but was unable to raise more than £30 and decided to think of something “bigger and crazier to raise lots of charity money. That was my promise to Sam".

Why a fridge? First, many thought the “crazy idea” was inspired by comedian Tony Hawks’s book “Round Ireland with a fridge (1988).

Daniel, however explained that it was a story he saw on the news last year that prompted him.

“It was about a British royal marine that had set a new world record for the fastest marathon run whilst carrying a kitchen white goods (fridge.). It’s a very respectable record but I believed I could beat. I picked a fridge and named it Tallulah for my World Record attempt."

Tallulah was named after the bobsleigh in Cool Runnings, Daniel’s favourite film growing up.

Running around with a fridge is not for the faint hearted. Tallulah weights almost 26 kilos and Daniel must adapt his body to running with the added weight and bulk, as well as contend with the pain in his knees and lower legs.

Fridge thief or marathon runner?

Daniel’s training has attracted police attention and after that encounter he became a national media figure.

He was running in Stevenage with Tallulah in late January on a dark cold evening when a police car stopped the traffic in both directions and asked Daniel about the fridge attached to his back.

“I laughed and said that I could explain everything. After I told them I was training for the marathon, they changed immediately. They ended up wishing me all the best and shaking my hand and sending me on my way. It ended being a very positive interaction with the local police," Daniel said.

He currently runs a few times a week (up to 5.5 miles) and does longer runs at the weekend as well as gym sessions for strength training. Daniel runs to deal with stress and has done one marathon, a few half-marathons and a 100km ultra marathon.

“I love running and I would love to be able to spread the positive message to the world about running. Running boasts so many physical and mental health benefits everyone should be doing it. It changed my life and I know it will help so many others,” he said.

The local community has also been very supportive, as well as family and friends.

“I’m grateful for my journey and I’m loving every second. My main goal always has been to raise lots of money and I’m well on my way to £10,00.00”.

Daniel already raised over £7,000, and the donations keep pouring in. To support him and Diabetes UK donate at Daniel Fairbrother is fundraising for Diabetes UK (justgiving.com)

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