A runner at this weekend’s Virgin London Marathon has stepped up his challenge by aiming to become the first person to hold the Guinness World Record of ‘Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Robot.’
Anthony Davies, 44, will run the marathon dressed as A.C.E (Advanced Charity Engine), the robot featured in the Beastie Boys video for their song Intergalactic, to raise money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.
“I’m a fan of the Beastie Boys and always loved the video to Intergalactic” he explained. “When training for races in the past my mind would drift and I’d imagine what it would be like to run London dressed in the same way, engaging with the crowd along the route and especially the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices cheering points.”
“I got in touch with the Guinness World Records, and they have accepted my attempt! I’ve been threatening to run in fancy dress for years now and everything seemed to land right for this year.”
This year will mark his sixth marathon, and the second running in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. Anthony said, “I’m running the London Marathon for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices as having visited both their Guildford and Hampton hospices on a number of occasions, I have seen first-hand the great and essential work they do under often heart-breaking conditions.” Shooting Star Children’s Hospices are good people.”
Training has been going well with Anthony managing to fit crafting his creation into his regime. “I’ve been training that little bit harder to offset the fact I will be wearing a bulky cardboard costume. It’s not very sophisticated or robust but pretty light and definitely environmentally friendly!”
Looking toward the big day Anthony said, “The best thing about the London Marathon is that everyone supports you on the day! There’s 250,000 plus supported on route and everyone is a superstar.”