There’s only a few days left until this year’s London Marathon and our team of fabulous #ShootingStar runners are doing their last minute prep before the big day.

One of our amazing runners, Anthony Davies, had some rather particular last minute preparations to do – so paid a visit to Christopher’s in need of some finishing touches to his intergalactic costume!

Anthony is set to run the 2019 London Marathon dressed as A.C.E (Advanced Charity Engine) – based on the robot featured in the Beastie Boys video to hit song Intergalatic. “I’m a fan of the Beastie Boys and always loved the video to Intergalactic,” explains Anthony. “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.”

His amazing costume has been months in the making, with Anthony fitting his crafting in around his training.

One thing Anthony hoped would help A.C.E’s batteries to charge was some extra decoration from some of the children and staff at Christopher’s – all of which were very happy to lend a hand (and some tiny feet) to do some decorating!

Using all the colours of the rainbow, the children and staff created wonderful prints to ensure they’d be with A.C.E every step of the way on his triumphant challenge.

Barbie Hibberd, Activities Co-ordinator at Christopher’s said, “When I saw a picture of Anthony’s wonderful costume I immediately thought how great it would be if the children and staff could add some colourful hand and footprints to it so he’d have the children with him whilst he ran. When I mentioned it to Anthony he’d had exactly the same idea so it was great to be able to add to his creation!”

During his visit Anthony had a chance to meet the children and was even treated to a special robot poem wishing him lots of the luck for the big day!

As well as raising money for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices, Anthony is aiming to set not just a world but an intergalactic record by becoming the first person to hold the Guinness World Record of ‘Fastest Marathon Dressed as a Robot’.

Loren Ludlow, Challenge Events Fundraiser said, “We know that our #ShootingStar marathon team will be utterly amazing on Sunday and everyone at the hospices and at our cheer points at Tower Bridge and Embankment will be encouraging and cheering them all on! We couldn’t be prouder of our superb team – their determination and dedication is inspirational and the fantastic amount of money they raise is testament of all their hard work and will make every moment count for the families we support.”