Running Stormtrooper completes trilogy

This year's London Marathon was officially the hottest on record, but the heat did not deter Squadron Leader Jez Allinson from running in his signature Stormtrooper suit.

The heat did cause a few issues with his costume and he completed the marathon with the eye pieces from his helmet missing after the glue holding them in place melted.

Jez runs for health and general wellbeing but is also a massive Star Wars fan so in 2016 he decided to combine the two and become the Running Stormtrooper to raise some money for Make A Wish.

In 2016 £5335 was raised by the Stormtrooper for Make A Wish and in 2017 a further £13,376 was raised.

As Star Wars focuses on trilogies, Jez has decided that 2018, the third year, will be his last and he has decided to not only run the London Marathon, but also attempt to run 100km in his armour, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

It seems fitting that a Stormtrooper should start a challenge such as this at the home of the Star Wars franchise, the Pinewood Studios Complex.

At one minute past midnight on 17 May he began what he describes as the longest day of his life and ran 100Km (62.13 miles) dressed in his Stormtrooper armour.

But his charitable work doesn’t end there, he has decided to open up a new challenge, a virtual run for anyone, of any age and any ability.

A virtual run can be completed at any location or time, meaning you don’t have to physically turn up to a race start line. Virtual races can be completed in your lunch break, before work, after dropping the kids off for school, on a treadmill at the gym or you could walk it at the weekend.

The only thing you need to do is provide evidence of the run by taking a photo of your running app, or a running watch etc.

Anyone completing a virtual run will receive a medal, specially designed by one of Jez’s friends.

There are four lengths of race, one mile, five miles, marathon and 100km, and each medal has a different colour ribbon that matches the colour of the Star Wars lightsabers. More information about how to collect your medal can be found on the Stormtrooper Run website.

Jez says: “I am massively proud of the virtual run series. This is in some respects a nice little legacy for the whole project as it is hopefully inspiring others to get out and run, maybe people who don’t normally run.  It will hopefully also inspire children to get out more also. Regardless of what happens to the medals, as of yesterday 270 people have signed to run so far,  which is an extra £1350 raised for charity that wouldn’t have been raised otherwise.”