In 2015 I ran the London Marathon to raise money for the amazing charity CLIC Sargent. Completing my first marathon was such an amazing experience, I knew I had to do it again.
Prior to that event I had supported Oxfam, SAAFA and the RAF Benevolent Fund in other charity runs, I changed charities every year as I liked to mix things up.
For 2016 I decided to raise money for Make A Wish as the charity grants magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. After reading about some of the wishes, I realised that this was a charity I really wanted to get behind.
Quite quickly I realised that I needed to ‘up my game’ if I were to continue to rely on the support and sponsorship from my friends and family. I needed to do something different, something unusual, and so I began to plot something slightly crazy!
An idea, a friend, an introduction and the birth of the Running Stormtrooper.
Star Wars has been a passion of mine since I was a 5 year old. The costumes are iconic, instantly recognisable and appeal across the generations.
It was August 2015 when I decided that i’d run again but in order to really earn some sponsorship for Make A Wish I would attempt to run the marathon dressed in full Stormtrooper armour. Big problem number 1, I didn’t own one! I contacted a friend of mine; Mark Newbold from Jedi News and asked him for some help. Mark put me in contact with the UK Garrison, but more specifically a gentleman from within the UK Garrison called Steve Buckley. Steve owned an older costume which he ran the marathon in several years ago.
In January 2016 Steve very kindly lent me his costume and my training for the 2016 London Marathon dressed as a Stormtrooper began, as did the creation of my Facebook page Make A Star Wars Wish.
My Running Stormtrooper journey began