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The Running Stormtrooper Project began in early 2016 as a low profile, one off charity run. Since then the charity running has grown in both ambition and success. At the point of editing this page, over £37,500 has been raised.  I thought that 2018 would be the 3rd and final instalment of the Running Stormtrooper, an end to a wonderful trilogy, however after a break of 18 months I'm ready to take it to the next level!!!

I run for fun, health and general wellbeing. I am also a huge Star Wars fan/geek/nerd call it what you want :) You could say that Running Fuels my 'Force'.

In 2016 I decided to combine these 2 different elements of my life and become the Running Stormtrooper to raise some money for the Make A Wish charity. 

I had no idea that the Running Stormtrooper would still be going after all this time and no idea that my alter ego would be in the 2018 Guinness World Record Annual!

  

The last few years have been absolutely fantastic. In 2016 £5335 was raised by the Stormtrooper for Make A Wish and in 2017 a staggering £13,376 was further raised PLUS an additional donation of £3000 sent directly to Make-A-Wish by a company after they saw my running endeavours. 

In 2018 I made the decision to raise money for not 1 but 2 special charities: Make A Wish & Spread A Smile. The reason for me adding Spread a Smile is written in this article: 2018 - Deciding to Run Again and Why We Need To Spread A Smile.

I had my sights set on a more conservative fundraising target for 2018 because in 2017 I had the added advantage of taking the Stormtrooper to a huge convention in the USA (Star Wars Celebration) where I was able to raise $5000 by running a half marathon on a treadmill every day for 4 days. There wasn't the same Star Wars convention in 2018 so I was already significantly down on predicted charity donations.

So could 2018 beat the 2017 challenge?  

In 2018 the Running Stormtrooper once again ran the London Marathon on what turned out to be the hottest London Marathon on record! 

2018 - The Hottest Marathon on Record

However, the main event, the really big one was on May the 17th 2018 when I ran 100Km in the Stormtrooper armour! Yes you read it right, 100 km!! See the short promo here which announced this crazy scheme: https://youtu.be/exD7ZopLd1g 

You can read more about this crazy day later in my blog.

One hundred kilometres in armour in one day tested me to the absolute limits! 

This is the charity donation page for 2018: VirginMoneyGiving (I have now closed this fundraising page and started a new one for 2020) 

So far the Stormtrooper has raised:

2016 - £5335

2017 - £13,376 + £3000

2018-2019 - £14,964.54

2020 - TBC https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/therunningstormtrooperproject 

As of December 2019 the Running Stormtrooper has raised over £37,500.

The 2018 #thelaststormtrooperrun Virtual Run Series

I was also delighted to announce an incredibly exciting way of getting everyone involved in the Running Stormtrooper Project.

Please see here: 2018: The Last Stormtrooper Run - Virtual Run Series

 

I said that the Running Stormtrooper's 3rd London Marathon would be the last London Marathon and that the 100 Km run would be the ideal way to close this Trilogy. I stand by my statement.

I have no current plans on any large scale runs in armour in the U.K.  I will still continue to conduct school assemblies and promote a healthy lifestyle however I do think that it's time to let others be the runners and for me to be the supporter rather than the supported. 

Maybe one day i'll be back. Maybe with another Trilogy, maybe (just like in the Star Wars movies) i'll be back with a 'Standalone Event'.

Who knows, but until then, i'll always cherish these times and be grateful for the support i've had along the way :)

STOP PRESS: Yeah, I'm back, After a break of 18 months I'm back to truly raise as much money for Spread-A-Smile and Make-A-Wish as possible!! Check out this blog to find out why: The Rise of Stormtrooper

Fundraising - www.virginmoneygiving.com/therunningstormtrooperproject

Instagram - @stormtrooper_run

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/StormtrooperRun/ 

Please read below for more details on The Running Stormtrooper.

Running in the Costume

Before the Running Stormtrooper

2019 - The Rise of Stormtrooper

The Rise of Stormtrooper 

2018 - The Last Stormtrooper Run 

2018 - The 100 km Stormtrooper Run - Part 2 The Final Push

2018 - The 100 km Stormtrooper Run - Part 1 Lucasfilm

2018 - The 100 km Stormtrooper Run - Garmin to the Rescue

2018 - Echo Live & The Running Stormtrooper

2018 - Camden Market Treadmill Running on a ropey Proform treadmill

2018 - The Hottest Marathon on Record

2018 - The Last Stormtrooper Run - Virtual Run Series

2018 - Planning the 100Km Stormtrooper Run, The Early Days

To Run Again and Why We Need To Spread A Smile

2017 - The Stormtrooper Awakens

2017 - The Running Stormtrooper Project end of year Review

2017 - The May the 4th 40 Mile Run

2017 - The London Marathon and the Guinness World Record Attempt

2017 - Star Wars Celebration Orlando Part 2: Celebration!!

2017 - Star Wars Celebration Orlando Part 1: The Quest for a Treadmill

2017 - The Stormtrooper Awakens Part 4 - The Guinness World Record Application

2017 - The Stormtrooper Awakens Part 3 - Return of the Stormtrooper

2017 - The Stormtrooper Awakens Part 2 - Planning the 40 Miler

2017 - The Stormtrooper Awakens Part 1 - A New Run

2016 - The First Year 

2016 - The 2016 London Marathon

2016 - Teaming up with Pinewood Studios, plus the London Expo

2016 - The Reading Half Marathon, local Radio and the Sports Presenter

2016 - LAD Bible and the power of social media

Before the Running Stormtrooper 

@stormtrooper_run