My Running Stormtrooper Project has been going since 2016, has raised a staggering £36,000 and has now completed the 3rd and final chapter of this crazy trilogy: The Last Stormtrooper Run....
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 couple of 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!
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!
Even though the big runs are over I would still love to have your support, therefore please would you be kind enough to visit the charity donation page here: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/thelaststormtrooperrun
2016 - £5335
2017 - £13,376 + £3000
2018-2019 - £14,839
As of April 2019 the Running Stormtrooper has raised £36,550 with some additional money still to be received from the most recent fundraising.
The 2018 #thelaststormtrooperrun Virtual Run Series
I was also delighted to announce an incredibly exciting way of getting everyone involved in the final chapter of the Running Stormtrooper Project Trilogy.
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 :)
Please read below for more details on The Running Stormtrooper.
2018 - The Last Stormtrooper Run
2017 - The Stormtrooper Awakens
2016 - The First Year