What happens when a lifelong Star Wars nut decides to combine his passion for charity running with a galaxy far far away? Join host Stu Skinner with his friend Jez Allinson to discuss the Jez’s Running Stormtrooper Project which started in 2016 as a London Marathon attempt with the hope of raising £2000 for Make-A-Wish. Since then the Running Stormtrooper has managed to run 3 x London Marathons, gained a Guinness World Record and completed his challenge in 2018 with a 100km run in armour again for Make-A-Wish but also for the children’s charity Spread-A-Smile. In total over £36,500 was raised between 2016-2018. Now out of retirement the Running Stormtrooper has pledged to run 1000 miles in armour in 2020 including a 100 mile run at Lucasfilm-Pinewood Studios. Each monthly episode will cover a previous chapter of the fundraising/running, an update on how the 2020 challenge is going and a section on running or fundraising top tips! Join these 2 chaps for a light hearted advert free podcast designed to encourage and inspire those who are considering running or charity running.
The End of the Running Stormtrooper
As promised Jez (AKA The Running Stormtrooper) & Stu are back for the final Running Stormtrooper podcast episode: Did he complete the 1000 miles in armour in 2020 challenge for Make-A-Wish and Spread-A-Smile charities? or was the final push of 143.5 miles in 20 days just too much? You’ll have to tune in! Regardless of the outcome, join Jez & Stu as they go over some of the highlights of the year long challenge including when Jez explains how his Stormtrooper running stopped a 747 'Jumbo Jet' in it’s tracks and at one stage he thought he might end up as dog food! The lads are joined by Steve Buckley of the UK Garrison who takes us back to 2015 and explains the origins of the UKG and wider community support for this crazy project, he also fills us in on what the UK Garrison have been up to this year. The winner of the Brooks running shoe giveaway is announced, and a BBC presenter admits live on air that she was getting ‘a little bit sweaty’ when interviewing Jez.This one is slightly longer than usual but there is a lot to cram in, after all; it is time for the Stormtrooper to end.https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/therunningstormtrooperprojecthttps://linktr.ee/Stormtrooper_Runhttps://www.myrace.run/race/stay-on-target/
The Last Stormtrooper Run
Full of star wars soundbites and running chat, Jez & Stu are back for their penultimate Running Stormtrooper episode, where Jez explains how everything came to a grinding halt in November due to injury and how he now faces an even tougher challenge to have any chance of completing his 1000 miles in Stormtrooper armour in his 2020 challenge. The lads also speak about the mammoth 100km ‘Last Stormtrooper Run’ which Jez ran in the armour in 2018 at the Lucasfilm area of Pinewood Studios. Jez also mentions about how Disney asked him to help ‘Fuel your Force’, plus he explains how a listener could win an incredible pair of Brooks running shoes!https://linktr.ee/Stormtrooper_Runhttp://stormtrooperrun.com/index.php/home/blog/53-2020-mileage-trackerhttps://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/therunningstormtrooperprojecthttps://www.myrace.run/race/stay-on-target/The 100km Run video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2103586896565392
Come on Baby Hold Together
Jez & Stu are back for a bumper Running Stormtrooper catch up!This one is packed with Progress, Positivity, Problems and the Pride of Britain awards!Jez also covers the extremely important subject of hydration and shares a sizeable discount with the listeners. The lads also cover London Marathons including the recent Virtual London Marathon and discuss the hottest one on record! Full of Star Wars and running nerdom! It's virtually perfect!Catch up on the 2020 fundraising : http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/therunningstormtrooperprojectStay on Target with the Virtual Revolution : http://www.myrace.run/race/stay-on-target/See how the 1000 miles in 2020 challenge is going : http://stormtrooperrun.com/index.php/home/blog/53-2020-mileage-trackerKeep up to date with Stormy : http://stormtrooperrun.com
Hitting Your Target
The latest episode of the Running Stormtrooper Project Podcast has it all: running, laughter, triumph and tears. This special ‘2020 - A look back so far’ episode comes to you a few weeks late, as Jez has finally decided to launch it after a troubling and soul searching few weeks. Join Jez and Stu as they talk through the highs and lows of the 1000 miles in 2020 challenge. Is the Running Stormtrooper still on target? How are the #STAYONTARGET virtual races going, and what tips do the lads have for charity fundraisers. For 2020 COVID-19 really is THE PHANTOM MENACE in all respects and you’ll learn why the cancelation of almost all public races and the postponement of the much hyped Star Wars Celebration to 2022 has had a devastating effect on Jez’s fundraising. The boy needs A NEW HOPE!For a while this one may have never been released, however Jez has decided that the public really need to know what’s going on, and how he really feels about this challenge. THE RISE OF STORMTROOPER.Check out how this year’s fundraising is going here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/therunningstormtrooperproject Stay up to date with the mileage tracker here: http://stormtrooperrun.com/index.php/home/blog/53-2020-mileage-tracker For more info on The Running Stormtrooper see here: stormtrooperrun.com To sign up for the #STAYONTARGET Virtual Medal Series see here: https://www.myrace.run/race/stay-on-target/ Watch the desperately sad - Vanessa’s Story here: https://spreadasmile.org/2017/11/17/bbc-children-in-need-post-show/
Stay on Target
In this months running and fundraising packed podcast, Jez and Stu talk about the BBC video and the running escapades of the last month. The big tips is Virtual Medals and how creating a Running Stormtrooper virtual medal series managed to raise over £3000 in charity money for the 2018 challenge. What's more, Jez announces probably the most amazing and coolest medal series you'll ever see for 2020! Get amongst it and stay on target!!https://www.myrace.run/race/stay-on-target/http://stormtrooperrun.com/index.php/home/blog/59-stay-on-target-virtual-medals
May the Force Be With You
This month's episode begins with disaster as Jez admits that for the first time ever as the Running Stormtrooper, he has failed to hit his target! There is some positivity though as things improve in May. Finally Jez and Stu recall the extra special May the Fourth 40 Mile Stormtrooper Run which finished inside Pinewood Studios back in 2017, alongside a very special young man.
Stay on target
The man, the legend, the myth. Hear all about Jez’s adventures as his alter ego- the running stormie and listen to tales of heroic efforts to raise money of the needy children of this world.
Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear plastic armour.
As a Star Wars fan I’d seen bits and pieces about this charitable endeavour online, but this podcast gives you some great insights into the story behind it all and the man under the helmet.
You may already be impressed with Jez, but after listening to a couple of these, you’ll be in total awe of the man.
A great insight to one mans journey to provide funding for children in need. Topped off with a sprinkling of THE FORCE. Enjoy