The Running Stormtrooper, The World Record, Pinewood Studios and Celebration Booth 1953

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The Running Stormtrooper, The World Record, Pinewood Studios and Celebration Booth 1953

Post by Jez on Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:45 am

Hi Guys,

I hope that this thread is ok in this section.  I just wanted to be able to publicise a small little Star Wars charity project i'm 'running' with.
Last year I ran the London marathon dressed in full Stormtrooper Armour for Make A Wish. I managed to raise over £5300 for this much deserving charity.
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This year i've dragged the stormtrooper out of retirement to do a little bit more running, please see this 2 minute video here:

Not long after I made this video I was contacted by Pete Vilmur and Mary Franklin who agreed that The Running Stormtrooper could have a booth at Star Wars Celebration to help spread the word about Make A Wish and to raise some more money.  My plan is to run up to a half marathon every day for 4 days on a treadmill at my booth.

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But most importantly of all I have a just giving page here: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Please check out this project, i've been in contact with this young lad and his mum, who are really grateful for everything which Make A Wish do. Please check out Oliver's story here: [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

If you are going to Celebration, please come over to my booth and say hi.  If you have any spare cash please can you spare a thought to sponsoring me?

Thanks for looking.
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Post by the89thchris on Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:06 pm

Glad to hear you've arranged a treadmill (I'm assuming since it wasn't mentioned on the Toy Run appearance)
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Post by cantina_patron on Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:31 pm

Great initiative Jez! clapping  I hope that you get lots of support for this, you'll certainly get some from me. Very Happy
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Post by Jez on Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:32 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Great initiative Jez! clapping  I hope that you get lots of support for this, you'll certainly get some from me. Very Happy

Thanks Steve.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Glad to hear you've arranged a treadmill (I'm assuming since it wasn't mentioned on the Toy Run appearance)

Yeah, after 6 weeks of trying; hotels, gyms, fitness equipment suppliers, reed pop, lucasfilm, the OCCC, the Air Force recruitment office, RFR podcast, and all bar one of them failing to even reply to my emails, the power of the people have prevailed. I put a plea post on RS and a chap called Brett Isaacs (on several Facebook groups as admin), has rallied some troops and organised a collection and delivery. I have to say he's been brilliant. He's pulled together a small team, of driver, muscle, lender etc and has come up trumps.
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Post by ChristianC on Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:00 pm

This is a great cause Jez and I'll definitely contribute.

Looking forward to trash talking you while you're defenceless on that treadmill in Orlando Smile
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Post by Commander Clint on Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:09 pm

Jez, this is a great cause, and I'm glad to hear that the running stormtrooper is coming out of retirement. I've also heard that he got an even better suit of armour this year.

I will definitely be stopping by your booth to cheer you on, and will be donating.
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Post by ourchickenshack on Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:37 am

Fantastic cause and certainly worth a donation clapping

Thank you for doing this and bringing our attention to the cause Jez cheers
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Post by Nico on Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:22 pm

Jez, awesome cause mate clapping will defo support cheers

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Post by Commander Clint on Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:25 pm

Here is a quick clip of Jez at Celebration.  Jez ran a 1/2 marathon every day while there.  Well done. bowwing

I took this while holding Christian's place in the que for a comic book signing while he went to use the washroom.

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Post by ChristianC on Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:23 am

Awesome!

Jez is an absolute champion! Was great hanging out at his booth.
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Post by Jez on Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:34 pm

Thanks so much for the kind words and great support lads. It really is appreciated Smile
Marathon done, now trying to recover and rebuild for the may the 4th craziness.
All the best. Jez
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Post by Commander Clint on Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:42 pm

Congrats on the World Record. bowwing

Good luck on May the 4th. That's going to be a tough one as well. You definitely don't have a lot of recovery time between runs.
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Post by Jez on Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:43 pm

Sunday was horrific. The most testing thing i've ever had to do, and that's saying something: I've run in Baghdad and Kabul, i've run a 30 mile cross country and a 100Km hill run. But Sunday was the most emotionally and mentally draining experience yet.
I hadn't had enough recovery time between the 4 x Half marathons at Orlando and this. I was out on the piss every night of celebration and didn't fly home until Wednesday. What made it worse was that one of my oldest mates returned from Canada on Friday night (for the weekend) after having been away since 2007, i had to go out for a few beers with him. Come Sunday I felt fatigued and ill prepared and my legs were already knotted from Orlando, the big problem though was cracking that time. Last year I ran it fresh, having done more preparation and it was cooler, but i still needed to run faster this time! It was so close. After 18 miles my legs were fragged. I honestly didn't know if i had done it when i crossed the line, but fortunately very quickly afterwards a man from Guinness came up to me and congratulated me. At this point i was totally done in. I had nothin left in my tank.
Back to next week though, I have stiff legs even now but i'm off for a leg rub with a physio tomorrow. I'm off of the booze until afterwards and will try to get more rest. Whilst it is over 50% longer than a marathon and without the cheering supporters, I don't have the pressure of a time limit weighing over my head. It'll be a bastard of a run but i won't quit.
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Post by Commander Clint on Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:11 am

Lets all send Jez our best thoughts & wishes. And for those that haven't donated yet. Get off your arse and make a pledge, because he has gotten off his for a worthy cause. bowwing
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Post by ChristianC on Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:32 am

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Sunday was horrific. The most testing thing i've ever had to do, and that's saying something: I've run in Baghdad and Kabul, i've run a 30 mile cross country and a 100Km hill run. But Sunday was the most emotionally and mentally draining experience yet.
I hadn't had enough recovery time between the 4 x Half marathons at Orlando and this. I was out on the piss every night of celebration and didn't fly home until Wednesday. What made it worse was that one of my oldest mates returned from Canada on Friday night (for the weekend) after having been away since 2007, i had to go out for a few beers with him. Come Sunday I felt fatigued and ill prepared and my legs were already knotted from Orlando, the big problem though was cracking that time. Last year I ran it fresh, having done more preparation and it was cooler, but i still needed to run faster this time! It was so close. After 18 miles my legs were fragged. I honestly didn't know if i had done it when i crossed the line, but fortunately very quickly afterwards a man from Guinness came up to me and congratulated me. At this point i was totally done in. I had nothin left in my tank.
Back to next week though, I have stiff legs even now but i'm off for a leg rub with a physio tomorrow. I'm off of the booze until afterwards and will try to get more rest.  Whilst it is over 50% longer than a marathon and without the cheering supporters, I don't have the pressure of a time limit weighing over my head. It'll be a bastard of a run but i won't quit.

Christ Jez I'm exhausted just reading that email!

Poor bloke, you have really put your body on the line. Great cause though mate, really proud of you!
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Post by Nico on Wed Apr 26, 2017 10:56 am

Jez, you are an absolute legend mate rockon

Awesome cause bowwing

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Post by ourchickenshack on Tue May 02, 2017 8:28 am

Truly inspiring Jez yay

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Post by Commander Clint on Tue May 02, 2017 2:25 pm

James, he really is inspiring.

Hopefully Jez can give us an update, but I've heard that he has almost reached his £10,000 collecting goal. The big 40 mile run is on Thursday, so lets all cheer him on, and help him reach his collecting total. cheers
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Post by Jez on Sat May 06, 2017 11:33 am

Hi Guys: Quick update for you.  The big day has now passed and i'm delighted to say the target was hit.  Going into it I was feeling better about the 40 miler than the marathon, because all i had to do was 'Get it done'.  No matter how long it took or how many stops i needed, there was no Guinness Record twisting my melons, all i had to do was keep going. Plus, lucky me i had a cracking Star Wars super support team with me (in addition to my wife and kids and people from work).

The weather was perfect. The terrain was ok. I fell over once after about 8 miles which jarred a bit but after that the going was good. 6 miles, drink, 6 miles, drink, 4 miles, drink, 3 miles etc
I must say that the support which has been shown to me by the community has been brilliant. The support crew on Thursday were phenomenal, it really felt like a brotherhood.  Both my wife and my Pinewood contacts  said 'your friends are lovely' it's true, all of it.

The support team consisted of some lads from SWFUK including Grant & Stu from the podcast: Piett101 (Peter), Daz (Darren), Stu, Grant, Marc Hockley and Savory100. You guys were great.
Stephen was awesome at being an extremely knowledgeable runner who'd nag me at every possible opportunity to eat and drink and replenish my salts. He took enough food and equipment to aid a whole running team let alone one trooper.  Without Stephen's welcome nagging, i don't know if it would have worked out as well as it did.

I've spent the last 2 days catching up with Facebook, Instagram & Twitter and thanking every donator. I really appreciate all of your comments.

Here are a few photos of the day:

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L to R Pete, Daz, Stephen, Marc, Grant and Stu

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The most random part of the day, a lady asking me if i'd pose with her dogs. I was expecting her to come back with two maybe 3 but not a pack! Well at least she donated £30!
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With Little Oliver, a Make A Wish Kid who crossed the finish line with me
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Finally, apart from a few rather large blisters my biggest injury is the chaffing
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Thanks for all of you support and sponsorship Smile
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Post by Commander Clint on Sat May 06, 2017 2:59 pm

Well done Jez. It's awesome to see so many friends and family make it out to cheer you on. Too have Oliver there, dresses as a Biker Scout, to help you cross the finish line must have made it all feel fantastic.

You won't even remember the fall or the chaffing in a month. The only thing you will remember is the warm feeling of doing such a great thing. bowwing
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Post by the89thchris on Sun May 07, 2017 3:17 am

Congradulations on the record and most importantly, all the money you raised for a great cause! This community couldn't be represented any better! clapping
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