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We’ve been friends of Jez Allinson for a good few years, as a fellow collector and staple of the UK collecting scene and more recently as The Running Stormtrooper, raising thousands for charity as he runs endlessly around the world, in Afghanistan, at Star Wars Celebration, around Pinewood Studios, running multiple London Marathons or on any available treadmills –  basically anywhere he can.

Currently stationed out in Afghanistan, Jez continues his running as he aims to reach a grand running total of £50,000 by the end of the year by running a further 1000 miles, and the BBC shine a light on his brilliant efforts.

Squadron leader Jez Allinson has set himself the task of running 1,000 miles in a film-accurate replica Star Wars stormtrooper outfit.

The helicopter navigator can usually be seen clocking up the miles at RAF Benson, but his training runs have also made him a celebrity in the nearby town of Wallingford.

The suit is so uncomfortable and stiff the challenge is expected to take the whole year, but will raise more than £50,000 for charity.

Jez is currently on deployment with his squadron in Afghanistan where the altitude makes the challenge even harder.

A film by Ben Moore and Katharine Da Costa

The UK footage in this report was filmed on 11 March before social distancing measures were introduced.

We’re proud to be friends with such a giving, hard-working guy and you can learn more about him by listening to The Running Stormtrooper Podcast here on Fantha Tracks.

I Am a Stormtrooper (Star Wars) (Little Golden Book)
  • Golden Books
  • Hardcover Book
  • Golden Books (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages - 01/03/2017 (Publication Date) - Golden Books (Publisher)