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An ex-cadet from Bristol & Gloucestershire Wing, apart from having a successful career in the Royal Air Force, is breaking records in the name of charity.
At about 6pm on 4 May 2017 (Star Wars Day), Squadron Leader Jez Allinson of RAF Benson crossed the line at Pinewood Studios in London after an epic 40 mile run wearing a genuine (heavy) Star Wars Storm Trooper outfit from the film series on its 40th birthday!
This is especially noteworthy as last Sunday he ran the London Marathon in the same outfit and was awarded a Guinness World Record Certificate for “fastest marathon dressed as a Star Wars character”.
Furthermore, in the week before that he ran three Half Marathons in three days in Orlando Florida at the Star wars Convention.
Jez, 42, did all this to raise money for his favourite charity, The Children’s Make a Wish Foundation, which provides fantastic experiences for very sick children.
He easily achieved his £10,000 target and the JustGiving pot keeps on rising!
Jez went to Filton High school and while still there joined 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron in Filton. A big highlight of his cadet career was being selected for the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet. We were lucky enough to keep Jez as a staff member at 2152 until 1999, when he joined the RAF as Non-Commissioned Officer Aircrew (Rotary Wing).
His made and in 2008 he was encouraged to apply for a Commission.
He graduated from his Initial Officers Course with a distinction, and since then his career has taken off. Last year he reached the rank of Squadron Leader and has served all over the world.
Whilst at RAF Benson he acted as the Air Cadet Liaison Officer, working hard to make sure that the new generation of air cadets got the most out of their camps & visits.
He continues to be an avid supporter of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, and we wish him all the best in his future fundraising efforts.