#20 Lies, Damn Lies … And The Media – A Personal Development Podcast

Did you know your whole life is controlled by lies? Great podcast I did with the wonderful Agi Keramidas of Personal Development Essentials. You can subscribe to this worthwhile channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_Dv2aTpvr3u8CDlYTRxcMw

Transcript snippet from podcast

‘Welcome to the Personal Development Essentials podcast, today I have the pleasure of talking to an exceptional individual. He’s an author of two internationally best selling books, he has achieved some outstanding feats, holds the world record for fire walking and also ran 37 consecutive ultra-marathons day after day crossing one end of the country to another … ‘

Words by Agi Keramidas

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#17 Diving Off The Cliff In Acapulco

In this podcast I talk about the time I got to dive off the famous cliff in Acapulco, Mexico, just like Elvis! The original cliff diving.

Transcript snippet from podcast

‘Hello Friends
In today’s podcast I’m going to be talking about goals and dreams. I hope you like me, have achieved all of yours. If you haven’t then something that I say now might help you in a way. If like me you keep your goals and dreams in the back burner of your mind then hopefully like me at some point in your life you will get an opportunity to live those goals and dreams you have set … ‘

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#16 Held Hostage At Knifepoint In The Jungle – A true crime travel story

I nearly lost my life while fighting off kidnappers. In this podcast I discuss the time I was held hostage at knifepoint in the South American jungle, a true crime travel story

Transcript snippet from podcast

‘Hello Friends
Today I’m going to be talking about the time I was kidnapped at knife point in the jungle. I’ve been quite lucky and backpacked through every single country in the Americas, so that covers North, Central and South America from Alaska down to the tip of Argentina, Tierra del Fuego … ‘

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#15 What It’s Like To Be Shot At – A Royal Marines Sniper Contact

In this podcast I discuss what it’s like to be shot at (with a Kalashnikov AK-47) by a sniper whilst serving in the Royal Marines Commandos

Transcript snippet from podcast

‘Hello Friends
I was asked the other day “what’s it like to be shot at?”. So, I’ve been shot at or had a gun pulled on me, probably more times than I care to remember. I’m just going to run through and describe some of those experiences … ‘

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#9 How I Got My Private Pilot’s License, PPL

In today’s podcast I discuss how I earned my private pilot’s license in Florida – aka PPL

Transcript snippet from podcast

‘Hello Friends!
So we’re talking about learning to fly. You should all do it! You get one life right and you should take it seriously and achieve your dreams. I’m a qualified pilot and that’s a great thing to be … ‘

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#7 Kickboxing A Thai TRIAD Goes Horribly Wrong! How Not To Do Muay Thai!

In this podcast I talk about getting my ass kicked by a Thai triad doorman who was an expert in kickboxing (muay thai). It all went horribly wrong!

Transcript snippet from podcast

‘Hello Friends!|
For today’s podcast I’d thought I would talk about the time I got into a fight with a Thai triad, in Bangkok of all places! After missing my flight to the Philippines I ended up in Thailand for a week. They say one night in Bangkok can make the hardest man tumble, I guess this is one of those stories … ‘

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Forty Nights: My Escape from Crystal Meth Hell

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#1 Is the Earth flat? My expedition to Antarctica…

Is the Earth flat? I went on an expedition to Antarctica to find out! A growing number of theorists believe the earth is flat and Antarctica is an ice wall. In view of this, they are hosting conventions and planning cruises, a TV series and an expedition to find out hidden truths.  Even YouTube’s Logan Paul wants to journey to the fringe of the Planet and put together a mockumentary The Flat Earth: to the Edge and Back giving flat-earthers a well-known face, but it was just a publicity stunt.

Chris Thrall’s expedition to Antarctica to investigate Flat Earth

Back in 2011 I was a member of an expedition to Antarctica and the Polar circle to see if it is a flat earth. In this YouTube podcast I tell you of my experience of landing on rocks (i.e. not an ice wall) and not finding any armed guards. In his attempt to explore the vast white continent I dived on icebergs and with leopard seals and spent the night sleeping out in only a bivvy bag.

chris thrall diving on iceberg
Chris Thrall Diving on an Iceberg in the Antarctic Polar Circle

Read Chris’s FULL blog post about his flat earth expedition to Antarctica

The journey south …

It’s not easy travelling south these days, not like it was in the early part of the 20th century for the likes of Shackelton, Scott and Amundsen, whose sole preoccupation was sailing on the open ocean with nothing to occupy their time but stroking huskies and fellow expedition members. No, these days you have to battle your way to the Polar Circle through a never-ending stream of frigid bergs hovering below the waterline ready to sink your chances of making Queen, Kate Middleton and Country proud … in the form of airport security, Immigration and KLM stewardesses.

Following 40 minutes at Heathrow having my hand luggage searched to check I wasn’t carrying more than my allotted allowance of Semtex, detonators and radical-extremist literature, I ran to the departure gate, gutted that I had to forgo my pre-flight pint and the chance to spend time enjoying the truly authentic British pub atmosphere that only an airport departure lounge can offer.

Plan B, I opted for a bottle of Jack Daniels from the tax-free shop, only to be told by the shop assistant that I couldn’t take it onwards following my connection in Amsterdam and that I would have to drink it on the hour-and-a-half plane ride. Contingency plan! “What would Scott have done in this situation?” I asked myself. So, surreptitiously, I did drink it on the plane, despite having read the in-flight magazine which clearly stated the not bringing of alcohol on-board – along with electronic cigarettes, East Europeans and badger porn.

https://christhrall.com/chris-thrall-adventurer/antarctica-scuba-diving-expedition-2013/

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Forty Nights: My Escape from Crystal Meth Hell

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My QUADRUPLE Ironman Challenge!

Dear Friends

My name is Chris Thrall. I’m an author, adventurer and former Royal Marines Commando (link to my bio ). Last year I ran an ultramarathon a day from John O’Groats to Land’s End. This year, on September 8th 2019, I will complete a quadruple ironman distance triathlon.

That’s a 9.6-mile swim, a 450-mile cycle and a 104-mile run – in seven days

I will be highlighting the alarming rate of veterans suicide and raising vital funds for Rock 2 Recovery, a veterans’ mental health charity.

A quadruple ironman distance triathlon will present quite a challenge. I’m not a natural swimmer. The furthest I’ve ever cycled is fifty miles. I’ve not run more than four miles in training as I’m in constant chronic pain from degenerative spine damage and a host of other injuries. But no matter what hardship I endure, it will never be as much as some of our veterans are going through.

So, how can you help?

  • You can cheer me on at Plymouth’s lido pool on Sunday 8th September from 9am onwards or cycle around Yelverton Aerodrome and Burrator reservoir with me on Monday through to Thursday
  • You can a make small donation or share a social media post
  • You can learn about the challenges some of us veterans face by reading my memoirs
  • You can support my charity and mental health work via the Patreon platform for only £2 per month. For that you get an invite to my annual talk and after party, a free life-coaching video every month and electronic copies of my books

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My 999 mile run to raise awareness of veterans suicide

Hello Friends!

My name’s Chris Thrall. I’m an author, adventurer and former Royal Marines Commando. I’ve explored eighty countries on seven continents and backpacked through all of North, South and Central America. I’ve caught piranhas in the Amazon, swum with bull sharks in Belize, set a world record fire walking and driven a bus from Norway to India and back for charity. I’m a qualified pilot and skydiver and have scuba dived on icebergs in the Antarctic Polar Circle …

But I now I’m asking for your help!

On September 1st 2018 I will be running an ultramarathon a day (an ultramarathon is any distance over a marathon) for 999 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End. I will run solo, unsupported and carrying up to 14 kilos of food, water and camping equipment.

My mission is to raise awareness of ‘under-the-radar’ veterans’ issues, such as mental health, homelessness and the shockingly high rate of suicide. As such, I am supporting the Baton foundation, a non-political, not-for-profit charity staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers.

If you’ve read my memoir ‘Eating Smoke’ you will know I left the forces and ended up homeless in Hong Kong and in severe psychosis from crystal meth addiction. But my struggle began back in the UK, where I spent two years suffering from chronic depression and PTSD. My friends disappeared and I avoided all professional help because the medical community couldn’t understand the mindset and experiences of a former service person.

I was lucky. When I finally crawled out of the darkness, a fellow former marine working for the Royal British Legion stood there ready to help. Following a brother-to-brother chat, he secured me a career development grant and I went on to volunteer my services for free teaching and mentoring streets kids in Africa. In fact, I not only worked in post-war Mozambique but went on to achieve every goal I ever dreamt of, including graduating with a degree in youth work and become a bestselling author. And now I hope to inspire others who are struggling.

I’ve done almost no training for this #999miles challenge, having spent two years in constant pain from degenerative spinal injuries – in fact, my most recent operation was last week. It’s only following four hospital procedures and months of physio that I can run – well, hobble – again. I have a neurological condition called Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome, a form of brain damage caused by long-term use of opiate medication. As a result, I have slowed-down thinking, limited sleep, constant headaches and spasms in my legs when I’m even slightly dehydrated.

But the clue is in the 999. For no matter what pain and hardship I endure, it will never be as much as some of our veterans are going through. So please help me out …

You can run with me, or donate £5, or simply share this #999miles challenge on social media.

The Facebook page is: Donate Here

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I can tell you from personal experience, you will make a difference.

Thank you

“Downhill from Here: Running from John O’ Groats to Land’s End”

Downhill from Here

An upbeat account of a ‘downhill’ challenge

This gem of a read has interest for everyone. It will appeal to those who have made a five-kilometre jog the limit of their running experience as well as those aspiring to run distance – particularly the length of the country itself. Those who enjoy living their adventures vicariously from the comfort of an armchair and who may have never given the sport a second thought will also appreciated its page-turning grip.

A rich vein of wonderful and quirkily descriptive English flows from Gavin’s Scottish pen like a seasoned wordsmith. He places you so firmly into his running shoes that as someone in preparation to complete the challenge myself I was actually a little disappointed – because thanks to Gavin’s exciting, detailed and inclusive narrative I feel like I’ve run it already and have to do it all again! In truth, alongside Gavin’s clever observations, ever-present sense of humour and self-deprecating wit, there’s a wealth of winning detail, from planning and navigating the route, to booking accommodation, liaising with support vehicles, which kit to take and what to fuel your body with.

‘Downhill from Here’ is not pitched to the wannabe-macho somewhat naïve audience that lap up over-hyped nonsense. You won’t see our ‘hero’ surmount impossible odds or breakthrough a superhuman-pain threshold and the barriers of endurance while achieving a cheering mass of mere mortal followers struggling to keep up with his momentous pace in the Rocky Balboa-style. Gavin not only tells you of his personal history, shortcomings and motivation but also – and quite often! – how not to go about running from John O’ Groats to Land’s End. Candidly, he retells how he loses his way on many occasions, which has you shivering on top of a Pennine Peak clad in a pair of shorts with him or up to your neck, camera equipment held aloft, attempting to ford a bitterly cold river. You can expect the police and the goodwill of strangers, hikers, pub landlords and farmers to help our protagonist on his way on more than one occasion.

And how delighted was I to find that after running with Gavin for less than half a day (when his 1117-mile route passed twenty miles from my home) and being treated to a meal for my efforts, he went on to include a couple of pages about my own life story along with a photo which makes for a great souvenir. Gavin is honest and generous, an accomplished writer (and filmmaker) and a credit to the long-distance or ‘ultra’ running community. This book makes for a seminal text with respect to ‘running’ that most British of British endeavours, the JOGTLE.

Chris Thrall is an adventurer and author of the memoir “Eating Smoke: One Man’s Descent into Crystal Meth Psychosis in Hong Kong’s Triad Heartland”

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