Chris Thrall Speaker

Chris Thrall

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After leaving the Royal Marines to run a successful business in Asia, Chris Thrall found himself homeless, suffering acute mental illness from crystal meth addiction and working for the Hong Kong triads.

Declining conventional support, Chris rebuilt his life, becoming a pilot, skydiver, adventurer, bestselling author and an inspirational motivational speaker. He has expeditioned to eighty countries across seven continents and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

An extreme-endurance athlete, Chris recently ran an ultra-marathon a day for thirty-seven days, unsupported, the length of Britain, to raise awareness of the alarming rate of veterans suicide.

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Chris firewalked forty metres over red-hot coals to raise money to work with street children in war-torn Mozambique

Chris Thrall Firewalk

He has driven volunteer journalists to India and back in an old school bus to highlight global inequality and poverty.

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Chris was awarded the Second Level Commendation of the Finnish Nation on the grounds of Human Generosity for his ability to inspire others.

chris thrall africa mozambique

While backpacking through every country in North, Central and South America, he dived off the famous cliff in Acapulco, caught piranhas and survived without equipment in the Amazon rainforest and snorkelled with bull sharks off Belize.

chris thrall skydiving

In colder climes, he has scuba-dived with leopard seals and icebergs in the sub-zero waters of the Antarctic Polar Circle.

Chris wrote the bestselling memoir Eating Smoke, a frank yet humorous account of his time down and out in Hong Kong. He has appeared on numerous podcasts and radio and television programs and two award-wining radio plays have been made about his life. Forty Nights, Chris’s second memoir, details how the life-changing experience of addiction led to his enlightenment and wellbeing.

Chris Thrall writer military addiction survivor at Great British Speakers

Chris has a degree in youth and community work and is a substance-misuse and addiction specialist. He is able to present this often-misunderstood topic from a positive and progressive perspective. Along with his trademark Royal Marines humour, Chris’s fascinating story, inspirational message and passionate person-centred approach will appeal to those seeking to unlock their potential and corporate clients concerned with the wellbeing of their workforce.


  • Workforce wellbeing and productivity
  • Mental health, substance use, addiction
  • Resilience, goals, adversity, fitness, wellbeing
  • Eating Smoke – The Chris Thrall Story
  • International adventure
  • Running 37 ultra-marathons in 37 days


Chris Thrall former military addict survivor resilience speaker at Great British Speakers


Zero negativity and a positive mind.

– Ant Middleton, SAS: Who Dares Wins

There are inspirational life stories and then there is Chris Thrall’s.

– Adrian Simon, CEO Naked Eye

What an absolutely incredible and wonderful thing Chris is doing.

– Tim Johns, BBC

Chris’ ‘can do’ attitude is a real inspiration, making you feel like you can achieve anything

– Darren Hands, Rotary Club of Great Britain


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