Becoming The 0.1% | Royal Marines | Gareth Timmins | Podcast #213

Becoming the 0.1% features Gareth Timmins, a veteran Royal Marines commando, turned top-selling author.

Becoming The 0.1% | Royal Marines | Gareth Timmins

Gareth Timmins is a former Royal Marines Commando, turned author and behavioural scientist. While undertaking the world’s hardest basic training, Gareth was awarded the shooting medal, eventually representing the Royal Marines shooting team. After leaving The Royal Marines, Gareth’s book, ‘Becoming the 0.1%’, has become a best seller.

Transcript from ‘Becoming The 0.1%’ podcast

Gareth – It was almost like an anchor of stability and an extrinsic motivational factor for me to stay in. Imagine coming out of training after four or six weeks, without a diary. That would be an awful reminder of failure. I failed every run-through, partly because of my conduct on leave was just atrocious. I failed every run through and when it got to the day, there’s so many things that can go wrong. The worst thing about it mate is that as soon as you start th time’s on and you’re having a sense you haven’t got a lot of it. You could wrong foot and you could get caught on the sheep dip and you’re really up against it. You could fail and then you’ve got to get back. You’re flapping about the shoot, whether your weapon’s going to work

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Royal Marines Commandos Cockleshell Endeavour | #169

Royal Marines Commandos Cockleshell Endeavour, was four marines who rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, honouring the Cockleshell Heroes. This mammoth task was done in support of the Royal Marines Charity, raising almost £50,000

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Royal Marines Commandos Cockleshell Endeavour

Serving Royal Marines Commandos David Bruce and Sam Edwards together with former Royal Marines and recovering veterans Junior Mcilhiney and Will Schweppes rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, honouring the Cockleshell Heroes, to support of the Royal Marines Charity and raising almost £50,000

Transcript from ‘Royal Marines Commandos Cockleshell Endeavour’

W – We were always clipped onto the boat at all times whenever we were on deck, so when we were changing over, we’d always make sure we we’re clipping on to the the safety line. We’d obviously be wearing a life jacket or we had little climbing up harnesses which we took the leg loops out, so we’re just using the belt.

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Royal Marines Commando Officer | RE:ACT UK | #89

Royal Marines Commando Officer | RE:ACT UK, features Rich Sharp who was blown up leading his men in the Afghanistan Conflict. Rich is now CEO of RE:ACT UK.

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Royal Marines Commando Officer | RE:ACT UK

Rich Sharp is a former Royal Marines Commando officer who was blown up while leading his men in the Afghanistan Conflict. He is now the CEO of RE:ACT UK, an elite natural disaster response unit made up of mostly veterans. We chat about Royal Marines officer training and requirements, combat and the crucial work his organisation carries out. If you would like to get hands-on as a volunteer with RE:ACT UK the website link is below. https://www.re-act.org.uk/

Transcript snippet from ‘Royal Marines Commando Officer | RE:ACT UK’ podcast

Chris and Richard

C – Richard, how are you mate?

R – Yeah good thanks Chris mate, thanks for having me on.

C – No, it’s an absolute pleasure. I was a bit thrown because I went to your website and the last time I went there it was Team Rubicon, and now it’s Operation React, and for these ageing braincells it threw me a little bit! So that’s to do with our cousins across the water is it?

R – Yeah Team Rubicon UK was a franchise of something that started in the States a few years ago. In America they’ve got a huge organisation, very capable but it does a different thing to what we do here, it’s just time to rebrand  the brand around what we do here around our British values, how we operate around the world and to show we’re now an English or United Kingdom operation, that’s why we’re now RE:ACT …

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The Untold Story Of 45 Commando | #96

The Untold Story Of 45 Commando, features Major Andy Shaw who served in The Royal Marines. He won The King’s Badgeman in 98 troop, as the best young officer and was awarded a General Officer Commanding’s Commendation for his field work in Northern Ireland.

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The Untold Story Of 45 Commando

Andy served both in the ranks and as an officer from 1976 to 1996 in the Royal Marines. He passed out of training as the top recruit (King’s Badgeman, 98 Troop) and as the best Young Officer (Royal Marines Sword of Honour Young Officer Batch May 80) and was awarded a General Officer Commanding’s Commendation for his field work in Northern Ireland (40 Commando Royal Marines). At the height of the ground fighting in the 1982 Falklands islands conflict, he was a rifle troop commander in charge of 32 men, and was tasked with operating independently from his unit, 45 Commando Royal Marines, in no man’s land. During this phase, whilst conducting a fighting patrol to destroy some of the enemy’s fire support systems, he ambushed what he thought was an enemy force killing four men. It transpired that it was a friendly patrol from his own unit.

This single event, coupled with five tours in Northern Ireland, changed his perception of himself and gradually life in general, and was the beginning of a long slide towards ultimate despair, and eventually contemplation of suicide. From 1982 until 1996 he managed to continue functioning in various command capacities within the Royal Marines, but at the same time was aware of a growing split between the rational external face and the lurking internal horror that was slowly engulfing his entire persona.

Eventually his marriage collapsed and the loss of his family, two daughters, and all possessions, triggered off the reactions that are now known to be classical symptoms of PTSD. In 1989 the term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was unknown to Andy and by 1996 he finally accepted that he had to leave the Corps and country he loved in order to deal with this overwhelming problem. He bought an old classic yacht and with his new wife, Cheralie, sailed off into the North Atlantic to re-discover himself.

In the late summer of 1997 they discovered the beautiful sub-tropical Balearic island of Formentera and dropped anchor. It was here that Andy began the process of self-healing. On the 6th of September 2012, by invitation of the Commanding Officer, who was an old friend, Andy gave a two hour presentation to 45 Commando Royal Marines on his war and its effects. Not only did he manage this with no emotional fall-out, but that night he found himself listening to a number of serving officers who wanted to talk about their experiences and resultant emotional problems. Andy realised that this was the end of his 30-year battle with PTSD; and the beginning of a new career in mentoring those who are suffering today. Thus The Mountain Way was born.

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Chris and Andy

C – Andy, how are you brother?

A – Very pleasantly warm thank you very much!

C – Yes, in Ibiza.

A – Yes my home, I don’t like to say that, but I do say it too often. I suppose it could be called showing off but I’m not a party animal. You know I’ve only ever been in one of these nightclubs once and that was to blow up 5000 balloons. I was working for 10 Euros an hour then!

C – Yeah, they certainly have got some thumping nightclubs over there from what I remember, but from what I remember from my one trip to the Island is they’re blooming expensive.

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Simon Weston CBE Falklands War | #108

Simon Weston CBE is a veteran of the British Army who is known for his charity work and recovery from severe burn injuries suffered during the Falklands War.

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Simon Weston CBE Falklands War

Simon Weston CBE is a veteran of the British Army who is known for his charity work and recovery from severe burn injuries suffered during the Falklands War. On 8 June 1982 he was boarded with other members of his regiment on RFA Sir Galahad in Port Pleasant near Fitzroy, just off the Falkland Islands. The ship was hit and set on fire by the Argentine Skyhawk fighters during the Bluff Cove Air Attacks. His ship was carrying a huge amount of ordinance and thousands of gallons of diesel and petrol. Out of his platoon of 30 men, 22 lost their lives. The Welsh Guards lost a total of 48 men and 97 wounded aboard the Sir Galahad. Simon survived with 46% burns, in which his face was barely recognisable.

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C – Simon, how are you brother?

S – I’m ok, a bit stressed with some home improvements we’re having done. Other than that I’m tickety boo. I’ve got a lot of new projects waiting to start, but this damn virus is making everything so slow. It is what it is.

C – Do you have enough time for your family with all your commitments, because you are a very busy man.

S – Well it certainly was before the Covid thing. The thing is when I’m not working I’m spending time with my family and perhaps because people see me do a lot of work they think that’s all I do.

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Stranded On Everest at 18 | Alex Staniforth | Podcast #49

Stranded On Everest at 18, features Alex Staniforth, who is an adventurer, extreme endurance athlete and author. He has made two attempts to climb Mt. Everest and narrowly missed death by avalanche and earthquake. Alex is the fastest person to climb all 100 UK county tops – in 72 days. We discuss adventure, mindset and the most important preparation to get into training for the Royal Marines.
 
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Stranded On Everest at 18

Alex Staniforth is an adventurer, a TedX, inspirational speaker, EXTREME ENDURANCE ATHLETE and author. He has made two attempts to climb Mt. Everest and narrowly missed death by avalanche and earthquake. Alex is the fastest person to climb all 100 UK county tops – in 72 days. We discuss adventure, mindset and the most important preparation to get into training for the Royal Marines.

Transcript snippet from ‘Stranded On Everest at 18 Alex Staniforth’ podcast

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Hello Friends,

C – Alex, how are you brother?

A – I’m great thanks, good to be here and thanks for having me on.

C – Oh, it’s so kind that you agreed to come on at a pretty short notice. Although, we’re not really going anywhere at the moment, what with this lockdown. I saw your story on Linked In and I immediately thought, hang on I’ve seen this guy do a TedX talk. Which is impressive in itself. I remember you saying about turning adversity and bad experiences into something positive. Which is something I massively promote, if you don’t have a NO negative outlook, you’re just digging yourself into the ground.’

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Royal Marines Endurance Challenge Legend | #47

Royal Marines Endurance Challenge Legend, features Matt Disney RM who has dedicated his life to extreme challenges & helping raise thousands of pounds for veteran’s mental health charities.

Royal Marines Endurance Challenge Legend

After the loss of his best friend in Afghanistan, Royal Marines Commando, Matt Disney RM, dedicated his life to extreme challenges, raising thousands of pounds for veteran’s mental health charities. Matt recently climbed the highest mountain in the solar system…in his front garden!

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Chris and Matt

‘Hi Friends

C – Hi Matt brother, how are you?

M – I’m good, I’m good. Mentally I’m good anyways, and spirit wise. Body is quite conditioned to be fair. Obviously I’m not fresh, but that’s what you can expect from a challenge like that.

C – So just briefly for our guests at home could you outline what you’ve just done so they know what we’re talking about?

M – I set out to raise some money for the NHS and the PPE for the situation we find ourselves in with Covid. I came up with idea after the lockdown, isolation and quarantine to create a mountain in my front garden. However I’ve already done Mt Everest replication on a Stairmaster, so I needed to trump that. I created a one metre mountain and climbed it for the equivalent of the highest mountain in the solar system.’

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