#97 Paratrooper WALKS Around The UK | Chris Lewis | 2 Battalion The Parachute Regiment | Podcast

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Veteran Chris Lewis, 39, a former British paratrooper from Swansea in South Wales, left to walk the entire UK coastline to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity in August 2017. Chris, 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment (2 Para), struggled to cope with life on ‘civvy street’ after leaving the parachute regiment and finding himself homeless. SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity stepped in to help him, but when he faced homelessness for a second time, he decided to embark on an incredible journey. He decided to walk the entire UK coastline on behalf of SSAFA as his way of giving back, with the aim of raising £100,000 for the Armed Forces charity.

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Chris and Chris

C – Chris how are you brother?

C – I’m very well Chris, nice to speak to you.

C – Yes, we’ve been like passing ships but under the current climate, and what you’re doing it’s hardly surprising is it.

C – I know, it’s nice to be somewhere where I’ve got some signal and a bit of wi-fi to be able to do this with you.

C – Yes, it seems you’ve been taken in by good people quite a lot from what I can see.

C – Yeah and I’ve got to be honest with you mate, I’d kinda lost my faith in humanity before I started this but I can promise you for free that’s completely restored. Folks have just been unbelievable you know…

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#120 Western States 100 | Marathon Des Sables | Captain Tom Evans | World Class Ultrarunner | Podcast

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Tom Evans made his mark on the ultrarunning world in 2017, when he came third in the 251km desert ultra Marathon des Sables (MdS). Despite entering on the back of a bet with a friend, his third-place finish was the best result any European had ever achieved in the history of the race. Evans astounded once again in 2018, when he won the 101km CCC race at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) – the pinnacle of an incredibly successful racing year, which also saw him take the top spot – and break course records – at the Coastal Challenge Costa Rica. At 2019’s Western States 100, a near iconic fixture on the ultrarunning calendar, Evans took third place and even broke the record for the fastest overseas time at the Californian race, clocking 14 hrs 59 minutes in his debut 100-miler. A British Army Captain, Tom Evans was little known to the ultrarunning world until 2017, but is now one of the world’s leading competitors.

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Chris and Tom

C – Tom, how are you Sir?

T – I’m very well Chris, very well, how are you?

C – Yeah, I’m wonderful and I just want to thank you on joining us on such short notice Tom, I really appreciate it.

T – No, not all, I’m glad you were able to find time in your busy diary to have a chat.

C – Well, I’ve got another thank you for you, which is that you were kind enough to do a quote for my forthcoming book. For people watching it should be up there to the right of my podcast overlay, called State of Mind, which is a Royal Marines slogan. It’s the story of myself running 999 miles, pretty much non stop, sleeping in my tent by the side of the road. Tom very kindly did what we call in blurb terms a quote for the book, so thank you very much mate.

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#125 Running The Americas | Jamie Ramsay | Extreme Endurance Athlete | Ultrarunning

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Jamie is an Endurance Adventure Athlete, presenter, public speaker and brand ambassador. He has completed over 32,000km of human-powered adventuring in 29 countries and 20 different adventures. He is a runner, cyclist, trekker and mountaineer.

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Chris and Jamie

C – Jamie, how are you brother?

J – I’m very well thank you, and thank you for having me on your podcast.

C –  No listen Jamie, the thanks is all mine. My life keeps throwing up little gems for me. I’m both delighted and suprised by it all, and it brought me to you. For our friends at home Jamie is the ultimate adventure warrior, in that beautiful sense that most of us want to do, but most people will probably never make time for. I’m talking all the adventures you want. The running, the cycling, the global exploration. I’ve been hearing about all these amazing one off feats of endurance, and then there’s guys like you. You haven’t stopped hitting it have you Jamie?

J – I think the big difference between the adventuring I do and other people is I don’t pursue records of any sort or anything like that. The WOW factor of breaking a record just doesn’t interest me. I’m just a guy that does what he does because I love it and I try to make a living out of it wherever I can…

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#129 COMMANDO Mindset Vs ULTRA | Gavin Boyter & Aradhna Tayal Talk Running With Royal Marine Chris Thrall

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Paris – Strasbourg – Munich – Vienna – Budapest – Bucharest – Istanbul. Armed with a toilet trowel and a converted Mazda Bongo called Roxy, ultrarunner and filmmaker Gavin Boyter embarked on a long-distance challenge to run the 3400km from Paris to Istanbul ultrarunning the route of the Orient Express. Gavin crossed 180 rivers and ascended 16,500 metres, through forests, mountains, plains and major cities – aided all the way by the ever encouraging support of driver and manager Aradhna. In this podcast they compare notes on preparation and mindset with former Royal Marines Commando and ultra runner Chris Thrall

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Chris and Gavin and Aradhna

C – Gavin, Aradhna, how are you?

G – We’re great thanks

C – It’s nice to hook up again, all be it virtually.

G – Yeah we’re some sort of spiritual crazy adventure run sort of twins or something.

A – I think the last time I saw you Chris was in Wales with a backpack on the size of you, running over the bridge with Gavin.

G – The Severn Bridge yeah …

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# 49 Stranded On Everest at 18 | Alex Staniforth | Chris Thrall’s Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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.

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Chris and Alex

‘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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#32 – Max Calderan | Extreme Endurance Desert Ultra Runner | Bought the T-Shirt Podcast

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In this episode of the podcast I talk to ultra runner Max Calderon. At the age of 40 he has crossed the most insidious and impractical deserts in the world. Without any assistance, in complete isolation carrying only a backpack with only critical supplies. This explorer has overcome every known limit, starting with the first one that prevents us from truly being free… Fear … ‘

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“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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