#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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MY 200-MILE RUN TO RAISE AWARENESS OF VETERANS HOMELESSNESS

RUNNING HOMELESS FOR CHRISTMAS

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I hope this finds you well.

I’m Chris Thrall. I’m a former Royal Marines Commando turned author, adventurer and the host of the popular Bought the T-Shirt Podcast. I’m been fortunate to have lived, worked and travelled in over 85 countries across all seven continents. I’m a qualified pilot, skydiver and advanced scuba diver. I’ve backpacked through every country in North, South and Central America. I’ve taught street children in post-war Mozambique and driven journalists to India and back by coach. I’ve also expeditioned to the Antarctic Polar circle to dive on icebergs. I’m now hold a degree in youth work. I’m a substance misuse specialist and an inspirational speaker.

But my life wasn’t always so adrenaline-fuelled and adventured packed …

Upon leaving the Royal Marines I completely lost my mental health and ended up homeless. But without any support from professionals or groups, I got my life back on track and now support others to do likewise and I raise money for veterans charities.

In 2018 I ran an ultramarathon a day #999miles the length of Britain. In 2019 for my 50th birthday I completed a quadruple ironman-distance triathlon, swimming 9 miles, cycling 450 and running for 108.

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On the 22nd December 2020 I will be running home-less for Christmas. I will run 200 miles around the Brickfields running track in Plymouth – that’s 800 laps – to raise awareness of the UK’s homelessness problem and funds for the Baton veterans charity. I’ve picked a running track to represent the boredom, monotony and endless drudge of being street homeless. I’ve picked Christmas to symbolise the loneliness and lack of empathy that socially excluded people face – not just during the festive season but throughout their lives.

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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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