Hello Friends!

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.

Now I need YOUR support as I take on my toughest challenge yet!

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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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.

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

Thank you