#108 Simon Weston CBE | Falklands War | Welsh Guards | Resilience | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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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. It 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, following which his face was barely recognisable.

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Chris and Simon

C – Simon, how are you brother?

S – I’m ok, 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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#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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#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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