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Chris Moon MBE

Former army officer and charity fundraiser

Chris Moon has lived through experiences few have survived, and even fewer would undergo with such impressive fortitude and positivity. He has been imprisoned and blown up, and now takes on some of the toughest marathons in the world.

After serving in the army Chris joined HALO, the Hazardous Areas Life-Support Organisation. While supervising former Cambodian soldiers doing mine clearance, Chris and two others were kidnapped by Khmer Rouge guerrillas. Chris kept his nerve and negotiated his release, despite being told no one had ever left their captivity alive.

After Cambodia Chris assumed control of large-scale mine clearance in Mozambique. Walking through a cleared field, he encountered a mine his team hadn’t been able to find. The explosion should have killed him, and doctors back at base said he wouldn’t survive long enough to be rescued. A combination of treating himself and mental and physical strength saw him pull through. He focused on what he had to live for and why it mattered that he make it.

Less than a year later he completed the London Marathon. He went on to become the first amputee to take part in the Great Sahara Run and has since taken on some of the toughest, longest marathons and ultramarathons in the world including running 700km down the length of Cambodia. Chris has since taken part in dozens of challenges, raising thousands of pounds for charity.

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Friday 8 November

Building resilience and re-charging our psychological batteries

Notorious for his survival against all odds, Chris will share his experiences on the balance of life and death and the limit of human endurance to illustrate principles we can use in our daily lives.