Name: Chris Moon
Occupation: Motivational Speaker and writter
Birthday: 5 May 62
Number of Years Running: 15 before being disabled 4 since loosing lower arm and leg
Number of Marathons: 15 standard plus many ultras
50k-London 3 times, New York, Oslo, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Phnom Penh, Maputo,
100mi+-Marathon Des Sables 1997 282 out of 355
Ran the length of Cambodia 700 km in May 1999
Previous Badwater Racing: Badwater finisher 1999 and 2000. (In 2000 did the out and back)
Previous Badwater Crewing: Nil
Previous Badwater Clinic Nil
Best Ultra Run Experience:
Badwater. It takes everything I've got and more, but I believe we can all go one step beyond our limits. Badwater people are some of the finest people it has been my privelege to meet.
I agree with Chris Kostman's description of the race except I think it's better than that.
Doing the out and back when my stump became so swollen I couldn't get my leg back on and having a stump that was entirely covered in blisters.
The out and back in 2000, because it's three hundred miles in rather warm temperatures and I owe my comletion to the Badwater family who came to my rescue and crewed. Thank you all.
To support the vital work of various charities I am associated with.
To challenge the concept of limitation.
To develop better false limbs
To do the best I can
The friends I've made through Badwater are some of the finest people I know.
To raise money for a disabled charity.
To test and develop a new false leg.
Just started cycling. Done 100 km mountain race in Wales and six day ride in Jordon. PS Suggest Chris Kostman visits and sets up an event there in Wadi Rum
Yes, I hope to use the event as a test for the documentary being made about the new false leg.
Yes a small camera man who won't get in the way of other runners.
Several disabled organisations through coverage and fundraising
Crew English: yes
Resume: Chris Moon
Born in a small village near Salisbury, Wiltshire in May 1962. He studied Agriculture at Seale Hayne College Newton Abbot (now Plymouth University faculty of Agriculture and Food Technology). Believing in Service he worked as a volunteer at a centre for the homeless and then joined the army. On leaving the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst he was commissioned into the Royal Military Police and also served with several infantry units.
After leaving the army he worked for a British charity the HALO Trust (the Hazardous Areas Life Support Organisation) specialising in mine clearance. They recruited a wide range of ex-servicemen, most with two years operational experience. After specialist training from a Royal Engineer bomb disposal officer he supervised and trained former Cambodian soldiers in mine clearance, something described by many as the ultimate leadership and management challenge. He successfully prevented execution and negotiated his release and that of two Cambodian colleagues after being abducted by the Khmer Rouge with two members of local staff.
In 1995 he was blown up walking in a cleared area. He lost his lower right arm and leg, but does not consider himself a victim and accepts total responsibility, because he chose to work in mined areas, whereas people who live there have no choice. He survived against all the odds because of his high level of fitness (he was a keen runner) and because of his knowledge of first aid. After leaving hospital he did a Masters Degree in Security Management at the University of Leicester.
In 1996 he was awarded MBE for services to the HALO Trust clearing anti-personnel mines. In 1998 he was awarded the US Centre for Disability and PALM international leadership award. In March 1999 he was awarded the Snowdon Special Award for leadership and help to the disabled by Lord Snowdon. He has been awarded honorary degrees by the universities of Plymouth, Leicester and Exeter.
He set up a small company MTB (Making The Best- his philosophy in life) which solves problems in the fields of human resources and security management. He is a well-known speaker on the subjects of change management, motivation, leadership and the concept of limitation. His widely acclaimed autobiography ‘One Step Beyond’ was published by Macmillan in 1999.
Less than a year after leaving hospital he completed the London Marathon to raise funds for mine injured in Cambodia. In April 1997 he was the first leg amputee to complete the 250km Great Sahara Run described as the toughest footrace on earth. Competitors run for six days in the heat and sand of the Sahara. They carry their own food, equipment and sleeping bag and have to be self sufficient for the week. He ran to raise £100,000 for an International Committee of the Red Cross centre providing false limbs in Vietnam, to push the bounds of prosthetics further and to challenge the concept of limitation.
In July 1997 he ran 200 km in four days with the Australian Army to assist mine victims. He usually runs to raise funds for charities assisting the disabled and carried the Olympic torch into the stadium in the Nagano Winter Olympics in Japan in February 1998. He ran from Hakone to Tokyo to raise funds for a Japanese charity. In April he started and ran the Flora London Marathon (the first person to ever do this), captaining a team of 500 runners raising funds for various charities. In September he completed the first ‘Outback Challenge’ with John Bryant, famous runner and journalist. The Outback challenge is now an annual 250km ultra-marathon through some of the toughest arid outback and mountain country in Australia to raise funds to support mine action programmes. May 15- 31 1999 he ran the length of Cambodia (700km) to try to change attitudes towards the disabled, raise funds to help them and to support requests for the Cambodian government to ratify the Ottowa Treaty. He was supported by a team from the Red Cross.
In July 1999 he was the first amputee to complete the Badwater Death Valley Ultramarathon. 136 miles (5 marathons back to back) in temperatures similar those recommended for slow cooking chicken. In April 2000 he jointly led a party climbing Kilimanjaro on a new north route. In May 2000 he completed the 100km volcano run in Japan and in July was one of 12 people in the world to do the Death Valley 300 miles.
He is involved with St Loyes (President), Disability Sport England (President), The British Limb-less Ex-Service Men’s Association, Motivation, Concern, AAR, The Red Cross and is patron of COCO and Children’s Chance. He is an ambassador for the Prince’sTrust.