Fear Naught Podcast

Fear Naught is more than a motto. It’s a community of like-minded individuals looking for adventure, to challenge their physical health, and to look after their mental well-being. And to give back. 

Through our series of Fear Naught podcasts, listen to stories of extreme physical challenges, the importance of mental resilience, how to push beyond the pain barrier and what endurance really looks like. 

If you are living the Fear Naught mindset or are looking to be inspired, welcome to the community. 

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  • Jonny Mortimer-Hendry – Fearless Soldier to Successful Civilian

    After serving in all three battalions of the Parachute Regiment, Jonny Mortimer-Hendry faced the inevitable transition from soldier to civilian. He joins the Fear Naught podcast to discuss need for stronger veteran support networks and taking on the legendary Marathon des Sables to raise funds for charity.

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  • Ash Dykes - Inside the Mind of an Elite Adventurer

    Elite adventurer Ash Dykes talks to the Fear Naught Podcast about becoming the first person to solo hike across Mongolia, the first to walk the length of Madagascar. Plus his epic year-long 4000-mile trek along China's Yangtze River! He delves into topics like toughness and how we're all stronger than we think!

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  • Mike Sarraille on Becoming an Everyday Warrior

    Mike Sarraille is a retired Navy SEAL and founder of Talent War Group. He served in the US military and now uses his vast Special Forces experience to turn companies into high-performing versions of themselves. He joins the Fear Naught Podcast to discuss adjusting to life after the military and how veterans can excel in the civilian world.

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Sally Orange on Marathons, Milestones and Mental Health

Adventure athlete, mental health campaigner, physiotherapist and Army Cadet Ambassador, former Major Sally Orange, has completed over 80 marathons all over the world. She recently became the first female veteran to complete the mammoth World Marathon Challenge – that's seven marathons in seven continents over seven days.


Meet the Women's Army V Navy Rugby Teams 2023

For 125 years, the annual Army v Navy match was exclusively played by men. But, in 2003, women were finally given the opportunity to take part in this historic event that brings the military community together. Meet the players in training for May's match at Twickenham.

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Mastering Self-Motivation: The SAS Way with Mark Billingham

SAS: Who Dares Wins’ Chief Instructor and former soldier, Billy Billingham, knows danger better than any man alive. Featuring on the Fear Naught Podcast, he shares the truth about what it's like to be part of an elite military unit, plus how the Channel 4 show compares to the gruelling reality of true SAS selection.


Meet the Men’s Army v Navy Rugby Teams 2023

The Fear Naught Podcast welcomed competitors from the Men's Army v Navy Rugby 2023 Teams ahead of the annual rugby match on May 13. They will play in front of 82,000 people at Twickenham in the largest amateur sporting event in the UK. Podcast host, James Banks, finds out what it takes to join a military rugby team. Read the interview.

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  • Defeating Disability with Positivity with Ben Tansley

    In 2017, Ben Tansley was told he would never walk again after a life-changing motorcycle accident paralysed him from the chest down. But he has refused to let this define him. Ben’s mental toughness and unwavering positive mindset has led him to share the challenges he has taken on since, including completing the Berlin Marathon in a wheelchair.

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  • Training for an Elite Mindset with Jason Birch

    Ex-UK Special Forces and Physical Training Instructor, Jason Birch, has spent his life overcoming adversity and teaching others to do the same. Now a successful entrepreneurand founderof the S.F. Experience, he offers civilians a taste of what it's like to tackle UK Special Forces selection - including the infamous Fan Dance.

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  • Mike Chadwick: Building a Tactical Athlete

    Former Paratrooper and Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructor, Mike Chadwick, has spent his career optimising human performance. He joined the military at 16 and now provides elite physical training for UFC fighters and emergency services.

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  • Jordan Wylie: Shifting Mindset

    Former soldier, extreme adventurer, bestselling author and TV personality, Jordan Wylie, talks about his life in the military and finding his way after he left, his battle with mental health, how he shifted his mindset, and why now he feels his purpose in life is to educate, encourage and inspire young people.

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  • Mark Ormrod: Overcoming Adversity

    Royal Marine, Mark Ormrod (MBE), was the UK’s first triple amputee to survive the conflict in Afghanistan. In 2007, his life changed forever after he stood on an IED whilst serving his country. His determination not to let his injuries get the better of him, has led to him winning multiple medals at the Invictus Games.

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  • Major Heather Stanning OBE double Olympic rowing champion with her partner Helen Glover at the London Olympics 2012

    Major Heather Stanning: Reaching Maximum Potential 

    A double Olympic rowing champion, who made history, with her partner Helen Glover, when they became the first British female rowers to win an Olympic title at London 2012 and successfully defended it at Rio 2016. Heather is a Battery Commander serving with 47 Regiment Royal Artillery.

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Meet our host

A former Captain in the Royal Artillery, James Banks served in Iraq and Afghanistan before retiring from the Army in September 2010. After handing in his uniform James moved into broadcast journalism, working for British Forces Broadcasting, Sky News and ITV News as a TV reporter. He now works for a multi-national engineering consultancy and has taken on the role of Fear Naught's podcast host.

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  • The Fan Dance

    Test your endurance with this 24km SAS Selection challenge to ascend Pen Y Fan.

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  • Sahara Desert Trek

    Take on an unforgiving 5 day trek through the world's largest hot desert.

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"When everything is against you and it seems like there’s no hope, but then succeeding anyway. It’s an incredible feeling."

SAS: Who Dares Wins’ Chief Instructor and former soldier, Billy Billingham

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“I’d never heard of an example of a Royal Marine who had quit or given up. I thought, ‘I’m not going to be that guy. I’ve got 347 years of history here’. I needed to show the rest of the world what Royal Marines are about.”

An interview with Mark Ormrod, a former Marine who was the UK’s first triple amputee to survive the conflict in Afghanistan.

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"I’d always been a bit of a Jack the lad, but being in that cell felt like the end of the world. I remember being locked up and crying my eyes out."

Former soldier and extreme adventurer Jordan Wylie is admirably honest about past mistakes, battling mental health and much more.

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"If you want to achieve that bit more, go that bit further, resilience plays a massive role. You can be as fit as you like, but at some point your mind is going to be the only thing that keeps you going."

Former Paratrooper and Royal Army Physical Training Corps Instructor, Coach Mike Chadwick, has spent his career optimising human performance. Now he shares how he builds tactical athletes with the Fear Naught Podcast.

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