Chris Moon attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Royal Military Police. He also served with several infantry units. On leaving the army he worked successfully in a financial institution, after two years he left to pursue what he considered to be the ultimate management and humanitarian challenge and worked for a British charity specialising in mine clearance. He worked in the most hazardous areas frequently crossing front lines, communicating with all factions and maintaining neutrality.
His task was to train recently de-mobilised local soldiers to clear mines and also to put in place a local management structure that would be self-sustaining. Whilst working in Cambodia he was kidnapped by the Khmer Rouge with two members of his local staff. He refused to be a victim and successfully negotiated their release. In Mozambique in 1995 Moon was blown up whilst walking in a cleared area. He lost his lower right arm and leg. It is believed a mine buried below metal detector range injured him. He survived against all odds, only because of his sheer determination, high level of fitness and ability to give himself first aid. He made an astonishing recovery.
He has run over 20 marathons all over the world and was the first leg amputee to complete the Great Sahara Marathon, described as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’. He was one of the final torch runners in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Japan. Chris works with seven charities, something he describes as ‘a privilege for which I am grateful to have the opportunity’.