SISU:RADIO:39 Nav “SISU” Akbar – The Scottish OCR/Endurance Warrior

Nav Akbar once called the bluff of an armed robber that threatened to rob his store. Telling the thief what physical discourtesies would happen, Nav made it very clear that he wasn’t the sort of person who you tangle with.

Growing up in Scotland, UK, you learn how to survive, get tough or let life drag you down. His years of working as a mild-mannered grocery store clerk only fed him more and more fuel that would drive him to become of of the main faces of OCR in the UK today.

Cookie caught up with his good friend and they chatted about Nav’s introduction to OCR and endurance and the differences between US and UK events.

 

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THPP:10 The Great Game

Guest: Jon Beardmore

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BIO: Jon is a New Zealand, Londoner. He grew up in NZ and moved to London where he’s worked and lived for many years whilst traveling the globe on some awesome adventures. Today’s podcast see’s Jon and I discuss his latest and greatest adventure “The Great Game”, where he brought a land cruiser named Boris and drove from London, through Europe and across Asia, culminating in returning to Kabul, Afghanistan for cricket match.

 

If you’ve ever had that urge to go off and travel, to drive and experience the road and all the ups and down that come with it, this is your fill of inspiration. And you can even check out his documentary of the trip… I know I will be.

 

LINKS FROM THE SHOW:

The Great Game: http://thegreatgamemovie.com/

 

Articles: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/afghanistan/the-man-who-drove-from-england-to-afghanistan-to-play-a-game-of-cricket/

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Website: http://bigoadventures.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BigOAdventures

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bigoadventures/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatGameMovie/?fref=ts

 

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Although now she resides in good ol’ Kentucky with her husband, who coaches cross country (of course).

 

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