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DB Max announce new nutrition partner at the blueseventy #51fiver Cotswold Standard Triathlon


DB Max have a new nutrition partner on board for 2018! We’re very excited to welcome Pulsin!

Pulsin are a local based UK company who go above and beyond to deliver highly nutritious foods that transform everyday eating occasions into health optimising opportunities that maintain and enhance the natural balanced state.  Each product range has been crafted and nurtured by Ben, Nick and Simon – three university friends who, for the past decade, have shared their view that all people, of all ages should be able to eat healthy foods without compromising on taste.

Whether you’re battling the crowds on that rush hour train, bossing a mid-morning meeting or powering through your cross fit session, Pulsin’s range of products will help to maintain your energy levels, increase your protein intake and enjoy some guilt-free snacking!

The nutritious bars will be on hand to fuel DB Max’s endurance triathletes at the blueseventy #51fiver Cotswold Standard Triathlon finish line.

For all the low down on the great-tasting Pulsin bars, check out their website at Pulsin.co.uk

They would like to offer all our DB Maxers a discount code for purchases online. Please enter DBM25 into the ‘coupon code’ box at the basket stage of the checkout process.

Please note the following terms and conditions apply:

* Discount applicable on web net prices only

* Discount applicable on orders over £20 only

* Discount not applicable on Gift Hampers, Limited Edition or Subscription Products

* Discount code cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount code or offer

* One use per customer only

* Discount expires 13th June 2018

 

10 Training Tips For Your First 10k

Run often
It’s more important to lace-up your trainers three times per week, even if it’s just for 20 or 30 minutes, than it is to do nothing during the week but go for a long run at the weekend. Frequency and consistency are king. The best aim is for two shorter runs during the week with a slightly longer one on the weekend.

Stretch and roll
We’ve been told since junior school gym classes: stretching is good for you. It’s true, but make sure you do it at the end of your run rather than at the beginning. Stretch out your key muscle groups: hamstrings, calves, quads and hip flexors. If you have any areas of soreness, it may be worth acquainting yourself with a foam roller for some targeted self-massage.

Hit the hills
Running a flat 10k? Well, we still recommend you head for the hills! Running on hilly terrain, or completing hills reps, is great for building strength which is crucial to running well in the latter half of a 10k when your legs are tired. The stronger you are, the more resistant to fatigue your muscles will be. Not only that, but stronger muscles mean stronger tendons and ligaments which equals lower occurrence of injury. Win win.

Don’t neglect the speed sessions
Even if you’re “only there to finish”, doing the occasional speed session will not only make you complete the distance faster, but it’ll improve your running economy and posture. Variety is the spice of life so mix it up: sprint between lamp posts, run hard for varying lengths of time or even hit the track.

Have a plan
At the start of each week, plan when you will fit your runs in to avoid clashing with any family or work commitments. Have a structure to most sessions: is this a short easy run? A long one? A speedy session? You’re much more likely to complete the training as prescribed if you’ve written it down in advance. So go on, get those hills sessions booked in! If you’re unsure where to start, there’s lots of training plans online so have a browse for the right one for you.

Do a Parkrun
A Parkrun is a great event to do in the build to a 10k. If you can complete a 5k 4–6 weeks prior to your 10km then you’re well on track. Parkrun provides the support, camaraderie and fanfare to ensure you get the distance done.

Get the right kit for you
Everyone has an opinion on the best brand of shoes, the best tops and even the fastest socks! Ultimately, you must find what works for you. Do your research and ensure you try out different options during training.

Find a partner
Although some of you may relish your training sessions as “me time”, others find having a training partner hugely beneficial. When you’ve got someone waiting for you to go out, you’re much less likely to bail. If you don’t have a running partner, consider joining a local group.

Get off the beaten track
Running on road is all well and good but it can get boring. Explore trails near you to get another great training benefit: running on undulating (and often hilly) terrain is great for strengthening ligaments and tendons and it’s good for the joints too. Don’t worry that your pace is probably slower on trails – that’s to be expected. Off road trail runs should be about pure enjoyment and exploration!

Cross training
Swimming, cycling and lifting weights are all fantastic methods of supplementing your run training. They will all develop aerobic fitness and help to build a bomb-proof body which is less susceptible to injury.

Race Letter – Westonbirt House Easter 10K – #finishinthebar

It’s time for the inaugural Westonbirt House Easter 10k on Good Friday 30th March DB Maxers!

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day

The race line-up and live result pages are available HERE.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer, if there are any errors – this is very important as if you race with incorrect details (gender, category, club), you may be disqualified.

Please note that there are no transfers, refunds, deferrals and there are no day entries.

Things to look out for on the day include:

  • An Easter Egg Hunt for the kids at 12:10. No need to book, just go to the finish line and catch up with the egg-cellent Kirsty.
  • Brand new race warm up conducted by Becca from Atlas 24 Hour Gym in Chippenham.
  • Prizes for the best fancy dress.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Good Friday 30th March.

#finishinthebar

We are recruiting

DB Max are looking for an admin assistant to work at our busy office. If you think what it takes and would like to join the team, read on.

The company

DB Max is a growing and dynamic small business based in Melksham. Established over a decade ago, we provide race timing services and equipment for sports events throughout the UK and overseas. We also hold our own multi sport events in the South West. We are a performance driven business with an experienced team working together to deliver accurate, reliable and effective services. Last year we managed over 130 events and 2018 is shaping up to be even bigger.

The role

We’re looking for a capable, enthusiastic and professional Admin Assistant to work in our busy office. Managing events requires meticulous preparation and project management to ensure they are a success on the day. Due to business growth we need to take on an additional member of staff  to support the Office Administrator with the pre and post event administration. The role is part-time (3 days a week) based in our Melksham offices.

Responsibilities

Working closely with the other office based staff plus the Race Director and Managing Director you will be responsible for –

● Answering telephone calls and sorting post, deliveries and office supplies.
● Managing all relevant correspondence from clients and suppliers.
● Preparing invoices and purchase orders using the relevant software.
● Raising purchase orders and coordinating delivery dates to meet agreed deadlines for
events.
● Booking subcontractors.
● Keeping all paperwork, filing and systems for tracking task up to date.
● Updating spreadsheets and calendars with relevant information.
● Tracking spend and managing budgets.
● Ad-hoc administration tasks as required.

Personal qualities and experience

To work at DB Max you’ll need to be a committed team player, be calm under pressure and love problem solving. Previous experience of working in an administrative role is essential as is a working knowledge of a spreadsheet package (Excel, Numbers, Google sheets etc). You’ll have GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and be computer literate with good written and verbal communication skills. We’re looking for someone with great time and project management skills and the ability to make multi-tasking look easy. You’ll love getting stuck into the detail and being highly organised will be in your DNA. If this sounds like you, please get in touch.

Package

If you’d like to make a difference in a small business and work with a friendly and professional
team then we can offer you –

● A competitive salary, based on experience
● Flexible working hours
● Pension scheme
● Healthcare cash plan
● 22 days holiday per year (pro-rata) plus bank holidays
● Training
● Bonus scheme
● Free entry to 2 DB Max events a year

To apply for the role please send your CV to verity@dbmax.co.uk

To view the above as a PDF, please click HERE.

Westonbirt Easter 10k – Latest Sponsor/Retail Partner News

We are only weeks away from our sell-out Westonbirt House Easter 10k we wanted to let you know what egg-citing retail partners and sponsors will be attending. We are also egg-static that we will have the Easter bunny making an appearance and will happily share a #dbmaxselfie with you. New to our events will be a pre-warm up eggs-ercise session before the start and if you are bringing children with you, there will be an Easter egg hunt around the grounds (weather dependant). For all those of you that like to be egg-stravagent and dress for the occasion, we will be offering a prize for the best fancy dress Easter costume. So, lots to look forward to DB Maxers. Make sure you bring some spare change as there will be a bar available, delicious fish & chips and Easter cupcakes for sale, for a well-deserved treat for all runners, friends and family #finishinthebar

Up & Running

Our running event retail partner Up & Running will be hosting their on-site shop and will have a selection of quality products for runners. They specialise in running shoes, running clothes and running accessories, with products from today’s key running brands such as Garmin, Brooks, Asics, Mizuno, Saucony, Inov-8, Sub 4 and Ronhill. They will be providing our winners with some of their fantastic running merchandise.

With more than 21 years of running retail experience, they never stop thinking about you the runner and your running needs. They will be happy to offer DB Maxers expert advice and to help you choose the gear that’s right for you. There will be offering egg-ceptional discounts and promotions on all products throughout the day.

Big Bobble Hats

Having spent many years trying to find the perfect bobble hat both on the ski slopes and the great outdoors, the first set of hats were worn on a trip to Les Arc and this was when Big Bobble Hats was born. All the beanie bobble style hats are designed in Scotland. They will be providing winners with some of their egg-splosive bobble hats.

They will have many styles and colours available to choose from on the day. So, if you need to get your head in the game, these hats are perfect at keeping your ears and head warm from the chilly weather. All the hats are one size and can be purchased for £20 or two for £35. Also, there will be some fun and funky socks to keep your feet nice and toasty. These will available for £5 and come in sizes 4-7 & 7.5-12.

They will have a card reader for those that do not have cash on them.

They want all their customers to stand out, be bold, be bright and be seen. So why not show off your ‘Mojo’ with a big bobble hat.

Bosom Buddies

Bosom Buddies will to be supporting this event and have donated some prizes for the lucky winners and 10% off sales on the day. They will be bringing a wide range of British made sports bras and sportswear to try including mastectomy bras. Sam from Bosom Buddies is passionate about ‘Fit’ not being a size, but a feeling and she has plenty of stock in plus sizes & various leg lengths. Feel free to browse and try on, as Sam will be there to give you expert advice and find egg-sactly what you need.

The warm up eggs-ercise will be taken by Becca who teaches at Atlas Gym based in Chippenham. The gym is open 24 hours and  operates as a personal training and fitness centre. Becca teaches classes such as RPM, Body Combat, Body Balance and Body Pump, so you will be guaranteed a professional work out that will activate and mobilise target muscles.

So, lots to look forward to DB Maxers……….it’s going to be a cracking Easter Friday!

How to prepare for your first Cycling Time Trial

Time trial season is just around the corner. Our very own Kinetic-One Time Trial Series starts on 18th April and continues each month throughout the summer at Castle Combe race track, so we thought it might be handy to share some TT-specific training tips for those new to the game! We will follow this with some specific training sessions in our next blog.

First off, it may be worth explaining what a Time Trial actually is. It’s a non-drafting bike race of a set distance (normally 10, 25, 50 or 100 miles) where the sole aim is to get from start to finish as quickly as possible.

Warm up
It’s definitely worth warming up, particularly if you’re racing a 10 or 25-mile TT as you’ll be going hard from the gun. Either cycle on the road or bring a turbo trainer / rollers to spin your legs before starting the race. Spend a good 20 minutes warming up, starting easy and building the intensity to get the blood pumping through your legs.

We’ve arrived late to a TT before, with just minutes to kit-up and get ourselves to the start…it’s not pretty!

Position
Your position on the bike is important. Although you want to cheat the wind and hunker down as much as possible, it’s important to be comfortable too, regardless of whether you’re riding a time trial or road bike. There’s no point being super-aerodynamic if you’re so uncomfortable you can’t peddle. Play around with your setup until you find that sweet spot.

Practice proper pacing
As most of us know, the quickest and most efficient way to get from A-B is to pace as evenly as possible, and this is never truer than in a time trial. It’s bound to take a few goes to get it right, but it’s very easy to go off too hard and pay for that energy expenditure in the latter stages! Even at our 10-mile TT’s, which are quite a short distance, we see many people posting rapid first and second laps onto to crawl over their last.

In training, practice riding at your planned pace and focus on keeping that effort consistent. It shouldn’t feel too difficult over the first few miles, but it’ll start to pinch soon enough!

Don’t be intimidated
To be honest, the best tip we can give is just to get out there and ride some TT’s. It’s the best way to practice pacing, nutrition strategies and positioning on the bike.

TTs can also appear to be the reserve of only expert cyclists with £10,000 bikes. That’s just not the case, and certainly not for us at DB Max. Anyone who’s been to our TT series at Castle Combe will attest to the enormous range of abilities riding round the track.


Don’t forget to get your name onto one of our Kinetic-One Time Trial Series events or enter the whole series and get a discount. They’re very relaxed and informal and although we always have a few speedy demons, most are there for a fun evening and to enjoy cycling on a closed road time trial course. We hope to see you soon!

The Team at DB Max

Competitor Stories – Kirsty James

                                    

A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

This week it’s Kirsty James who took part in the Chilly Duathlon with us.

‘In September 2017 I was the only female in a team of 5 cyclists who cycled from London to Monte Carlo over 12 days. We had a support crew of 3 to help with our cooking and cleaning and we all camped along the route as we travelled across France.

We cycled to raise funds for a little boy called Noah Stephenson from Barry, South Wales. When Noah was 8 months old he contracted meningitis and almost lost his life. Throughout the illness he lost his lower left leg and the tips of his toes and fingers. He is now 5 years old and walks with a prosthetic limb; the funds raised will aid his future development to allow him to lead a normal and active life.

The weather was not kind while we cycled and we faced some tough conditions, but we all worked together to make the journey and raised approximately £4,000. This was the second cycling challenge that Noah’s father, Gareth had organised and taken part in, but the first event of this size that I had ever undertaken.

This year I am training for a half marathon purely for the mental challenge, however I cannot give up my two wheels, so I chose the DB Max Chilly Duathlon to combine the two disciplines on one event. I have a very supportive group of ladies that I train with and they have completed the Chilly event before. Their recommendations convinced me to give it a go.’

 

Competitor Stories – Lee & Alie

                               

A regular look at some of the inspirational stories from some of our amazing DB Maxers……

This week it’s Lee & Alie who took part in the Chilly 10k with us.

They are raising money for Action Medical Research Children’s Charity and these are the reasons why:

Lee
‘Sadly back in December 2005, me and my ex wife lost a little girl who was born too early and asleep. I decided I wanted to try and help others not have to go through our experience so decided I wanted to run The London Marathon so I looked into charities and came across AMR.’

Alie
‘I lost a little boy in July 1997 who had a rare genetic condition and sadly was born asleep. My youngest child is Autistic with severe learning difficulties, severely delayed development and other ongoing issues. Autism is also an area that AMR do research into.’

They are running many events this year trying to raise as much as they can for this amazing charity. Lee will be attempting to break the world record as Paddington at Bath Half Marathon and they are both running the London Marathon in aid of the charity. Lee will once again be running as Paddington trying to break the world record and they also have 12 other Marathons already booked.

‘Me and Alie do lots of races (last year was 38) and I can honestly say that the Chilly 10k is up there with the best, so we will definitely be back.’

If you would like to donate to this fantastic cause please see the link below.

https://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/LeeCollierVLM2018

We look forward to seeing Paddington and Alie at another of our events and we will come prepared this time with a marmalade sandwich at the finish line!

Chilly 10k, Race Letter February 2018

It’s Chilly time folks! The traditional season opening DB Max Castle Combe ‘Chilly’ 10k is on Sunday 18th February at the world famous Castle Combe Circuit and we are looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s event.

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. The race line-up and live result pages are available now HERE.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer HERE, if there are any errors. Please note, this is very important as if you race with incorrect details (gender, category, club), you may be disqualified.

Things to remember for race day:

  • Please ensure that you know your race number when arriving at the registration desk.
  • There is the opportunity to collect your race number on Saturday 17th February with registration open at the track from 14:30-17:00.
  • The Strawford Centre where spectators can get out of the cold is closed at the moment for refurbishment, so ensure all those coming dress for the conditions.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday 18th February.

Chilly Duathlon – Race Letter February 2018

It’s Chilly time folks! The traditional season opening DB Max Castle Combe ‘Chilly’ Duathlon is on Sunday 18th February at the world famous Castle Combe Circuit and we are looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s event.

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. The race line-up and live result pages are available now HERE.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer HERE, if there are any errors. Please note, this is very important as if you race with incorrect details (gender, category, club), you may be disqualified.

Things to remember for race day:

  • Please ensure that you know your race number when arriving at the registration desk.
  • Your signed waiver from your race letter and your photo ID. You cannot race without these.
  • The Strawford Centre where spectators can get out of the cold is closed at the moment for refurbishment, so ensure all those coming dress for the conditions.
  • You can not change your start wave in advance of race day. There may be the possibility of changing on race morning, but this will be at a cost of £5 per person.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday 18th February.