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Introducing our new partner for the Westonbirt triathlon

Drum rolls please. We’re delighted to announce a new partner for the Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon which takes place on 28th May: Pulsin.

Pulsin sponsored the #51Fiver Cotswold Standard triathlon at the beginning of this season and, well what can we say, the relationship has blossomed! They’re a great team of people with a super ethos and quite frankly we really rate their products.

As you’re going to be seeing more of them over the next week or two, we wanted to introduce you to a couple of Pulsin’s key products which can be used in both your triathlon training and racing.

Raw choc brownies. Anyone who’s tried these will know that despite managing to create a nutritionally packed snack, Pulsin have gone to great lengths to ensure taste isn’t compromised. The choc brownies come in a range of sweet and savoury flavours and are dairy, sofa and gluten free.
Protein boosters. With 13g of plant protein, these bars are ideal for post-training (or race) recovery. A little tip for you…with a cookie dough taste and texture, we highly recommend the vanilla choc-chip flavour.
Porridge oat bars. The goodness of porridge. In a bar. Simple. Using 100% natural ingredients and 30% less sugar than other oat bars, we particularly love the Apple and Cinnamon flavour.

Pea protein powder
Protein is a key nutrient, particularly for anyone taking part in sport. Some of us get enough in our diet naturally, but there’s certainly a place for supplementation. The protein supplement market is saturated with many brands claiming to make the best, tastiest flavoured powder. But the problem with most protein powders these days is they taste very synthetic and artificial. You might be getting the grams of protein you need, but it doesn’t necessarily feel like you’re doing your body a favour. And that’s where Pulsin’s pea protein powders come in.

You can choose from four vegan powders or three natural whey powders, so whatever your diet you know you’re covered. And rather than create the most appealing sounding flavour, they’ve gone natural (flavourless) on them all. It’s a bold statement, but it leaves you with ultimate versatility on how to use them. Chuck a scoop in your morning smoothie, add some to your cereal or even throw some in your spaghetti bolognaise for an extra protein punch.

Other stuff
It’s worth checking out their Kids range too, with a selection of fruity oat bars that are perfect for their lunch box. Slow release energy to keep them focused all afternoon and one of their five-a-day, they’re low in sugar and high in fibre. The Beond Organic Fruit and Nut bars are also a great choice for snacking options through the day (you can never have too many snack options).

We hope all you DB Maxers taking part in the Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon next week will try some of the products and say hi to the Pulsin team – it’s great to have them on board.

See you next Monday!

Running Awards 2018

We like to think we’re a modest bunch here at DB Max HQ, but we have to say we’re delighted to have provided the timing services for some of the big winners at the Running Awards 2018.

We provided the timing for the 1st and 2nd place events in the ‘Best Half Marathon with 5,000+ competitors’ category for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon and the Ealing Half Marathon.

We also timed the 1st and 3rd placed event in the ‘Best Half Marathon with less than 5,000 participants’ category, at the Llanelli Half Marathon and Nationwide New Swindon Half Marathon respectively.

Although chip timing may not seem like the most glamorous feature of an event, we believe it’s an important component to get absolutely right to ensure maximum enjoyment for runners and thus increased participation numbers each year.

To read more about the services we can provide for event organisers, click here.

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.

Competitor Stories – Keith Lewis


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

This week it’s Keith Lewis who took part in the Chilly 10k with us.

‘In 2004 whilst at work I suffered a severe electric shock, leaving me with nerve damage which I still suffer to this day (no feeling in my lower right leg and some loss in my right hand). I spent almost a year in the Wessex Rehab Unit at Salisbury Hospital learning to get functions back to my right side and to help me walk properly again .

My wife suggested maybe to try running so I started the couch to 5k with my GP’s support…… began!!

In 2012 I completed the Sports Relief mile from there it was the Great South Run 2014 raising £1622 for The Wessex Rehab.

Trauma Care is a small NHS charity that aims to provide every patient across the country the same care in the treatment of severe trauma.

I was given the chance through Trauma Care to run the London Marathon in 2016 which I did closing the book on an amazing journey, and yes tears were shed!!

I still continue to run for fun and to raise monies for my chosen charity. Last year I ran the Great North & South Runs amongst others. I have currently raised over £3,300 via my Just Giving page because of the extremely good care I received, I can now run. So hopefully somebody else will get the same level of care I received due to trauma care, helping to raise a level of equal awareness throughout the NHS.

I really enjoyed the Chilly 10k and will definitely sign up for next year and I also hope to join you on the Chippenham Longest Day 10k run in June.’


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!

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!

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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:

‘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.’

‘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.

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!

The Chilly – Latest Sponsor/Retail Partner News

The Chilly is fast approaching DB Maxers and so we’re very excited to share our latest news regarding our sponsors and partners below:

The Triathlon Shop 

The Triathlon Shop is an independent, athlete owned specialist shop based in the centre of Bristol in a huge purpose built store. With a massive range of hand picked, tried and tested brands, they know they have the best kit for you, the athlete. From Felt, Cube, Argon 18, Genesis and Willier bikes to running shoes from Adidas, Brooks, Hoka, ON and Mizuno. A massive wetsuit range including Zone 3, Sailfish, Zoot and Aquasphere is complimented by world class gear from Oakley, Compressport, Zipp, Mavic and Garmin.

They look forward to seeing you all at the Chilly and Jon will be on The Triathlon Shop stand for the whole event with a selection of race day essentials and some clearance bargains.

They would like to offer anyone who has entered a special 15% off through their website which is valid until the day after the race (just in case you fancy rewarding yourself for your efforts!) For pre-race purchases they would be happy to bring your purchase to Castle Combe for you to collect, just leave them a note at checkout.


Up and 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.

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.

The Physio Clinic, Bristol

The Physio Clinic, Bristol are a private physiotherapy practice in North Bristol. Established in 2007 they are a multi room, multi practitioner clinic with a special interest in sports injuries, movement analysis and exercise rehabilitation. Their services range from assessment and diagnosis of injury, sports massage, strength and conditioning programming, to running analysis and rehabilitation.

They will be offering a massage in the finish marquee at a cost of £5 for 10 minutes.

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 have many styles and colours available to chose 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. 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.

Forth Edge

Biomarker testing and tracking experts Forth Edge launched back in July, and since then the business has been going from strength-to-strength; with the recruitment of several high-profile ambassadors and positive reviews from the media and athletes alike.

Overtraining is every triathlete’s nightmare.  Fatigue, illness, poor performance are all outcomes of overtraining and the only solution is weeks even months of rest. This is where biomarker tracking can help you balance your training load with recovery enabling you to train smarter. Forth Edge allows athletes of all levels to have access to biomarker profiling quickly and easily.

To learn more, please visit Forth Edge on their stand and obtain a 15% race day discount or visit them through their website.



We would like to wish all our DBMaxers good luck for the Chilly and look forward to seeing you at the finish line.

How to run your first 10km – 5 mistakes to avoid

You’re standing on the start line with a mix of nerves, excitement and a little intimidation. One thing’s for sure: whether this is your first or fiftieth 10k, you’ll be feeling similar emotions.

All the hard work is done. You’ve done the training. Nothing can go wrong now, can it?

You have indeed done the hard work, but there are some common mistakes that we see runners make time and again. We hope that by sharing these you’ll avoid making the same mistakes and will finish your first 10km satisfied and smiling.

Pace yourself
Your marathon friends will tell you how 10km is such a short distance, but as far as your body is concerned a 10k is still a pure endurance event and pacing is important. You’ll be full of adrenaline when the gun goes, but this is the time to be restrained. We see a lot of people start too hard and really struggle in the second half. You’ll achieve your quickest time by pacing evenly through the full 10k. The first 2–3km should feel relatively easy. The middle 3-4km it’ll start to pinch. The final 3km are all about hanging on as best as possible!

how to run a 10km

Don’t wear new kit
In a last-minute panic, many decide that new kit is what’s needed to make us faster on race day. Whether it’s a spanking new pair of trainers, a tight race vest or even some new aerodynamic headband, don’t fall for the gimmicks or use anything you haven’t trained with!

Fuel wisely
10k is a short enough distance that you don’t need to carry nutrition. If there’s hydration on the course (as there is at our running races), then you’re all set.

What’s more important is ensuring you eat a carb-rich meal the evening before the race. However, hold your horses. Long gone are the days of ‘carb-loading’ so don’t think you need to inhale four bowls of pasta with copious sides of garlic bread to perform well. You don’t!

Think like a cyclist
Copy our two-wheeled friends and, where possible, take the racing line and draft. Running behind someone (particularly on exposed routes) can save considerable energy. Running the shortest route will also impact your time – take the inside line and cut corners as close (and legally!) as possible.

how to run your first 10km

Remember, this is supposed to be fun! Smiling (even if forced) has been shown to reduce perceived effort. So, when the going gets tough, remind yourself of your motivations and smile at how far you’ve come…

If you’re ready to sign up to your first 10km, check out our running races.