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Race Letter – Westonbirt ‘End of Season’ Sprint Triathlon

It’s fantastic to be back with our second triathlon of the 2021 at Westonbirt House season.

Please take the time to read this race letter in full HERE. A video briefing will be sent to you later in the week.

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

Things to remember for race day:

  • Photo ID. Without this you will not be able to enter transition and you will not be permitted to race.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you at Westonbirt House on Saturday 25th September.

 

Race Letter – Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k

It’s fantastic to be bringing you the Flying Monk Malnesbury 10k on Sunday 29th August,

Please take the time to read your race letter in full, HERE.

You can view the race list and details on the result page here from Tuesday afternoon (type your name in the search box at the top).

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer, ONLY if there are any errors. Please note, it is very important that you race with correct details (gender, category, club).

COVID-19

As you are all probably aware by now, restrictions related to Covid-19 have been lifted in England and it is no longer necessary to wear a mask, socially distance or restrict group sizes. This means we could potentially now return our events to pre-pandemic norms, with mass starts and large groups.

However, we know that some people will feel uncomfortable with this and feel it is too soon to do so. We also want to make sure our races are welcoming for all.

With this in mind, we will ask that participants respect personal space and avoid getting overly close to others. Please use common sense on meeting in groups and respect those around you who may be continuing to take care and avoiding close contact.

With regards to mass starts, we have been using rolling starts at our recent events. This type of start is almost like a mass start, but it allows us to make sure that everyone is well spread out. We will have a long start chute and sort people into it based on estimated finish times. This will be done using our awesome #dbmaxpaceteam and we will call runners forward as per their expected finish times. Those running sub 40 will be called to the start line first, then 40 to 44 minutes, 45 to 49 minutes and so on. This theme will continue down to our final 75 minute runners, all being called forward alongside the relevant DB Max pacer. For those who are uncomfortable starting in any sort of group, we will provide a start slot at the very end in your own space.

We also ask people not to hack or spit anywhere on route and when out on the public roads and running through the local areas and we ask for you to respect anyone you come across and keep your distance from people living in these areas.

We do intend to be back to complete normality soon, but we feel it prudent at this stage to keep things safe and enjoyable for all.

 

Points to remember:

  • Make sure you follow the signs to the DB Max Car Park and park as directed. Please DO NOT try to drive through Malmesbury High Street as it is closed.
  • Remember it is a 10 to 15 minute walk to race HQ
  • Check the weather forecast before the race and make sure you have applied sun screen and are also well hydrated.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you at Malmesbury Football Club on Sunday 29th August 2021.

 

Race Letter – Portishead Sprint Triathlon, 14th August 2021.

It’s fantastic to be back at Portishead for the awesome Portishead Sprint Triathlon on 14th August 2021.

The race information is available to read HERE.

Covid-19
As you are all probably aware by now, restrictions related to Covid-19 have been lifted in England and it is no longer necessary to wear a mask, socially distance or restrict group sizes. This means we could potentially now return our events to pre-pandemic norms.
However, we know that some people will feel uncomfortable with this and feel it is too soon to do so. We also want to make sure our races are welcoming for all. At Race HQ in the Cafe Lido you MUST be wearing a face covering. This is a rule from the Cafe itself, so please do respect these rules.
With this in mind, we will ask that participants respect personal space and avoid getting overly close to others. Please use common sense on meeting in groups and respect those around you who may be continuing to take care and avoiding close contact.
With regards the starts, you will start almost as normal in the pool. You will drop in to the pool and the starter will get you going, the next person will then get in and go and so on and so on.
We also ask people not to hack or spit anywhere on route and whatsoever and we ask for you to respect anyone you come across and keep your distance from people living in these areas.
We will also be providing hand sanitiser at various locations throughout the event including at registration, the toilets, transition, the water station on the run and at the finish
We do intend to be back to complete normality soon, but we feel it prudent at this stage to keep things safe and enjoyable for all.

Your race video briefing, please take time to watch it HERE.

You can view your race number and details on the result page here (type your name in the search box at the top). Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer, only 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.

Please note there are no refunds, deferrals or transfers available now as the deadline has passed. Please do not email with requests on this as emails on this subject will not be responded to.

Start times have now been allocated to participants and cannot be changed.

Things you must bring on race day:

  • A face covering/mask for when you are in the queue for your race numbers at registration. Registration is in the Cafe Lido and this is a rule from the owners, so please respect it.

Things to remember on race day itself:

  • Please keep quiet if you are arriving early and have consideration for the locals.
  • Remember it could be up to a 10 minute walk from the car park to Race HQ and transition. Please do not try to park directly outside the pool.
  • Check the time transition opens for your wave and the time you need to be on poolside. Please be on poolside at least 15 minutes before your start time.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you at Portishead on Saturday 14th August for the Portishead Sprint Triathlon.

 

Race Letter – Westonbirt House Summer 10k

It’s fantastic to be bringing you the Westonbirt House Summer 10k on Friday 23rd July.

Please take the time to read your race letter in full, HERE. The race video briefing is also now available HERE.

You can the race list and details on the result page here (type your name in the search box at the top.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer, ONLY if there are any errors. Please note, it is very important that you race with correct details (gender, category, club).

COVID-19

As you are all probably aware by now, restrictions related to Covid-19 have been lifted in England and it is no longer necessary to wear a mask, socially distance or restrict group sizes. This means we could potentially now return our events to pre-pandemic norms, with mass starts and large groups.

However, we know that some people will feel uncomfortable with this and feel it is too soon to do so. We also want to make sure our races are welcoming for all.

With this in mind, we will ask that participants respect personal space and avoid getting overly close to others. Please use common sense on meeting in groups and respect those around you who may be continuing to take care and avoiding close contact.

With regards to mass starts, at Castle Combe Midweek 10k on Wednesday 14th July, we trialled rolling starts. This type of start is almost like a mass start, but it allows us to make sure that everyone is well spread out. We will have a long start chute and sort people into it based on estimated finish times. This will be done using our awesome #dbmaxpaceteam and we will call runners forward as per their expected finish times. Those running sub 40 will be called to the start line first, then 40 to 44 minutes, 45 to 49 minutes and so on. This theme will continue down to our final 75 minute runners, all being called forward alongside the relevant DB Max pacer. For those who are uncomfortable starting in any sort of group, we will provide a start slot at the very end in your own space.

We also ask people not to hack or spit anywhere on route and when out on the public roads and running through Westonbirt Village we ask for you to respect anyone you come across and keep your distance from people living in these areas.

We do intend to be back to complete normality soon, but we feel it prudent at this stage to keep things safe and enjoyable for all.

 

Points to remember:

  • Make sure you follow the signs to the DB Max Car Park and park as directed.
  • Check the weather forecast before the race and make sure you have applied sun screen and are also well hydrated.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you at Westonbirt House on Friday 23rd July.

 

The 2021 Race Season – Your Questions Answered

 

July 19th onwards.

With the news that Covid restrictions have now been relaxed, we thought we would give you an update on what DB Max are doing to keep you safe. We are now in a position where are events could return to normal with mass starts, result print outs and also race presenations, but, we want to make sure that everyone feels safe coming to an event. So from 19th July onwards we will:

  • Use rolling starts for our running events. We successfully trialled these at Castle Combe Midweek 10k recently and they worked fantastically. This type of start is almost like a mass start, but it allows us to make sure that everyone is well spread out. We will have a long start chute and sort people into it based on estimated finish times. This will be done using our awesome #dbmaxpaceteam and we will call runners forward as per their expected finish times. Those running sub 40 will be called to the start line first, then 40 to 44 minutes, 45 to 49 minutes and so on. This theme will continue down to our final 75 minute runners, all being called forward alongside the relevant DB Max pacer. For those who are uncomfortable starting in any sort of group, we will provide a start slot at the very end in your own space.
  • At triathlons we will continue to use staggered starts.
  • At our TT events we will offer people the opportunity to have a proper TT start, but this is not compulsory.
  • We will continue to ensure that there is hand sanitiser available at certain areas around the event village, including registration, any water stations, outside toilets as well as inside and at the race finish.
  • We will ask all competitors to respect those that wish to continue to socially distance and wear a mask.
  • We will continue to offer our #cashsafecovidpromise which means if you develop symptoms of Covid before a race or are pinged by the NHS test and trace app we will defer your race or credit your entry fee paid so you can use against any other race. If you are affected by this, all you need to do is send your request to enquiries@dbmax.co.uk along with a screenshot of your ‘ping’.
  • Where we provide facilities such as bag drops, we will ask that you only use these if absolutely necessary. At events where parking is close by and in private grounds we ask you keep bags in cars (hidden from view).
  • We are committed to making sure everyone feels safe and welcome to every one of our events.

We really do look forward to seeing you all back on the start line, and fingers crossed we will be back to running events completely as normal in the very near future.

 

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So with the news that restrictions are being lifted from 29th March, racing with DB Max is set to resume. All of our events from this date forward will be going ahead, subject to any further restrictions imposed by the Government.

So what does this mean for your race..?

Well, check out our roadmap on events up to the end of June 2021. This document will be updated as and when there are changes from governing bodies and the DCMS (Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport).

April:

Escape Lockdown – Sunday 4th April
Chilly 10k and Chilly Duathlon – Sunday 11th April
Hair of the Dog Trail Run – Sunday 18th April

Everyone who has entered previously has been automatically transferred to the new event and we’ve given entrants time to transfer to an alternative event if the new date does not suit.

How will the events run?

  • Participants will be emailed your start time in advance of race day.
  • Participants will start in groups of no more than 6. You will start with people of a similar ability or people from your own household.
  • Participants will be expected to wear a mask when in certain areas, e.g. the start area, when queueing to collect your chip.
  • All necessary race briefings where will be done via video and will be emailed to participants in advance of race day.
  • No spectators will be permitted.
  • Participants will not be able to to watch others race/finish after they’ve raced. There will be time to recover, but everyone is expected to have left the venue no more than 40 minutes after finishing their race.
  • There will be no bag drop available at any events.

May

#51fiver Cotswold Standard Triathlon – Sunday 16th May
Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon – Monday 31st May

Everyone who has entered previously has been automatically transferred to the new event and we’ve given entrants time to transfer to an alternative event if the new date does not suit.

How will the events run?

  • Race bibs and bike/helmet numbers will be posted out in advance of race day. Timing chips will be collected in transition. There will be no registration at the event.
  • #51fiver starts will be in a time trial fashion with 1 or 2 people starting every 10 seconds.
  • #51fiver will give the option of doing a shorter swim of approximately 400 metres. This does not have to be chosen in advance of race day and there will be different start pens for this on race day. There will also be an option of competing in a bike/run event only if any participant does not feel confident with the swim.
  • Westonbirt starts will be done via drop ins, you will queue outside the pool and be called in when it is your turn to start.
  • Start times will be emailed for both events in advance of race day.
  • All briefings will be done via video and will be emailed in advance of race day.
  • #51fiver and Westonbirt will have a neutralised (dead-zone) transition.
  • #51fiver participants will not be able to to watch others finish after racing. Everyone will be expected to recover, collect their bike from transition and leave the venue within approximately 40 to 50 minutes of finishing. If rules have been relaxed before Westonbirt Tri we may be able to permit a little more leniency with this rule but this will be reviewed closer to race day.
  • Spectators: We will take guidance from governing bodies and make an announcement on this before race day. It is anticipated spectators will not be permitted at #51fiver.

June

Titan Brecon Middle Distance, 19th June 2021
Chippenham Longest Day 10k, 23rd June 2021

Everyone who has entered previously has been automatically transferred to the new event and we’ve given entrants time to transfer to an alternative event if the new date does not suit.

How the events will run:

  • Titan Brecon. The roadmap set out by the Welsh Assembly is somewhat different to the English Government and we are taking advice from the relevant authorities. It is expected that the event will have a maximum limit of 500.
  • From 17th May onwards there could be a relaxation in the number of people who are allowed to mix freely outside, though this number is capped at 30. With this in mind, there will still be time trial starts at events but this could be with groups of 30 starting together.
  • Titan Brecon will potentially have a time-trial Start of 30 competitors at one time.
  • Chippenham Longest Day 10k starts are likely to be in a time-trial fashion of no more than 30 people every 1 minute. Even though the event is after the forecasted date of restrictions being lifted entirely, with it being so close to this date, we have to plan as if they will still be in place.
  • Titan Brecon will have an alternative swim distance option available of approximately 400 metres. This does not have to be chosen in advance of race day and there will be different start pens for this on race day. There will also be an option of competing in a bike/run event only if any participant does not feel confident with the swim.
  • All briefings will be done via video and will be emailed to you in advance of race day.
  • It is likely there will be no bag drop at Chippenham Longest Day 10k.
  • Both events in June will have race packs posted to participants. Timing chips will be collected on race day from transition at Titan Brecon. A decision on whether timing chips will be posted out for Chippenham Longest Day 10k will be made on or around 17th May and will depend on whether the government road map is being followed or has been pushed back.

That’s it for now DB Maxers.  We hope that answers a few questions. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Also, please note that in terms of the relaxation of restrictions, we only know as much as you do and adjust our plans as and when public announcements are made. All dates set out by the Government are subject to change and are currently the earliest dates possible. You can view the government road map in full HERE.

 

Race Letter – Hair of the Dog Trail Run

It’s fantastic to be in Chippenham for the first running of our ‘Covid-secure’ Hair of the Dog Trail Run.

Please take the time to read your race letter in full HERE, paying particular attention to the requirements and your responsibilities relative to Covid-19.

Compliance with our rules to keep you and everyone involved safe from Covid-19 is compulsory folks. Help us to continue with providing the events you love.

You can view your race number and details on the result page here (type your name in the search box at the top or top right). You can also print your runner bib from here (instruction video).

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer, ONLY if there are any errors. Please note, it is very important that you race with correct details (gender, category, club).

Things you must bring on race day:

  • A face covering/mask for when you are in the socially-distanced queue for the start. Timing chips will be allocated here.
  • Don’t forget to print your bib number from your race results (instruction video).
  • A change of clothes to leave in your car for after the race.

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

 

Covid-19: How our events work and how we keep you Covid-safe.

The Covid-19 pandemic naturally generates a level of uncertainty for activities such as those that DB Max regularly organise. The most common questions we hear at the moment are:

  • “How do DB Max make their events Covid-secure?”
  • “What happens to my entry fee in the event of a local or national lockdown which causes a postponement of my event?”

Both these issues can cause apprehension and even reluctance in entering the events you normally love. Hopefully the explanation below can allay any concerns and instil the confidence we want you to have.

How do DB Max make their events Covid-secure?

  • For running events held on private grounds, we offer an optional service to print your own bib and then participants are provided a timing chip that they wear on their ankle. Participants receive and remove their timing chip without direct contact with DB Max staff. All timing chips and straps are disinfected after each event before being used again.
  • For triathlon or duathlon events, we now post out race numbers to avoid the need for any collection point on the day. Participants then collect their timing chip from their racking space in transition on race day.
  • Entrants are given an allotted start time and start in socially distanced groups of no more than 6 for running events. For triathlon events and most duathlon events participants start individually. On occasion, a duathlon event may also start in socially distanced groups of no more than 6.
  • Start areas are kept significantly large so that social distancing can be maintained at all times and this is monitored by marshals.
  • When queueing to collect timing chips or to get into a transition area, all competitors are required to wear face masks/face coverings.
  • Hand sanitisers are located at various locations around our events, including the car park, toilets, timing chip collection, start and finish.
  •  We do not permit groups of more than 6 mixing at any time at our events as per the government’s ‘rule of 6’.
  • When finishing an event, participants are encouraged to return to their car and leave the venue after a short recovery period.
  • In the event that spectators are permitted, a substantial zone is designated and marked for their use. Spectators do not interact with competitors.
  • We collect everyone’s details for track and trace purposes, including spectators.
  • We have now introduced temperature checking for participants prior to racing.
  • DB Max utilise video briefings which are sent to spectators in advance of the event, to avoid gatherings on race day.
  •  Our Covid risk assessments must pass scrutiny from our permitting insurance partners, local authorities and PHE before our events can proceed.

What happens to my entry fee in the event of a local or national lockdown which causes a postponement of my event?

In the event of a postponement you are protected by our #CashSafeCovidPromise. This ensures that your entry fee is protected but we do not provide refunds. Please ensure that you understand what this means before entering. You will never lose your money in real terms, because you can use your entry fee for any DB Max event for two years following the original planned date. But please understand that as a small business, it is impossible for us to plan an event and then offer refunds if it has to be postponed due to circumstances that we cannot control.

So how does it work..?

  • Initially if a postponement is necessary, all entrants will automatically be transferred to the rescheduled event.
  • If this does not suit your plans, you can use our transfer service to change to any available event on our calendar.
  • If you are not sure which event you wish to transfer to at this time, the credit for the entry fee paid remains on your account to use against any other DB Max event for a period of two years.

So in simple terms, your entry fee is 100% safe.

With these systems in place, DB Max are robust enough to weather the storms that Covid-19 throws at us, or indeed any other issue that causes a rescheduling at short notice. We were the first event company to reintroduce our high-quality racing this summer and indeed with our virtual races during lockdown, we never really stopped providing the motivational events you love.

We are all aware that the situation can change at short notice in the current environment. DB Max utilise ‘tried and tested’ systems to notify our entrants via text, email and social media within minutes in the unlikely event of a last-minute postponement. In addition, we will always endeavour to inform our entrants of any developments with any of our events, should they arise from day to day.

Thanks to our robust systems and your continued support, DB Max have already organised over twenty Covid-secure events this summer, including triathlons, running events, cycling events and an OCR. DB Max also provide services and consultation support for our event organising partners.

We hope this provides a level of reassurance and confidence DB Maxers and we hope to see you on a start-line with us soon!

Race Letter – Rainbow Run 5k and Beer & Wine Day 10k

It’s fantastic to be back with our first running events since the Covid-19 pandemic hit us in 2020.

Please carefully read your race letter HERE.

This is a Covid-Secure event and compliance with the rules to keep everyone involved safe, is compulsory folks. Please pay particular attention to the requirements and your responsibilities relative to Covid-19. Don’t get disqualified for infringements, as ignorance of the rules is not a defence.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer, only 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.

Important things to remember for race day:

  • A face covering/mask for when you are in the socially distanced queue for the start.
  • Please ensure you are at the start at least 8 minutes before your start time.
  • You must know your race number. You can print your runner bib on the results pages (Rainbow Run 5k here & Beer & Wine Day 10k here).
  • Please comply with Government guidelines on social distancing at all times.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you at Castle Combe Race Circuit on Sunday 30th August.

Coronavirus Information for DB Max’s Upcoming Events

 

Coronavirus Information for DB Max’s Upcoming Events (DB Max Events and DB Max OCR Events)

The event industry and indeed the country as a whole is experiencing an unprecedented situation with COVID-19.

We appreciate that event participation might not be a priority as this epidemic develops, but we feel it important to keep our entrants updated regularly on the situation.

The UK government yesterday advised against mass gatherings. Whilst the information given was somewhat vague, we are confident at this point that many of our upcoming events in April, May and June will be unable to proceed on the original dates planned.

DB Max are pleased to say that we have planned for this outcome and have booked alternative dates at all our venues. We will be contacting all of our entrants regarding specific events, by email in the coming days. Please rest assured that there is nothing for you to do or be concerned about and we will be taking care of everything to facilitate this event rescheduling.

Please see the points below regarding event postponement:

Event Postponement

  • All entrants will be emailed with details and information on the rescheduled event.
  • All entrants will be automatically transferred to the new date with no charges.
  • Free transfer to another person for the new event date, will be available as a special condition, over and above our terms and conditions, for the new event. We will open free transfers when we send the event reschedule email.
  • For certain races (primarily standard running events), entrants will have the option to run certain races virtually on the original date. There will be online results for this, where entrants enter their time. Entrants can receive their medal and souvenir bib by post. If applicable, there will be an option to choose this virtual race option on your specific race rescheduling email.
  • Transfer to another event may be available for certain events that are rescheduled during the Covid-19 pandemic (details will be sent with the race specific email to entrants).
  • Refunds will not be available for any events rescheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please be patient as we work to inform you all of our rescheduled events and help us and the event industry as a whole, to cope with these difficult times. Whilst the road ahead this year will be bumpy, we value your support and we know that with that and our robust systems and experience, we will be delivering the events you love later in the year and long into the future.

For information on COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, please visit https://www.gov.uk/.

Stay safe everyone.

Will, James and the DB Max Team

Race Letter – Chilly February 2020

It’s Chilly time folks! Sunday 16th February 2020 sees the ‘Chilly’ 10k and ‘Chilly’ Duathlon at the world famous Castle Combe Circuit.

Please click and read your 10k race letter HERE or your duathlon race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. The race line-up and live result pages are available now at Chilly Results.

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.
  • Please enter car parks as directed from the road.
  • 10k start time is 10am, with duathlon waves at 11:45 and 12:40. Please note you may not change your wave.
  • Duathletes – Your signed waiver from your race letter and your photo ID. You cannot race without these.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday 16th February.