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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

 

Competitor Stories – Stuart Huke

           

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

This week it’s Stuart Huke who took part in the Westonbirt House Easter 10k with us.

‘Running is not something that comes naturally to me, but I do what I can to raise money for my charity JDRF (Juvenile Diabetics Research Foundation). I support JDRF as they do amazing research into finding a cure for Type 1  Diabetes, a condition my son Oliver developed at just four years old. He is now insulin dependant and the daily struggles he has to live with make me so proud in how he copes with injections, the constant monitoring of his blood sugar levels and worry about everything he eats. He is now 10 and is doing brilliantly and a lot of that is thanks to the advances in technology and coping mechanisms that JDRF play a large part in introducing through their research. So here’s to another 10k at the beautiful Westonbirt to raise more important funds, thanks to all that have supported me!’

 

Competitor Stories – Mark Williamson

           

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

This week it’s Mark Williamson who took part in the Westonbirt House Easter 10k with us.

‘Parkrun is a weekly, timed, 5k run, free to enter and will be forever. There are now over 1000 parkruns taking place every weekend across the globe of which there are 510 in the UK. Parkrun’s aim is to make the world a healthier and happier place. To that extent people of all ages, shapes, sizes and level of fitness are welcome to walk, jog or run any course.

Parkrun has a number of ambassadors focusing on long term disabilities and conditions ranging from Alzheimer’s through diabetes, heart conditions, mental health and obesity to name a few. Those individuals including myself either have the condition, or care for someone who has and their aim is to increase participation whilst raising awareness of the benefits of parkrun for those affected. They also work alongside to make parkrun more accessible.
As a runner with a heart condition I welcome the strides parkrun is making to improve the outlook for so many people from all walks of life, regardless of their current health condition.’

 

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!

Competitor Stories – Kevin Gani

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

This week it’s Kevin Gani who took part in The Westonbirt House Christmas 10K with us.

‘In October 2015, the charity Mind offered me the chance to run the London Marathon in April 2016.  At that point, I had only ever completed 3 half marathons and would call myself a novice runner.  So much has changed in the last 2 years.  I am now a qualified running leader supporting the amazing Kingsway Runners.  I have completed 5 marathons and over 50 half marathons.  I have raised £8,500 for Mind, £500 for Cancer Research UK and £2000 for Backcare UK.  In April 2018, I will lead a team of 10 runners into the London marathon with a team target of £13,000.  Running is excellent for our health and wellbeing, however more importantly you meet new friends and share truly memorable experiences together.’

 

Competitor Stories – Sara Chardin

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

This week it’s Sara Chardin who took part in The Westonbirt House Christmas 10K with us.

‘Our team from Stroud District Council ran The Westonbirt House 10k to raise awareness of the dangers of nut allergies, while raising much-needed funds for the Amy May Trust. The Trust has been set up to help fund the continual rehabilitation and medical needs of Amy May Shead, who suffered a severe brain injury through catering negligence, as a result of a nut allergy. Our team is made up of Sara Chardin, Emma Blomfield, Helen Johnstone, Pippa Stroud and Ian Bird.

 

The reason for running is a personal one as Amy May Shead’s is my cousin. Amy managed her severe life-long nut allergy with care, but didn’t let it stop her living life to the full. She was a talented producer on ITV’s This Morning. On a weekend break to Budapest in 2014, she took the first bite of a meal, which she was assured didn’t contain nuts. She immediately experienced a catastrophic anaphylaxis reaction, which led to cardiac arrest. As a result, Amy sustained a severe brain injury due to being starved of oxygen for six minutes.

 

During the three years since the incident, Amy has progressed slowly, but surely, from being in a coma in ICU in a London hospital, via a neurological rehabilitation hospital to a specialist care facility in Essex. The next move planned for Amy will be to live with her parents, who are in the process of adapting a new home.

 

Due to the restaurant in Budapest not holding public liability insurance, and travel insurance not covering her lifelong condition, there is no compensation for this life-changing and devastating tragedy. The Amy May Trust has been set up to fund the much-needed therapies (speech and language therapy and physiotherapy). Amy is unable to communicate, but it is clear she understands everything that is going on around her. Sara has seen for herself what a visible difference these treatments are making to Amy’s life.

 

Another member of the team, Emma Blomfield, is an EpiPen carrier herself. Only recently diagnosed with a nut allergy, Emma is especially keen to spread awareness of how dangerous this allergy can be.’

 

The team from Stroud District Council are grateful to anyone who would like to donate. They have already raised over a £1000. Donations can be made online: https://events.amymaytrust.com/events/westonbirt-10k-run/ 

 

Competitor Stories – Diane Bentham

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

This week it’s Diane Bentham who took part in The proto-col Chilly 10k with us.

‘As a 55-year-old blind woman I never dreamt that I could become a runner until I joined “VI runners Bristol“. This is a group set up by Colin Johnson, he has organised a team of guides to train and run with visually impaired people. I joined the group in May 2017 and I have completed 4 Park runs and the Castle Combe chilly 10k. I love running and if I can do it anyone can’.

 

Competitor Stories – Iain Mazonowicz

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

This week it’s Iain Mazonowicz who took part in The proto-col Chilly 10k with us.

‘The 10k Chilly at Castle Coombe was my race 10 of 30 in my Run 30 for 30 challenge. It started back on the 3rd of August when I turned 30. I decided that I would run in 30 races to help support a local cause. Each of the races I have completed so far have been of varied lengths- 5k, 10k and half (my first Marathon is next year in Newport). I am raising money for the Great Western Hospital Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal. So far we have raised over £600 and aim to make well over £1500. I have competed dressed up and have travelled quite a distance in my running garb (and the odd fancy dress) to challenge myself and to raise awareness for this great cause. My just giving page is www.justgiving.co.uk/run30for30.’

 

Competitor Stories – Linzi Findlater

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

This week it’s Linzi Findlater who took part in The proto-col Chilly 10k with us.

‘Everyone hears of cancer and the horror stories surrounding it. I found a lump in my breast in Sept 2015, thought I best get it checked out.  My doctor booked me into the breast clinic. Once all the tests had been done I went for the results, still no care in the world and a positive mind set(with a plan to head out for lunch with my chap and enjoy the rest of my day off). Imagine my surprise when my consultant dropped the bomb shell! I’d gone right off my lunch by this point and my roller coaster of emotions, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy began.

Hope for tomorrow gave me the option to choose where I had my chemotherapy treatment, this made me feel a little more in control of a situation where I knew I  had to hand myself over to the medical profession. DB Max has given me the opportunity to give something back to a service where words will never be enough! Thank you!

I’ve been given the all clear and training for this 10k has helped me get stronger in mind and body.’

Competitor Stories – Gareth Channings

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

This week it’s Gareth Channings and his friends and family who took part in The proto-col Chilly 10k with us. They are all raising money for Gareth’s son.

Gareth

‘I ran the last Chilly 10k at Castle Combe and thoroughly enjoyed it, so signed up again this year. My son Jack has Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy ( DMD ) and I thought this would be a good way of fundraising for him . I also thought it would be fun to get a group of us together to do it, as well as getting a few unlikely people up and running!! We are raising money for Jackjustwantstobe so the family home can be adapted and extended to cope with Jacks ever changing medical needs, please feel free to look him up and follow him on Facebook plus we have a Go Fund page www.gofundme.com/Jackjustwantstobe.

I would like to say a massive thank you to DB Max events for all their help and support with putting this together.’

Courtney

‘I know Jack through his Dad Gareth who is my boss. I understand Jack is a very happy little lad who just gets on with his life although he has duchenne’s, (progressive muscle weakness). Gareth is a very fair boss who remains professional even though he has everything going on at home. I understand Jacks disease and can’t imagine what the family and the little lad are going through… he is a true credit and is proving you must make the most of every day!’

Sarah

‘I ran the 10k for my nephew Jack who has Duchennes Muscular dystrophy . He means the world to me and my family . Like any little boy he wants to live at home with his family . In order to make this happen we need to raise enough money to build an extension on the house that allows for hoists and specialist equipment such as ventilators and a specialist bed. We appreciate every penny that has been donated either through his just giving page or by sponsoring one of the other very special people that support us as a family in this difficult journey . Please feel free to check out his Facebook page Jackjustwantstobe to understand further his condition.’