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The proto-col Chilly – Latest Sponsor News

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

 

Proto-col Advanced Nutrition

The team at proto-col naturally advanced nutrition is delighted to be supporting the Chilly in 2017. They are passionate about training and performance and they will be on site on race day, ready to refresh and revive you once you cross the line.

The proto-col team will also be selling their products at special race day prices, as well as sharing product samples with you. There’ll be spot prizes on the day such as drinks bottles, t-shirts and mystery prizes too. And if you race fast enough, you just might top the podium and walk away with a bundle of proto-col sports-tested nutrition. This event is another important landmark in the partnership between DB Max and proto-col which is now set to continue into 2018 and 2019 too. So if you’ve got ideas about how they can make their on-site involvement even better, contact them with your ideas – find out more here.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 test everything so you can trust what they offer and they cut through the gimmicks, to provide what they believe is the best value, best performing kit around. Not convinced..? Then test your wetsuit in their elite endless pool. Trial your footwear in one of their custom designed Gait Analysis Suites. Have your bike position checked and refined in their stunning, bespoke Newfit Shimano Bike Fitting Studio. With staff experienced in all distances and all types of racing and with mechanics who worked at the 2012 Olympics, they have left no stone unturned in creating the ideal destination for someone who loves to swim, cycle, run, or do any combination of those great sports.

If you are passing then please drop in, or if you are further away then check them out the website at www.thetriathlonshop.co.uk. They help you get to your finish line.

The team at the Triathlon Shop are proud to be working once again with DB Max at the season-ending proto-col Chilly Duathlon, BUCS Champs and proto-col Chilly 10k. Please pop along and say “Hi” to them at their race day pop-up shop. The team wish all the  competitors good luck with their final race preparations and look forward to seeing you on race day.

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. They will also have the brand new running shoe from Brooks Levante with them, which has been designed to give the most energy return. Levantes DNA AMP midsole technology gives energy nowhere to go but up, straight back to you.

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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.

 

Marshfield Bakery

Marshfield Bakery flapjacks are becoming a very popular snack with DB Maxers on race day. Baked in their fully accredited, award-winning and nut free bakery on the Cotswold Way. Grab them at the finish line!

Marshfield Bakery currently manufacture over fifteen different flavours across shortbread and flapjack products, a range of loaf cakes, sponges and  brownies influenced by the local Cotswold area. They are able to produce private label or bespoke recipe products and pride themselves in their flexibility to meet the needs of the customers, but always with full attention to meeting detailed quality standards. Marshfield Bakery offer tours of the bakery, free of charge for up to 15 people which last approximately an hour and also Christmas open evenings. Keep a look out on their social media pages for tour dates and open evenings over Christmas.

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The Physio Clinic, Bristol

2017 is rapidly coming to a close, but it’s all systems go at The Physio Clinic Bristol. This is their 5th year supporting DB Max’s events, providing sports massage at several of our events and we are delighted that they are working with us again in 2018 on even more events. Next year’s schedule looks bigger and better than ever and its’s great that they will be part of the support team.

For those who don’t know, 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.

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 sportsbras and sportswear to try. 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 if required.

Forth Edge

DB Max are pleased to partner with Forth and offer this innovative service to our race participants. Forth Edge is the first of its kind in the UK, allowing athletes of all levels to have access to biomarker profiling, along with a comprehensive digital platform to track changes and patterns. Rather than a short-term snapshot, this offers a long-term insight enabling you to build your unique biomarker profile so you can understand how your body is responding to your training and lifestyle choices.

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.

Race Fit

The team initially launched with three different package options, ‘Endurance’, ‘Power’ and ‘HIT’, but are very excited to announce the addition of three further package options – ‘Race Fit’, ‘Training Load’ and ‘Recovery’:

The ‘Race Fit’ package has been put together for those who are ‘at the beginning of their fitness journey’, or are looking to take on a new challenge and want to ensure they are fit and healthy. It tracks the impact that training can have on the body, ensuring optimum health for race day.

So if you’ve recently signed up for your first sprint triathlon, or are taking on London Marathon for the first time next year, then this is the package for you.

Training Load

Overtraining can show itself in many forms – often characterised by fatigue, illness and poor performance amongst others. In extreme cases, the only solution is to rest for a considerable period of time. The ‘Training Load’ profile measures the body’s key indicators for stress, inflammation and immunity, making it easier to identify when you are at risk of ‘overcooking it’.

Perfectly suited for endurance athletes, or those who take on frequent intense training and put their body under a good deal of stress.

Recovery

Following a heavy training block or hard race, the body sustains damage, and in turn becomes fatigued. It is often very difficult to identify the extent of this until starting upon the next hard session.

The Recovery package is unique in that it features three test kits. Test kit one as a starting test, to establish a baseline. Test kit two for 24 hours after a race/hard training block. And test kit three, two weeks later.

This is the ideal test for those who want scientific insight into their own personal recovery profile, so that it is possible to properly manage their return to training.

Sarah Bolt, Founder of Forth Edge says,

“We are really excited to be in a position to launch our new Forth Edge packages, which are a direct result of the feedback obtained from our partners and customers in these early months. Our aim is to make biomarker testing and tracking available to all athletes, irrespective of the sport they do, or the level to which they compete. By introducing these new tests we are offering a greater level of specialism, making it possible for athletes to have the ‘full picture’ rather than individual ‘snapshots’. This is an integral component of how the Forth Edge platform works.”

Interested to find that “missing piece” in your performance jigsaw?

To learn more, please visit Forth Edge on their stand and get a 15% race day discount.

 

The Flying Monk Malmesbury Carnival 10k – Latest Sponsor News

So with the The Flying Monk Malmesbury Carnival 10k on Sunday, we’ve got the latest news about our amazing sponsors and partners below….

Flying Monk Brewery

The Flying Monk Brewery  produce some of the most popular beers around, but more goes on in their micro-brewery than you might think! You can see it all in action, with bespoke tours available for groups of all sizes, for special occasions, or just a bit of fun.

The brewery offers a ‘try before you buy’ with tasters straight from the barrel and a ‘take your brew home’ service with barrels, bag-in-boxes and bottles available to purchase on-site. To book a tour or place your order, you can contact them on 01666 838 415.

The Flying Monk Brewery will have an onsite bar at the The Flying Monk Malmesbury Carnival 10k and wait for it……. will be providing all our competitors with a #freebeer to quench their thirst at the finish line!

 

Up and Running

Our 2017 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.

Up and Running are also offering all our competitors a 15% discount on running trainers on race day. So if you need an upgrade or a replacement you can runaway with a fantastic saving!

Proto-col Nutrition

One of DB Max’s newest friends are suppliers of an award-winning range of nutrition, including selected products backed by Informed-Sport test certification. Proto-col will be providing protein and electrolyte recovery samples to our competitors at our Malmesbury event.

Marshfield Bakery

Marshfield Bakery flapjacks at becoming a very popular snack with DB Maxers on race day. Baked in their fully accredited, award-winning and nut free bakery on the Cotswold Way. Grab them at the finish line!

Bosom Buddies

Here at DB Max, we love tits! Bosom Buddies supply ethical sportswear that performs and each item is designed with sports in mind. All their products are made from upcycled materials and 100% British Made . They will be offering all our competitors a 10% discount on sports bras, tops and bottoms.

 

Competitor Stories – Samantha Evans

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

This week it’s Samantha Evans who took part in the Westonbirt House 10K with us.

‘The big C hit me totally off guard. A happy healthy single mummy to a wonderful two year old, a well accomplished staff sergeant with 19 in the British Army on the brink of commission as a late entry soldier.

In Feb 2015, a small area of tissue felt different, on visiting the doctors I was told it was nothing to worry about so I left it. By August 2016 it was still there so I pushed for a referral to the Thirlestaine clinic in Cheltenham. A few days later my world fell apart. After an ultrasound, mammogram and a few biopsies I was told I had to wait for the official results but I would start my care program in my next visit.

I sat in the car and cried. Would I get to see my beautiful daughter go to school? How do I tell my family and friends?

Three weeks later I was called back for my results. My surgeon was the one to tell me and she was amazing. Judged me perfectly. She was straight talking and had my plan for treatment all ready.

Within the week I started chemotherapy and the long road to recovery. Chemotherapy was awful, but every time it got painful or too much I would remind myself that it would all be worth it.

And it was now in Aug 2017, after 6 rounds of chemotherapy, a full mastectomy and rebuild and 3 weeks of radiotherapy I am back out running and enjoying life.

I could not have done it with my family and friends, especially my mum Fiona Poulter. My rock through it all looking after my daughter, dog and I for most of it. She has had a harder year than me. So to all carers out there, Thank you.’

Competitor Stories – Celia & Steve Randerson

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

This week it’s Celia & Steve Randerson who took part in the Westonbirt House 10K with us.

‘Steve and I have been running for a few years and we have both in the past completed half and full marathons.  In June 2016 however our lives were turned upside down with the news that Steve was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer.  Unfortunately, by the time it was discovered it had already spread to his lungs and from the off they were talking of containment rather than cure.  Despite this devastating news, Steve has remained incredibly positive and has continued running – In fact we have just finished a challenge to complete all 23 Welsh parkruns in 23 weeks for 2 cancer charities to say thank you for the support and treatment they have provided so far – Velindre Cancer hospital in Cardiff and Macmillan Cancer support.

Despite Steve’s health issues and maybe because of them, we set ourselves this challenge for the first 5 months of 2017.  Beginning on 31 December 2016 at Llanelli Coastal parkrun, the tour has taken us as far West as Aberystwyth and as far North as Bangor and lots of places in between.  The 23 in 23 challenge raised an amazing £10,000 so far for those 2 charities and we wore our 23 in 23 shirts whilst completing the Westonbirt House 10K.

Steve has found continuing to run through his treatment has helped him focus on something much more positive than cancer.  He felt like stepping up from a 5K, so the Westonbirt House 10K was selected as the next running challenge for us.  It looked like a great event and to be honest, I saw the medal and it just had to be done.  We really hope that through Steve’s amazing efforts continuing on his running journey and not giving in to cancer we are hopefully inspiring people to carry on running even when they don’t really feel like it.  If Steve can do it then you can do it :)’

Competitor Stories – Mark Pembury

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

This week it’s Mark Pembury who took part in the B&W Recruitment Chippenham 10K with us.

“I took up running in March 2014, one month after starting Slimming World in a bid to do something about my weight after my daughter expressed her concern.

My initial target for running was to complete the Chippenham 5k river run in the July of the same year, which I did. Eight months after starting Slimming World I had lost 7 st 3 lbs and got the running bug. Something I never had before. I completed my first 10k in the October of that year (Calne Clock Tower Challenge) and did several other 10k races in the following year before running my first half Marathon  (Chippenham) in September 2015.

I’ve now done three half marathons in total with a target of at least two this year (Bath this year is my first) and while I’ve lost a bit of speed this year, I still get as much of a buzz as I  did when I started.

The Chippenham 10K was a local event that kept me on the path towards my goal this year, of two half marathons and gives my running a focus. Now that I’ve achieved my initial targets it’s now about consistently and keeping it going. I do try to spread the word on running and try to encourage people to at least try the Couch to 5k, even if all you want to do is run with a buddy “.

 

B & W Recruitment Chippenham Longest Day 10k – Latest Sponsor News

So with the sell-out B&W Recruitment Chippenham Longest Day 10k tomorrow, we’ve got the latest news about our sponsors and partners below….

B & W Recruitment 

B & W Recruitment specialise in the logistics sector, with over 20 years’ experience working for and with logistic providers. The team include ex-transport managers, CPC holders, & ADR certified professionals that understand the hands on approach of working in the transport industry.

Colin and Shane head up the B & W head office in Melksham, working adjacent to Will and James in the DB Max head office.

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.

Proto-col Nutrition

One of DB Max’s newest friends are suppliers of an award-winning range of nutrition, including selected products backed by Informed-Sport test certification. Proto-col will be providing protein and electrolyte recovery samples to our competitors at our Chippenham event and look out for the team taking part too!

Eat Grub

The most exciting energy bars on the market will be back with DB Max and fuelling our competitors at the finish line. The Eat Grub cricket powder energy bars are packed with protein and come in two flavours – cranberry & orange and coconut & cacao.

Marshfield Bakery

Marshfield Bakery flapjacks at becoming a very popular snack with DB Maxers on race day. Baked in their fully accredited, award-winning and nut free bakery on the Cotswold Way. Grab them at the finish line!

 

Competitor Stories – Sean Underwood

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

This week it’s Sean Underwood who took part in the Atwell Martin Lettings Westonbirt Triathlon with us.

“I was morbidly obese in Jan 2016 and weighed 23 stone. I couldn’t run a mile or even 100m for that matter! I was playing rugby and embarrassed myself on the pitch being so unfit in front of my 9 year old son, so on that day (Jan 4th 2016) I joined a slimming world group. I lost 1 stone in my first week. I lost 2.5 stone by February 2016 and started running….1 mile at a time…..over the months I built it up and continued to lose weight. 7 stone lost in 7 months and I managed to build my running up to a 10K race….then a half marathon.

I now run regularly with a club and I’ve completed 3 half marathon with more booked. Also I’ve taken on loads of 10ks on and off road and cycled the Malvern Madhatter 75 miler. This year my big events are Ride London and London Triathlon Olympic distance so Westonbirt was my first ever tri.

I’ve now lost 8 stone in total and don’t intend on losing any more. I’m a different person I can do everything I want, I’m no longer under a specialist for chest breathing problems and my blood pressure for the first time in adulthood is “normal”!”

Well done Sean!

Titan Brecon – Latest Sponsor News

With just a few days to go, DB Max are delighted to welcome the following sponsors to the Titan Brecon at the weekend:

blue seventy #allabouttheswim

One of the UK’s top suppliers of wetsuits, swimwear and goggles, making products that enhance the experience of swimming.

blueseventy will be on site with products for sale,  advice for triathletes and some spot prizes too.

blueseventy have generously offered all Titan competitors a 20% discount on their products on race day. A perfect opportunity if you’re looking to treat yourself to a new set of goggles or even a new wetsuit.

 

Eat Grub

The most exciting energy bars on the market will be back with DB Max and fuelling our competitors at the Titan finish line. The Eat Grub cricket powder energy bars are packed with protein and DB Max are helping our competitors join the 2 million people who enjoy insects globally. Eat Grub bars come in two ‘grubilicious’ flavours, cranberry & orange and coconut & cacao.

Marshfield Bakery

Utilising local, regional and British ingredients, Marshfield Bakery will be supplying you DB Maxers with delicious, energy-packed mini  flapjacks at feed stations on the bike and run course. The award winning bakery, uses the finest, carefully selected ingredients at their dedicated, fully accredited, nut free site on the Cotswold Way.

Total Fitness Bath

Total Fitness will be on hand with their on-site shop, offering the best advice possible on any aspect of cycling, running or swimming as well as last minute items to purchase.

They will also have bikes on show from  their retail shop in Bath, with some opportunities to make serious savings. Finance and Cycle to Work are also available. Check out the bargains available at the Total Fitness sale!

 

Total Fitness Bath will also be providing category prizes for the post-race presentation.

 

The Co-operative Brecon
The Co-op Brecon will be supplying all the competitors with bottled water at the finish line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Competitor Stories – Chris Britton

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

This week it’s Chris Britton who took part in the Atwells Martin Lettings Westonbirt Triathlon with us.

When I was 19 I was diagnosed with leukaemia, and underwent three years of chemotherapy, during which I had to have both of my hips replaced. After my treatment I was determined to live a normal life, so took up cycling as I was told not to do any running by my surgeon.

As a swimmer in my youth, and then becoming a regular at the DB Max TT Series, it was only natural that I would go for another DB Max event and enter a triathlon against the doctors recommendation – Westonbirt 2016 was my first ever triathlon, and somehow I finished in 25th place!

 I decided to enter again this year because it’s a great venue, flowing bike course and a friendly atmosphere. Unfortunately my knee and hip have been causing problems this year, so I haven’t done any run training.

 I wasn’t aiming to beat my swim or run times, just looking to enjoy the day!”

Competitor Stories – Richard Gibbs

 

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

This week it’s Richard Gibbs who took part in the Atwells Martin Lettings Westonbirt Triathlon with us.

“The bottom line is after two heart attacks and the years slipping away, I wanted to make a difference – a REAL difference to myself, my life and ultimately others!

I also have ‘bathophobia’, which means I swim with my eyes closed and can’t put my head under water. This is a crippling fear, so I met it head on at Westonbirt!

I have completed a couple of novice triathlons and was event leading at Bucks, only to be sent the wrong way! Swimming still terrifies me – the furthest I’d ever swam was 200m before I took part in Monday’s event. So the 400m swim leg on Monday gave me sleepless nights.  Open water will be the next big aim….. EVEN SCARIER!!!

I went from a slow running fatty, to setting up #RunTime2016 (see here for more details and how much I raised) and losing 35+ kg. I eventually completed a few duathlons and I found them a tad easy, so wanted to push myself – the greatest rewards are often at the other side of your deepest darkest fear. I really tested the theory to the full at Westonbirt!”

Well done Richard! DB Max are proud to be part of your journey!