Author Archive for Kirsty Willmott

COMPETITOR STORY – KAREN MANNING

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

This week it’s Karen Manning who took part in the Castle Combe 10k with us.

“I lost my mum about 3 years ago very suddenly, and although an air ambulance was called to her she wasn’t stable enough to travel in it. How quickly they responded and gave support on the ground was incredible. Since then I have always done what I could to support our local air ambulance, and this year staff where I work (Medvivo who run the urgent care services in Wiltshire for 111 and GP out of hours) selected Wiltshire Air Ambulance as our main charity of the year.

 

As the Chair of our Fundraising Committee I try to take a lead in getting people involved in activities, and this will be our first one this year. As a company we ran a Winter Wellness campaign in January to encourage people to get the New Year off to a healthy start. Some of us did Dry January, others Run Every Day (RED) January and things like Couch to 5km and Veganuary. For me, I wanted to get back to doing more regular exercise so with 13 other colleagues we signed up to the Virgin Pulse 100 Day Global Challenge. We are about a quarter of the way in and I need to step up my game; and a chilly 10km run is what I had in mind to kick start February so it was perfect timing. It’s my 50th birthday as well later this month so a busy month all round. Just need to get a few more sponsors!’

Karen has a fund raising page: The Castle Combe 10K

 

COMPETITOR STORY – JAMES PARADISE

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

This week it’s James Paradise who took part in the Castle Combe 10k with us.

“I have chosen to raise funds for Time Is Precious as it is local charity supporting sick and disabled children who have to go into hospital. The charity pays for things such as a sensory unit and an MRI refurbishment which helps the children whilst they stay in hospital. It also supports the families of the children at this very difficult time in their lives. We have a great team with lots of supportive runners who train together on specific routes set out by our trainers. The Team is made up of diverse people with different running abilities and we encourage each other whilst out training. The charity really does make a difference to those children who are going through rough times and at Christmas the Team delivered presents to those that are spending their time in hospital over the festive period.

This is the fifth year that I have chosen to run for Time Is Precious and it certainly will not be the last!!’

Please see the link to his JustGiving page below:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-paradise8

 

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COMPETITOR STORY – MARTY WARD

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

This week it’s Marty Ward who took part in the Castle Combe 10k with us.

“My Dad Roger sadly lost his 3 year battle with Metastatic Melanoma back in October last year. During his treatment I have ran for a number of cancer charities to raise awareness of the research and work they do.

Dad used to love it when I took my medals from races and told him about the courses and sights I’d seen. It was always great to see his face light up when I walked through the door after a race and handed the medal over. Even more so after completing the Berlin Marathon 3 weeks before he passed.

During the last few weeks of his life Sue Ryder visited the house daily to help my Mum care for Dad, they even provided overnight carers for 3 nights to allow us to get some decent rest and be in a better state to look after him more. Even after he passed the team at Leckhampton Court have been amazing, checking in on Mum from time to time and offering support when needed.

This has led to me setting up the “Run for Rog” Challenge which consists of me taking part in a different race every month for the whole of 2020. They vary in distance from 10km right up-to Marathon (Liverpool Marathon on the 24th May). I took part in the Linda Franks 5 mile race in January, have a 20km race in Berkeley in March and then the Westonbirt Half in April.

All funds raised are going to Leckhampton Court as a thank you for the great work they have done and can continue doing for other families. ”

For anyone who would like to donate please go to:

www.justgiving.com/martyward2020

 

DB Max introduce the Muddy Monk to The Battle of Lansdown #DBeerMax

DB Max have great pleasure announcing (plus tasting!) our new finishers’ tipple at The Battle Of Lansdown……our Muddy Monk beer!

What a way to finish an OCR! Every finisher will be greeted with our brand new OCR beer. You can open it on the spot with your finish medal bottle opener, or if you prefer take it home.

What better way to relax after your muddy fun run,  than chilling with your Muddy Monk beer in the comfort of your living room… whilst browsing the ‘complimentary’ Battle of Lansdown photos.

DB Max will also be running a competition called #Bottleoflansdown. We will offer a complimentary entry for next year’s race to the best photo posted of a finisher with their Muddy Monk beer. More news to follow on this closer to the event.

We look forward to seeing all of you muddy DB Maxers next month and can’t wait for you to taste our mud-tastic Muddy Monk beer!

COMPETITOR STORY – REG GILBERT

 

‘I compete because I love it! I had Ulcerative Colitis for 13 years before having a total colectomy (large intestine removed). No one talks about colitis as it’s a silent disease but it can be debilitating and affects every part of life. Training /triathlons / duathlons was not always the first thing that came to mind to help me get through the symptoms but it kept me focused as I love to compete, in literally anything. I will never be the fastest but I can beat me, like I beat colitis. I have entered a full Tri (2.4 Swim, 110 Bike 26.2 Run) later this year which scares me but its a challenge and I love to see if I can not only do it but compete!!’

Competitor Stories – Rebecca Neill

“After feeling unwell for several months and a number of GP visits I was finally given a CT scan on September 13, 2017. Two days later they called to say that I needed to get to hospital immediately and pack a bag for a long stay.  Following a colonoscopy I was given the terrible diagnosis that it was bowel cancer and that it had spread to my ovaries, part of my upper intestine and bladder.  I had two major operations, nearly a week in intensive care, and was away from home for month in total – leaving my husband and two daughters to cope in my absence (and missing my 47th birthday!).

I was incredibly weak after hospital and had lost 4 stone over the previous few months. I could barely walk and presumed that I would never be able to run again! Partly because I felt so feeble and partly because I had to get used to two lifesaving but life changing additions – a colostomy bag and a urostomy bag (as my bladder had also been removed).

I used walking as my way of getting back to health initially, both physically and emotionally. I am lucky enough to live up on Rodborough Common with many beautiful walks on my doorstep. I walked all through my 6 months of chemotherapy and in June 2018 was able to do a 50k walk for charity (the Bowel Cancer charity of course).

Then in July/August 2018 I decided to try and start running again. It seemed to go ok and I have been doing 4 or 5k runs usually a couple of times a week since then. I signed up for the Chilly 10K as a goal to aim for. Being able to walk and run in the fresh air and beautiful countryside around where I live has been a fundamental part of my journey to recovery!’

The February Chilly – Latest Sponsor 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:

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.  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.

The nutritious Pulsin bars will be on hand to fuel DB Maxers at the finish line. The place to look for a special post-race treat!

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

 

 

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. Big Bobble Hats have very generously offered our prize winners one of their awesome hats or funky socks. Also you may be one of the lucky ones to be picked out for a spot prize at the finish.

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. They will also have some funky socks which retail at £5 each or 4 for £10.

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.

 

Aerocoach

AeroCoach are there to help you ride faster, for longer, with less effort. Based in the UK they help all kinds of athletes, from local riders to Tour de France champions, first time triathletes to Ironman winners! They offer aerodynamic test sessions for riders, and their own in house innovative products, such as the AEOX wheel range and our suite of ergonomic bike accessories. They will be providing a prize for the first male and female at the Chilly Duathlon.

73Degrees 

73Degrees is an independent bike shop in Keynsham. They offer bikes from brands such as Ridley, Colnago, Felt, Cinelli, Orro and more. They offer full workshop facilities including wheel building and are recognised as a Campagnolo Pro Shop. They have a bike fit studio with a retul size bike, saddle test facility & also offer Bio Racer Aero fits. They are very proud to have great,  knowledgeable, friendly staff and will be providing prizes at the duathlon.

Their coffee machine is always on so feel free to drop in mid ride and check them out in person or visit www.73degreesbicycleshop.com for more info….

 

Bike Fit Yeovil

That feeling when you realize you’ve bought something that doesn’t quite fit properly? It really can be frustrating if it’s something simple like a new pair of jeans, but if it’s an expensive bike or accessories it can be both depressing as well as wasteful. Shoes are a great example. As a cyclist, do you ever get numb feet? We can probably guess why – your shoes will be slightly the wrong size with the cleats positioned in slightly the wrong place. Millimeters do matter and at BikeAid, you will find that they take fitting very seriously indeed.

Their flagship service is Bike Fit. It is the ultimate fit for you and your bike. The theory is simple – they make sure your bike is fitted to you and not the other way round, because the other way round doesn’t work! We are all different, so adapting the bike to fit you results in a more comfortable, enjoyable and efficient ride.

Nick from Bike Fit will be on site to assist with any bike related issues at the duathlon.

The Physio Clinic, Bristol

This is their 7th 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 2019 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.

 

 

Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Wiltshire Air Ambulance provides an essential Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for anyone who lives, works or travels in Wiltshire and surrounding counties. Wiltshire Air Ambulance is available up to 19 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is a charity and relies almost entirely on public donations to raise the £3.25 million a year to keep the air ambulance operational.

In 2017 one in five incidents were road traffic collisions and one in ten incidents involved children. A total of 65 incidents – more than one a week – were sporting related. More than one in three missions was in the hours of darkness.

The central location of their new airbase at Semington means the helicopter can reach all parts of Wiltshire within 11 minutes.

With your support they can continue saving lives.

For more information go to www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk  or call them on 01225 300536 or email hello@wiltshireairambulance.co.uk

 

Don’t forget that Max the Monkey will be at the start and finish line to motivate you all. Plus all our finishers will receive a chilly soup.

                                    

 

Competitor Stories – Lesley Barry

“I started running in May 2016 as a complete novice through a C25k course with run4life.  I was amazed at how quickly my fitness improved and on the final week we all ‘graduated’ at the local parkrun.  I fell in love with running, I was a regular at parkrun and entered my first 10k at the end of the year.  Running massively improved both my physical and mental health, I’d never felt so well and was  completely shocked when I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in May 2017.  I was determined to keep running as much as possible throughout my treatment  and my running family were amazingly supportive, no matter how slow I was. I remained a regular at parkrun, running, walking or volunteering when I could.  I decided to celebrate beating cancer by running ten 10k races in 2018.  My first was Frenchay 10k which I ran with my friend Kacie – it was very hilly but I was thrilled to complete it.  My final one was at Westonbirt House on Sunday and I was thrilled to end my challenge with mulled wine and a mince pie in such a beautiful location”.

The Chilly – Latest Sponsor 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:

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. They are very generously giving all our 10k winners prizes and there will be lots of offers and promotions on the day.

Helix Sport

Helix Sport believe in awesome first class customer service to the community. Their team have years of experience in all areas of Swim, Bike, Run and Adventure. So, whether you’re just starting out needing some advice on new equipment, or you’re a seasoned athlete looking to find that edge with a new technical piece, they have the team that can help you. 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.
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TRIBE Energy Bars

TRIBE use the Force of Nature to fuel us with their top quality 100% Natural Performance Nutrition. As well as being title sponsors of the TRIBE Chilly 10k all competitors at this year’s Chilly,receive an exclusive offer to trial a TRIBE pack for just £1 (includes P&P), containing 6 of our most popular products!
● Delivered to your door.
● Vegan*, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
● Fully customisable to your needs.
Use code “ DBMAX18 ” at checkout to receive this offer. Must be redeemed by November 30th.

Claim your TRIBE Bars HERE.

 

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. Big Bobble Hats have very generously offered our prize winners one of their awesome hats or funky socks. Also you may be one of the lucky ones to be picked out for a spot prize at the finish.

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. They will also have some funky socks which retail at £5 each or 4 for £10 so a great ideal for stocking fillers .

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.

 

Aerocoach

AeroCoach are there to help you ride faster, for longer, with less effort. Based in the UK they help all kinds of athletes, from local riders to Tour de France champions, first time triathletes to Ironman winners! They offer aerodynamic test sessions for riders, and their own in house innovative products, such as the AEOX wheel range and our suite of ergonomic bike accessories. They are providing a prize for the first male and female at the Chilly Duathlon.

Bike Fit Yeovil

That feeling when you realize you’ve bought something that doesn’t quite fit properly? It really can be frustrating if it’s something simple like a new pair of jeans, but if it’s an expensive bike or accessories it can be both depressing as well as wasteful. Shoes are a great example. As a cyclist, do you ever get numb feet? We can probably guess why – your shoes will be slightly the wrong size with the cleats positioned in slightly the wrong place. Millimeters do matter and at BikeAid, you will find that they take fitting very seriously indeed.

Their flagship service is Bike Fit. It is the ultimate fit for you and your bike. The theory is simple – they make sure your bike is fitted to you and not the other way round, because the other way round doesn’t work! We are all different, so adapting the bike to fit you results in a more comfortable, enjoyable and efficient ride.

Nick from Bike Fit will be on site to assist with any bike related issues at the duathlon.

The Physio Clinic, Bristol

2018 is rapidly coming to a close, but it’s all systems go at The Physio Clinic Bristol. This is their 6th 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 2019 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 sports bras, tops and bottoms are already worn by some pretty amazing women, including world-class equestrian riders, marathon runners, tri-athletes, running clubs, women’s football teams, fitness instructors, gym bunnies and determined Mum’s getting back into shape.

When Bosom Buddies first store opened in June 2017 – in the Cotswold town of Nailsworth – all of Sam’s hard work and commitment to bring ethically made sportswear to a wider audience finally paid off. The entire shop is kitted out in upcycled materials. Sam has kindly offered prizes for our top 3 ladies.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Wiltshire Air Ambulance provides an essential Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for anyone who lives, works or travels in Wiltshire and surrounding counties. Wiltshire Air Ambulance is available up to 19 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is a charity and relies almost entirely on public donations to raise the £3.25 million a year to keep the air ambulance operational.

In 2017 one in five incidents were road traffic collisions and one in ten incidents involved children. A total of 65 incidents – more than one a week – were sporting related. More than one in three missions was in the hours of darkness.

This year marked a major milestone in their history with the move to a new airbase at Semington, near Melksham, bringing together their operational, fundraising and administrative teams.

The central location of their new airbase at Semington means the helicopter can reach all parts of Wiltshire within 11 minutes.

With your support we can continue saving lives.

For more information go to www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk  or call them on 01225 300536 or email hello@wiltshireairambulance.co.uk

Brigstowe

 

Brigstowe have been delivering HIV specialist services in Bristol and surrounding areas for over 23 years. As the landscape of HIV has changed, so has their services but still retaining a core aim: to improve the lives of people living with HIV.

They now deliver support and advice services, including Peer Support and a specialist service for migrants and asylum seekers who are living with HIV. They educate community groups and organisations by delivering HIV awareness training. They campaign on key HIV issues, challenging stigma and raising awareness where can.

In the past few years, they have looked to diversify funding to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the organisation. Partnering with DBMax on the Castle Combe 10k is a great opportunity to raise funds to support their work.

 

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Don’t forget that Max the Monkey will be at the start and finish line to motivate you all. Plus all our finishers will receive a chilly soup.

                                    

 

Competitor Stories – Tillie & Eavie

                       

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

This week it’s Tillie & Eavie who took part in the Westonbirt Summer 10k with us.

‘Our mum is a well known PCSO in the Cotswolds and she was very hard working and loved by others. Other police officers inspired to be just as hard working as her.  She was recently diagnosed with Motor Neurones Disease (MND) and it was very devastating for my mum and our family.

MND is life shortening and there is no cure.

In our mums case the disease is progressing rapidly and is having a major impact on her everyday life.

We both decided to do a 10k run for MND Association as they’ve been brilliant in helping us get the right support and equipment.

The Westonbirt Summer 10k was great for us to do because my mum loved running. One of her favourite races was at Westonbirt. We are hoping to find a cure for this devastating disease.’