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Competitor Stories – Hayley Clarke

 

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

This week it’s Hayley Clarke who took part in the Pulsin Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon with us.

‘Myself and Jimmy Deane both work for Sporting Family Change and are very passionate about the charity. We work with families in the Bath area to support them through difficult times. A large part of the charity is around physical activity, so it made sense to challenge ourselves and take ourselves out of our own comfort zone. We try to create as many positive opportunities for the whole family by providing gym sessions, family sessions and mentoring.’

To see what fabulous work Hayley and Jimmy are part of please visit sportingfamilychange.

 

 

Competitor Stories – Lucinda Dixon

 

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

This week it’s Lucinda Dixon who took part in the blueseventy #51Fiver with us.

‘I am raising money for two charities; Crohn’s and Colitis UK and Above and Beyond (the charity for Bristol city centre hospitals) both of which are very important to me.

I have Crohn’s Disease and over the years had quite a rough time with it (I have tried and failed a number of medications, had four surgeries and had life threatening complications). Thankfully at the moment I am in remission and probably the most well I’ve been in years. I am very fortunate to be looked after by the fantastic IBD team at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, which is why I’m raising money for Above and Beyond.

I am also fundraising for Crohn’s and Colitis UK as their information and support was particularly invaluable when I was first diagnosed; without it I would have felt very lost and isolated.

I decided that in 2018 I would challenge myself and attempt to take part in one challenge a month for the whole year.

My main events are swimming the Dart 10k and the #51Fiver!!

I chose the #51Fiver as I love DB Max events; everyone is so supportive and friendly and there is such a fantastic atmosphere. I was a marshal (and for several other races) last year and really wanted to have a go this year! It was my first Olympic distance triathlon so I was pretty nervous, but I had my husband and lots of friends from my tri club doing it too so I was encouraged all the way round!’

 

 

blueseventy #51fiver Cotswold Triathlon latest sponsor news

DB Max are delighted to welcome the following sponsors to the blueseventy #51fiver Cotswold Triathlon:

blueseventy #allabouttheswim

One of the UK’s top suppliers of wetsuits, swimwear and goggles, making products to enhance your swimming experience. 70% of the earth is covered in water, hence the name and blueseventy make products that empower swimmers to achieve their personal bests. Since 1993, they have been designing, testing, refining and crafting products using superior materials and revolutionary details that equate to comfort, freedom from restriction and ultimately a competitive advantage in the water.

As title sponsors, blueseventy have generously given all our winners some fabulous prizes.

And there’s more DB Maxers…… blueseventy are also giving away a spot prize. 

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 Max’s endurance triathletes 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

 

 

Made from Plants not Plastic!

                           

As a company DB Max are very eco-conscious and over recent years have researched ways that we can help our environment and reduce our carbon footprint.

DB Max are advocates of the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle. We dispelled with plastic carrier bags at our event finish lines around four years ago and feel that no matter how small or insignificant our actions may seem, they do make a difference and do matter.

So, we are incredibly happy to announce that we have just taken delivery of 20,000 event drinking cups which are made from natural, renewable plant materials and can be composted together with organic food waste after use. They have been independently certified 100% compostable by leading European and US authorities. DB Max have been increasingly concerned with the volume of plastic cups and bottles used at our events each year and even with us recycling as much as possible, this change in our business practices, represents a significant positive in reducing our carbon footprint.

So DB Maxers, look out for our new environmentally friendly water cups at all our events and the special green bins. These will be located at the finish and any used cups at our water stations will be collected by staff and transferred into the bins. Join us in helping to positively shape our environment!

 

A MOUTHWATERING RECIPE FROM OUR NUTRITION PARTNER PULSIN

Pulsin, our new nutrition partner for the blueseventy #51fiver Cotswold triathlon would love to share one of their fabulous recipes with you. Purchases for the ingredients can be made online and they are offering all DB Maxers a 25% discount (terms and conditions apply).

These chocolate truffle protein bars look incredible and are super easy to whip up!

VEGAN CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE PROTEIN BARS

Preparation Time – 30 minutes

Servings – 16 bars

Approx. Macros Per Bar – 14C 9P 7F

Approx. 155 kcals

For coating…

Directions

  1. Blend together all ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Place into a 9 inch loaf tin that has been lined with baking paper. Allow to set in the freezer for 2 hours.
  3. Slice into 8 or 16 bars…. I made 8 and coated them before slicing half when I realised how jumbo they were so I’d recommend creating 16!
  4. Melt chocolate with coconut oil in a large 2 litre jug with a wide base in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds, stir, heat for 30 seconds more; it should take 90 – 120 seconds total.
  5. One at a time place the bars into the melted chocolate.
  6. Coat and then remove with a large spoon. Transfer to a fork, tap off excess chocolate and return to a plate or tray lined with baking paper.
  7. Sprinkle with freeze dried raspberries and some puffed amaranth, or whatever your heart desires.
  8. Store in the fridge for up to two weeks or at room temperature for one week in a seal tight container. You can also freeze them for up to one month.

The discount code below needs to be entered in the ‘coupon code’ box at the basket stage of the checkout process. Please note the following terms and conditions apply:

Discount Code – DBM25

Terms and Conditions:

* 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

 

 

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.’