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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.’

 

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 :)’