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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.’

 

We welcome Pulsin as nutrition partner at The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k

We’re delighted to announce that Pulsin will join us as nutrition partner at the The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k  this Sunday.

Pulsin are becoming a regular at DB Max’s events in 2018 and their top-draw nutrition bars will be on hand to fuel  all our DB Maxers at the finish line.

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!

This also gives us a great opportunity to introduce you to a couple of Pulsin’s key products which can be used in both triathlon training and racing.

Bars
Raw choc brownies. Anyone who’s tried these will know that despite managing to create a nutritionally packed snack, Pulsin have gone to great lengths to ensure taste isn’t compromised. The choc brownies come in a range of sweet and savoury flavours and are dairy, sofa and gluten free.
Protein boosters. With 13g of plant protein, these bars are ideal for post-training (or race) recovery. A little tip for you…with a cookie dough taste and texture, we highly recommend the vanilla choc-chip flavour.
Porridge oat bars. The goodness of porridge. In a bar. Simple. Using 100% natural ingredients and 30% less sugar than other oat bars, we particularly love the Apple and Cinnamon flavour.

Pea protein powder
Protein is a key nutrient, particularly for anyone taking part in sport. Some of us get enough in our diet naturally, but there’s certainly a place for supplementation. The protein supplement market is saturated with many brands claiming to make the best, tastiest flavoured powder. But the problem with most protein powders these days is they taste very synthetic and artificial. You might be getting the grams of protein you need, but it doesn’t necessarily feel like you’re doing your body a favour. And that’s where Pulsin’s pea protein powders come in.

You can choose from four vegan powders or three natural whey powders, so whatever your diet you know you’re covered. And rather than create the most appealing sounding flavour, they’ve gone natural (flavourless) on them all. It’s a bold statement, but it leaves you with ultimate versatility on how to use them. Chuck a scoop in your morning smoothie, add some to your cereal or even throw some in your spaghetti bolognaise for an extra protein punch.

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

We hope all you DB Maxers taking part in The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k  will try some of the products and say hi to the Pulsin team – it’s great to have them on board for another one of our events.

See you Sunday!

 

Competitor Stories – Tristan Williams

                       

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

This week it’s Tristan Williams who took part in the Portishead Sprint Triathlon with us.

‘In February 2017, after going to the doctors because I was suffering from the flu, I was rushed to Southmead Hospital because the doctor could not hear any air getting into my left lung. After a number of X-Rays and scans, I was told that I needed to be put into an induced coma due to having a serious infection in my lung along with suspected pneumonia. I was in the coma for 4 days and in the intensive care unit for 2 weeks. I’m sure that people will appreciate that this was a very stressful and worrying time for my family and friends.

However, thanks to the extraordinary care and support that I received from the staff in the intensive care unit, I managed to walk out of hospital and eventually get back to full health. I took part in the Portishead Triathlon and other events to raise as much money as possible for the unit so they can continue their life saving work.  The staff in the ICU are real life everyday heroes!’

To see what fabulous work Tristan is part of please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tris-williamsSaveSave

DB Max Portishead Sprint Triathlon welcome Pulsin as their nutrition partner

We’re delighted to announce that Pulsin will join us as nutrition partner at the Portishead Sprint Triathlon this Saturday.

Pulsin are becoming a regular at DB Max’s events in 2018 and their top-draw nutrition bars will be on hand to fuel  all our DB Maxers at the finish line.

This also gives us a great opportunity to introduce you to a couple of Pulsin’s key products which can be used in both triathlon training and racing.

Bars
Raw choc brownies. Anyone who’s tried these will know that despite managing to create a nutritionally packed snack, Pulsin have gone to great lengths to ensure taste isn’t compromised. The choc brownies come in a range of sweet and savoury flavours and are dairy, sofa and gluten free.
Protein boosters. With 13g of plant protein, these bars are ideal for post-training (or race) recovery. A little tip for you…with a cookie dough taste and texture, we highly recommend the vanilla choc-chip flavour.
Porridge oat bars. The goodness of porridge. In a bar. Simple. Using 100% natural ingredients and 30% less sugar than other oat bars, we particularly love the Apple and Cinnamon flavour.

Pea protein powder
Protein is a key nutrient, particularly for anyone taking part in sport. Some of us get enough in our diet naturally, but there’s certainly a place for supplementation. The protein supplement market is saturated with many brands claiming to make the best, tastiest flavoured powder. But the problem with most protein powders these days is they taste very synthetic and artificial. You might be getting the grams of protein you need, but it doesn’t necessarily feel like you’re doing your body a favour. And that’s where Pulsin’s pea protein powders come in.

You can choose from four vegan powders or three natural whey powders, so whatever your diet you know you’re covered. And rather than create the most appealing sounding flavour, they’ve gone natural (flavourless) on them all. It’s a bold statement, but it leaves you with ultimate versatility on how to use them. Chuck a scoop in your morning smoothie, add some to your cereal or even throw some in your spaghetti bolognaise for an extra protein punch.

We hope all you DB Maxers taking part in the Portishead Sprint Triathlon will try some of the products and say hi to the Pulsin team – it’s great to have them on board.

See you Saturday!

 

Pulsin joining DB Max at the Officers’ Association Inter-Services Triathlon

We’re delighted to announce that Pulsin will join us as nutrition partner at the Officers’ Association Inter-Services Triathlon on 25th July.

Pulsin are becoming a regular at DB Max’s events in 2018 and their top-draw nutrition bars will be on hand to fuel  the Inter-Services triathletes at the finish line on Wednesday.

This also gives us a great opportunity to introduce you to a couple of Pulsin’s key products which can be used in both triathlon training and racing.

Bars
Raw choc brownies. Anyone who’s tried these will know that despite managing to create a nutritionally packed snack, Pulsin have gone to great lengths to ensure taste isn’t compromised. The choc brownies come in a range of sweet and savoury flavours and are dairy, sofa and gluten free.
Protein boosters. With 13g of plant protein, these bars are ideal for post-training (or race) recovery. A little tip for you…with a cookie dough taste and texture, we highly recommend the vanilla choc-chip flavour.
Porridge oat bars. The goodness of porridge. In a bar. Simple. Using 100% natural ingredients and 30% less sugar than other oat bars, we particularly love the Apple and Cinnamon flavour.

Pea protein powder
Protein is a key nutrient, particularly for anyone taking part in sport. Some of us get enough in our diet naturally, but there’s certainly a place for supplementation. The protein supplement market is saturated with many brands claiming to make the best, tastiest flavoured powder. But the problem with most protein powders these days is they taste very synthetic and artificial. You might be getting the grams of protein you need, but it doesn’t necessarily feel like you’re doing your body a favour. And that’s where Pulsin’s pea protein powders come in.

You can choose from four vegan powders or three natural whey powders, so whatever your diet you know you’re covered. And rather than create the most appealing sounding flavour, they’ve gone natural (flavourless) on them all. It’s a bold statement, but it leaves you with ultimate versatility on how to use them. Chuck a scoop in your morning smoothie, add some to your cereal or even throw some in your spaghetti bolognaise for an extra protein punch.

So all the competitors taking part in the Inter-services Triathlon on July 25th week will get to try a protein recovery bar and it’s great to have Pulsin on board for another one of our events!

 

Competitor Stories – Neil Wheeler

                                              

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

This week it’s Neil Wheeler who took part in the Chippenham Longest Day 10k with us.

‘I decided to run 52 marathons in 52 weeks for the police treatment centres just after the Manchester attacks and decided I wanted to give something back to those who risk their lives each day for us. As part of my fundraising I ran the Chippenham 10k race in Wellington boots filled with baked beans. So far I have done 27 marathons this year.’

To see what fabulous work Neil is part of please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/neil-wheeler7 

 

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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.