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!’



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.’


Competitor Stories – Keith Lewis


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

This week it’s Keith Lewis who took part in the Chilly 10k with us.

‘In 2004 whilst at work I suffered a severe electric shock, leaving me with nerve damage which I still suffer to this day (no feeling in my lower right leg and some loss in my right hand). I spent almost a year in the Wessex Rehab Unit at Salisbury Hospital learning to get functions back to my right side and to help me walk properly again .

My wife suggested maybe to try running so I started the couch to 5k with my GP’s support…… began!!

In 2012 I completed the Sports Relief mile from there it was the Great South Run 2014 raising £1622 for The Wessex Rehab.

Trauma Care is a small NHS charity that aims to provide every patient across the country the same care in the treatment of severe trauma.

I was given the chance through Trauma Care to run the London Marathon in 2016 which I did closing the book on an amazing journey, and yes tears were shed!!

I still continue to run for fun and to raise monies for my chosen charity. Last year I ran the Great North & South Runs amongst others. I have currently raised over £3,300 via my Just Giving page because of the extremely good care I received, I can now run. So hopefully somebody else will get the same level of care I received due to trauma care, helping to raise a level of equal awareness throughout the NHS.

I really enjoyed the Chilly 10k and will definitely sign up for next year and I also hope to join you on the Chippenham Longest Day 10k run in June.’


Competitor Stories – Kirsty James


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

This week it’s Kirsty James who took part in the Chilly Duathlon with us.

‘In September 2017 I was the only female in a team of 5 cyclists who cycled from London to Monte Carlo over 12 days. We had a support crew of 3 to help with our cooking and cleaning and we all camped along the route as we travelled across France.

We cycled to raise funds for a little boy called Noah Stephenson from Barry, South Wales. When Noah was 8 months old he contracted meningitis and almost lost his life. Throughout the illness he lost his lower left leg and the tips of his toes and fingers. He is now 5 years old and walks with a prosthetic limb; the funds raised will aid his future development to allow him to lead a normal and active life.

The weather was not kind while we cycled and we faced some tough conditions, but we all worked together to make the journey and raised approximately £4,000. This was the second cycling challenge that Noah’s father, Gareth had organised and taken part in, but the first event of this size that I had ever undertaken.

This year I am training for a half marathon purely for the mental challenge, however I cannot give up my two wheels, so I chose the DB Max Chilly Duathlon to combine the two disciplines on one event. I have a very supportive group of ladies that I train with and they have completed the Chilly event before. Their recommendations convinced me to give it a go.’


Competitor Stories – Lee & Alie


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

This week it’s Lee & Alie who took part in the Chilly 10k with us.

They are raising money for Action Medical Research Children’s Charity and these are the reasons why:

‘Sadly back in December 2005, me and my ex wife lost a little girl who was born too early and asleep. I decided I wanted to try and help others not have to go through our experience so decided I wanted to run The London Marathon so I looked into charities and came across AMR.’

‘I lost a little boy in July 1997 who had a rare genetic condition and sadly was born asleep. My youngest child is Autistic with severe learning difficulties, severely delayed development and other ongoing issues. Autism is also an area that AMR do research into.’

They are running many events this year trying to raise as much as they can for this amazing charity. Lee will be attempting to break the world record as Paddington at Bath Half Marathon and they are both running the London Marathon in aid of the charity. Lee will once again be running as Paddington trying to break the world record and they also have 12 other Marathons already booked.

‘Me and Alie do lots of races (last year was 38) and I can honestly say that the Chilly 10k is up there with the best, so we will definitely be back.’

If you would like to donate to this fantastic cause please see the link below.

We look forward to seeing Paddington and Alie at another of our events and we will come prepared this time with a marmalade sandwich at the finish line!

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: 


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’.