Archive for COMPETITOR STORIES

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

 

COMPETITOR STORY – LIZ AND ALAN RENNO

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

This week it’s Liz & Alan Renno who took part in the Chilly 10K with us.

My mum was diagnosed with blood cancer on 13th March this year. Unfortunately this is terminal. Also my dad suddenly passed away on 7th July. I wanted to to do something positive as it was such a sad time in my life. My husband Alan suggested raising money for the Haematology unit that is caring for my mum and in memory of my Dad. We looked online and the Chilly 10k was the first event that came up. There were 16 of us that ran for my mum’s charity.

The 24th November is my 50th birthday and my nickname is Chilly Liz (I’m always cold and I love hot food) we thought this had to be a sign !!

COMPETITOR STORY – SARAH FULHAM

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

This week it’s Sarah Fulham who took part in the Chilly 10K with us.

My Nan is 75 Years old and in March this year she was diagnosed with a very rare type of blood cancer. Following her diagnosis her husband, my Grandad, died at the age of 79. Due to the rarity of her illness she will need to have chemotherapy and blood transfusions for the rest of her life. She’s being treated at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and has received top class care and support from all of the staff there. When my Grandad died it gave me and other family members the motivation to raise money for the hospital that is doing such a great job of looking after my Nan and will continue to do so for the rest of her life.

The Chilly 10K happens to fall on my Aunties 50th birthday which seemed like the perfect time to get the family together to support this cause  and have a celebration. This will be my first ever run and I’m looking forward to doing it as well raising money for a really important cause“.

COMPETITOR STORY – LEE FELLOWS

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

This week it’s Lee Fellows who took part in the Chilly 10K with us.

Movember is the only charity movement focused solely on mens health, tackling issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and the shocking rate of male suicides.

Ive been fundraising with Movember for the past 4 years, I’ve seen firsthand what poor mental health can lead to, its such an important message to spread, go and talk to the doctor about your niggling health concern, open up to a friend or relative about how you’ve been feeling, we need to remove the stigmas that still surround mens health.

I’m proud to raise money for the Movember foundation“.

Lee’s donation link is https://mobro.co/costakeynsham

COMPETITOR STORY – LUCY DAWKINS

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

This week it’s Lucy Dawkins who took part in the Portishead Triathlon with us.

The reason why I took part in this triathalon is because I love a challenge and I’ve never done a triathlon before. I have a fascination in health and fitness because my occupation is a Sport Massage Therapist and I believe it is important to take part variety of different sports so as we use a variety of different muscles as injuries can occur due to muscle overuse.
I am raising money for The Terrence Higgins Trust because I have been volunteering for The Terrence Higgins Trust as a Massage Therapist since 2013 and I’ve seen the decline of services for people with HIV due to lack of funding over the years and I’ve observed personally how physically harrowing having this disease can be.

 

COMPETITOR STORY – NICOLA PRING

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

This week it’s Nicola Pring who took part in the Portishead Triathlon with us.

In 2018 I set out to complete various New Year resolutions: to complete a 10km run, to take part in a long distance bike ride, to attempt enjoying a Tough Mudder and, finally, to take on a sprint triathlon. All with the aim of raising money for Maggie’s and Crisis. Maggie’s supported my Mum in 2017 when she was in remission from cervical cancer; they provided her with emotional, practical and social support to get back in to day-to-day life. We are all aware that we have a serious homelessness problem in the UK; it’s something we see every day. Crisis offer education, training and support with housing, employment and health. I wasn’t able to complete my “2018 Challenge” as my Mum sadly passed away shortly before I was due to take part in the triathlon last year. However, I am sticking to my word with the hope of raising even more money for these two great charities!

Nicola’s justgiving page is: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/Nicola-Pring1

 

COMPETITOR STORY – MARTIN PEARCE

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

This week it’s Martin Pearce who took part in the Westonbirt 10k with us.

I first began fundraising for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) in 2017, the year I turned 50. I raise funds for a charity most years and the year I turned 50 I wanted a charity that was local, would benefit children and also where I could really see the effect the money raised was having. I have a colleague who has benefited from the support at CHSW’s Charlton Farm and following a tour of the hospice I could really see that the fantastic work carried out for the whole family of children who stay there.

www.virginmoneygiving.com/shoeperman

COMPETITOR STORY – BRIDIE DUDFIELD

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

This week it’s Bridie Dudfield who took part in the Westonbirt 10k with us.

In March 2012 my good friend Helen met Dan and they fell in love. They married in the April of 2017, which I was lucky enough to attend, and welcomed George into the world in the September. All was perfect. But as life has a way of doing, things took a turn for the worst.

Dan was diagnosed with a brain tumour and after a brave fight, sadly died in July 2018, aged just 34.

The reason of my Just Giving page is to raise money for Sue Ryder, namely the Leckhampton Hospice, that cared for Dan in his final 11 days“.

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bridie-dudfield1