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

We were delighted that Pete Flaherty took part in the Battle Of Lansdown……’s why Pete tackled the 35 obstacles.

Over the last two years I have witnessed the suffering and passing of both my Nan & Granddad due to this terrible disease.  For those that know me, they know that calling them Nan & Granddad doesn’t do them justice, as for most of my life they brought me up.  I am extremely grateful for everything they have given me. For taking on the job of being my ‘Mum & Dad‘.

As a way of remembering them and saying thank you for all the sacrifices they made, I will be undertaking 12-months of extreme(ish) crazy(ish) challenges.  My aim is to raise as much money as possible to help the continued research and treatment of Dementia.

So far I have completed Tough Guy in January, The Beast in February and the Battle of Lansdown.’

Please see Pete’s fundraising challenges below:

  • January: Tough Guy
  • February: The Beast
  • March: The Battle of Lansdown
  • April: My Jiu-Jitsu Challenge – 1,000 throws in 5 hours
  • May: Tough Mudder 5k & 100km Canoe Challenge on River Spey in Scotland
  • June: Rough Runner 15k
  • July: Climbing Ben Nevis
  • August; My 6 year old son will be climbing Snowdon (with me!)
  • September: Tough Mudder Full
  • October: Hell runner: Hell-up North
  • November: tbc
  • December: My Ju Jitsu Black Belt Grading (hopefully!!)


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

This week we have featured FXT Obstacle Addicts who took part in the Battle of Lansdown with us.

How it started

‘The FXT Obstacle Addict workouts started as a result of realising that people were ‘addicted’ to OCRs, which we learnt whilst participating in many ourselves.  We also realised that people couldn’t regularly get their obstacle ‘fix’ because events are often months apart and are scattered all over the country.  As a result of this we decided to start our very own obstacle style workout in the local area, that people could do regularly to help them train for OCRs whilst still getting their ‘fix’ throughout the year.  The workout has been hugely popular and regularly attracts 20-30 people, which is managed by 2-3 qualified personal trainers (one of which owns TRIBE PT – our partners) who help motivate and coach people in a really friendly environment.

What’s involved

FXT Obstacle Addict is a challenging and fun outdoor workout held every other week at Widbrook Grange in Bradford on Avon.  It involves running through streams, climbing over walls, scrambling through nets, carrying logs, sand bags, dragging tyres and much more.  This is a great whole body workout that will improve your strength, fitness and mind.  There’s nothing else quite like it in the area.  We have plans to set up another one in a surrounding area soon.  Please come along as we know you’ll love it!’

For further info please visit the Facebook page and the website –

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.’


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

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 



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.’