Archive for COMPETITOR STORIES

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

COMPETITOR STORY – HUGH SMITH

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

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

I suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury in 2005, having fought back from my deathbed I made a promise to myself that all the time I could, I would run. After a long recovery, at 21 I had to learn to walk again and spent a little over 5 months in hospital. Once in the ‘real’ world again I built my ability up to complete a 5km then 10km run. Never one to look back I now complete multiple 10km runs each year (18 to date in the last 2 years). It’s with the fantastic organisation from DBMax that this is continually possible. I wrote about my experience to help others that good can come from bad….anything is possible. The New Me; My Journey Back From a Traumatic Brain Injury by Hugh Smith

COMPETITOR STORY – LISA NELSON

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

This week it’s Lisa Nelson who took part in the Westonbirt Triathlon with us.

21st May 2018, three weeks after my 40th Birthday I was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer. After 7 cycles of chemotherapy, surgery and 4 weeks of radiotherapy I wanted to come back to Westonbirt Triathlon stronger than before.

Exercising has been very important to me during my treatment. It is good to have goals to achieve to keep you motivated.

I am pleased to say that I improved on my time from last year. Thank you to everyone at DB Max who made the event so successful.

I will be back next year”

 

COMPETITOR STORY – ANGELA FISHER

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

This week it’s Angela Fisher who took part in the #51fiver with us.

In 2017 I was training for my first Ironman, Bolton in July. I was out with  my husband and some friends doing a long ride just a month before race day when I hit some electrical covers in the road at about 20 mph and came off my bike. I was unconscious and was air lifted to hospital.

I don’t really remember much of my time in hospital. I was there for a week with a broken neck, collar bone, wrist, ribs, fingers, and a hole in my cheek bone. I realised I wasn’t going to make Bolton but I was determined that one day I would complete it. There was never any doubt in my mind that I would do it. Some would say I’m very stubborn.

Much to the consultants amazement I was back in the water 3 weeks later with a special waterproof sleeve to protect the plater on my broken wrist. I was jogging gently round the track but it took a few more months to get back on the bike. Initially I couldn’t change gear because of my wrist and fingers and had to ride round on the small ring.

I had a massive loss of confidence on the bike plus I found it  really painful with the injuries I’d sustained. I just kept plugging away at it little by little and signed up to do Ironman Austria in 2018, 12 months after the accident.

Ironman Austria was amazing. I wasn’t 100% fit and still not happy on the bike but if you don’t try then you never know if you can do it or not. Needless to say I finished and was 4th in my AG.

Another 12months on and I’m training for Ironman Barcelona. I am so much better now and I have got over my fear of cycling.

My neck has been the most painful of all the injuries but has much improved with arthritis medication. I have a few permanent injuries such as some nerve damage to my face but feel very lucky to still be alive. Thank god for helmets!

Cotswolds was my first race last year post accident on my journey to towards being an ‘Ironwoman’. It was a wonderful event and I enjoyed it so much more now I’m fit again. I’m also planning my first tattoo this year. The immortal words “Never Give Up.”