Archive for COMPETITOR STORIES

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.”

 

COMPETITOR STORY – LORI MARSHALL

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

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

In 2016, myself and a friend decided to really push ourselves both physically and mentally by completing 11 National and International challenges. We call ourselves Mud, Sweat and Fears!

This was to raise as much money and awareness for four incredible charities extremely close to our hearts, aptly spelling out the word DAFT: Dementia, Autism (NAS), Florence Nightingale Hospice, Thembalitsha (based in South Africa).

So far we have successfully completed 10 challenges including a 3 day trek up an active volcano, shark cage dive, a half marathon, Macchu Picchu 5 day trek, a lot of mountain climbing and a 12 hour relay where we both ran 36 miles each!

There have been challenges that got us sweaty, caked in mud and truly facing some of our biggest fears!! Some of them we knew were going to physically and mentally test us, but we also found that we were surprised by a few of the challenges being a lot tougher then we had anticipated! That is something that makes completing all the challenges feel that bit sweeter! We truly pushed what we thought were our limits and lived by our motto of Mind Over Matter.

When you put your mind to it, really almost anything is possible! My friend Cosette has recently completed her childhood dream of running the London Marathon which was challenge number 10, and now it is my turn to complete something that I have always wanted to do which brought me to the Cotswold #51fiver Triathlon.

The anticipation of this event was exciting and I could not wait to push myself even further with this event, who knows maybe one day you’ll find me doing an Ironman!

Search “Mud, Sweat And Fears” on Facebook to see full details of past and present challenges!

 

COMPETITOR STORY – LORRAINE MOSTAFA

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

This week it’s Lorraine Mostafa who took part in the Pulsin Westonbirt Easter 10k with us.

‘I started running 5 years ago after my daughter was born. I did C25K. I moved house around a year later and a mum I had become friends with at a baby group moved next door. We had done a mums fitness group together so decided to start running together. Little did I know that she was a marathoner!!! We got thinking that it would be nice to have a ladies running group, for all abilities, in the North Swindon area. As we are both mums, and we know a lot of mum’s, we called it Mums On The Run!  We got a good response to our Facebook advertising and had quite a few runners join us! We meet up every Tuesday and Thursday. We now have over 100 members on our Facebook group. We have our regulars who run with us each week and other members get out around their own areas of Swindon. We share our accomplishments with each other and support one another in our races. Without these ladies, I would never have considered running a half marathon, but I have….TWICE! Our group has also entered the Cotswolds 100 mile run and we came second! Not bad for mums who run to get out of the bedtime routine!!

Mums On The Run is a chance for ladies to have a little me-time, to meet up for some exercise, fresh air, a natter or a rant!! It is also a way for ladies to get out running with a buddy if they are nervous of running on their own. We have ladies of all abilities running with us and we welcome new faces all the time.

We have also set up Mums On The Run C25K for beginners! We have had huge success with that! One of our mums did the C25k and then went on to run a half marathon a few months later!’

COMPETITOR STORY – MICHELE CAUDREY

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

This week it’s Michele Caudrey who took part in the Pulsin Westonbirt Easter 10k with us.

‘I wanted run a 10K as I run 5K most weeks and wanted to stretch myself more. It was more realistic for me to do this distance rather than a half marathon as it was easier for me to fit in the training around my work shifts and children. I am raising money for BOWEL CANCER UK.

I am a Specialist Nurse with the Bowel Cancer Screening Team in Gloucestershire. My dad died in 2005 from bowel cancer – there was no screening then. I miss him every day. If bowel cancer is caught early, it can be cured. Yes – it seems embarrassing, but the nurses and doctors are all professional and experienced and have seen it all before. 55 year old’s are offered a one off ‘camera test’ to look at the left side of the bowel. From age 60 – the ‘pooh’ test is sent out every 2 years. Any bowel symptoms, please discuss with your doctor (GP) – these include, a change in bowel habit, abdominal pain and bleeding from your bottom.’

Check out Michele’s JustGiving Page for Bowel Cancer UK  http://www.justgiving.com/MicheleCaudrey1