Archive for COMPETITOR STORIES – Page 2


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


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”



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.”



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!



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!’


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




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

This week it’s Emma Burke who took part in the Pulsin Westonbirt Easter 10k with us. Here’s what she had to say:

I ran the 10k in memory of my husband Jamie Burke who was taken away from us in April 2018. I chose this event as Westonbirt is a special place for us as a family, Jamie loved running and I wanted to raise funds for St Peters Hospice, who cared for Jamie and supported us as a family.  I only started running in January this year to train for this event, whilst doing this I have discovered that I enjoy running. When I run outdoors I feel free, it clears my mind, I have now found myself a new hobby!

Emma has set up a JustGiving page:





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.’