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Competitor Story – Charlie Paradise

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

This week it’s Charlie Paradise who took part in the Chippenham 10k with us.

Since September 2018 I have been undergoing a challenge to raise awareness of mental health in the hope to help normalise it. This is an important subject for me, one that is very close to my heart for a number of reasons including my own experience of struggling with clinical depression in my mid 20s.

One of the biggest barrier to people gaining support is the stigma around the topic, you can feel like your different and no one would understand, but actually mental health is something we all have and at least 1 in 4 of us will struggle with mental health issues. Our mental health is a spectrum and we are continuously moving around on that spectrum, lives events really affect us and therefore it isn’t a sign of weakness to struggle, its completely understandable and normal.

I picked a challenge of completing 1000km in 400 days to represent those 1 in 4 people and I am using physical activity to complete this – run, walk and three bike rides – as physical activity has always helped my mental well being and I believe it can help others too.

The Chippenham 10k was the 4th DB Max event that I am taken on for this challenge, the events have been excellent and really enjoyable. My 1000km is all being completed through events, so its about finding the right ones where the participants are nice, the events are well managed and there is no pressure to be the best- DB Max tick all these boxes.

I have a link if anyone would like to find out more- https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/1in4

 

Melksham Town FC 10k – Race Letter

DB Max will be at the Melksham Town FC stadium and ground for the inaugural Melksham Town FC 10k on Sunday 30th June. We are looking forward to welcoming you to this brand new event.

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. The race line-up and live result pages are available now HERE.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer HERE, if there are any errors. Please note, this is very important as if you race with incorrect details (gender, category, club), you may not be eligible for prizes.

Things to remember for race day:

  • Please note that you must arrive before 09:10 as the main drive will close at this point ready for the race.
  • Please make sure you are well hydrated before the race and use sun cream if it looks like it is going to be a warm evening.
  • Your bib numbers will be collected on race day. You do not receive anything by post.
  • Don’t forget the #finishinthebar after your run – lots of great food and drinks available in the MTFC bar.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday 30th June.

Race Letter – Longest Day Chippenham 10k 2019

DB Max descend on Chippenham Town Centre for the sold out  Longest Day Chippenham 10k on Wednesday 19th June and we are looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s event.

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. The race line-up and live result pages are available now HERE.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer HERE, if there are any errors. Please note, this is very important as if you race with incorrect details (gender, category, club), you may be disqualified.

Things to remember for race day:

  • Please note that the start and finish is now in Chippenham High Street with the race village in the Market Place (SN15 3HP)
  • Please make sure you are well hydrated before the race and use sun cream if it looks like it is going to be a warm evening.
  • If your bib number is 946 or above you will collect it from Race HQ on the evening of the race. Please arrive in plenty of time to avoid a last minute rush!

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 19th June.

 

Race Letter – Titan Brecon 2019

 

 

It’s time for Titan Brecon DB Maxers! Saturday June 15th sees us back at Parc Bryn Bach in the heart of Wales for our fantastic middle distance event.. #becomeatitan

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. The race line-up and live result page is available HERE.

Please check your details very carefully on the email you will have received and email your Race Timer, if there are any errors. Please note, this is very important as if you race with incorrect details (gender, category, club), you will be disqualified. Please note at this stage start times can not be changed and there are no transfers, refunds or deferrals available.

Things to remember for race weekend:

  • Please ensure that you know your race number when arriving at the registration desk.
  • Your signed waiver from your race letter and your photo ID – you cannot race without these.
  • Don’t forget to number your gels with a permanent marker.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you at Parc Bryn Bach on Saturday June 15th.

Titan Brecon Finish

 

Melksham Motor Spares, at the brand-new Melksham Town FC 10K

Award winning local motor factor, Melksham Motor Spares, are proud to be announced as the lead sponsor of the brand-new Melksham Town FC 10K. 

As the leading independent automotive parts distributor in the region, the company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018 and were awarded the prestigious industry accolade of ‘Distributor of the Year’ from the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation.

Melksham Motor Spares boast the largest stockholding in the region, which combined with a large fleet of modern delivery vehicles and a highly trained, experienced technical sales team, ready to meet customers’ demands, means you are assured of the best all round service. Their trade counter and large retail shop on Bowerhill, stocking an extensive range of trusted and recognised brands from the leading suppliers in the industry, completes their commitment to bring you the best.

Phil Dodd, Melksham Motor Spares Managing Director, said, “As a local business, we love supporting the community however we can, so we’re delighted to be sponsoring the inaugural Melksham Town FC 10K and are confident it will become a well anticipated fixture on the Wiltshire Road Race League for years to come.”

Competitors taking part can receive a free goody bag from Melksham Motor Spares by visiting their stand on the day with their race number.

Will Whitmore, DB Max Managing Director, said, “DB Max has been based in Melksham since 2012, so launching a local event at the great local Melksham Town FC venue, is very exciting for us. To top it off, we have a fantastic local partner too now, in Melksham Motor Spares. It’s turning into the perfect launch for this inaugural local event! ”

There’s still time to enter the Melksham Town FC 10k in association with Melksham Motor Spares here.

For more information about Melksham Motor Spares visit www.melkshammotorspares.co.uk.

Race Letter – BUCS Sprint Triathlon Champs 2019

It’s almost time for the BUCS Sprint Triathlon Championships 2019!

Saturday 1st June 2019 sees the very best of the UK’s university students racing at the beautiful Parc Bryn Bach in South Wales.

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. The race line-up and live result pages will soon be available HERE.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer here, if there are any errors with any of your team members. Please note, this is very important as if racing with incorrect details (gender, University, etc.), may incur penalties or disqualification.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

Turn injury into a positive!

Injured? Unable to run? This blog can show you how to turn this into a positive experience…

Being injured is never fun, and every athlete’s worst nightmare. Nobody wants to be out of action for weeks or even months on end. However, it’s part of the package and likely to occur once in a while throughout your training years so here are a few tips on how to create a positive experience from them.

The initial stages of injury suck! You feel down, restricted, annoyed, worried about loss of fitness etc. However, once you have given into these feelings and accepted the injury, this is where the magic can happen.

You see, injury enforces you to rest, and though this is something you may not want to do and find hard to accept at first, it can actually be the biggest blessing given to you. Time off and rest plays a huge role in long-term health and fitness. It allows the body to re-set and catch up.

Create use out of your injury

Ok so you can’t train like you did before, so use this additional time to gain experience and understanding of the injury itself.

Why did this injury happen?

How can you prevent this from occurring again?

Use this time to focus on the areas that you may have neglected beforehand such as strength training or nutrition.

Give that head a rest

Just like your body, your brain needs a rest too. If you are injured and find yourself with extra time that would have been used for training, use it on another aspect in your life. Break away from your usual routine and channel it into something else. This could be arranging a coffee with a friend or taking up another hobby or sport to take your mind off of the injury.

Running is a much mental as it is physical. Allowing your mind to focus on another area away from the injury can be a great thing and one which will create a positive experience for you too!

Don’t jump straight back in

If you’ve been given the go-ahead to return to running and start to ramp back up the training miles, err on the side of caution. Ease yourself back in slowly. Have patience and listen to your body. Keep that perspective firmly fixed in the front of your mind and respect the work your body has gone through in order to get you back to this point. Jumping straight back in at the pointy end of training isn’t the answer and may revert you back to square one.

The beauty of an injury is it makes you appreciate just how incredible our bodies are at rebuilding, learn from this experience and I promise you will return stronger both physically and mentally.

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!

 

Race Letter – Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon

 

It’s the Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon time DB Maxers! Monday May 27th sees us back at Westonbirt House in Gloucestershire for our ever popular sprint triathlon.

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. Please note the waiver which must be completed and brought to registration along with your photo Id is at the bottom of the race letter. The race line-up and live result pages is available HERE.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer, if there are any errors. Please note, this is very important as if you race with incorrect details (gender, category, club), you will be disqualified.

Things to remember for race day:

  • Please ensure that you know your race number when arriving at the registration desk.
  • Your signed waiver from your race letter and your photo ID – you cannot race without these.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you at Westonbirt House on Monday May 27th.

5 triathlon tips for newbies

Summer is fast approaching and the 2019 triathlon season has begun!

Being a triathlete myself and reminiscing of my first few races, there are certainly some tips I wish I’d been given prior to the day. So this post is aimed at helping those first timers who are in the same position in a bid to help you avoid the mistakes I made!

1. Practice swimming in open water before the race

Open water swimming is entirely different to pool swimming. For a start, you haven’t got the lane etiquette and that big black line to follow up and down. Instead you will be emerged in a dark lake with weeds and a couple of bouys to sight. If the swim is a “mass start” get ready for a bit of a scuffle. You will find yourself surrounded by flying limbs left right and centre and it can all be a little overwhelming especially if it’s your first time.

Try to remain calm and get yourself into a space where you are free to move and hit a rhythm (this may take a couple of hundred metres before this can happen due to the number of other triathletes in the swim).

Remember to sight regularly and look out for the bouys as it is easy to drift off course without even feeling it. It takes a few times to adjust so if you can get yourself to an open water swimming venue before hand, I highly recommend it.

2. Always check your bike

Prior to your race, give your bike a little once over, checking the gears and breaks are working efficiently, your tyre pressures are correct and you are happy with the set up.

This can be done the night before and also when in transition setting up prior to your race. Although once you leave transition it is out of your control what happens, knowing that everything was working and you’ve placed your bike into the correct gears before takes a little pressure off of you when you rush in from your swim.

My first triathlon saw me having to place the chain back on once I had de-racked my bike from T1 because it was in the wrong gear when I went to mount…fun times!

3. Practice your transitions.

It’s a good idea to have a couple of trial runs of your T1 and T2 transitions prior to race day especially if you are racing in a sprint and olympic where every second matters. The time taken in transitions can be valuable, so nailing these as efficiently and fast as possible is key. An example would be practicing coming out of your wetsuit and putting on your bike gear as these things can be tricky when under a pressured situation like a race.

4. Elastic laces are game changers.

Swapping your normal laces for elastic ones is a great idea and one which will save you valuable time in T2. When I did my first triathlon I had no idea about elastic laces and spent a few too many minutes undoing and redoing my laces before setting off on my run.

5. Don’t forget to enjoy it.

Although the above tips are something which can help prepare you a little better than I was for my first triathlon, it’s important to not get too caught up in it all with it being your first race. Try to take it all in and enjoy the day. There will be plenty of opportunities to nail these tips in future races and improve on your times etc.

Triathlon is a great sport and one which brings everybody together and involves all walks of life. The triathlon community is so friendly and helpful and I have no doubt that which ever race you have entered for your first one will be great!


Be sure to check out our 2019 triathlons:

Westonbirt sprint triathlon – 27th May 2019

Titan Brecon middle distance – 15th June 2019

Portishead sprint triathlon – 17th August 2019