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Malmesbury Carnival Success

We love nothing more than supporting local organisations, and the Malmesbury Carnival is no different. The Flying Monk 10k saw hundreds of runners complete the scenic 10k running race in what can only be described as biblical conditions!

Throughout the carnival, a total of £17,000 was raised for local charities and the Flying Monk 10k contributed to causes such as:

• Development of the tennis and youth football club
• Equipment and projects for local schools
• Senior citizens day’s out
• The Abbey holiday home project
• The Brownies and Rainbows
• The library literary event
…and much more.

We’re proud to support this kind of work, and we thank you for coming out in your droves to run our events. They wouldn’t happen without you!

Race Letter – BUCS Chilly Duathlon Champs 2018

It’s almost time for the BUCS Chilly Duathlon Championships 2018!

Sunday 18th November 2018 sees the very best of the UK’s university students racing at the world famous Castle Combe Circuit.

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 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 Sunday.

 

 

 

 

Race Letter – Chilly November 2018

Chilly Duathlon, DBMax Events

It’s Chilly time folks! Sunday 18th November 2018 sees the TRIBEChilly’ 10k and ‘Chilly’ Duathlon at the world famous Castle Combe Circuit.

Please click and read your 10k race letter HERE or your duathlon race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. The race line-up and live result pages are available now at Chilly Results.

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 ensure that you know your race number when arriving at the registration desk.
  • Please enter car parks as directed from the road.
  • Duathletes – 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 on Sunday 18th November.

 

 

 

The Chilly – Latest Sponsor News

The Chilly is fast approaching DB Maxers and so we’re very excited to share our latest news regarding our sponsors and partners below:

Up and Running

Our running event retail partner Up & Running will be hosting their on-site shop and will have a selection of quality products for runners. They specialise in running shoes, running clothes and running accessories, with products from today’s key running brands such as Garmin, Brooks, Asics, Mizuno, Saucony, Inov-8, Sub 4 and Ronhill.

With more than 21 years of running retail experience, they never stop thinking about you the runner and your running needs. They will be happy to offer DB Maxers expert advice and to help you choose the gear that’s right for you. They are very generously giving all our 10k winners prizes and there will be lots of offers and promotions on the day.

Helix Sport

Helix Sport believe in awesome first class customer service to the community. Their team have years of experience in all areas of Swim, Bike, Run and Adventure. So, whether you’re just starting out needing some advice on new equipment, or you’re a seasoned athlete looking to find that edge with a new technical piece, they have the team that can help you. Please pop along and say “Hi” to them at their race day pop-up shop. The team wish all the  competitors good luck with their final race preparations and look forward to seeing you on race day.
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TRIBE Energy Bars

TRIBE use the Force of Nature to fuel us with their top quality 100% Natural Performance Nutrition. As well as being title sponsors of the TRIBE Chilly 10k all competitors at this year’s Chilly,receive an exclusive offer to trial a TRIBE pack for just £1 (includes P&P), containing 6 of our most popular products!
● Delivered to your door.
● Vegan*, Dairy Free, Gluten Free
● Fully customisable to your needs.
Use code “ DBMAX18 ” at checkout to receive this offer. Must be redeemed by November 30th.

Claim your TRIBE Bars HERE.

 

Big Bobble Hats

Having spent many years trying to find the perfect bobble hat both on the ski slopes and the great outdoors, the first set of hats were worn on a trip to Les Arc and this was when Big Bobble Hats was born. All the beanie bobble style hats are designed in Scotland. Big Bobble Hats have very generously offered our prize winners one of their awesome hats or funky socks. Also you may be one of the lucky ones to be picked out for a spot prize at the finish.

They will have many styles and colours available to choose from on the day. So if you need to get your head in the game, these hats are perfect at keeping your ears and head warm from the ‘chilly’ weather. All the hats are one size and can be purchased for £20 or two for £35. They will also have some funky socks which retail at £5 each or 4 for £10 so a great ideal for stocking fillers .

They will have a card reader for those that do not have cash on them.

They want all their customers to stand out, be bold, be bright and be seen. So why not show off your ‘Mojo’ with a big bobble hat.

 

Aerocoach

AeroCoach are there to help you ride faster, for longer, with less effort. Based in the UK they help all kinds of athletes, from local riders to Tour de France champions, first time triathletes to Ironman winners! They offer aerodynamic test sessions for riders, and their own in house innovative products, such as the AEOX wheel range and our suite of ergonomic bike accessories. They are providing a prize for the first male and female at the Chilly Duathlon.

Bike Fit Yeovil

That feeling when you realize you’ve bought something that doesn’t quite fit properly? It really can be frustrating if it’s something simple like a new pair of jeans, but if it’s an expensive bike or accessories it can be both depressing as well as wasteful. Shoes are a great example. As a cyclist, do you ever get numb feet? We can probably guess why – your shoes will be slightly the wrong size with the cleats positioned in slightly the wrong place. Millimeters do matter and at BikeAid, you will find that they take fitting very seriously indeed.

Their flagship service is Bike Fit. It is the ultimate fit for you and your bike. The theory is simple – they make sure your bike is fitted to you and not the other way round, because the other way round doesn’t work! We are all different, so adapting the bike to fit you results in a more comfortable, enjoyable and efficient ride.

Nick from Bike Fit will be on site to assist with any bike related issues at the duathlon.

The Physio Clinic, Bristol

2018 is rapidly coming to a close, but it’s all systems go at The Physio Clinic Bristol. This is their 6th year supporting DB Max’s events, providing sports massage at several of our events and we are delighted that they are working with us again in 2019 on even more events. Next year’s schedule looks bigger and better than ever and its’s great that they will be part of the support team.

For those who don’t know, the Physio Clinic, Bristol are a private physiotherapy practice in North Bristol. Established in 2007 they are a multi room, multi practitioner clinic with a special interest in sports injuries, movement analysis and exercise rehabilitation. Their services range from assessment and diagnosis of injury, sports massage, strength and conditioning programming, to running analysis and rehabilitation.

Bosom Buddies

Bosom Buddies sports bras, tops and bottoms are already worn by some pretty amazing women, including world-class equestrian riders, marathon runners, tri-athletes, running clubs, women’s football teams, fitness instructors, gym bunnies and determined Mum’s getting back into shape.

When Bosom Buddies first store opened in June 2017 – in the Cotswold town of Nailsworth – all of Sam’s hard work and commitment to bring ethically made sportswear to a wider audience finally paid off. The entire shop is kitted out in upcycled materials. Sam has kindly offered prizes for our top 3 ladies.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Wiltshire Air Ambulance provides an essential Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for anyone who lives, works or travels in Wiltshire and surrounding counties. Wiltshire Air Ambulance is available up to 19 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is a charity and relies almost entirely on public donations to raise the £3.25 million a year to keep the air ambulance operational.

In 2017 one in five incidents were road traffic collisions and one in ten incidents involved children. A total of 65 incidents – more than one a week – were sporting related. More than one in three missions was in the hours of darkness.

This year marked a major milestone in their history with the move to a new airbase at Semington, near Melksham, bringing together their operational, fundraising and administrative teams.

The central location of their new airbase at Semington means the helicopter can reach all parts of Wiltshire within 11 minutes.

With your support we can continue saving lives.

For more information go to www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk  or call them on 01225 300536 or email hello@wiltshireairambulance.co.uk

Brigstowe

 

Brigstowe have been delivering HIV specialist services in Bristol and surrounding areas for over 23 years. As the landscape of HIV has changed, so has their services but still retaining a core aim: to improve the lives of people living with HIV.

They now deliver support and advice services, including Peer Support and a specialist service for migrants and asylum seekers who are living with HIV. They educate community groups and organisations by delivering HIV awareness training. They campaign on key HIV issues, challenging stigma and raising awareness where can.

In the past few years, they have looked to diversify funding to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the organisation. Partnering with DBMax on the Castle Combe 10k is a great opportunity to raise funds to support their work.

 

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Don’t forget that Max the Monkey will be at the start and finish line to motivate you all. Plus all our finishers will receive a chilly soup.

                                    

 

DB Max Obstacle Course Races

We’re thrilled to announce DB Max are launching into the world of Obstacle Course Racing with not one but two new races for 2019!

The first is the Battle of Lansdown on Saturday 30th March. We have taken over as the new organisers of this well-established, hugely popular event. The venue, course and ethos will be the same, but with the extra touches that you have come to expect from the DB Max team. Expect great obstacles, water, mud and much laughter!

Enter Now.


The second event is Mud Nation on Saturday 13th April. This inaugural event will be followed by a second Mud Nation event in October 2019 (exact date TBC).

Mud Nation will take place at Charlton Park near Malmesbury, where OCR events have been held for years. Again, we will build on previous events and add our own personal touch to make it extra special.

For both events, we’re collaborating with fantastic OCR organisers and adding the professional, personal and complete event experience our triathletes and runners have become accustomed to over the years.

We will let you know as soon as entries open and look forward to welcoming you to our first OCR!

The Team at DB Max

10 Winter Training Tips

As the nights draw in and the sun makes ever-shorter appearances, finding both the motivation and hours to train can be difficult. Halloween, Christmas and New Year all revolve around socialising, feasting on tasty treats and putting your feet up.

And so they should.

But you might also like to keep some semblance of health and fitness during this period, so how do you go about it?

We’ve detailed 5 ‘life’ tips and 5 ‘training’ tips which we hope will help you find the balance between quality family time, parties and relaxation while also keeping healthy.

5 Life Tips

Eat for fat-burning. Although it’s not necessarily the way forward the rest of the year, shifting to a diet higher in protein and lower in carbohydrate can help shift fat and retain lean muscle when you’re not exercising as much as normal. Of course, there will be plenty of times when this isn’t possible – such as at the office Christmas party where John from HR has presented what can only be described as a trunk sized roulade – but if you can introduce some protein to breakfast in the form of an omelette or Greek yoghurt, you’ll be on the right track the rest of the time.

Get the kids involved. It’s so much fun being a kid at this time of year, but it’s not great for their health either! They may run around in breaktime at school, but their Vitamin D levels will be lower so get them out on the weekend where possible.

Go to Parkrun, walk the dog or do some fun circuits in the park are bonding activities that will ensure the whole family’s health is taken care of.

Set a goal for early next year. It’s hard to find the motivation to train when your next event is on the far horizon, many months away.
Luckily for you, we’re a thoughtful bunch at DB Max so we’ve got some great winter events to keep your mojo high!

Check out the Winter TT Series at Castle Combe, Chilly 10k and Chilly Duathlon. Although it might just sound like a crafty marketing ploy (honestly, it isn’t!), but as runners and triathletes ourselves we’ve always pushed ourselves to enter events before really pondering the details of how we’re going to get there. If you think about it too much, you’ll find excuses to not do it.

Buy some kit. Treat yourself to a new pair of kicks or perhaps a particularly garish cycling jersey.

At this time of year, there’s nothing worse than training outside in kit that’s inappropriate for the conditions. More so than summer months, it’s worth investing a little more to ensure you’re buying good quality garments that will serve you well in inclement weather.

Have a plan. It sounds anal, but sitting down on a Sunday evening and planning the weeks activities will make it much more likely you’ll actually do them. Think about when you can squeeze a session in, and pencil in what you’re going to do.


5 Training Tips

Get your exercise done in the morning. Not only is training on an empty stomach before breakfast a fantastic way to target fat-burning, but it’s also a mental victory to know you’ve got it done – there’s nothing worse than reaching 5pm and knowing you have to train, particularly if your colleagues are heading out for a mulled wine or Christmas pint with elf hats on.

Keep it short and intense. No need to go out for long, slow runs or bike rides if you don’t have the time. Short, high intensity interval training is very effective and offers great bang for your buck. 30-minutes is all you need to fire up your metabolism.

Best not to do high intensity exercise first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. You may bonk! Do these sessions straight after work or even in your lunch break.

Embrace the gym. Although many of us prefer to be outside, it’s just too hard to commit to training outside all winter.
Imagine if another #BeastFromTheEast pays us a visit…

Most gyms offer a short membership of 3 months which you’ll be grateful for come January and February.

Hit the weights. Leading on from the above, the gym is the place to hit the weights. Weightlifting increases your EPOC (Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption) which is basically the number of calories your body will continue to burn even after you’ve stopped exercising.

Unlike low intensity cardio, where your calorie-burning potential stops soon after you finish exercising, both weightlifting and HIIT training increase your EPOC well after you’ve returned home from the gym.

Get a training partner. Teamwork makes the dream work, don’t they say?! Having accountability to someone else is a huge motivator to get you out the door.

Sit down with your chosen teammate and commit to meeting X number of times per week. Make it into a little social, and reward yourself after each session with a pint, vino or wedge of cake.

If you can get a small group together, even better.

We welcome Pulsin as nutrition partner at The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k

We’re delighted to announce that Pulsin will join us as nutrition partner at the The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k  this Sunday.

Pulsin are becoming a regular at DB Max’s events in 2018 and their top-draw nutrition bars will be on hand to fuel  all our DB Maxers at the finish line.

Whether you’re battling the crowds on that rush hour train, bossing a mid-morning meeting or powering through your cross fit session, Pulsin’s range of products will help to maintain your energy levels, increase your protein intake and enjoy some guilt-free snacking!

This also gives us a great opportunity to introduce you to a couple of Pulsin’s key products which can be used in both triathlon training and racing.

Bars
Raw choc brownies. Anyone who’s tried these will know that despite managing to create a nutritionally packed snack, Pulsin have gone to great lengths to ensure taste isn’t compromised. The choc brownies come in a range of sweet and savoury flavours and are dairy, sofa and gluten free.
Protein boosters. With 13g of plant protein, these bars are ideal for post-training (or race) recovery. A little tip for you…with a cookie dough taste and texture, we highly recommend the vanilla choc-chip flavour.
Porridge oat bars. The goodness of porridge. In a bar. Simple. Using 100% natural ingredients and 30% less sugar than other oat bars, we particularly love the Apple and Cinnamon flavour.

Pea protein powder
Protein is a key nutrient, particularly for anyone taking part in sport. Some of us get enough in our diet naturally, but there’s certainly a place for supplementation. The protein supplement market is saturated with many brands claiming to make the best, tastiest flavoured powder. But the problem with most protein powders these days is they taste very synthetic and artificial. You might be getting the grams of protein you need, but it doesn’t necessarily feel like you’re doing your body a favour. And that’s where Pulsin’s pea protein powders come in.

You can choose from four vegan powders or three natural whey powders, so whatever your diet you know you’re covered. And rather than create the most appealing sounding flavour, they’ve gone natural (flavourless) on them all. It’s a bold statement, but it leaves you with ultimate versatility on how to use them. Chuck a scoop in your morning smoothie, add some to your cereal or even throw some in your spaghetti bolognaise for an extra protein punch.

For all the low down on the great-tasting Pulsin bars, check out their website at Pulsin.co.uk

We hope all you DB Maxers taking part in The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k  will try some of the products and say hi to the Pulsin team – it’s great to have them on board for another one of our events.

See you Sunday!

 

Race Letter – The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k 2018

DB Max descend on  the Flying Monk Football Ground in Malmesbury for the Flying MonMalmesbury 10k on Sunday 26th August and we are looking forward to welcoming you to this year’s event. #freebeer #freecider

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 ensure that you know your race number when arriving at the registration desk.
  • Please ensure that you bring your photo I.D with you for registering at the event.
  • Please be aware that it is an 8 to 12 minute walk from the car park to registration.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday 26th August.

 

 

6 schoolboy mistakes to avoid at your first duathlon

  1. You go off too fast. Despite the relatively short distance of many duathlons (ours included), they can be a rather painful affair if you pace poorly. Aim to finish the first run with plenty in the tank for the bike and second run. There’s nothing worse than hitting two wheels and within moments knowing your legs are shot. Although it’s difficult to execute, aim to run the second leg faster than the first (assuming they’re the same distance, of course!).
  2. You forget where you racked your bike. We’ve all been there. Flying into transition having nailed a great run, but you’ve absolutely no idea where your bike is. Cue panic stations, ruffled feathers and stressy-outbursts. Even if they’re racked in number order, do a ‘walk-through’ from entry to exit before the race and take note of markers around you to help you locate your bike.
  3. You decide today is the day to attempt a flying mount. Running with your bike over the mount line and hopping on in one fluid motion certainly makes for a rapid transition time. But we’d encourage you to practice this before race day. Some make it look easy (it’s not) but we’ve seen it all: an overly eager “hop” right over the bike, leaving you in a heap on the opposite side; painful saddle landings onto delicate bits; running too fast and not getting your leg over in time; not going fast enough and coming to a standstill before you’ve got your feet in the shoes / onto the pedals. It’s a hazardous game this, so give it a crack (on a quiet road) before race day.
  4. You decide today is the day you’re going to attempt your first flying dismount. Well, rather like #3, a flying dismount can be a thing of beauty and certainly impact your overall time. But, again, we’ve seen it all and this is where most accidents happen. Coming in way too hot into T2, dismount line approaching all too fast and you’ve still got one foot attached to your steed. Oh dear! Spectators shudder, family members pretend you don’t belong to them and you’re left to pick yourself up and sheepishly trot into T2. So please, practice this and show us all how it’s done in the event.
  5. You end with a sprint finish. A sprint finish sure does look good and it might leave your proud kids thinking you’re a superhero for coming in so strong, but chances are it this means you haven’t quite given it enough effort during the rest of the race. Finish strong, but try to hit the whole of that second run hard. It’s a tough gig running off the bike, but your time will be considerably faster if you push the whole way rather than only sprint the final 100m.
  6. You sit down immediately after the finish line. Your legs will be toast at the end, but we’d urge you not to collapse in a heap immediately. Not only does it give our volunteers bad backs having to scoop up sweaty bodies, but more importantly you’ll stiffen up very quickly. A duathlon, perhaps even more so than triathlon, is tough on the legs and the shock to the system will result in a few muscles tears! If you can walk around for 10 – 20 minutes at the finish, this will pay dividends the following day when you’re trying to descend the stairs backwards.

If you’re feeling ready to take on your first duathlon, our Summer Chilly duathlon on 5th September and Winter Chilly Duathlon on the 18th November both still have spaces so sign up here!

DB Max Portishead Sprint Triathlon welcome Pulsin as their nutrition partner

We’re delighted to announce that Pulsin will join us as nutrition partner at the Portishead Sprint Triathlon this Saturday.

Pulsin are becoming a regular at DB Max’s events in 2018 and their top-draw nutrition bars will be on hand to fuel  all our DB Maxers at the finish line.

This also gives us a great opportunity to introduce you to a couple of Pulsin’s key products which can be used in both triathlon training and racing.

Bars
Raw choc brownies. Anyone who’s tried these will know that despite managing to create a nutritionally packed snack, Pulsin have gone to great lengths to ensure taste isn’t compromised. The choc brownies come in a range of sweet and savoury flavours and are dairy, sofa and gluten free.
Protein boosters. With 13g of plant protein, these bars are ideal for post-training (or race) recovery. A little tip for you…with a cookie dough taste and texture, we highly recommend the vanilla choc-chip flavour.
Porridge oat bars. The goodness of porridge. In a bar. Simple. Using 100% natural ingredients and 30% less sugar than other oat bars, we particularly love the Apple and Cinnamon flavour.

Pea protein powder
Protein is a key nutrient, particularly for anyone taking part in sport. Some of us get enough in our diet naturally, but there’s certainly a place for supplementation. The protein supplement market is saturated with many brands claiming to make the best, tastiest flavoured powder. But the problem with most protein powders these days is they taste very synthetic and artificial. You might be getting the grams of protein you need, but it doesn’t necessarily feel like you’re doing your body a favour. And that’s where Pulsin’s pea protein powders come in.

You can choose from four vegan powders or three natural whey powders, so whatever your diet you know you’re covered. And rather than create the most appealing sounding flavour, they’ve gone natural (flavourless) on them all. It’s a bold statement, but it leaves you with ultimate versatility on how to use them. Chuck a scoop in your morning smoothie, add some to your cereal or even throw some in your spaghetti bolognaise for an extra protein punch.

We hope all you DB Maxers taking part in the Portishead Sprint Triathlon will try some of the products and say hi to the Pulsin team – it’s great to have them on board.

See you Saturday!