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DB Max introduce the Muddy Monk to The Battle of Lansdown #DBeerMax

DB Max have great pleasure announcing (plus tasting!) our new finishers’ tipple at The Battle Of Lansdown……our Muddy Monk beer!

What a way to finish an OCR! Every finisher will be greeted with our brand new OCR beer. You can open it on the spot with your finish medal bottle opener, or if you prefer take it home.

What better way to relax after your muddy fun run,  than chilling with your Muddy Monk beer in the comfort of your living room… whilst browsing the ‘complimentary’ Battle of Lansdown photos.

DB Max will also be running a competition called #Bottleoflansdown. We will offer a complimentary entry for next year’s race to the best photo posted of a finisher with their Muddy Monk beer. More news to follow on this closer to the event.

We look forward to seeing all of you muddy DB Maxers next month and can’t wait for you to taste our mud-tastic Muddy Monk beer!



‘I compete because I love it! I had Ulcerative Colitis for 13 years before having a total colectomy (large intestine removed). No one talks about colitis as it’s a silent disease but it can be debilitating and affects every part of life. Training /triathlons / duathlons was not always the first thing that came to mind to help me get through the symptoms but it kept me focused as I love to compete, in literally anything. I will never be the fastest but I can beat me, like I beat colitis. I have entered a full Tri (2.4 Swim, 110 Bike 26.2 Run) later this year which scares me but its a challenge and I love to see if I can not only do it but compete!!’

OCT Kit List – 4 things to take. 4 things to leave at home!

An OCR Kit List, by Kerry Sutton.

What to bring:

  1. Nothing made of cotton. It absorbs water, becomes heavy and loses it’s shape. What starts off as nice and fitted is soon sagging around your bum and knees.
  2. Leave valuables either at the home or at the start. Phones are the obvious one (let the photographers capture you at your most vulnerable), and you’ll be far too busy surviving to take photos anyway! Sunglasses, hats, jackets and all jewelery come under this bracket too. And please don’t take keys with you. They hurt when you sit / fall on them, plus it’ll be a long walk home if they are the bottom of the pond!
  3. Goretex. It repels water, yes, but that also means it traps it in. You will be in and out of water and mud (frequently!) and you don’t want to be carrying litres of water with you.
  4. Shoes with good tread and ankle support are key (preferably trail running shoes). No Green Flash tennis shoes please! You’ll soon regret it as you struggle for the umpteenth time to ascend the short muddy gradients and keep ending up on your arse at the bottom.

Thinking of wearing a leotard?! Think again!

What not to bring:

  1. Wicking sports tops are a great idea. Tight-fitting is a good idea as it’s less likely to snag. Compression gear might not be to everyone’s liking but it works.
  2. Commando or not? It’s hard to answer this as it’s very much down to personal preference. The most important thing to remember is to bring a change of underwear – you’ll need to change out of wet gear as soon as possible at the end, especially if you are prone to the getting cold.
  3. Some like to wear compression shorts or leggings with looser shorts over the top. Compression socks and arm sleeves are great. They have the two-fold benefit of adding a layer of protection against chaffing or scratching on the wood, and undergrowth, whilst also helping you adjust your body temperature. This is especially true in the case of arm warmers which can be rolled down if you are warm or pulled up if you are chilly!
  4. Gloves get a green light every time. Don’t leave home without them!

Don’t forget a change of clothes….

Have a blast and enjoy the day!

Kerry Sutton,
Coach at Perpetual Motion

Competitor Stories – Rebecca Neill

“After feeling unwell for several months and a number of GP visits I was finally given a CT scan on September 13, 2017. Two days later they called to say that I needed to get to hospital immediately and pack a bag for a long stay.  Following a colonoscopy I was given the terrible diagnosis that it was bowel cancer and that it had spread to my ovaries, part of my upper intestine and bladder.  I had two major operations, nearly a week in intensive care, and was away from home for month in total – leaving my husband and two daughters to cope in my absence (and missing my 47th birthday!).

I was incredibly weak after hospital and had lost 4 stone over the previous few months. I could barely walk and presumed that I would never be able to run again! Partly because I felt so feeble and partly because I had to get used to two lifesaving but life changing additions – a colostomy bag and a urostomy bag (as my bladder had also been removed).

I used walking as my way of getting back to health initially, both physically and emotionally. I am lucky enough to live up on Rodborough Common with many beautiful walks on my doorstep. I walked all through my 6 months of chemotherapy and in June 2018 was able to do a 50k walk for charity (the Bowel Cancer charity of course).

Then in July/August 2018 I decided to try and start running again. It seemed to go ok and I have been doing 4 or 5k runs usually a couple of times a week since then. I signed up for the Chilly 10K as a goal to aim for. Being able to walk and run in the fresh air and beautiful countryside around where I live has been a fundamental part of my journey to recovery!’

The February 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:


Pulsin are a local based UK company who go above and beyond to deliver highly nutritious foods that transform everyday eating occasions into health-optimising opportunities.  Each product range has been crafted and nurtured by Ben, Nick and Simon – three university friends who, for the past decade, have shared their view that all people, of all ages, should be able to eat healthy foods without compromising on taste.

The nutritious Pulsin bars will be on hand to fuel DB Maxers at the finish line. The place to look for a special post-race treat!

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



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.

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 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 will be providing a prize for the first male and female at the Chilly Duathlon.


73Degrees is an independent bike shop in Keynsham. They offer bikes from brands such as Ridley, Colnago, Felt, Cinelli, Orro and more. They offer full workshop facilities including wheel building and are recognised as a Campagnolo Pro Shop. They have a bike fit studio with a retul size bike, saddle test facility & also offer Bio Racer Aero fits. They are very proud to have great,  knowledgeable, friendly staff and will be providing prizes at the duathlon.

Their coffee machine is always on so feel free to drop in mid ride and check them out in person or visit for more info….


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

This is their 7th 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.



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.

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

With your support they can continue saving lives.

For more information go to  or call them on 01225 300536 or email


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.



Race Letter – Chilly February 2019

It’s Chilly time folks! Sunday 17th February 2019 sees the ‘Chilly’ 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 17th February.



Training for an Obstacle Course Race – Part 2: Advanced Tips

Now that you’ve taken a look at our 5 beginner tips for OCR racing and are (hopefully!) implementing some of the advice, we thought we’d crank things up a notch and share more advanced training methods to help you prepare for the big day.

Mix up your runs
Long, short, fast, slow and fartlek runs – embrace them all! As you get closer to the event, ensure you’re doing some good speedwork and short hill sprints to build your engine and leg strength.

If you have access to trails, these are better to run on than roads as they’ll ask more of your tendons and ligaments, which strengthens them. This not only makes you less injury-prone, but also better able at tackle undulating obstacles and rutted fields.

Get to the climbing wall
There’s a couple of great climbing walls in Bristol – Redpoint Bristol and Bloc Climbing – which are well worth a visit before an OCR. Not only are they great fun, but they develop grip and forearm strength which comes in handy when you find yourself dangling over a muddy pool.

The climbing wall is a great addition to your Obstacle Course Race training

Do bodyweight circuits
Most gyms offer circuits classes. This classic, all-round fitness session will always leave you with hands on knees, heart beating out your chest. The group environment too is a great place to build OCR-specific fitness.

If you’re not a fan of group circuits classes, there’s plenty you can do in the gym or even your living room to prepare for an OCR like the Battle of Lansdown.

Burpees, squats, lunges, press ups, pull ups, tricep dips and planks should form the foundation of your bodyweight exercises. Nail these and you’ll be well on your way.

Cross train
Running can get a little tedious, but there’s loads of other activities you can do to boost your heart and lungs. Swimming, cycling, hiking and the rowing machine are all superb for developing your body’s ability to withstand the aerobic stress of completing an OCR.

Mountain biking is another great way to develop the fitness and coordination needed for Obstacle Course Racing

Don’t neglect your core and flexibility
Two things we know are good for us but infrequently actually do!

Core work and flexibility are both key components of an enjoyable OCR experience. A strong, stable core helps injury-prevention as well as supporting your entire body as you challenge it over various obstructions.

Improved flexibility will help you reach, stretch and lunge over, under and around each obstacle!

Pay attention to your mental game
Hopefully you’re bagging some semi-consistent training now. That should give you confidence for the big day, but it’s worth adding some mental tactics to your process too.

Don’t let the day get the better of you! Visualise tough moments so that when they come, you’ll cope.

It’s often overlooked, but the power of visualisation is very real, particularly if this is your first OCR and you’re a little nervous. Close your eyes and picture what the day will look like and how you’ll feel in various situations – in the water, caked in mud or hanging from a monkey bar. When you visualise the day, ensure you’re in a happy place and relishing the challenge with a broad smile on your face.

Make your training slightly uncomfortable
It’s no secret, you’re going to be scaling obstacles wet and muddy, so if you can replicate this in training, the day may be more enjoyable than if it’s your first time wearing soggy trainers and shorts!

If you’ve yet to enter the South West’s premier obstacle course race – the Battle of Lansdown – get a group of friends together and ENTER HERE. We give a discount to group entries so hurry before all the waves sell out!

OCR Training – 5 Beginner Tips

We are delighted to have taken over the running of the Battle of Lansdown. Our first edition will take place on Saturday 30th March (ENTER HERE), and we look forward to adding our professionalism to an already well-established, hugely popular event.

The Battle of Lansdown attracts many first-time obstacle course races, and we wanted to help those newbies with a few initial training tips.
Let us know if you find them handy – if you do, we’ll add more! So, let’s get stuck in…

Break your rhythm
An OCR like the Battle of Lansdown is very stop-start, unlike ‘normal’ running races. You need to train for this! It’s simple to do: on a run, just once you’ve found a comfortable pace, stop! Maybe do a couple of press-ups or squats and then crack on.

Do this a few times throughout the run, forcing yourself to break your rhythm even when you don’t want to. It’s surprisingly hard at first but will become easier with practice.

Get a grip
Many obstacles will require hand and grip strength. You don’t need to be a pull-up guru to get through a course but developing the ability to “hang out” will benefit you on the big day.

Use a doorway, pullup bar or even the monkey bars at the playground and develop your hand and forearm strength by gradually increasing the amount of time you can hang for.

Hit the hills
Strength is a big factor when it comes to obstacle course racing. Whether you’re climbing a travellator or ascending a rope net, the ability to repeatedly lift your weight is crucial.

Run on hilly trails, do hill repeats and add squats to your exercise routine just a couple of times per week. Focus on strengthening your quads, hamstrings and glutes and you’ll not only have a more enjoyable day at the event but will also reduce your risk of injury.

Don’t neglect the long run
Even though an OCR is mainly about the obstacles, don’t neglect run training.

An obstacle course race may “only” be 10km, but the time on feet and energy required is more akin to that of a longer race! Doing a fortnightly long run will build endurance, strength and mental toughness, all of which will help you on the day. Plus, the cardiovascular gains are always welcome.

Train with a group
As with any event, training can get boring and lonely at times. Having a group to train with makes it much easier.

We’re in contact with a few local training outfits with whom we hope to start some training sessions, which we’ll share when we have more info!

Once you’ve read through this and are confident you can tackle an OCR in 2019, get a group of friends together and enter one of the south’s premier obstacle course races, the Battle of Lansdown.

Competitor Stories – Lesley Barry

“I started running in May 2016 as a complete novice through a C25k course with run4life.  I was amazed at how quickly my fitness improved and on the final week we all ‘graduated’ at the local parkrun.  I fell in love with running, I was a regular at parkrun and entered my first 10k at the end of the year.  Running massively improved both my physical and mental health, I’d never felt so well and was  completely shocked when I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in May 2017.  I was determined to keep running as much as possible throughout my treatment  and my running family were amazingly supportive, no matter how slow I was. I remained a regular at parkrun, running, walking or volunteering when I could.  I decided to celebrate beating cancer by running ten 10k races in 2018.  My first was Frenchay 10k which I ran with my friend Kacie – it was very hilly but I was thrilled to complete it.  My final one was at Westonbirt House on Sunday and I was thrilled to end my challenge with mulled wine and a mince pie in such a beautiful location”.

Competitor Stories – Dougal Campbell

Anyone who ran the Chilly 10k last month will have been hard-pushed to miss Elmo running. The man behind the costume is Dougal Campbell, and he’s on a mighty mission.

“The Chilly 10 will be my 25 race this year for MNDSCOTLAND which has included 4 marathons in 30 days. I been fundraising for them 2 years now.

All my medals are passed to MNDSCOTLAND to pass on to sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease.

I run as Elmo because as a charity runner you need to be noticed, and every finish will have a thumbs up to all MND Angels.”

If you would like to support Elmo and his amazing fundraising efforts please visit his JustGiving page below: