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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

 

Race Letter – #51fiver Cotswold Standard Triathlon

It’s the #51fiver Cotswold Standard Triathlon time DB Maxers! Sunday May 19th sees us back at Lake 32 in the Cotswold Water Park for our season opening event.

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 i.d. 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.
  • Please note, to speed things up getting in to the venue in the morning, we would encourage you to car shae where possible. Please ensure you have £5 cash ready to hand over to the car parking attendants before arriving. It is a short walk to registration from the car park and then another short walk to transition.
  • If you can register on Saturday. We are open for registration from 10am to 3pm.

That’s all for now. Good luck with your final race preparations and we look forward to seeing you at Lake 32 on Sunday May 19th.

Race Letter – Pulsin Westonbirt House Easter 10k and Half Marathon, 19th April 2019

It’s the Pulsin Westonbirt House Easter 10k and Half Marathon on Good Friday 19th April DB Maxers!

With the addition of the Half Marathon in 2019, we are super excited about brining you these awesome races at the stunning Gloucestershire venue.

Please click and read your race letter HERE carefully prior to race day. Race bibs and timing chips have been posted out to you.

The race line-up and live result pages are available HERE.

Please check your details very carefully and email your Race Timer, if there are any errors – 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 dress appropriately for the weather conditions on the day.
  • You cannot run with someone else’s number. Anyone found doing so will be disqualified immediately, reported to the ARC and banned from any DB Max event for 12 months.
  • There are no day entries available.
  • You are now unable to transfer distance. Anyone found to be competing in the wrong race will be disqualified.
  • There are no refunds, deferrals or transfers at this stage as per our T&C’s.

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

Mud Nation: Pre-Register Here

So, the rumours are true DB Maxers..!

DB Max OCR Events are launching their second OCR – Mud Nation on Saturday 5th October!

Full event details will be released very soon, but in the meantime you can guarantee your entry for this sell-out OCR by pre-registering HERE. As soon as we open entries you will then be the first to know and can convert your secure pre-entry to a confirmed race slot.

You can of course also take advantage of our awesome special discounts for teams of more than 5 members. Get your team mates, club mates, family members, friends and work colleagues together and make it an unforgettable day out..! For more details on these incredible discounts simply email us HERE.

Too high, too cold, too deep, too scary…4 tips to face that obstacle head on

Following our OCR Kit List – 4 things to take and 4 things to leave at home blog, we’ve now got tips on how to face your fears and overcome obstacles which you find intimidating.

With such a wide variety of obstacles over the 10km course you will no doubt find one or two which test your nerve, strength and commitment.

Some competitors fear heights and some the cold. Others worry about that feeling of lack of control as they speed down a slide or shoot. Most competitors will have an Achilles heel, a point of weakness.

But fear not. There are two major advantages obstacle course racing has over other types of racing. Firstly, you are not out there alone. Helping each other out, lending a hand or supporting your fellow competitor works to your advantage. What goes around comes around. They help you on one obstacle and you will be able to help them out on the next.

A second bonus is that very few of you will be in it to win it. Most of you are there for the fun. That makes ‘time’ irrelevant. No one will ask when you finish how long you took. Instead they will focus on the size of your smile as you cross the finish line and the hilarious stories you tell over a beer!

In the event that you are still faced with an obstacle you dread, here are 4 tips on how to tackle it:

  1. Assess – Look for things that might help like hand holds or foot supports. Is one side easier than the other? Is one side muddier or really wet and slippery? If so, avoid it. Plan your attack.
  2. Admire – Watch how others are attacking it. See what is working and what is not.
  3. Attack – Once you decide to go for it, really go for it! Use momentum, strength and positivity to attack it. Don’t waste energy with multiple half-hearted attempts. If you have tried, roped in help and still can’t seem to crush it…
  4. Accept – this one isn’t for you. Bypass it and don’t look back. Take the hit and continue on your journey. The next obstacle will need all your attention and it’s only around the next corner!

Kerry Sutton,
Coach at Perpetual Motion