2015 Dragons Back Race testimonials.
During the 5-day Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race™ 2015, Andy absolutely excelled in his duties as sports therapist day after day much to the delight of our very tired competitors. His work ethic is bombproof and he never faltered, dutifully working long hours to accommodate everyone. Andy also went the extra mile and got stuck in entirely selflessly with the event team helping to build and dismantle camp each day. Competitors and event staff alike were full of praise for Andy’s hard work providing such great event cover - many thanks again!
Jasmin Paris (p2nd)
I just wanted to say a big thank you for all your help at the Dragon's Back earlier this year. Having a massage every evening made a huge difference, and definitely helped me get through the week with no lasting ill effects (and no doubt contributed to my final placing!). You did a fantastic job in pretty basic surroundings, and were great company into the bargain.
Damian Hall. (p5th)
I met and was regularly massaged by the excellent Andy during the 2015 Dragon's Back Race. Running the length of Wales made my legs pretty sore and at each day's end I wondered if I'd be able to run again the next day. But Andy had other ideas. He carefully nursed my legs back to health each day, showing great skill, patience and humour. His massages became so popular long queues formed. The race would have been a much more painful, and possibly impossible for me, if he hadn't been there. Thank you Andy.
Jonathan Whitlock. (p18th)
Hi, just wanted to say a massive thanks for all the massage/therapy at the Dragons Back. You kept a lot of us going with your excellent treatment every evening despite being eaten alive by midges.
Thanks again .
Tim Miller. (p62nd)
During the 2015 Dragon’s Back Race I received treatment on more than one occasion from Andy Stokes. Not only did he contribute significantly to my completion of the race but he worked tirelessly into the night on anyone who needed care. He was at all times calm, effective and professional despite at times working under challenging conditions”.
Paula IJzerman. (rtd)
You treated me on the first evening after me having conquered Crib Goch and suffering from iliotibial-related knee pains. You really hurt me, but I guess I deserved that for not taking care of my own limbs. However, this pain relieved me from the problems in my knee and made it possible for me to run the next day. So I'm very grateful you treated me the way you did. Thank you so much!
Thanks Andy, hope to see you on the next event!
Daniel Carrivick: Questars | Event Director
Andy is always kept busy whenever he attends a Questars Adventure Race. The sports massage that Andy provides in between stages and after events is both professional and very good value. It is therefore not surprising that the service Andy offers is extremely popular with participants, many of whom are regular customers with whom he has a good rapport.
Racing Driver and Pro Cyclist
I have worked with many Physios over the years in my career as a Racing Driver and also currently as a Pro cyclist.
Andy Stokes helped me while doing the 'Trois Etapes' team race in France. I really enjoyed working with him, he was professional but yet great fun and helped motivate me.
He has great knowledge in his field and managed to help me rebuild my body after a big crash while still competing at a high level. I rate Andy as one of the top Physios I have worked with and look forward to working with him again in the future.
Dan Martin MCSP SRP: Head of Physiotherapy and Medical Services - Bristol RFC.
Andy has been an excellent team player within our rugby environment. He demonstrates a high level of handling skills and has contributed toward our proactive player management.
He is well disciplined and shows excellent communication skills that are needed to work within the elite sporting environments.'
Mark Lilley: Bristol RFC - Rugby Player
Rugby is a very physically demanding sport so recovery is key to be at your best for training/matches every week and to stay injury free. A weekly massage with Andy has benefited me massively in my aid to recovery and to stay injury free. Andy's knowledge of both the game and the body go hand in hand to make sure that I'm at my best.
Ironman World Championship Competitor
At the start of 2011 I decided to compete in Ironman UK in July. I started with very limited knowledge of what was needed to finish an Ironman and the extent of training that was required.
After a few months of training my legs and lower back where getting very sore/fatigued so I decided a massage was needed. I went to see Andy not having had a sport massage before, so I didn't know what to expect.
After having a consultation with Andy, he understood what my triathlon fatigue body required from a massage. I left my first massage feeling very tired, but the next day I was pleasantly surprised to not have tight I.T. bands and my back felt supple. From that day forward I would go every week, Andy really did put my health and well being first.
I completed my Ironman in 12hr 10 mins and came second in my age group. To my utter shock I gained a spot in the 2011 Ford Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii. So my training carried on and so did my massages with Andy, by this point he understood my body and the parts that got tight and what was needed to keep me training 20+ hours a week.
If I didn't have Andy for both Ironman's I would have suffered and therefore may have not gained my places and times. Please don't hesitate with taking Andy on as your masseuse, he is simply the best.