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Cobbie's Selected Race Results

Raid du Massif Central - 6 days, 562 miles, 16,300m ascent, 46 hrs Report


Aug - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 29:12; 60/301. Report

July - Raid Pyrenean Report

May - Chester Tri West Coast of Scotland Cycling trip ... 300 miles in 3 days. Report


Sep - Scilly Swim Challenge, 11 miles of swimming in 5 stages Report


June - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 29:33; 25/275 Very Happy Very Happy


March - Gin Pit Marathon; 3:59:26. 14/39


Became a dad Cool

Oct 2011 - Feb 2012

Travelling the world Cool
Nepal - Annapurna Circuit and Chitwan
S. E. Asia and trekking in New Zealand
South America
Trekking the 'Circuito del Dientes de Navarino'; Chilean Tierra del Fuego


Sep - AXTri - Report

June - Chester to John O'Groats cycle ride with the Tri Club; 637 miles in 9 days

2010 Races

Sep - TILL ; 14:19; Report

2009 Races

Nov - Pembrokeshire Coast Challenge; 78.6 miles. Day 1 - 5th in 4:39. Very Happy Day 2 - Retired with ITB injury after 15 miles Sad

Oct 4th - Sandstone Trail 'A' Race; 17 miles, 1750ft 2:19:15; 29/156

Aug 8th - Norseman 14:57; 81=/230 Report No1 & Report No2 Smile

June 28th - A Day in the Lakes HIM 5:55:18; 68/309 Report

June 17th - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 29:12; 13/100 Report Very Happy

May 31st - Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Cyclosportif 107 miles, 3000+m ascent; 7:20:26

March 28th Cheshire Cat Cyclosportif 105 miles; 7:04 Report

March 21st - Chester Tri Runners vs Kayaks; Llangollen Canal 32.4 miles; 5:22 Report

2008 Races
The year I was a fat bast@rd Rolling Eyes

Atlantic Coast Challenge 78miles; About 18 hrs Report

Norseman 17:05 Report

Etape du Dales 110 miles; 8:40ish with puncture

2007 Races

Nov 17th - Penmaenmawr Fell Race (11 miles, 1500ft); 1:35:23; 50/220

Bala Olympic Tri 2:14:00; 217/773 (AG 61/203) Smile Report

Hathersage Hilly - 1:22:34; 19/169 and AG 4/43 Smile ; Report

July 11th - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 23:16; 15/76 Smile

Jan 29th - Tough Guy 1:25:02; 59/3800ish finishers Very Happy Very Happy AG 5th Vet Shocked Very Happy ; Report

Jan 22nd - 4 Villages Half Marathon 86:52; 152/1570


Nov 18th - Penmaenmawr Fell Race (11 miles, 1500ft); 1:31:42; 24/237; Report Very Happy Very Happy

Oct 8th - Pentland Skyline (16.2 miles, 6,200ft); 3:30:54; 79/150; Report. Blisters Crying or Very sad

Oct 1st - Sandstone Trail A Race (17 miles, 1750ft) 2:15:14; 14/135 3rd V40; Report Very Happy Very Happy

Sept 24th South Shropshire Sprint 1:23; 28/234

July 23rd - TLD Bike Relay 5:52:38; Report

June 7th - Dee Mile, 2000m OW swim. 28:47; 24/97 Smile

June 4th - Bala Middle 4:47:39 Crying or Very sad

May 7th - Fred Whitton Challenge 112 miles, 4,150m of ascent, 8:18:52; Report

March 19th - Edale Skyline Fell Race 21.3 miles, 4,620ft; 3:48:25, 100/260

Jan 29th - Tough Guy 92:55; 52/3283 finishers Very Happy Very Happy AG 6/521; Report

Jan 22nd - 4 Villages Half Marathon 85:43; 152/1655 Very Happy


Oct 30th - Snowdonia Marathon 3:54:50; 265/961

Oct 2nd - Sandstone Trail A Race (16.8 miles, 1750ft) 2:17:41; 29/111 Very Happy

Sep 18th - Bala Olympic Tri 2:20:31; 83/433 (AG 17/100) Very Happy

Sep 10th - Helvellyn Tri 4:17:38; 43/331
Report Very Happy Very Happy

July 24th - The Longest Day 11:00:25; 40/150

June 5th - Bala Middle 4:39:54; 92/318 (AG 25/87)
Very Happy

Mar 15th - Wuthering Hike [31 miles 4400 ft] 5:35 Smile

Jan 29th - Tough Guy 93:49; 161/3,500 Very Happy

Jan 22nd - 4 Villages half marathon 90:39; 256/1504

Survival of the Shawangunks - 5:29:45 35/120 Very Happy
Wolverhampton Oly 2:19:50 Very Happy

The year of illness and poor motivation Crying or Very sad
Powerman UK 3:47

HIM Llanberis 5:09:40 Very Happy Very Happy

HIM Llanberis 5:38 Cool Cool
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Pentland Skyline Race Report
Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:33 pm Cobbie
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This race turned out to be even tougher than Id expected (and it's Category A Long which is the hardest category), added to which I suffered from blisters on both heels for the second part of the race, turning it into one of my most painful racing experiences ever. Crying or Very sad

I could be un-imaginative and repeat TroTs detailed account from his blog Wink
but that would be very dull and not in keeping with my aim to always write very looooong race reports. Rolling Eyes

Drove up on Saturday afternoon and received a warm welcome from Andy and Sooz and met up with Paul McG and his OH for a meal in the evening great apart from the drunken singing from the footy fans - you'd think Scotland never won Wink . Had a couple of drinks so made sure to have plenty of water before getting a good nights sleep and woke feeling ready for battle. The course is very neat, the Pentland Hills form a line of two ridges, separated by a central valley for several miles and the race goes out one side and back up the other.

The forecast was OK so set off expecting great views but it was obviously going to be a windy day. Decided to stick with the tri-suit though as it was quite warm and this worked well. The race is a continuous succession of ups and downs over 16 hills, making it a race for the specialist fell runner, so I made sure I started at a conservative pace. I think you need to live in an area like this to pick up the specific hill endurance and get used to the continuous nature of this type of course, it was unlike anything Id ever done and quite mentally draining no chance to get into a normal running rhythm at all, slog up followed by race down, again and again. I was feeling OK though and very pleased that Id not gone off fast. Went over only once on the way out, on one of the few flat sections surprisingly, when a strong gust upset my balance and my foot got caught on a tuft of grass. Nice soft landing, quick roll over and back on my way without pause, no damage done. Smile

Unfortunately, my choice of shoes turned out to be a mistake. Ive only just returned to using larger studs and lightweight shoes but they turned out to be too lightweight for a race of this length. My foot was able to move in the shoe on the descents (despite being tightly laced) and I had sore heels well before halfway. By the turnaround, I knew I was in trouble and thought about pulling out. However, the run back is less hilly and over quite soft ground for a long way so I persevered, although had to drop the pace somewhat. Had my second fall on this boggy section when one foot went straight through a soft patch up to the knee. Shocked

On the ascent of the largest hill on the way back (Black Hill), I was able to keep up with those around me but by now was hobbling, crab-like on the descents and still 5 miles to go. At the last checkpoint there was an opportunity again to retire but I reckoned Id put myself through too much pain already to give up only 4 more hills to go. They seemed to go on forever and by now, people were overtaking me regularly. Any pressure on my left heel especially was excruciating must have looked very odd.

Eventually, the final hill came round and a view of the golf course and dry ski slope phew! I was mightily relieved to finish in 3:31 (79/150), about what Id expected as the lower end of my expectation and hobbled off for a quick shower before a word of congratulation for Andy who was 15 mins faster than previously in 3:50. Sadly, had to leave immediately for the long drive south (interview yesterday) but in retrospect no bad thing as meant I could sit down for several hours.

Without problems Im sure Id have been sub 3:15, which makes sense given how well I know Im running [compare that to the 2:15 for 17 miles last weekend an extra hour for 4,500ft of ascent] and looking at the results, this would have put me about 50th which is where I'd pretty much expect to be in a fell race.
To be fair to the new shoes, theyre marketed as cross-country and this is totally different. Im surprised I had no inkling of problems on the Sandstone Trail but there are no steep, long descents on that so clearly, Im only going to have problems on hillier terrain. All this means that Ill head back to my trusty old XAPros for long racing in the hills and keep these new ones for shorter and/or flatter races.

So, a testing day out but no regrets, a lovely course and one tough mutha Twisted Evil .

Paul Report obviously aboverun painfully was more accurate than run strong though Sad
Tab Interview went very well thanks.
Almost back to being an athlete in 2016 Shocked

Tue Oct 10, 2006 2:47 pm Daz
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Love reading your race reports cobbie. You and TroT seem to have some great fun up in the hills and off-road! Some of it sounds painful but oh the fresh air, the scenery, the blistered feet Mad
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Tue Oct 10, 2006 3:39 pm Badger
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Soft landings of all sorts to you - hope the interview turns up good things!

Now heal up those blisters ...

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Tue Oct 10, 2006 4:03 pm JamieMcP
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Wow and well done it sounds an amazing race, I wish I knew it was going on as I live about a mile from the ski slope I would have come and shouted abuse/ encouragment.

Having walked a fair bit in those hills I can testify to is hardness. Well done to tou and TRoT
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Tue Oct 10, 2006 4:11 pm Paul L
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Sounds like another great race, Heel Strong! Paul. Very Happy (Did you see what I did there?...OK, I'll get my coat Wink)
Wed Oct 11, 2006 12:28 pm Fidgie Pie
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Race sounds quite awesome - well done for not quitting. As for falling over - well, blown over by a bit of wind and tripping over a bit of grass! - sounds at least 80% gay Wink (only kidding) - hope the feet feel better and the interview went well
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