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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 - Ö TILL Ö; 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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Tough Guy 2007 Report
Tue Jan 30, 2007 12:18 am Cobbie
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Starting at Cranfield has meant that I hadn’t spent nearly as much time thinking about the race as I expected – it almost felt like an anti-climax in fact when I arrived, the anticipation being part of the build-up and enjoyment for me. No doubt it was a lot warmer than 2007 and it was a lovely drive south with the sun coming up and I started to get the familiar tingle of excitement as I walked through the course to the start. Met up with Tab, ickle_nick, bluepoolshark and Dre, but missed Fidgie who was the only person waiting where we’d agreed to meet…oops Embarassed .
After getting changed I bumped into a few more people getting to the start; dave w, daz and an old climbing mate, Olly who'd travelled down from Edinburgh for his first TG.

I was pretty confident that I was going to run well but in terms of improving on last year wondered whether the changes to the course would hinder me – the cross-country section appearing on paper to be less challenging than normal, without the usual slalom. It turned out that I was going to have to be patient before finding out as we were held at the start for 30 minutes and I had got cold and stiffened up by the time the gun finally went. There was much more smoke than usual so I took care not to trip and was passed by loads of people and then subsequently held up as they ran out of puff from their initial surge on the uphill path through the village. Steadily overtook people all the way from then on, the run proving to be not very challenging at all until we reached the elephant’s graveyard, three deep concrete pits. Into the first and I blew it, not taking a big enough jump to get out Mad . I reversed only to find myself in a melee of bodies – sheesh, this wasn’t going to be simple. Looking around I realised that the corner of the pit was a bit lower and pulled myself out there; ahead was a lower wall, meaning I didn’t have to get into the second pit – RESULT – well nearly…I had to climb through a small tree on the far side, where I started off my very large collection of cuts and grazes Twisted Evil . The final pit was full of #@?# (well it smelt terrible, whatever it was) which meant getting out was a doddle.

The run continued in the same vein, pretty dull and flat until the slalom appeared. I could see what I estimated to be about 100-150 people ahead of me so not in the field position I’d hoped for but no matter, just more to overtake and I was fully into my stride now. The slalom was as I feared, a bit of a limp imitation; running diagonally up and down the hill, not as steep as normal and I wasn’t able to overtake as many people as I usually do. In fact, a couple had the temerity to overtake me going uphill, though clearly busting a gut to do so and I just went past them on the downhill bits as they recovered. On the last descent I heard somebody say “Hi Phil” – it was dave w, demonstrating his Trigger-like memory for names Rolling Eyes . My desire to be friendly was completely offset by having all my attention focussed on the very narrow opening in the fence at the bottom of the hill and once through that the chance had gone [at the finish, Dave told me that he had intended to run with me but I was going like a train and he couldn’t keep up – maybe I’m faster than I realise Laughing ].

Round another couple of fields and finally some excitement as we headed into the big wood. Whoever designed this bit was clearly in an evil mood and I think this is where I picked up a large proportion of my cuts and scratches – I thought brambles died back during the winter Sad . Overtaking wasn’t really possible so I took the opportunity to recover before the Ghurkha Grand National. Going under the nets is always a pain, however careful you are not to get tangled and after each net the first real dunkings. Then it was on to the criss-cross trenches and muddy pond where my avatar photo was taken a couple of years back before the run-in to the Tiger and the start of the real fun and games.

Watching the DVD from 2006 had really made me think about how to tackle this and I made a beeline for the far RHS, which allowed me to use my arm for balance so that I could walk down (as in Fidgie’s photo).

This saved me about 30-60s I reckon. Sadly I also got my first ever jolt of electricity, courtesy of my lower leg – bummer.
My mate Olly overtook me somwhere here, looking very smooth and distinctive in an orange hat – I knew he’d be quick, great stuff to have run through the field like that.

I got a cheer from Fidgie on the Tiger and more from my friends Sean and Shona who’d come to watch as I negotiated the Colditz walls, nearly falling on my nose jumping off one. Then it was on to the Behemoth, my favourite obstacle, only to find that the marshals were sending us up the slippery poles – that slowed us all up a bit, normally, you can just stick two fingers up at them and take the sensible route up the netting. Once at the top it was business as usual and I whizzed across the ropes and then down to the fiery holes and through the tyre crawl without a hitch. As with all the wading, I took the swamp steadily – of all the obstacles, this is the one I’m glad to hit early, it always looks such a nightmare once a couple of thousand have been through. Now it was still completely green, in an hour’s time there wouldn’t be a blade of grass left.

I saw Olly about 100 yards ahead and running strongly approaching the Vietcong tunnels and then Daz standing above – we had time for a few words and he told me about his knee and that I was about 50th (I think it was more like 70th in reality). For once I didn’t get stuck in the pipes and slogged on up the hill to the Paradise Climb, as always keeping to the left to use the sidewall for hands. I had caught a small group up and so all the descent ropes were full, meaning I had to climb down the netting. This worked out well though as once down I spotted a sneaky way of avoiding the water at the bottom, making up a few places in the process.

All TG veterans know what’s next and tbh I was getting pretty hot in my long sleeve top so the underwater tunnels came as a bit of a relief and chance to cool down…well, the first two poles at least. I went under them all this year and had to prod the bloke in front who was wavering in the tunnel proper – wimp Wink . Out of the water and time to run hard to get warm again before the hay bales and plunge, which I climbed down (well if it’s good enough for Hywel Wink Rolling Eyes ).

Dans Deceiver seemed higher this year, it certainly was more memorable (i.e. scarier Shocked ) and I got a bit worried that I was going to be kicked off as I caught up to the person above me, gulp. Down the net on the other side and quickly up to the Dragon Pool. Felt more relaxed about it for some reason this year and found an empty rope. Well, it was empty because nobody could reach it. After a couple of seconds thought I jumped up and grabbed it and it sagged enough for me to get my feet on the lower one. For a few seconds I’m sure I was grace personified, then half way across my foot slipped and it was into the water and another swim.

It’s always hard not to relax here, I know I’ve cracked it, no more hard obstacles. The Bailey Bridge was very slippery in studs so I was careful, then got past a couple of people on the crawl under the barbed wire. I was catching another couple through the tyre run when it all went horribly wrong. I thought I’d spied an easier route down the side but it turned out to be a huge hole full of water. Up to my chest, I found it was so slippery around the sides that I had to really fight to get out, losing my last 2 or 3 hard won places and no doubt adding to my catalogue of grazes. I pulled one back over the concrete pipes where I had just enough energy to vault them efficiently and then passed another up the steep bank before the last obstacle, a new one called Viagra Falls. I got past one last person on the way to the top and then it was a great fun slide back down into the water followed by a sprint to the finish. They were announcing 1:25 as I rounded the last bend so I knew my time wasn’t shoddy but no idea about placing. I was sure the guy at the finish line said 80th but then the timing sheet seemed to say 35th – hmm, no point in trying to second guess, time for hot chocolate and dry clothes.

My legs look quite reasonable in this photo, they are a complete mess today.

Back in the barn and a surreal moment. I was just finishing changing and stuffing things into my bag when a svelte young lady came in who looked vaguely familiar. It clicked and I turned round to check, only to be confronted by her ripping off her wet things Blushes . Anyway, once Kate realised I wasn’t a serial stalker we had a chat about her arctic race this time last year and then dave w arrived – “Hi Phil” he said…it was almost sad to put him right.

After that I went off looking for Daz and Olly but couldn’t find either. It turned out that Olly suffered the kind of physical collapse that strikes many once they hit the water obstacles and somewhere along the line I’d overtaken him. He made it to the finish with hypothermia but has recovered today thankfully.

At the finish I was pleased to have run as well as I could, a very good trip over the obstacles but took a while to get going on the run. To come 59th of about 4000 starters was about as good as last year given the bigger field (I’m guessing fewer pulled out as it was a lot warmer) and being 5th vet was an unexpected bonus. Smile

I really felt like I had had enough at the end, unlike last year when I couldn't wait to sign up again. That feeling soon faded though as I went out onto the course – it’s just incredible to watch the whole gamut of emotions as people work their way round, just wonderful.

Now that the dust has settled I’m definitely going to give 2008 a miss, though I might go for the Nettle Warrior instead, never done that one.
Twisted Evil Wink

Thanks for all your good luck wishes. Smile
Almost back to being an athlete in 2016 Shocked

Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:43 am ChrisW
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Jeez, I'm knackered just reading that. Well done Exclamation
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He's soft and he's fat and he's wearing my clothes and he's getting too old and he was born on my birthday and I'm afraid if I stop running, he'll catch up with me

Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:40 am Fidgie Pie
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great report there Cobbie - you did really really well Very Happy
Tue Jan 30, 2007 9:59 am dr dre
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those shorts in you pic look a little short ( hello sailor short in fact )

59th place is AWESOME - well done !
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Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:06 am tabtri
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Great report, Pete and great race - well done.

As for Dave - he's embarrassed about calling you Phil but I told him you weren't the sort to mind Very Happy

I quite fancy Nettle Warrior now as someone said you do the obstacles twice Cool
My excessive healthy enthusiasm has returned - now I need outlets for my competitive spirit Smile

Tue Jan 30, 2007 10:43 am MrsTricky
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Jeez, that was exhausting just to read! Well done, you had a great race Very Happy

At last, a muddy race that doesn't appeal to me at all!

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