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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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Hathersage Hilly Race Report
Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:36 pm Cobbie
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I’ve had my eye on this event for a couple of years now but The Longest Day had always fallen on the same weekend. This year it was to be my first tri so I’d been looking forward to it for a while. Drove over on Saturday afternoon as it was an 8am start on Sunday and meant I could meet up with a few of my old university mates who were climbing for the weekend in the Peak District.
It rained pretty solidly on Saturday but I went for a recce of the run course as soon as I arrived. After a flat start, it got pretty muddy, with a long climb and steep, tricky descent through bracken. By then end, I knew one thing – I’d be running the race without socks as my only pair were now completely soaked Rolling Eyes .

I was up at 6 on Sunday morning for some cereal, then off to register. It was all a bit disorganised and the need to bring ID had confused many, including myself. I was still extremely miffed to be made to go back to my car and get it though, having heard the jobsworth on the registration desk let several people through ahead of me without. I still can’t work out the point of it either, like people are going to get up at 6am to register in somebody else’s name for a minor sprint tri – sheesh Mad

It was a split transition so I calmed down through the activity of laying out my running shoes in T2 before getting my bike sorted and heading off down the road to T1. I’ve been coming to Hathersage for over 20 years but this was the first time I’d gone to the pool, an outdoor 30m affair, next to a tennis court which served as T1. The biggest worry looked to be the minimalist lane dividers which meant the water was pretty choppy.

The swim was 14 lengths, 420m and within the lane which I was going to swim, it was obvious from watching that the range of abilities was greater than I would have expected (the organisers had split people by lane rather than starting with all the slower swimmers first). However, with only 4 lanes, each was wide enough to cope with any seeding problems. This proved the case as I set off, passing somebody pretty swiftly and then being passed by the next swimmer to set off after about 6 lengths. I was swimming at much the same pace though, so drafted for the next few until I felt them slowing and overtook, whilst at the same time being overtaken by somebody really speedy – fortunately no punching was necessary Wink .

I felt like I’d swum well as I jogged round the outside of the pool to T1 and set off with steamed up glasses on the bike. This was to be my first race with power and I’d decided to aim for 280W as I knew I’d get quite a long ‘rest’ on the steep and twisty descent at the end. The first section is quite undulating and keeping to a power target was tough but definitely helpful as I was able to work harder on the downhills by capping my effort uphill. I was waved through the right hand turn at the T junction at Grindleford before more undulating terrain brought me to the sharp left had turn onto the meaty part of the course – the long climb up from Calver to Froggatt Edge. Here the power meter came into its own and I was able to keep a steady effort all the way up, passing many struggling cyclists before rising out of the trees and into the moorland.
It was then a case of trying to keep the power up on the first of two long descents and I managed it reasonably well on the first, passing a few more people, before the aptly named ‘Surprise View’ and a much twistier drop back into Hathersage. A recce would have helped here – knowing the road well is one thing, having cycled it would have made a difference. As I got back into the village, I found myself stuck behind a slower cyclist, not confident that they wouldn’t pull out and travelling too fast to take any chances. Eventually managed it round the last bend but then got caught behind somebody setting off from T1 on a mountain bike. I was starting to get my feet out of my shoes so just dropped back rather than risk a crash with an obvious novice. Then it was a quick turn into the T2 field and a run to my shoes. For the first time ever I think, I didn’t get overtaken by anybody on the bike Very Happy

I was using my Salomon XC shoes as they have the biggest studs and decided not to waste time pushing the captive lace system under its covering sheath for speed…this proved to be a bad move almost immediately as the trailing ends got caught up with each other and I was sent sprawling in front of the spectators before even getting out of T2 Rolling Eyes - not surprisingly, I rather sheepishly tucked them in before setting off a second time.

The run starts off on a flat tarmac path, the main challenge here being two cattle grids – I watched somebody leap the first but was cautious myself, no point in heroics and I caught him soon enough anyway. Then through a gate and onto squelchier ground, still flat and a mix of rocky path and grass but becoming ever muddier. Then suddenly the start of the climbing, up a series of muddy and rocky slopes – kind of stepped, giving an occasional chance to recover between. Half way there was significant respite with a descent along a path rocky past some cottages where I went past a couple of blokes. One of them kept with me as we started to climb again through tall bracken and then out onto a steep, open ‘ski-slope’ where he came past me impressively, taking huge strides which would have destroyed my knees. My own bobbing, power walking approach is pretty effective though and I kept pace pretty well over the top and then up a last steep, muddy gully, exiting into some really lovely birch woodland along a flat, grassy track just below Surprise View. I was soon past the guy who’d overtaken me and before long it was time to swoop back downhill. I quickly caught up with a couple who kindly moved out of the way and then with a more purposeful lady where I had to wait for a slight widening before getting past. Before long, I dropped out of the woodland, nimble footwork needed to avoid tripping over some partially hidden rocks, and then a sharp left towards a farm track where somebody was taking photos [I found out at home that it was Duncan74 – thanks for the print big fella]…so of course I smiled even wider than I was already.

Past the farm and one more steep descent before rejoining the original track and a run in to the finish. I felt like I’d done pretty well, had passed about 20 on the bike and 10 on the run, plus wasn’t overtaken by anybody myself. Cool
Provisional results had me down as 9th fastest swim and 20somethingth bike with about half the competitors to go so I left pretty pleased with my morning’s work.

Results came through yesterday and were even better than expected:

420m Swim + T1 8:38 (13/169 and AG 2/43)
Bike + T2 42:26 (41st and AG 13th)
Run 31:30 (26th and AG 6th)

Overall 1:22:34 19th place, 4th V40
Very Happy

Was top 10% approximately both overall and in my age group as well as just 22 seconds from a podium finish in my age group too – very pleased with that.

mdhenderson - Rolling Eyes , my new seatpost is fine. SRMs are pretty good but way too expensive for are all the offerings really. I'm looking at second hand stuff at the moment
p00key, MTriton - Thanks guys, not sure where my swim speed is coming from but I'll take it.
mountaingirl - Jene is threatening not to enter in case I beat her Rolling Eyes Very Happy
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Tue Jul 24, 2007 3:52 pm Slacko
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Great race report Cobbie. Sounds like a good event.
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Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:00 pm Paul L
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Good race & nice race report too Pete. Cool Although you seem to be following the TRoT school of falling over for no good reason. Rolling Eyes Take care, Paul. Very Happy
Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:12 pm vics55
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really enjoyed that report Surprised

Well done - an excellent effort and result! Very Happy
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Tue Jul 24, 2007 9:43 pm younggun
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Nice work Cobbster! If you can get some of those winter watts back by the end of the season you'll be flying??
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Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:53 pm MrsTricky
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A great report Cobbie Very Happy and well done on your placings - that's pretty good stuff Very Happy I'm sorry I didn't go now Rolling Eyes It's such a great race isn't it? It was my first ever tri and I came away hoping they would all be as good as that. I just loved the bike course where you come over the top and see the surprise view and then have that mega descent - fantastic Very Happy
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