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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
All about Cobbie

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Survival of the Shawangunks 2004 Race Report
Wed Nov 30, 2005 1:37 pm Cobbie
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Survival of the Shawangunks 2004
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Hi all, just back from New York where I successfully completed this 8 stage wilderness ‘triathlon’. For those who’ve not been bored rigid by my enthusiastic gushing over the summer, the event follows a novel format. A 30 mile hilly bike section is followed by 18.7 miles of running, the catch is that the run is point-to-point, without support and there are 3 lakes in the way, giving a total of 2.1 miles of swimming. If you wear a wetsuit for the swims, you have to either run in it or carry it with you, hence I trained through August in the Dee wetsuit-less to prepare myself. The bike is on roads, the rest on/in trails and lakes in the Minnewaska State Park, about 90 minutes drive north of New York city.

The race started at 7am on Sunday 12th Sept in an ethereal mist, which thankfully soon cleared. I nearly disgraced myself just before the start by chatting when somebody started singing what sounded like a rugby song – it turned out to be the national anthem, not 'Oggy, Oggy Oggy' as we would have over here. Each age group set off at one minute intervals which made a joke of the decree that there should be no drafting after the first mile. About 10 of us in my wave were unable to break away from each other over the fast and flat first 10 miles, it was more like a chain gang, though to be fair people did try to keep their distance. At mile 10 there is a wicked descent with two very tight bends followed by the first serious climb [despite some graphic road rash slides at the pre-race briefing, somebody comes a cropper here every year and this was no exception - yuk]. On the climb I surprised myself by breaking away with one other guy and continued to cycle strongly as the course became more difficult. The last 5 miles is a continuous climb of 1000ft, no problem after Helvellyn’s ~1300ft in 3½ miles, and I romped to the top and transition in 1:35, about 10 minutes faster than I had expected. After a quick kiss for Lynn (my wife) I was off on the first run, 4.5miles with the first 3 generally uphill on wide but uneven trail. I was running strongly and made it up the to the end of Lake Awosting in fine spirits. The trail then follows the edge of the lake to the far end before swimming back so you get a good view of the water and an appreciation of how far it is, 1.1 miles.

At transition in 35 minutes, my shoes and socks went into my waterproof bag beneath my tri suit on the small of my back. This method worked well in that it kept my feet dry all the way (the main aim with so much running) but it did tend to unbalance my stroke due to the buoyancy even after removing as much air as possible and made for slow transitions, not that I was worried about that by the end. Anyway, after a short debate with the transition crew over the correct pronunciation of buoys (pronounced “boees” in the US) I dived in. The water was ridiculously warm (70F / 21C, probably warmer than the pool at Total Fitness!) and I had a strong swim with fantastic views of the tree-lined lake whenever I sighted. Towards the end I started to kick a bit to get my legs working and discovered the unspoken challenge that the race poses – cramp. I could barely stand as I left the water and was in agony as I sat down to put my socks and shoes on. Up to this point I was about 20 minutes up on my best guess schedule and going really well, now I knew I was in for a struggle to the finish. Thankfully, after hobbling back to the main trail, my legs started working again and I was able to run somewhat stiffly but without any pain. The second run section is 5.5 miles and got no tough description in the briefing but I found it the hardest. Once again, it was almost completely uphill for the first 3+ miles, until you reach the impressively overhanging Castle Rock and fantastic views back to Lake Awosting and forward into the next valley where you see the Shawangunk ridge for the first time and the finish point a long way in the distance [the Smiley Memorial Tower, similar deal to the top of Moel Famau]. The run now drops steeply down towards the second lake and I wondered if I had gone wrong as I was over 45 mins for a supposedly 5.5 mile segment. First a course marker confirmed that I was on the right track and then Lake Minnewaska finally appeared and again it was off with the shoes and into the water. Once again, the lake proved to be really beautiful with the swim finishing in a natural rocky harbour. I took it much easier than the first swim to conserve energy for the long (8 mile) 3rd run and although stiff, didn’t cramp much on exit.

The next 6.5 miles are essentially flat and I tried to keep a steady rhythm although I felt very slow, my legs just wouldn’t work properly. Despite it’s additional length, this is the best run scenery-wise, passing the spectacular Awosting Falls and running through open pine woodland before passing under the main section of the Shawangunk cliffs. At the 6.5 mile aid station two very enthusiastic volunteers happily reminded me that I was about to face ‘Godzilla’, the 1+ mile climb ahead of me. It wouldn’t have been too bad at the start but I was knackered and had to walk a couple of steep sections. Thankfully, at the top it was only a short jaunt through the trees to the final swim in Lake Mohonk. This lake is amazing in a very different way to the natural beauty of the first two as there is a resort hotel built into the cliff at the far end – constructed by one Albert Smiley in the 1870s, it reminded me of the cartoon castle at the start of Walt Disney films (if still alive, he’d certainly be pretty smiley as rooms were going for over $300 a night even in September).

The entry into the water was a steep drop similar to getting into the Dee, though thankfully without the nettles. My swimming stroke had by now degenerated completely as my shoulders and elbows had also stiffened up and I concentrated on pointing in the right direction and managed to keep some sort of rhythm going until the end when a short rock climb out of the water landed me on a sun lounger deck outside the hotel. It was now only a 0.7 mile ‘sprint’ up the last hill to the finish but I was spent and had to sit for a minute to recover enough to set off up to the tower and finish line. I walked most of the way but managed a sprint finish and smile for the camera before a big hug from Lynn and hard earned T-shirt.

I ended up almost exactly on my best guess time, just under 5 hours 30 mins and came 35th out of 120 who started. The winner finished in 4:21, the last in just under 8hrs.

Overall, this is a fantastic and unique event. It costs $200 to enter and for that you get a pasta party the night before, excellent bbq after the race, T-shirt, towel and swim bag and the best marshalling I’ve ever experienced.

It was Rob Holmes (Mad Dog) who told me about the event (surprise, surprise) so my thanks go to him for one of the best sporting days of my life. Of course it also wouldn’t have been possible without Lynn’s support, not least for agreeing to go over and eat steak and burgers for 2 weeks (the menus are just so imaginative), so she gets a special mention.

Thu Sep 25, 2008 5:41 am T-rex of Tri
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This just sounds fantastic, I wonder if it's still running, love the idea.
'Mon the Biff


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