Cobra Running  and Triathlon Club

Man vs Horse – Julian Hart

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Mark Trueman

It was with some sadness that I heard that Mark Trueman, a former Cobra member, has passed away on 23rd September 2013. Mark was a chiropodist and podiatrist  in practice with his wife Karen on Manor Way Halesowen where over the years several of us have received treatment. He joined Cobra to participate in triathlons and was a keen member until knee problems forced his premature retirement from competitive running. We wish his family well.

John Lloyd Vice-Chair


Cobra Members nominated for award

Mike & Ursulla (S) Elwell have been nominated for Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2013 Black Country Sports & Physical Activity Awards to be held this Friday 8th November at the Copthorne Hotel in Dudley. we wish them well and hope they are successful, they certainly deserve it especially for all the effort and hard work that they put in to organising the Walsall Arboretum Park Run every Saturday morning.

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A couple of poems about running

For my birthday I  received a copy of Kathy Tytler’s Running Poetry. Kathy is a club runner down South. Her poems are great fun and  I can relate to many of them but Runners’ High, and Running: such sweet  pleasure hit the button for me – sent by John Lloyd

Poetry for all seasons flyer

Running poetry leaflet

Cobra Member Represents GB

” Hi, I’m Stirling – long time Cobra Running and Triathlon Club member. Some of you know me, lots of you don’t ! I’m sort of a ” stealth ” member as I don’t get to train with you guys very often. But I am very much a proud member of Cobra.

You may have read the testimonial which is on the website, but if you haven’t I am into Aquathlon, Duathlon, and specifically, Triathlon, in a big way.

As well as representing Cobra when I race at local events and qualifiers, I am a Great Britain Age Group member. I race in my age group of 55-59.

This year I have done the European Duathlon Championships ( held in Horst, Holland ) where I came 7th. Sort of a warm up for the forthcoming triathlon season. But not my main focus of the year. Not too shabby though !

The next big event I did was the European Sprint Triathlon Championships ( held in Alanya, Turkey ). I had qualified for this last year and trained specifically for this event which was in June. I was aiming for a top 10 finish and got 10th. Happy with that and even happier that my family were there to experience it all with me.

I really find that a specific date – a specific event – really helps me to focus on what I am trying to achieve. There’s no magic formula for me, I just have to get out of bed early, get out after a days work, and train hard and consistently. Slow but sure, build those times, distances, intensity. And I can do it. But so can you – in fact anyone can. Hopefully this article will inspire and encourage you to achieve whatever personal goal it is you aspire to.

My next event, big event, is the World Aquathlon Championships in Hyde Park on Wednesday 11th September. I qualified for this at Crosby, Liverpool, where I won my age group. I’m using it as  warm up for…………….

The World Sprint Triathlon Championships, also in Hyde Park, on Friday 13th September. I originally was hoping for a top 10 finish. Ummm – now looked at the field and have revised that to top 20 !

Whatever happens at the Worlds I can say I have really enjoyed my training. Enjoyed my preparations to get there, and to get there in the best possible condition. Monday coached swimming sessions have really helped.

Cobra members are the best, nicest, warmest peopleyou could ever wish to meet. And my participation in these events is mainly down to the encouragement I have always had from the club.

It’s really not about me. I’m happy to put the training in – I have the time to put the training in. It’s about the encouragement, knowledge and support that I get between my races and events. Family and friends, club and members, work and work  colleagues.

I’ll be extremely proud to pull on my GB suit again, but I’ll be thinking Cobra as well.

Cheers guys “.

Stirling Farmer

George Nicholson – Park Run Challenge for Acorns Childrens Hospice

The following letter has been received from George to thank Cobra members for their support on the day.

Could you pass on a huge big thanks to your running buddies & COBRA Running Club, especially to all those that ran, donated, and generally supported the day.

I was given a wonderful reception down there and I’m very grateful to you for your help as well. Some are hoping I repeat it again next year !!

Attached is a ‘summary momento picture ’ of the day , so please feel free to pass that on as well.

I also did a small write up for my Running Club as many of them have also supported me back home.

Next up is the exciting build up to the Great North Run itself J






Congratulations from all at Cobra RC to Carson & Amy who recently got engaged while they were in Barcelona for the New Year’s Day 10k.

The Boxing Day Run

Eighteen intrepid Cobras met for the annual Boxing Day Run in the Clent Hills. Having been cancelled earlier due to rain and poor ground conditions the ‘die-hards’ decided to do it anyway, meeting on Walton Hill car park, running up to Mark’s bench, along the top to the Welsh Stone, down to Clent Church then back up over Walton Hill and down to the car park, about 5 miles in all. Always a tough run, it was wet, it was muddy, it was hard work but enjoyed by all. Thanks to all who turned up, a record number!

Much Wenlock Olypiad Triathlon – John Lloyd

The Much Wenlock Olypiad Triathlon was one of the toughest I have ever competed in but it was all in a good cause. Participating as a member of the 4 man Team Wyatt raising money for Macmillan Cancer I was pleased to finish in 1h.51min being placed 4th in my age category and just missing a medal.

Thank you to those who have already given me cash donations. There is still time to make a donation which can be done by giving me cash personally, or a cheque to my home address or even better, by donating at Just Giving at;

Just Giving automatically pass on the money you raise to Macmillan Cancer Support, and claim an extra 25% Gift Aid on every eligible donation.

Many thanks – John Lloyd

Ladies Cross Country Report by Helen Rea

The cross country season is over for another year (phew) and the mud can be scraped off the spikes and boots tucked away until October.  Here’s a summary of how our Ladies team did:

The first race at Newbold Comyn, Leamington was attended by 6 Cobra ladies, which was a pleasing start to the season.  3 were new runners to x c and we not only fielded a Seniors team but also scored points for the Masters league.  The men’s team were there too and we always appreciate their support to spur us on.  Amy Sheppard came in first with Sarah Collett not too far behind.  Angie, Vicky and Amanda all bravely had their first go at x c for Cobra and I’m grateful to them.  I hope they all enjoyed it and can be proud of finishing well.

The second race was a worry as it was so far away at Northampton and I couldn’t go.  However, in the end we had 4 runners  and Amy saved the day by offering to drive.  I’m so pleased to report that we, again, were able to score for seniors and masters.

The third race was Baggeridge.  A hilly route of 1 lap and possibly the most difficult of the whole series.  6 ladies managed to make it, enabling us to continue to score for both leagues – fantastic!  Amy was first again and obviously running very well.

The final race was at a wintery Cheltenham and Amy, Nikki and myself were kindly chauffeured by Alan Davies.  The ground was fairly frozen with some snow still on the ground and a couple of slopes had to be taken carefully, particularly the small stream crossing although luckily it was sunny and bright without too much of a wind.  The course, just below Cleeve Hill, is generally open and flat although has numerous little humpy undulations. We completed the season in the Seniors but not the Masters standings unfortunately. Well done to Amy who romped in first.

Our final position last season in the x c league was 23 out of 28 teams.  This year we finished 23rd from 27 so we are maintaining our standard. 10 ladies participated, which is 1 more than last year.  Let’s hope we can beat that next year.

Thanks to all our ladies – Cath, Kris, Nikki, Sarah, Jill Hall, Amy, Angie, Vicky and Amanda – well done! It would always be nice to get more Ladies out and that’s always easier when the fixture is nearer home – we had 2 races which are about as far away from Halesowen as the fixtures get which may have affected numbers but I’m pleased we managed to get a team for each race.  Kris mentioned Halesowen had commented on our healthy numbers in comparison to theirs so we should be proud!

The shield will be presented at the curry evening at the Bangla Lounge – Halesowen on 3rd April, see Social Events section for more details.

Cobra News Aug 2011

Well what a year it has been to date.

Cobra continues to go from strength to strength with now well over 100 members.

What is even more exciting is that Cobra runners are regularly winning their categories at many of our local races putting Cobra well and truly on the map!!

Well done to Jill Hall for taking the fastest lady villager again at the Blakedown bolt, I think that is 3 years on the trot now well done.!!

Also Jill has taken her age category at the stourbridge stumble this year. (what is that girl on??)

A team of brave Cobras entered the Thunder run a 10k relay race spread over 24hrs well done to Sarah, Clive, Dan & Steve what a fantastic achievement.

Paul Orme completed his John 0 Groats to Lands End charity bike ride over 1000 miles in 10 days, experiencing in the first 2 days some of the most dreadful weather conditions, gales, rain, hail, you name it they had it, but 10 days later cycled over the finish line in Lands End with a beaming smile on his face, and blisters & sores in places too personal to mention, well done to all those who took part.

Mike Elwell continues to run in every race available he has become a real race “junkie” this year with well over 50 races already this year under his belt. Ursula his long suffering personal trainer always in attendance!!!

Keep it up Mike and well done to “S” for putting up with you.!!!

Training with Cobra has never been so enjoyable with a great attendance on all Four meeting days, with the Wednesday night beginners session still proving to be extremely popular. Also to cater for all of our members we now arrange that every fourth Tuesday the training runs are “on road” this also has proved very popular.

Website and results are kept up to date via Alan so keep those results coming in…. and again thanks to Alan for doing such a sterling job.

Any more news/photos keep em coming folks.

Clive Bucknall and Sarah Collette recently ran the Edinburgh half marathon, they put their stunning performances down to 3 things

  1. It’s all downhill
  2. There was a trailing wind
  3. A packet of sweets? Click here

Mike – Does ‘S’ know about your new venture with Ike? Thanks Clive

A warm welcome to the following new members, Maxine Adams, Lisa Godfrey, Joanne Skett, Gemma Perry, Kate Williams, Angie Jordan and Jessica Bentley. All have joined the club after our 10 week beginners course, which proved to be a huge success.
Also Welcome to Nick Hall and Phil Dawber, who now take the Cobra membership to 98.
Paul Orme along with 3 other cyclists will ride 1000 miles in 10 days from John O’Groats to Lands End in aid of charity from 23 May to 1 June.  To sponsor Paul and his chosen charity, MS Society, please visit his just giving page @ and you can follow his progress via Facebook –!/home.php?sk=group_129623357097780&ap=1
Congratulations to Carson Tweedie and Aldo Mussi on breaking 1.30 for the half marathon. Carson and Aimee travelled to Tewksbury on Sunday the 22nd for the Tewksbury Half and Carson did himself proud in coming home in 1.29.52 and Aldo travelled to Bath finishing in 1.29.41, well done both!
The triathlon section is settling down nicely now under the guidance of Andy Pincher, Andy has assured us that he will be organising regular biking on a weekly basis within the next couple of weeks keep an eye on the notice board for updates.
Dont forget our upcoming social event the annual “Beer n Skittles” places will be limited so book now to avoid disappointment for more info go to the Cobra website and check out the social section under the “members tag”


Congratulations to Mike and ‘S’ on their 40th wedding anniversary, which they celebrated in Monte Carlo

Congratulations to Carl Stephens and Andrea on the birth of their baby daughter River Eve