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Route to Christmas: Day 5 2009

Today we are off to New Zealand in Route to Christmas. Open, hilly terrain met the runners when Wairarapa Orienteers and Wellington OC organized the SuperSeries competition in February 2009. None other than the good old Danish World Champion from Grimstad in 1997 Carsten Jørgensen took the victory – and was also best on this leg.

New feature in Omaps.worldofo.com

Before presenting todays leg, I’ll briefly introduce you to a new feature in Omaps.worldofo.com which I developed while searching for maps for this years Route to Christmas. I found that I often needed to find other maps from the same competition series – or even the same competition. It is now possible to search for maps around the same date as a given competition. For example, for todays map you find “Find competitions/trainings around February 8th 2009″ to the right of the map – and can see that at this very day Thierry Gueorgiou was having a muddy weekend.

Today’s leg

Over to today’s leg. The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger):


Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Some info about the event:

Then you can take a look at how the runners who have drawn their route choice solved this leg:

Complete map in Omaps.worldofo.com

You find the complete map and Routegadget info in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.


The ‘Route to Christmas’ series at World of O was very popular the two last year – and I’ve therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget from 2009-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

There will be no analysis about the best routechoice for each leg – you can provide that yourself in the comments or in the Webroute. Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

Note that there may be some errors in the Routegadget data (sometimes somebody draws a route for another runner just for fun). Please add a comment below if you spot en error.

About Jan Kocbach

Jan Kocbach is the founder of WorldofO.com - taking care of everything from site development to writing articles, photography and analysis.

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One comment

  1. I took basically the same route as Scott McDonald and did 6:19. Just added my route to routegadget.