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Route to Christmas: Day 6 2010

Todays leg in Route to Christmas is a really long leg from Pinseløpene in Kongsberg, Norway. Kongsberg is famous in the orienteering world for having many interesting terrain types within a small area – and several important competitions have been held around Kongsberg. One example is this year Military World Champs which was held in the Kongsberg area – another example is WOC 1978 which was also held in the Kongsberg area.

After many legs in Men 21, we are now up in Men 50 category (as very few Men 21 runners have drawn their routes). We are looking at leg number 8 in the H50. Thanks to Terje Mathisen for the tip about this 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.

Then you can take a look at how the runners who have drawn their route choice solved this leg below. The best times are run for a direct variant. Terje Mathisen’s comment about the leg (run the southern-most variant): – I think I took the optimal route choice with respect to avoiding uphill in “lyng” (high undergrowth). Please add a comment below if you ran the leg and have further information about it.

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 last years – and I’ve therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget from 2010-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.

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  1. I think that it’s not good when leg is provided without line between controls. Mainly when it is relatively long leg like the one above. But I suppose that there is some technical problem connected with that..

    • No big technical problems, but I have not put priority on it:) Must do some trigonometry in order to find the correct place outside the ring to start the line. I’ll see if I can get it into next years edition if it is important.

      A much larger concern to me is that fewer and fewer draw their routes in Routegadget these days – so we’ll see how much we have for next year. So please contribute you as well by drawing your route from as many events as possible!

  2. For me it’s not an issue that there is no line.
    A bigger problem is that I don’t have any idea about the relative speeds of these H50 runners so it’s difficult to draw any conclusions about the best route. I chose pretty much exactly the route that Terje Mathisen chose. Maybe I’m biased being more used to Scottish and Trønder terrain, maybe it’s different for girls, maybe I’m just not great at choosing routes – surely not ;) but to me the direct routes don’t seem the best???
    Great work with RTC, tbh this is the 1st one I’ve looked at but I like it!

    • Helen, the overall times of the runners for the course are written with smaller font behind the leg time. This will give you an indication of how fast the various runners are overall. It won’t give you a complete analysis – but it will give you an indication. That is also why I don’t make a complete analysis – it is not easy to know what is the best choice based on only the Routegadget data. However, I always hope for discussions and comments from people who have actually been running the course – as they can give more accurate information about what was actually the best choice….