Home / Orienteering News / Route to Christmas: Day 14 2012

Route to Christmas: Day 14 2012

Todays leg in Route to Christmas is a tough, long route from JWOC 2012 in Slovakia. The race was run on July 9th – and had quite a few challenges for the runners…

The “secret” (not too well hidden secret either I guess) is to avoid green whenever you can – green may slow you down a lot. In addition, use the compass after rounding the depressions – it is very easy to make 15-20 degrees too much of a turn, and get out in a completely wrong direction. That’s it for tips – now over to the 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):

Webroute

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. Unfortunately no GPS routes as you are not allowed to run with a GPS watch at JWOC.

Discussion

There are not that many good alternatives here – and the difference in time for the different alternative is not the most important factor for who is fastest. Rather it is how well the runners manage to orienteer, keep the speed up, and keep to plan. Generally it looks like you should not get too far away from the line – and that paths don’t help that much compared to running in the open terrain (as long has you manage your orienteering, that is!).

We got a second – and shorter – leg for you as well. 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):

Webroute

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:

As you can see, this one was easy: Go north to avoid the green on the more direct/southern route. If you go too far south (avoiding green and depressions), that’s too long!

Complete map in Omaps.worldofo.com

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

Omaps.worldofo.com

The ‘Route to Christmas’ series at World of O has been 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 2011-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.

Check Also

oringenday5_w21e_11_blank_s

Route to Christmas: Day 21 2019

Today’s leg in Route to Christmas is a long leg from the largest individual orienteering ...