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Route to Christmas: Day 5 2013

Todays leg in Route to Christmas is from the Norwegian Championships in night orienteering – a very tough race this year. After several years with mass start, the race was back with the traditional interval start scheme and a very challenging course.

After a lot of wilderness in the start of the M21E course, leg 9 gave the runners the possibility to get some larger tracks under the shoes.

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):


You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.


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 have solved this leg below. The clearly fastest time was run direct – but the actual difference is not as big as it may look as the winner Nørbech had extremely good flow here. Note also that the left route choice probably is a lot better than it looks – it should be possible to run it significantly faster as Weltzien did not have high speed at this point. Open the complete course in 2DRerun here.

See also a long article I have written about the race at o-norge.no (in Norwegian) – discussing what the winner Torgeir Nørbech writes in his map archive – and adding some analysis figures on the way.

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

Additional information

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

Route to Christmas series

The ‘Route to Christmas’ series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2013-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.

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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