Todays leg in Route to Christmas is from Poland – the longest leg in the Polish Championships night orienteering organized at September 27th 2013. Thanks to Rafal Podzinski for both suggesting the leg and preparing a map with routes.
Rafal writes the following in his introduction to the leg: – I suggest the 5th leg from Polish Champs in night orienteering (M21E).The map was perfectly made and the course/terrain were really challenging. The colours on the map correspond with the situation in the forest. In some places it was quite wet, but not that bad in general.
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 fastest routes are run to the right – following the road as long as possible and avoiding as much extra height as possible. As you can see, none of the top runners chose an option to the left or direct – the roads and big paths were too tempting. Also you need to do a bit more hills when going direct. Still the direct route (with a slight left bend) looks interesting as it is shorter and does not give that much extra height.
Routechoices of top runners of the complete course
See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.
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.