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Route to Christmas: Day 19 2013

In today’s leg in Route to Christmas we are travelling to yet another country: Scotland. The chosen leg is leg number 5 from the M21E course from the Euromeeting long distance race at August 3rd 2013. This race was part of the Scottish 6 Days – and also a preparation race for the World Champs 2015.

The leg might not have the most intriguing route choice options – it was however the leg on this course which did have the options. In choosing your route runnability in different parts of is one thing to have in mind.

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.

As you can see, Dlabja had the best time by going slightly to the right – avoiding the green and using the white areas as much as possible. This opposed to going more left and using the (tempting) road/path for a while. I would have thought that left is better where you can relax for a bit on the path/road – but some of the runners may maybe tell why the two faster of these GPS-routes are more to the right?

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.

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  1. open marshes were deep and hardly runnable. “white” marshes were nice. race was extremly influenced by pack running (1min start interval based on the results of the previous races, fastest runner had latest start time)

  2. Ran this leg as straight as possible just trying to use the big path to cross the green swamp. Time was 9.21.
    Map: http://www.kok-o-maps.com/kartarkiv/show_map.php?user=Baptiste+Rollier&map=66

  3. I do not see any real reason to go right. Yellow, especially yellow mash, is bad, there is no possibility to avoid it. Green is nothing. Strait is great.

  4. Thanks for your comments – especially Baptiste with good time straight!