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Venla 2016: Halden wins tight battle

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Halden wins Venla 2016 after strong last leg by Mari Fasting: – I made some mistakes in the start, but then I ran very good, Fasting said after the race. Halden’s team was very international: Sabine Hauswirth (Switzerland), Hollie Orr (Great Britain), Anni-Maija Fincke (Finland) and Mari Fasting (Norway).

– I was very eager at the start as I have not been running orienteering for a while, but I knew my shape was good, Mari Fasting said after the race. – Therefore I did some mistakes in the first half of the course. After passing the arena I managed to keep my concentration and do good orienteering, so from there on and in I am very satisfied with my race.

Strong from the start

Sabine Hauswirth ran a good first leg for Halden, finishing in 2nd place only 4 seconds behind leading team Falköpings AIK (Sarah Hagström).

Second leg runner Hollie Orr did brought Halden in to 8th place, nearly 3 minutes behind new leader OK Kåre. On the third leg, Halden’s Anni-Maija Fincke did another excellent race, taking Halden all the way into the lead, just as at 10Mila earlier this year. With Mari Fasting back from injury, Halden had the finisher which managed to decide the relay for Halden – giving Halden the first victory since 2012.

Finnish teams in the top

The Finnish teams took all top positions except the very top in this year’s Venla relay. Saila Kinni took Tampereen Pyrintö to second place after fighting in the top all the way from the start. Marika Teini took SK Pohjantähti to third place and Svetlana Mironova took Koovee to fourth place. The best Swedish team was Göteborg Majorna in 5th place.

Tight last leg

Venla featured a tight fight on the last leg. Two of the strongest challengers for Fasting were Alfta ÖSA’s Natalia Gemperle (formerly Vinogradova) and Majorna’s Judith Wyder. Wyder lost 3 minutes on a mistake on a forked control early in the course. Gemperle did a similiar 3 minute mistake on a forked control later in the course.

With that the fight was between Fasting and Finnish top runners Saila Kinni and Marika Teini – a battle Fasting decided alone in the lead by not making mistakes.

Fasting did “her mistake” at the arena passage, but this cost her only some 30 seconds – and was not decisive for the relay.

Results

1 8 Halden SK NOR 3:06:04
1 Sabine Hauswirth 44:08
2 Hollie Orr 47:50 1:31:59
3 Anni-Maija Fincke 34:33 2:06:32
4 Mari Fasting 59:32 3:06:04
2 6 Tampereen Pyrintö FIN 3:06:57
1 Lotta Karhola 44:58
2 Sonja Kyrölä 47:14 1:32:12
3 Venla Harju 35:15 2:07:27
4 Saila Kinni 59:30 3:06:57
3 4 SK Pohjantähti FIN 3:07:47
1 Heini Wennman 45:37
2 Marttiina Joensuu 46:29 1:32:06
3 Sofia Haajanen 34:32 2:06:39
4 Marika Teini 1:01:08 3:07:47
4 13 Koovee FIN 3:09:42
1 Johanna Hulkkonen 44:24
2 Ulrika Uotila 47:47 1:32:11
3 Mia Niittynen 38:11 2:10:23
4 Svetlana Mironova 59:19 3:09:42
5 16 Göteborg Majorna OK SWE 3:09:43
1 Viktoria Ernstsson 45:52
2 Anna Forsberg 43:30 1:29:23
3 Lina Strand 37:28 2:06:51
4 Judith Wyder 1:02:51 3:09:43
6 2 Alfta ÖSA OK SWE 3:10:09
1 Galina Vinogradova 44:37
2 Sara Eskilsson 45:39 1:30:17
3 Josefine Engström 36:57 2:07:14
4 Natalia Gemperle 1:02:55 3:10:09
7 22 Stora Tuna OK SWE 3:10:13
1 Anna Mårsell 44:40
2 Johanna Erlandsson 48:15 1:32:56
3 Julia Gross 40:03 2:12:59
4 Tove Alexandersson 57:14 3:10:13
8 10 IFK Lidingö SOK SWE 3:10:18
1 Johanna Sanderi 46:31
2 Annica Gustafsson 45:17 1:31:48
3 Helena Karlsson 35:42 2:07:30
4 Anna Bachman 1:02:47 3:10:18
9 83 Paimion Rasti FIN 3:10:19
1 Eveliina Hirvonen 47:00
2 Salla Fagerudd 45:12 1:32:13
3 Inga Dambe 35:06 2:07:19
4 Saara Norrgrann 1:03:00 3:10:19
10 26 IFK Göteborg SWE 3:11:28
1 Isia Basset 45:41
2 Anna Närhi 46:33 1:32:14
3 Elin Månsson 37:36 2:09:50
4 Kirsi Nurmi 1:01:37 3:11:28
11 MS Parma (15) +5:46 Anastasia Rudnaya 1:02:28
12 OK Kåre (23) +5:50 Lisa Risby 1:01:17
13 IFK Lidingö SOK 2 (20) +5:52 Sarina Jenzer 1:02:04
14 OK Linne (18) +6:19 Catherine Taylor 1:02:29
15 Fredrikstad SK (19) +8:51 Heidi Östlid Bagstevold 1:02:38
16 OK Tisaren (9) +9:53 Lilian Forsgren 1:01:20
17 Hiidenkiertäjät (14) +10:12 Julia Novikova 1:03:26
18 OK Orion (29) +10:30 Nadiya Volynska 1:02:39
19 Järla Orientering (3) +10:38 Emma Klingenberg 1:04:28
20 Domnarvets GoIF (1) +11:21 Dana Safka Brokov 1:04:15
21 Halden SK 2 (95) +11:46 Vendula Haldin 1:07:34
22 Linköpings OK (41) +12:16 Alva Olsson 1:01:15
23 IFK Lidingö SOK 3 (54) +13:16 Adela Indrakova 1:04:49
24 Lynx (36) +13:21 Aino Mänkärlä 1:03:31
25 Freidig SPK (482) +13:28 Karen Oline Kolstad 1:02:38
26 IGTISA (31) +14:05 Sandra Pauzaite 1:07:35
27 Pan-Kristianstad (48) +14:15 Ursula Kadan 1:08:31
28 Jämsän Retki-Veikot (37) +14:25 Merja Rantanen 1:02:25
29 Angelniemen Ankkuri (46) +14:25 Emily Kemp 59:21
30 Kangasala SK (27) +14:36 Outi Hytönen 1:03:01
31 Sävedalens AIK (25) +14:42 Silje Ekroll Jahren 1:04:56
32 Kalevan Rasti (17) +14:49 Amlie Chataing 1:02:00
33 IFK Moras OK (28) +15:02 Magdalena Olsson 1:09:51
34 Tampereen Pyrintö 2 (60) +15:15 Tytti Kirvesmies 1:06:51
35 Nydalens SK (7) +15:25 Siri Ulvestad 1:04:06
36 Lahden Suunnistajat -37 (35) +15:33 Laura Ramstein 1:05:38
37 Hiisirasti (30) +15:58 Natalia Efimova 1:04:05
38 Koovee 2 (52) +16:09 Anna-Kaisa Asikainen 1:06:29
39 IL Tyrving (315) +16:55 Ingunn H Weltzien 1:04:57
40 OK Ravinen (91) +17:07 Helena Jansson 58:10
41 Göteborg Majorna OK 2 (115) +17:10 Agnes Leo 1:07:27
42 OK Linne 2 (38) +17:36 Inga Kazlauskaite 1:06:56
43 Tullinge SK (39) +18:02 Jenny Lönnkvist 1:09:45
44 Lillomarka OL (24) +18:04 Andrine Benjaminsen 1:02:11
45 Lynx 2 (78) +18:09 Kristine Bertuka 1:06:23
46 Pargas IF (53) +18:13 Yvonne Gunell 1:04:57
47 Espoon Akilles (82) +18:19 Leenukka Hanhijärvi 1:01:16
48 Rajamäen Rykmentti (64) +18:20 Hanna Raitanen 1:06:02
49 Fossum IF (61) +18:24 Victoria Hästad Björnstad 1:08:34
50 Paimion Rasti 2 (122) +18:44 Satu Tahvonen 1:09:10
51 Falköpings AIK OK (364) +18:47 Amanda Blennow 1:11:34
52 Black Sea OK (50) +19:04 Anastasya Neverova 1:02:52
53 OK Kompas (129) +19:06 Evgenyja Veremeenko 1:04:03
54 OK Trian (70) +19:43 Mari Seppänen 1:11:24
55 Ärla IF (62) +19:44 Susen Lösch 1:01:53
56 Helsingin Suunnistajat (63) +19:46 Tiina Haarlaa 1:07:34
57 Espoon Suunta (75) +19:55 Emilia Stählberg 1:13:22
58 SK Pohjantähti 2 (87) +20:09 Anna Haataja 1:00:58
59 Kuopion Suunnistajat (155) +20:40 Alma Toivonen 1:05:05
60 Bäkkelagets SK 2 (365) +20:45 Louise Oram 1:04:58
61 NTNUI (34) +20:53 Linn Hokholt 1:07:55
62 Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter (21) +21:01 Vendula Horcickova 1:17:05
63 Koovee 3 (110) +21:25 Elo Saue 1:11:34
64 MS Parma 2 (57) +21:32 Laura Portin 1:07:48
65 Hiidenkiertäjät 2 (134) +21:53 Marianne Haug 1:07:13
66 Göteborg Majorna OK 3 (104) +21:58 Frida Nero 1:07:42
67 Bäkkelagets SK (11) +22:16 Kine Gulliksen 1:13:16
68 NTNUI 2 (56) +22:30 Anna Ulvensöen 1:07:47
69 OK Trian 2 (148) +23:28 Elffors Anna 1:06:47
70 OK77 (188) +23:41 Ina Westerlund 1:05:25
71 Domnarvets GoIF 2 (67) +24:49 Johanna Lindberg 1:12:00
72 Täby OK (159) +25:17 Lenka Poklopova 1:07:39
73 OK Tisaren 2 (96) +25:30 Rebecka Nylin 1:10:44
74 Rastikarhut (43) +25:38 Laura Jakobsson 1:13:48
75 Nord West (85) +25:41 Tatiana Bevza 1:04:05
76 Tullinge SK 2 (80) +25:49 Rebecka Heinrup 1:10:54
77 OK Hällen (557) +25:58 Anna Soprrong 1:11:20
78 Raja-Karjalan Suunnistajat (72) +26:00 Veera Kortelainen 1:09:31
79 Kangasala SK 2 (81) +26:07 Mari Schutskoff 1:11:57
80 Tampereen Pyrintö 6 (343) +26:08 Annika Viilo 1:11:06
81 Umeå OK (109) +26:19 Åsa Otterbjörk 1:11:50
82 MS Parma 3 (135) +26:23 Elisa Mäkinen 1:12:17
83 OK Kapa (149) +28:12 Irita Pukite 1:07:35
84 IK Hakarpspojkarna (42) +28:13 Anna Serralonga 1:10:43
85 Kalevan Rasti 2 (84) +28:14 Hanna Laine 1:19:56
86 KFUM Örebro OK (71) +28:28 Ellinor Eriksson 1:07:34
87 Halden SK 3 (44) +28:46 Lizzie Ingham 1:13:54
88 IFK Moras OK 2 (121) +28:52 Johanka Simkova 1:11:42
89 Vehkalahden Veikot (89) +28:58 Elina Kilpeläinen 1:13:29
90 IK Hakarpspojkarna 2 (120) +29:07 Moa Svensson 1:12:51
91 Domnarvets GoIF 3 (177) +32:13 Emma Johansson 1:10:10
92 Vittjärvs IK (283) +32:26 Evelina Wickbom 1:09:32
93 Rasti-Kurikka (58) +32:28 Satu Heittola 1:12:12
94 Hämeenlinnan Suunnistajat (32) +32:40 Ildiko Szerencsi 1:10:52
95 OK Orion 2 (86) +32:51 Agata Stragewisz 1:21:01
96 Rehns BK (90) +32:57 Kristin Olovsson 1:15:07
97 Pan-Kristianstad 3 (664) +33:00 Jannie Hagård 1:10:09
98 OK Södertörn (69) +33:07 Marielle Larsson 1:21:25
99 Kouvolan Suunnistajat (94) +33:15 Marja Laukkanen 1:18:45
100 Rastivarsat (102) +33:31 Irina Mihalko 1:10:32

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