One of the main highlights of the spring season is coming up on Saturday & Sunday morning: 10Mila in Nynäshamn, Sweden. The organizer again focus on high quality webTV broadcasts, spectators both at home and on the arena in Sweden can expect highly entertaining competitions.
The start for the men’s relay is at 20:30 CET with the winners expected in the finish at 7:30 after around 107 kilometers of orienteering spent on 10 legs. The women start their 5 leg & 40 kilometer relay at 13:15 CET with estimated time for winners to finish at around 18:00 CET. Around 350 teams will start in each relay.
There are a number of Live services available to follow 10mila 2018. If you have 150 SEK to spend, a combination of webTV and live results is probably the best way to follow the event. The webTV is broadcasted in three channels – Swedish (Per Forsberg, Fredrik Löwegren), English (Boris Granovskiy, Graham Gristwood) and Finnish (Antti Örn, Kalle Rantala). There are also free webTV studio broadcasts Friday evening (Swedish 18:00-19:00 and Finnish 19:00-19:30) and Saturday (10:00-10:30, 12:55-13:15 and 20:00-20:30, Swedish only).
- Online results and speaker sound (free, also three languages) + live webTV will be offered
- Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad) and, Windows 8 apps for following live result
- Live GPS tracking will only be available via Web TV (and not in GPSSeuranta) during the event, operated by the author of this article (looking good according to the pre-race preparations) – full tracking is made public after the event. Tracking is planned for all legs in both men’s and women’s relay, but this year not in the youth relay
Long, dark night for the men
The leg setup for 10mila is similar to last year with a long first leg (12.1 km) which is partly day/partly night, then a quite long second leg in the dark (11.5 km) followed by a short night leg (8.1 km), and then “långa natten” is the 4th leg (15.3 km, unforked leg). The 5th and 6th leg are short night legs (7.5 and 7.6 km long), and then it starts to get day with medium long legs of 9.8 km (unforked), 10.9 km and 9.0 km. The last leg is the longest in the relay, a 15.4 km leg in daylight.
The shorter legs is often were the relay is decided – especially the short night legs
Last year Martin Regborn (Hagaby GoIF) run a fantastic first leg, coming back more than 4 minutes ahead of the next team. The winner team of IFK Göteborg was more than 7 minutes behind at this time in the relay, but came slowly up into the lead again. Max Peter Bejmer decided the race on the 8th leg by taking IFK Göteborg from a small one minute lead to an immense lead of 9:38. Looking at the most decisive legs, the short third and fifth night-legs did definitely shake things up a lot with several of the Top20-finishers losing significant time here (see below) – also the 6th leg is a tough one. The shorter legs is often were the relay is decided – especially the short night legs, partly because this is where teams often put their weakest runners who take risks to try to keep up with the leading teams.
Long unforked third leg for the women
In the women’s class there is one unforked leg – the 10.9 km long third leg. The relay opens with a relatively short 5.5 km first leg and continues with a 6.9 km leg. The last two legs are 7.7 km and 8.8 km long. All legs are run in daylight.
The fourth leg was very decisive though, splitting the big group into mostly single teams
Looking at the decisions in the women’s class last year, the long third leg lead to the top teams gathering in a big group – with a new mass start on the shorter fourth leg. The fourth leg was very decisive though, splitting the big group into mostly single teams – a few groups of 2-3 teams – and with time differences of 7 minutes. This is definitely were you should put in a stable runner in your team – if you can ….