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Jukola 2018: All You Need To Know

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Jukola – the largest orienteering relay in the world – starts Saturday at 22:00 CET (23:00 local time). 9 hours earlier at 13:00 CET the women start their relay – the Venla relay. Here you find all the information you need about the  Jukola and Venla relays. This is the 70th edition of the Jukola relay and the 41st edition of the Venla relay.

Jukola 2018 is organized close to Lahti – and there will again be a high quality international webTV-broadcast available from both the Jukola and Venla relays (Euro 16.-).  A lot of live GPS tracking and interesting interviews are promised. This international broadcast also has its own director, with 20 cameras in use.

A look in the back-mirror: IFK Göteborg won Jukola 2017 after an exciting relay – their first Jukola win ever. IFK was in the lead throughout nearly all of the relay – building up a 7(!) minute lead already after 3 legs. These 7 minutes shrank slowly leg by leg – until Eskil Kinneberg had only 1:40 left when starting on the last leg with Koovee’s Daniel Hubmann following in second place. Kinneberg decided the relay for IFK after a thriller on the last leg – which opened with a 2 minute mistake by Kinneberg. In the Venla relay,  Alfta-Ösa won ahead of Swiss OL Norska after being in the lead all the way from start to finish.

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Map and terrain

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The competition terrain is dominated by many ice-age formed depressions along the edges of which are pine forests and rocky areas (see old map above). The terrain is rocky in many places, but there is are also areas of good runability.  The deepest depressions are around 40 meters deep but the majority of the depressions are much flatter.

Illustration: Part of the Jukola 2018 area as seen in MapAnt – red contours are depressions. See complete MapAnt-map centered on this area here.

The area has undergone normal amounts of forestry work and these can be seen more clearly in the eastern part of the terrain where there are clear tree line patterns. There has been limited amount of fresh forest thinning, however visibility on the ground is good. All in all on offer is one of Finland’s largest genuine depression filled terrains.  More information and pictures of terrain.

Jukola was organized in the same area last time in 1987. See two maps/courses below.

Jukola 1987, Mika Huhtanen

» See map in omaps.worldofo.com

Route choices in Jukola 2018 terrain

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The Jukola website has published several route choice “tasks” on their website with corresponding solutions which are interesting to read ahead of the relay:

Venla relay

Leg Length Climb Time Changeover
1. 6,1-6,2 km 175 m 43 min 14:43
2. 6,1-6,2 km 165 m 42 min 15:25
3. 5,3-5,4 km 150 m 37 min 16:02
4. 7,8-7,9 km 220 m 55 min 16:57
Total 25,5 km 710 m 2 h 57 min

Times are local times. There is forking on all legs.

Top teams last year (see full results):

1 6 Alfta OK OK SWE 3:00:12
1 Galina Vinogradova 45:38 1.
2 Josefine Heikka 44:14 3. 1:29:52 1.
3 Sara Eskilsson 40:57 13. 2:10:50 2.
4 Natalia Gemperle 49:21 2. 3:00:12 1.
2 32 Ol Norska SUI 3:01:35
1 Sarina Jenzer 47:58 9.
2 Silje Ekroll Jahren 45:59 9. 1:33:58 2.
3 Simone Niggli 35:48 1. 2:09:46 1.
4 Sabine Hauswirth 51:48 8. 3:01:35 2.
3 7 Stora Tuna OK SWE 3:02:00
1 Anna Mårsell 48:20 11.
2 Magdalena Olsson 48:43 25. 1:37:04 12.
3 Julia Gross 36:36 3. 2:13:40 3.
4 Tove Alexandersson 48:20 1. 3:02:00 3.
4 34 Tampere Pyrintö 2 FIN 3:08:27
1 Fight Heroes 51:44 49.
2 Anni Haanpää 44:19 4. 1:36:03 9.
3 Sonja Kyrölä 38:36 5. 2:14:40 4.
4 Simona Aebersold 53:46 15. 3:08:27 4.
5 9 Paimion Rasti FIN 3:10:29
1 Nina Temjakova 50:00 22.
2 Emma Silvennoinen 44:06 1. 1:34:06 3.
3 Saara Norrgrann 41:35 18. 2:15:42 6.
4 Ida Marie Näss Björgul 54:47 18. 3:10:29 5.
6 1 Halden SK NOR 3:10:55
1 Jo Shepherd 51:13 44.
2 Eva Jurenikova 50:24 41. 1:41:38 38.
3 Hollie Orr 36:13 2. 2:17:52 11.
4 Elena Roos 53:02 11. 3:10:55 6.

Jukola relay

Leg Length Climb Time Changeover
1. 10.9-11.1 km dusk/dark 240 m 67 min 00:07
2. 11.8-12.0 km dark 280 m 73 min 01:20
3. 12.6-12.8 km dark/dusk 340 m 78 min 02:38
4. 8.7-8.8 km dawn/daylight 220 m 50 min 03:28
5. 8.6-8.7 km daylight 220 m 48 min 04:16
6. 10.7-10.8 km daylight 320 m 60 min 05:16
7. 15.0-15.1 km daylight 480 m 84 min 06:40

Times are local times. There is forking on all legs.

Top teams last year (full results):

1 5 IFK Göteborg SWE 7:31:45
1 Max Peter Bejmer 1:11:27 4.
2 Johan Högstrand 1:19:57 1. 2:31:24 1.
3 Vetle Ruud Bråten 1:09:58 8. 3:41:22 1.
4 Jonas Pilblad 46:02 9. 4:27:25 1.
5 Fredrik Edn 45:43 15. 5:13:08 1.
6 Fredrik Bakkman 1:01:10 4. 6:14:18 1.
7 Eskil Kinneberg 1:17:26 6. 7:31:45 1.
2 1 Koovee FIN 7:32:51
1 Topi Anjala 1:11:57 12.
2 Olexander Kratov 1:24:00 6. 2:35:58 4.
3 Jani Lakanen 1:12:15 20. 3:48:13 2.
4 Lauri Sild 45:03 3. 4:33:17 2.
5 Kenny Stoney 44:10 3. 5:17:27 2.
6 Timo Sild 58:31 1. 6:15:59 2.
7 Daniel Hubmann 1:16:52 4. 7:32:51 2.
3 12 Tampere Pyrintö FIN 7:41:31
1 Pascal Buchs 1:11:57 13.
2 Elias Kuukka 1:24:03 7. 2:36:00 5.
3 Jarkko Huovila 1:12:46 22. 3:48:46 3.
4 Severi Kymäläinen 49:09 42. 4:37:56 6.
5 Aleksi Niemi 44:06 2. 5:22:02 4.
6 Florian Howald 1:01:05 3. 6:23:07 3.
7 Johan Runesson 1:18:23 10. 7:41:31 3.
4 6 Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter SWE 7:42:30
1 Erik Liljequist 1:18:05 83.
2 Kent Ohlsson 1:25:37 13. 2:43:42 35.
3 Ivar Lundanes 1:08:26 5. 3:52:08 13.
4 Rickard Ohlsson 46:59 15. 4:39:08 11.
5 Ralph Street 43:03 1. 5:22:11 5.
6 Eric Börjeskog 1:03:32 8. 6:25:44 5.
7 Jonas Leandersson 1:16:45 3. 7:42:30 4.
5 4 Halden SK NOR 7:44:02
1 Emil Wingstedt 1:11:42 7.
2 Eirik Kamstrup Hovind 1:30:29 46. 2:42:11 23.
3 Fredrik Eliasson 1:10:18 9. 3:52:30 14.
4 Thomas Natvig Årstad 45:53 7. 4:38:24 8.
5 Håkon Raadal Björlo 45:29 12. 5:23:53 9.
6 Jan Sedivy 1:01:45 5. 6:25:39 4.
7 Magne Dähli 1:18:22 9. 7:44:02 5.
6 33 Helsinki Navigators FIN 7:47:43
1 Topi Raitanen 1:13:09 21.
2 Einari Heinaro 1:27:07 25. 2:40:16 9.
3 Veli Kangas 1:13:10 26. 3:53:27 16.
4 Arttu Syrjäläinen 46:07 10. 4:39:34 12.
5 Ollipekka Heikkilä 44:20 4. 5:23:54 10.
6 Tuomas Heikkilä 1:04:19 10. 6:28:14 8.
7 Olli Ojanaho 1:19:29 13. 7:47:43 6.
Take a look at some old Jukola videos to get you in the Jukola mood.

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32 comments

  1. Thanks for the round up!
    Do you know in which language the web-TV broadcast commentary is being broadcast? It doesn’t seem to mention on the organisers web page.
    Thanks again.
    JC

  2. Should be in English.

  3. 👍

  4. A small excursion to possibly useless statistics: after removing empty and obviously vacant names, there are 6289 registered persons for Venla and 12914 persons for Jukola – totalling 19203 persons.

    Assuming (for simplicity) that a given runner can only run once at Venla and/or once at Jukola, there are 6227 unique names at Venla and 12582 uniques as Jukola.

    Merging those and looking for duplicates only, we find 531 – that’s nealy 3% of total – names presumed to be running BOTH races.

    Good luck to everybody!

  5. WEB-TV DOES NOT WORK!! REALLY DISAPPOINTING SERVICE THIS YEAR!

  6. ANne LIne BErglia

    Has anyone found out why web-tw dont’t work, and how we can get it to work?

    • Collect the money works without any problems, but then – as every year – the web tv dońt works! I want my money back

  7. Now they want me to pay again…. Really bad.

  8. It works! For two seconds

  9. I worked a few minutes. And it died again …

  10. This page isn’t working
    kepit.tv didn’t send any data.
    ERR_EMPTY_RESPONSE

  11. From the organizers:

    I’m sorry to hear that. There have been problems with the stream. We have been informed that the web TV group has identified the problem and they are fixing it right now. We will inform you as soon as the problem is solved. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
    – Nina

    • Well, 45 minutes now and still no response from kepit.tv webserver… I paid too see Live Jukola, a couple of legs before entering the bed. I have no idea when the problem will be solved or where to find any info about it. I really do hope they can fix the problem soon, but for me Jukola 2018 coachwatching is now over :-)
      I have already asked kepit.tv 16€ repaid.

  12. Oleksandr Starov

    Any updates? almost one hour passed…

  13. Backup link also died! Unbelievable!

  14. it is also strange that a lot is happening in the forest – with intermediate points and GPS tracking. And the speaker goes on and on and on interviewing a guy about the future of GPS clocks …

  15. Kirsten Birgit

    Finally found a live-stream youtube. You can watch by following this back-up link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZRCH39XrzI

  16. The youtube works perfectly, but the commentary is bad, and the editing is bad. The commentator isn’t very good at English (excellent vocab, but literally can’t talk, it sounds like he has something in his mouth / having a stroke), is unable to build a story or any excitement, asks the guests quite stupid questions, and is generally bad. The procuder is not prepared for what is happening; they have missed IFK coming through TV controls, put on pre-recorded interviews whilst the chasing groups is coming through TV controls, . This is a very bad production. I don’t know how they think this is worth 16 euros.

    • Too bad to hear that TV was a disappointment. I’m glad that I decided to sleep instead of watching. 16 EUR seemed way too high price for it. Jukola seems overpriced both for participants and spectators…

    • I agree Mark. Now a day after, I can actually access a seemingly working recording (did not have time to listen to the full coverage yet), although it is not the same of course now that it is not live. Further problems with the coverage to me:
      – Reading for minutes ongoing the list of teams and their runners punching at a control is not value add. In fact quite annoying! Live results website does this for us, there is also on-screen live team list of punching.
      – It seems like the commentators are not aware of any voiceovers that is being played/added to the coverage. So we have situations where an interview is played out whilst the commentators are continuing speaking – which means we can’t actually listen to either…

      I would rather not even go into the list of things that seems to be missing in the coverage. Certainly nowhere near the quality of the Tiomila coverage this year…

  17. Cannot say anything about the web-TV broadcast, as I ran myself and watched some bits in the normal TV broadcast. BUT I have to completely disagree that the competion is overpriced for participants. The market also disagrees as Jukola keeps growing and growing…

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