From Friday October 5th until Sunday October 7th Europe’s best juniors will compete at the Junior European Cup (JEC) in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland. The races start with a Sprint Relay on Friday and continue with Middle distance on Saturday and a Long distance carried out a on Sunday.
For the first time in the history a Sprint Relay will be organized on Friday. On Saturday the traditional Middle Distance will happen. Also the mass start format for the Long distance on Sunday is new.
This race is still well in mind of many Swiss orienteers, being one of the toughest orienteering races, technically as well as physically, which happened in Switzerland the last 10 years.
The Long Distance will be organized on the legendary map of “Bretaye” (see map above). It was used during the Swiss 5 Days in 2012. This race is still well in mind of many Swiss orienteers, being one of the toughest orienteering races, technically as well as physically, which happened in Switzerland the last 10 years.
Follow the races online
You can follow the races online. The organizers will provide Live-Stream with Speaker and Images from the Arena, as well as Live-Results and GPS for all races.
All services can be found the homepage of the organizer: http://www.jec2018.ch/
|Friday, 5th October||Sprint Relay||Start 15:00 CET|
|Saturday, 6th October||Middle Distance||First Start: 13:00 CET|
|Sunday, 7th October||Long Distance with Mass Start||Start 10:00 CET|
The Sprint-Relay will take part in the village of Villars-sur-Ollon, which is mainly an old mountain village, but also with some park areas. This area has never been used for a bigger orienteering competition and no old map is available.
The forest of Monthey-Collombey provides perfect middle distance terrain. The green areas will not only slow down the runners, but also shorten the sight. Combined with the stony area and detailed terrain, not an easy task for the runners (see map below).