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Venla 2019: Fredrikstad takes the victory!

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Norway’s Fredrikstad SK took the victory in the 2019 edition of the Venla relay after a strong leg by Kamilla Olaussen on the last leg. IFK Göteborg went out onto the last leg in the lead, but after first a bad routechoice and later a quite big mistake, IFK’s Sara Hagström lost nearly 4 minutes and had more than enough to keep Finland’s Tampereen Pyrintö behind.

Several top teams did quite big mistakes in the tricky terrain around Kangasala; notably one of the top favourites Halden went from a nearly two minute lead to five minutes behind on the 2nd leg. IFK Lidingö was in a small lead group after two legs, but also did a big mistake and lost the possibility for battling for victory.

Top 6 results here – read on for a recap of the race development as it happened and full team results at the bottom.

1 NOR Fredrikstad SK (22) 2:45:17 Kamilla Olaussen 47:40
2 SWE IFK Göteborg (19) +3:40 Sara Hagström 52:00
3 FIN Tampereen Pyrintö (23) +4:00 Venla Harju 48:10
4 SWE Alfta ÖSA OK (5) +6:31 Natalia Gemperle 48:14
5 NOR Nydalens SK (77) +6:36 Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg 47:16
6 NOR Halden SK (15) +6:55 Marika Teini 47:27

 

Leg 1: Halden in a clear lead

Halden is first back after the first leg with a 1:20 lead down to Tampereen Pyrintö’s second team with Byåsen in third place. Quite big gaps down to many of the top teams with last year’s winner Stora Tuna more than 10 minutes behind and last year’s 2nd place Göteborg Majorna 4 minutes behind.

For Fredrikstad, Marianne Riddervold Kahr ran the first leg, coming back in 12th place, 2:19 behind. – I did a very good race compared to my shape. I don’t train as much as the others with my full job and my children at home, so I am very happy with my race today.

Standings after first leg:

1 NOR Halden SK (15) 36:26 Sabine Hauswirth 36:26
2 FIN Tampereen Pyrintö 2 (59) +1:21 Anni-Maija Fincke 37:47
3 NOR Byåsen IL (52) +1:36 Ingeborg Eide 38:02
4 FIN Kalevan Rasti (32) +2:03 Silja Tarvonen 38:29
5 FIN Koovee 2 (38) +2:05 Ukskoski Karoliina 38:31
6 SWE IFK Göteborg 2 (31) +2:06 Victoria H Björnstad 38:33
7 FIN Espoon Suunta (67) +2:07 Ida Haapala 38:33
8 SWE IFK Göteborg (19) +2:08 Miri Thrane Ödum 38:34
9 SWE Sävedalens AIK (61) +2:09 Anastasia Denisova 38:35
10 SWE Järla Orientering (4) +2:09 Sara Sjökvist 38:36
11 SWE IFK Lidingö SOK (25) +2:15 Helena Karlsson 38:42
12 NOR Fredrikstad SK (22) +2:19 Marianne Riddervold Kahrs 38:45
13 DEN OK Pan Århus (10) +2:21 Caroline Gjötterup Frederiksen 38:47
14 FIN MS Parma (3) +2:22 Anastasia Rudnaya 38:49
15 CZE Tesla Brno CZE (391) +2:23 Marketa Mulickova 38:50

Leg 2: Halden misses – IFK Göteborg takes over

A tough one for Halden’s Kine Hallan Steiwer halfway through the second leg: A big mistake, and suddenly from one minute ahead to four minutes behind. Instead IFK Göteborg’s Kirsi Nurmi runs very well and takes IFK Göteborg in to a clear lead – opening a gap of more than 1:30 to the rest of the field after two legs.

Standing after 2nd leg:

1 SWE IFK Göteborg (19) 1:12:38 Kirsi Nurmi 34:04
2 SWE IFK Lidingö SOK (25) +1:41 Ausrine Kutkaite 35:37
3 NOR Fredrikstad SK (22) +1:42 Marie Olaussen 35:36
4 FIN MS Parma (3) +2:03 Anni Heikkonen 35:53
5 FIN Paimion Rasti (24) +2:04 Inga Dambe 35:13
6 FIN Tampereen Pyrintö (23) +2:24 Simona Aebersold 32:45
7 SWE IFK Göteborg 2 (31) +2:33 Camilla Engstrand 36:39
8 SWE Alfta ÖSA OK (5) +2:54 Josefine Heikka 36:38
9 DEN OK Pan Århus (10) +3:04 Stine Bagger Hagner 36:55
10 FIN Espoon Suunta (67) +3:43 Hanne Hilo 37:48
11 SWE Göteborg Majorna OK (2) +4:02 Runa Fremstad 36:11
12 FIN Koovee 2 (38) +4:17 Taanila Marjo 38:25
13 SWE Tullinge SK (66) +4:21 Sofia Lönnkvist 36:08
14 FIN Kalevan Rasti (32) +4:21 Grace Molloy 38:30
15 FIN Lahden Suunnistajat -37 (41) +4:23 Lotta Kirvesmies 36:11

Leg 3: Fredrikstad closes the gap

On the third leg Fredrikstad’s Marianne Andersen does a very good race, closing the gap to IFK Göteborg’s Elin Månnson. IFK Lidingö does a big mistake and loses contact with the lead, and we get a very big gap from the two top teams down to the rest of the teams. Tampereen Pyrintö is closest with a gap of more than 4 minutes, the other teams are more than 6 minutes behind. This looks like it is going to be a battle between IFK Göteborg’s Sara Hagström and Fredrikstad Kamilla Olaussen on the last leg!

Marianne Andersen: – I did a quite stable race. I ran alone almost all the way, and in the end I thought I maybe saw IFK in front of me and got stressed and made a small mistake, but I managed to keep in control and finish well.

Standing after 3rd leg:

1 SWE IFK Göteborg (19) 1:56:57 Elin Månsson 44:18
2 NOR Fredrikstad SK (22) +39 Marianne Andersen 43:15
3 FIN Tampereen Pyrintö (23) +4:10 Saila Kinni 46:05
4 SWE Alfta ÖSA OK (5) +6:36 Irina Nyberg 48:00
5 FIN Pargas IF (44) +6:37 Alexandra Enlund 46:09
6 FIN Paimion Rasti (24) +7:30 Saara Norrgran 49:44
7 NOR Nydalens SK (77) +7:39 Silje Ekroll Jahren 45:31
8 NOR Halden SK (15) +7:48 Elena Roos 47:05
9 FIN MS Parma (3) +7:52 Tiia Istolahti 50:07
10 FIN SK Pohjantähti (12) +8:09 Sofia Haajanen 44:45
11 FIN Lynx (26) +8:18 Karoliina Sundberg 46:21
12 SWE OK Kåre (51) +8:20 Kajsa Risby 47:04
13 FIN Koovee (7) +8:21 Niittynen Miia 48:05
14 LTU IGTISA (9) +8:53 Sandra Grosberga 47:17
15 FIN Espoon Suunta (67) +9:12 Melina Lahdenperä 49:47

 

Leg 4: Fredrikstad’s Olaussen alone in the front

Fredrikstad’s Kamilla Olaussen used some control’s to close the gap to leading Sara Hagström for IFK Göteborg, but from there on it was all about Fredrikstad.  – We run together for a few legs, but then we took different routechoices on a longer leg. I ran quite straight and really pushed up the hill, Kamilla Olaussen said after the race. – I didn’t know that I was ahead, so I was really nervous in the end when I did some small mistakes.

The long leg gave Olaussen a one minute lead – and Sara Hagström’s mistake on the next control increased the gap to 3 minutes. From here on and to the finish it was clear that this would be Fredrikstad’s day. Kamilla Olaussen’s comment after the race: – I have been quite motivated all the time the last seasons, but I have had a lot of injuries and been out 5 of the last 8 years due to injuries. But now I have been training well and I hope I can do very well at the World Championships.

Final standing:

1 22 Fredrikstad SK NOR 2:45:17
1 Marianne Riddervold Kahrs 38:45
2 Marie Olaussen 35:36 1:14:21
3 Marianne Andersen 43:15 1:57:37
4 Kamilla Olaussen 47:40 2:45:17
2 19 IFK Göteborg SWE 2:48:58
1 Miri Thrane Ödum 38:34
2 Kirsi Nurmi 34:04 1:12:38
3 Elin Månsson 44:18 1:56:57
4 Sara Hagström 52:00 2:48:58
3 23 Tampereen Pyrintö FIN 2:49:18
1 Lotta Karhola 42:17
2 Simona Aebersold 32:45 1:15:03
3 Saila Kinni 46:05 2:01:08
4 Venla Harju 48:10 2:49:18
4 5 Alfta ÖSA OK SWE 2:51:48
1 Galina Vinogradova 38:54
2 Josefine Heikka 36:38 1:15:33
3 Irina Nyberg 48:00 2:03:33
4 Natalia Gemperle 48:14 2:51:48
5 77 Nydalens SK NOR 2:51:53
1 Siri Ulvestad 39:19
2 Tone Bergerud Lye 39:46 1:19:05
3 Silje Ekroll Jahren 45:31 2:04:37
4 Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg 47:16 2:51:53
6 15 Halden SK NOR 2:52:13
1 Sabine Hauswirth 36:26
2 Kine Hallan Steiwer 41:14 1:17:40
3 Elena Roos 47:05 2:04:45
4 Marika Teini 47:27 2:52:13
7 12 SK Pohjantähti FIN 2:53:38
1 Anna Haataja 44:33
2 Heini Wennman 35:47 1:20:20
3 Sofia Haajanen 44:45 2:05:06
4 Sari Anttonen 48:31 2:53:38
8 9 IGTISA LTU 2:53:41
1 Gabija Razaityte 40:47
2 Sandra Pauzaite 37:45 1:18:32
3 Sandra Grosberga 47:17 2:05:50
4 Tatiana Ryabkina 47:51 2:53:41
9 51 OK Kåre SWE 2:53:47
1 Jenny Eriksson 39:21
2 Martina Ruch 38:52 1:18:13
3 Kajsa Risby 47:04 2:05:18
4 Lisa Risby 48:29 2:53:47
10 41 Lahden Suunnistajat -37 FIN 2:53:54
1 Laura Ramstein 40:50
2 Lotta Kirvesmies 36:11 1:17:02
3 Anna-Kaisa Anjala 49:13 2:06:15
4 Minna Kauppi 47:39 2:53:54
11 3 MS Parma FIN 2:54:17
1 Anastasia Rudnaya 38:49
2 Anni Heikkonen 35:53 1:14:42
3 Tiia Istolahti 50:07 2:04:49
4 Maija Sianoja 49:27 2:54:17
12 7 Koovee FIN 2:54:46
1 Kaasiku Evely 39:09
2 Hulkkonen Johanna 38:04 1:17:13
3 Niittynen Miia 48:05 2:05:18
4 Mironova Svetlana 49:27 2:54:46
13 1 Stora Tuna OK SWE 2:54:48
1 Tilda Östberg 47:25
2 Magdalena Olsson 37:03 1:24:28
3 Julia Jakob 44:07 2:08:36
4 Tove Alexandersson 46:12 2:54:48
14 26 Lynx FIN 2:54:54
1 Sara Karvonen 39:37
2 Sanni Norrbacka 39:17 1:18:54
3 Karoliina Sundberg 46:21 2:05:15
4 Aino Mänkärlä 49:38 2:54:54
15 44 Pargas IF FIN 2:55:08
1 Yvonne Gunell 38:55
2 Ida-Marie Cederberg 38:30 1:17:25
3 Alexandra Enlund 46:09 2:03:34
4 Amy Nymalm 51:33 2:55:08

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