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Jukola 2021: All You Need To Know!

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Finally a big orienteering relay again! Although this year’s Jukola organized in Lapland will not beat the 2019 record of 21.500 registered competitors due to the pandemic, Jukola will also this year be a gigantic relay with more than 12.000 registered competitors, divided onto 1200 teams in the men’s relay and 1000 teams in the women’s relay.

While the number of registered Finnish teams is around 25% less than in the top year of 2019, the number of international teams is around 50% less than in the top year. Still, most of the international top teams seem to have many top runners in their lineups, and it looks like Venla and Jukola 2021 will be just as difficult to win as any other recent editions of the world’s biggest orienteering relay.

The 2021 edition of the relay is set to be a very special relay – the relay is named the Arctic Circle Jukola, and this is the first time the Jukola returns to Lapland in 27 years. All those missing this year’s Jukola may have to wait another 27 years to experience this again.

There will again be a high quality international webTV-broadcast available from both the Jukola and Venla relays (Euro 18.-).  Live stream footage is offered in English, including GPS service.

Live TV/results/tracking/startlists

Map and Terrain

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The ground profile in the competition area of the Arctic Circle Jukola is varied, gently sloping mire and peaty forest terrain. The southern parts are lower, while the northern parts are hilly, typical to Western Lapland, with vast open sloping rocks. The total climb between the lowest and the highest point is around 130 metres. See a large old map of the competition area at the top of this page, and a smaller part above this paragraph.

The trees in the area are typical to commercial forests in Lapland, dominated by pines. It is mainly fast terrain with peaty forests, with occasional mires, densely grown ditches and stony areas that may slow you down.

Jukola Relay: Legs and start times

The competition will start as a mass start on Saturday, 21st August 2021 at 23:00 Finnish time (22:00 CET).

Leg Length Climb Time Changeover 
1. 12,9 km dark 230 m 74 min 23.14 CET
2. 12,9 km dark 230 m 74 min 00.28 CET
3. 16,6 km dark 300 m 93 min 02.01 CET
4. 9,1 km dark 120 m 50 min 02.51 CET
5. 8,9 km dark 120 m 50 min 03.41 CET
6. 11,0 km dusk/daylight 180 m 59 min 04.40 CET
7. 16,4 km daylight 280 m 85 min
Total 87,8 km 1460 m 8 h 5 min

The courses include approximately 1200 meters of marked route. All legs have forking. The sun sets on Sat 21.8. at 20:30 CET and rises on Sun 22.8. at 4.13 CET.

Venla Relay: Legs and start times

The competition will start as a mass start on Saturday, 21st August 2021 at 13:45 (12:45 CET).

Leg Length          Climb Time Changeover
1. 7,3 km 70 m 45 min 13:30 CET
2. 5,4 km 50 m 33 min 14:03 CET
3. 9,1 km 110 m 56 min 14:59 CET
4. 8,5 km 90 m 52 min
Total 30,3 km 320 m 3 h 6 min

The courses include approximately 1200 meters of marked route. All legs have forking.

Jukola & Venla 2019: Who won?

Jukola 2019: Stora Tuna took surprise victory!

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Stora Tuna (Sweden) took the victory in the 2019-edition of Jukula after a strong last leg by Emil Svensk. Stora Tuna was a surprise victory with their very young team. Actually more than half of the team are brothers: Emil, Joakim, Viktor and Jesper Svensk won Jukola together with Anton Sjøkvist, Olle Kalered and Henrik Johannesson!

Three teams battled for victory throughout the last leg – with the young Stora Tuna team deciding the race for themselves through secure and good orienteering. Tyrving (Norway) finished second – one of the world’s very best orienteers Matthias Kyrburz did not manage to keep up with Svensk.  Tampereen Pyrintö finished third with Florian Howald on the last leg.

Last year’s winned Koovee finished down in 7th place, and one of the big pre-favourites IFK Göteborg finished 5th.

1 8 Stora Tuna OK SWE 7:14:39
1 Jesper Svensk 1:05:28
2 Henrik Johannesson 1:01:02 2:06:31
3 Olle Kalered 1:18:14 3:24:45
4 Joakim Svensk 45:25 4:10:11
5 Viktor Svensk 49:02 4:59:13
6 Anton Sjökvist 1:04:07 6:03:21
7 Emil Svensk 1:11:18 7:14:39
2 11 IL Tyrving NOR 7:16:37
1 Wojciech Kowalski 1:07:01
2 Björn Ekeberg 59:26 2:06:28
3 Torgeir Nörbech 1:18:11 3:24:39
4 Olle Boström 45:31 4:10:11
5 Håkon Jarvis Westergård 49:26 4:59:37
6 Andreas Kyburz 1:03:46 6:03:24
7 Matthias Kyburz 1:13:13 7:16:37
3 14 Tampereen Pyrintö FIN 7:16:55
1 Otto Simosas 1:05:45
2 Severi Kymäläinen 1:02:53 2:08:39
3 Elias Kuukka 1:17:19 3:25:59
4 Johan Runesson 44:06 4:10:05
5 Mikko Eerola 47:54 4:58:00
6 Aleksi Niemi 1:05:17 6:03:17
7 Florian Howald 1:13:38 7:16:55
4 13 OK Linne SWE 7:17:20
1 Vincent Coupat 1:07:22
2 Jan Troeng 1:03:49 2:11:12
3 Rassmus Andersson 1:19:26 3:30:38
4 Oskar Sjöberg 47:40 4:18:19
5 Milos Nykodym 45:59 5:04:18
6 Albin Ridefelt 1:02:00 6:06:19
7 Lucas Basset 1:11:01 7:17:20
5 2 IFK Göteborg SWE 7:19:29
1 Håvard Sandstad Eidsmo 1:05:29
2 Andreas Sölberg 1:05:43 2:11:13
3 Johan Högstrand 1:13:36 3:24:49
4 Vetle Ruud Bråten 45:49 4:10:39
5 Morten Jarvis Westergård 52:22 5:03:01
6 Kasper Fosser 1:06:16 6:09:18
7 Max Peter Bejmer 1:10:11 7:19:29
6 6 Kalevan Rasti FIN 7:23:20
1 Jan Prochazka 1:06:16
2 Hannu Airila 1:02:19 2:08:35
3 Markus Räsänen 1:18:12 3:26:48
4 Santeri Silvennoinen 50:27 4:17:15
5 Graham Gristwood 47:09 5:04:24
6 Pavel Kubat 1:04:56 6:09:21
7 Miika Kirmula 1:13:59 7:23:20

 

Read more here.

Venla 2019: Fredrikstad took 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

Read more here.

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