WRE Spain & Turkey: Maps and Results

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 03 Mar 2015@5:00

Daniel Hubmann, Svetlana Mironova, Yannick Michiels, Leonid Novikov, Thomas Natvig Årstad and Emily Kemp won the World Ranking events in Spain and Turkey the past weekend. Andalucia O-Meeting in Spain had the strongest start field – with reigning world champions Daniel Hubmann and Svetlana Mironova at the top of the results.

See links to maps from all events at the bottom of the article.

AOM Middle: Hubmann and Mironova

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- Interesting course, I really enjoyed it, 4th place Lea Vercelotti (France) wrote in her map archive after the Andalucia O-Meeting WRE race over middle distance. The terrain was quite flat, but the varying vegetation made for some route choice challenges on the longer legs. World champions long distance Svetlana Mironova (Russia) won the women’s class 13 seconds ahead of Heini Saarimäki (Finland) and Marttiina Joensuu (Finland).

In the men’s class Daniel Hubmann (Switzerland) won a clear victory on his way to a one week training camp with the Swiss team in southern Spain. In second place we find one of the positive surprises of this winters racing in Portugal and Spain: Alasdair McLeod (Great Britain) who has put in some extra training this year ahead of the World Championships on homeground (see interview with McLeod at the Portuguese Orienteering Blog here). Edgars Bertuks finished 3rd after a quite big mistake on one of the controls.

Results AOM Middle

Men
1 Daniel Hubmann KRISTIANSAND OK 32:44 4:49
2 Alasdair Mcleod CLYDESIDE ORIENTEERS 34:23 +1:39 5:04
3 Edgars Bertuks TURUN METSÄNKÄVIJÄT 34:46 +2:02 5:07
4 Milos Nykodym KRISTIANSAND OK 34:57 +2:13 5:09
5 Yannick Michiels TURUN METSÄNKÄVIJÄT 35:08 +2:24 5:11
6 Douglas Tullie TURUN METSÄNKÄVIJÄT 35:49 +3:05 5:17
7 Scott Fraser TURUN METSÄNKÄVIJÄT 35:59 +3:15 5:18
8 Tiago Gingão Leal GD4CAMINHOS 36:59 +4:15 5:27
9 Hans Gunnar Omdal KRISTIANSAND OK 37:06 +4:22 5:28
10 Pavel Shestakov KOOVEE 37:40 +4:56 5:33
11 Luis Nogueira KRISTIANSAND OK 37:48 +5:04 5:34
12 Martins Sirmais TURUN METSÄNKÄVIJÄT 38:03 +5:19 5:36
13 Pau Llorens Caellas Barcelona COB 38:19 +5:35 5:39
14 Andreu Blanes Reig Alicante COLIVENC 38:22 +5:38 5:39
15 Javier Ruiz de la Herrán Pidal Málaga COMA 38:32 +5:48 5:41

Women
1 Svetlana Mironova KOOVEE 34:53 6:29
2 Heini Saarimäki ANGELNIEMEN ANKKURI 35:06 +0:13 6:31
3 Marttiina Joensuu SK POHJANTÄHTI 35:29 +0:36 6:36
4 Lea Vercellotti Madrid MAXIMUS 35:58 +1:05 6:41
5 Marte Narum NYDALENS SKIKLUB 36:03 +1:10 6:42
6 Marjo Liikanen RAJAMÄEN RYKMENTTI 36:33 +1:40 6:48
7 Marianne Andersen KONNERUD IL 37:27 +2:34 6:58
8 Siri Ulvestad NYDALENS SKIKLUB 38:07 +3:14 7:05
9 Raquel Costa GAFANHORI 38:18 +3:25 7:07
10 Sarah Rollins SOUTHERN NAVIGATORS 39:26 +4:33 7:20
11 Amparo Gil Brotons Barcelona COB 39:48 +4:55 7:24
12 Annabella Tolonen RAJAMÄEN RYKMENTTI 40:57 +6:04 7:37
13 Michela Guizzardi CUS BOLOGNA 42:28 +7:35 7:54
14 Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan Alicante COLIVENC 42:44 +7:51 7:57
15 Ruth Holmes SOUTHERN NAVIGATORS 42:45 +7:52 7:57

AOM Sprint: Michiels and Kemp

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The sprint race Saturday afternoon at Andalucia O-Meeting in a flat city was not a very tricky affair. According to 10th placed Milos Nykodym (Czech Republic), the sprint was “insanely simple” (via Google Translate) – and that is also the impression one gets when looking at the course. Above is one of the longer legs which does not really pose any challenges nor give any big penalty by chosing the wrong choice. Still the best sprint orienteers are on the top of the results – with Yannick Michiels (Belgium) winning ahead of Scott Fraser (Great Britain) and Alasdair McLeod in the men’s class. In the women’s class the middle distance winner Svetlana Mironova took another victory ahead of Ruth Holmes (Great Britain) and Marte Narum (Norway). In both the men’s and women’s class there was only 20 seconds between the winner and the third place.

Results AOM Sprint

Men
1 Yannick Michiels TURUN METSÄNKÄVIJÄT 14:00 3:57
2 Scott Fraser TURUN METSÄNKÄVIJÄT 14:08 +0:08 4:00
3 Alasdair Mcleod CLYDESIDE ORIENTEERS 14:20 +0:20 4:03
4 Murray Strain INTERLOPERS 14:28 +0:28 4:05
5 Trond Einar Moen Pedersli OL TROLLELG 14:52 +0:52 4:12
6 Antti Parjanne TURUN METSÄNKÄVIJÄT 15:03 +1:03 4:15
7 Vili Niemi RAJAMÄEN RYKMENTTI 15:05 +1:05 4:16
8 Tiago Gingão Leal GD4CAMINHOS 15:10 +1:10 4:17
9 Andreu Blanes Reig Alicante COLIVENC 15:11 +1:11 4:18
10 Milos Nykodym KRISTIANSAND OK 15:21 +1:21 4:20
11 Tiago Aires GAFANHORI 15:22 +1:22 4:21
12 Sander Vaher RAJAMÄEN RYKMENTTI 15:37 +1:37 4:25
13 Miguel Silva TURUN METSÄNKÄVIJÄT 15:38 +1:38 4:25
14 Douglas Tullie TURUN METSÄNKÄVIJÄT 15:39 +1:39 4:26
15 Eduardo Gil Marcos Burgos TJALVE 15:44 +1:44 4:27

Women
1 Svetlana Mironova KOOVEE 13:51 4:50
2 Ruth Holmes SOUTHERN NAVIGATORS 13:55 +0:04 4:51
3 Marte Narum NYDALENS SKIKLUB 14:11 +0:20 4:57
4 Sarah Rollins SOUTHERN NAVIGATORS 14:18 +0:27 5:00
4 Lea Vercellotti Madrid MAXIMUS 14:18 +0:27 5:00
6 Marttiina Joensuu SK POHJANTÄHTI 14:28 +0:37 5:03
7 Siri Ulvestad NYDALENS SKIKLUB 14:43 +0:52 5:08
8 Kirstin Maxwell ROXBURGH REIVERS 14:52 +1:01 5:11
9 Marjo Liikanen RAJAMÄEN RYKMENTTI 15:01 +1:10 5:15
10 Heini Saarimäki ANGELNIEMEN ANKKURI 15:07 +1:16 5:17
11 Raquel Costa GAFANHORI 15:15 +1:24 5:19
12 Michela Guizzardi CUS BOLOGNA 15:27 +1:36 5:24
13 Marina García Castro León ALCON 15:29 +1:38 5:24
14 Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan Alicante COLIVENC 15:43 +1:52 5:29
15 Rebecca Harding GÖTEBORG-MAJORNA OK 15:48 +1:57 5:31

Antalya Middle: Novikov and Kemp

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The WRE races in Turkey offered more tricky orientering than the Spanish races this weekend – a complex terrain with contour details, stones and varying vegetation. The men’s class was dominated by the 2013 World Champion on middle distance Leonid Novikov (Russia) – nearly 7 minutes ahead of Emil Andersson (Sweden) with Henri Kalve (Finland) in third. In the women’s class Emily Kemp (Canada) was strongest with Inga Dambe (Latvia) 6 minutes behind.

There was also a WRE long distance race staged in Antalya, but this race was unfortunately cancelled due to misplaced controls. From the map it looked like quite a race, though.

Results Antalya Middle

Men
1 Leonid Novikov Belgorodskaja obl Spartak RUS 38:53
2 Emil Andersson Aerla IF SWE 45:19
3 Henri Kalve Paimion Rasti FIN 45:32
4 Ahmet Kaçmaz TÜRK SİLAHLI KUVVELERİ SK-TSK TUR 47:35
5 Viktor Silvemark Ärla IF SWE 47:40
6 Yaşar İsmet Demiröz NEO DSK TUR 48:32
7 Marcus Pinker Cork O IRL 48:56
8 Hasan Ayaz TÜRK SİLAHLI KUVVELERİ SK-TSK TUR 50:41
9 Soeren Riechers Bielefelder TG GER 51:26
10 Rıdvan Çınar TÜRK SİLAHLI KUVVELERİ SK-TSK TUR 51:49
11 Dmitriy Maslovskiy Saint-Petersburg RUS 53:00
12 Tomas Kuzminskis Lithuanian Deaf Team LTU 54:42
13 Juuso Lindeqvist Paimion Rasti FIN 55:41
14 Ivan Pustovoitov Silikatniy O-Team RUS 55:44
15 Semyon Kuzmin Tomsk RUS 56:03

Women
1 Emily Kemp Angelniemen Ankkuri FIN 42:03
2 Inga Dambe Paimion Rasti FIN 48:05
3 Andra Anghel Universitatea Craiova ROU 50:32
4 Eveliina Hirvonen Paimion Rasti FIN 53:37
5 Veronica Minoiu Universitatea Craiova ROU 1:01:26
6 Elena Filatova Belgorodskaja obl Spartak RUS 1:06:02
7 Büşra Muslu ALTUN ORYANTİRİNG VE ASK TUR 1:07:44
8 Şengül Üzen TÜRK SİLAHLI KUVVELERİ SK-TSK TUR 1:12:05
9 Dudu Erol ODTÜ SK TUR 1:14:08
10 Farina Freigang Bielefelder TG GER 1:20:03
11 Dilek Matyar PATİKA SK-PATİK TUR 1:20:05
12 Selvihan Günaydın TÜRK SİLAHLI KUVVELERİ SK-TSK TUR 1:22:52
13 Şakire Bilgin TÜRK SİLAHLI KUVVELERİ SK-TSK TUR 1:24:16
14 Ayşe Keskin TÜRK SİLAHLI KUVVELERİ SK-TSK TUR 1:25:57
15 Banu Emine Aysolmaz ODTÜ SK TUR 1:35:15

Antalya Sprint: Natvig Årstad and Kemp

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The Antalya sprint race offered some interesting sprint orienteering – especially the first part of the course which was rather hilly. Above you see one of the longest legs in the first part of the course – the leg from 3 to 4. Which variant is the shortest and which is the fastest here? Click the map to see the length of each alternative –  this illustration is made using the 2DRerun Courseplanning module.

Fastest in the Antalya WRE sprint race in the men’s class was Norway’s Thomas Natvig Årstad ahead of Sindre Østgulen Deisz (Norway) and Fryderyk Pryjma (Poland). In the women’s class the victory again went to Emily Kemp – this time with strong Norwegian sprinter Gøril Rønning Sund in second and Inga Dambe in third.

Results Antalya Sprint

Men
1 Thomas Natvig Arstad NTNUI NOR 17:08
2 Sindre Oestgulen Deisz NTNUI NOR 18:00
3 Fryderyk Pryjma KS Spójnia Warszawa POL 18:17
3 Simen Aamodt NTNUI NOR 18:17
5 Engin Pınar TÜRK SİLAHLI KUVVELERİ SK-TSK TUR 18:25
6 Soeren Riechers Bielefelder TG GER 18:32
7 Sondre Sande Gullord NTNUI NOR 18:37
8 Rıdvan Çınar TÜRK SİLAHLI KUVVELERİ SK-TSK TUR 18:42
9 Wolfgang Kampel NTNUI NOR 18:43
10 Henri Kalve Paimion Rasti FIN 18:50
11 Rasmus Roerholt Theisen NTNUI NOR 18:53
12 Mikkel Sorensen NTNUI NOR 19:05
13 Jon Aukrust Osmoen NTNUI NOR 19:09
14 Olav Johannes Deelstra NTNUI NOR 19:12
15 Oscar Vaangell Aerla IF SWE 19:13

Women
1 Emily Kemp Angelniemen Ankkuri FIN 15:01
2 Goeril Roenning Sund Frol IL 15:06
3 Inga Dambe Paimion Rasti FIN 15:11
4 Eveliina Hirvonen Paimion Rasti FIN 15:15
5 Karen Oline Kolstad Freidig NOR 15:27
6 Kristine Fjellanger NTNUI NOR 15:30
7 Christine Turter Sandvold NTNUI NOR 15:44
8 Andra Anghel Universitatea Craiova ROU 16:01
9 Anna Ulvensoen NTNUI NOR 16:17
10 Veronica Minoiu Universitatea Craiova ROU 16:20
11 Maren Jansson Haverstad NTNUI NOR 16:21
12 Ingrid Gulbrandsen Asker Skiklubb NOR 16:25
13 Linn Hokholt NTNUI NOR 16:31
14 Marta Ulvensoen NTNUI NOR 16:41
15 Mai Elin Watson NTNUI NOR 16:42

Maps

Unfortunately the map quality is not the best for all of the map – partly because athletes are not allowed to run with a GPS-watch in WRE races and therefore often do not upload their maps to their map archives. Here are the maps from the four map archives. If you have maps in better quality, please add a comment below.

POM Day 1: Maps and Results

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 15 Feb 2015@5:00

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Minna Kauppi (Finland) and Gustav Bergman (Sweden) took the victories in the long distance race in the sand dunes in Portugal at the first day of Porgual O-Meeting 2015.

Bergman was 90 seconds faster than Frederic Tranchand (France) with Baptiste Rollier (Switzerland) in third.

- It was a demanding race, both physically and mentally, second placed Tranchand said after the race. - It was necessary to stay really concentrated during the whole race, because the elements seemed very similar everywhere. Because of that, I did a couple of mistakes around the 13th control and for the 22nd control. I’ve been training the whole week but I didn’t have anything to compare to today’s course, so physically I can’t say that I ran full speed the whole race but it was nice. For the rest of the Portugal O’ Meeting, I didn’t point any goals. It’s just the beginning of the season, it’s just training and regain some competition routines.

Minna Kauppi had 40 seconds down to British long distance specialist Catherine Taylor – with Sofia Haajanen (Finland) in third.

Maps
Results

Men SuperElite

1 2 Gustav Bergman 90 [7526] OK Ravinen – OPOR 1:18:20
2 8 Frédéric Tranchand 88 [7943] PR 1:19:50
3 3 Rollier Baptiste 82 [7690] Swiss O Team – OPOR 1:21:43
4 11 Albin Ridefelt 91 [7664] OK Linné – OPOR 1:22:38
5 7 Hubmann Martin 89 [7690] Swiss O Team – OPOR 1:24:17
6 18 Aaro Asikainen 88 [7571] KR 1:24:55
7 81 Ralph Street 90 [7873] SNO 1:25:20
8 16 BASSET Lucas 91 [7532] Pôles France U -OPOR 1:25:30
9 14 Valentin Novikov 74 [7878] RUS 1:25:44
10 10 Gernot Kerschbaumer 83 [7621] OKPanKristians -OPOR 1:26:21
11 17 Thomas Natvig Årstad 89 [7527] NTNUI – OPOR 1:27:02
12 21 Bartosz Pawlak 90 [7873] SNO 1:27:04
13 32 Jere Pajunen 86 [7571] KR 1:28:21
14 29 Denzler Alain 92 [7690] Swiss O Team – OPOR 1:28:23
15 12 Kiril Nikolov 82 [7571] KR 1:28:46

Women Elite

1 207 Minna Kauppi 82 [1835] Individual FIN 1:09:52
2 212 Catherine Taylor 89 [7790] OK Linné 1:10:32
3 204 Sofia Haajanen 87 [1835] Individual FIN 1:12:12
4 208 Eva Jurenikova 78 [7557] Halden SK O-POR 1:12:16
5 228 Liga Arniece 83 [7870] Espoon Suunta 1:13:27
6 209 Venla Niemi 90 [1835] Individual FIN 1:13:51
7 214 Galina Vinogradova 79 [7878] RUS 1:14:06
8 205 MARIA MAGNUSSON 82 [7622] SävedalensAIK – OPOR 1:14:09
9 225 Lea Vercellotti 89 [5327] Maximus 1:14:50
10 215 Yulia Novikova 80 [7878] RUS 1:14:51
11 232 SILJE EKROLL JAHREN 88 [7622] SävedalensAIK – OPOR 1:15:00
12 211 Karolin Ohlsson 91 [7765] Järla Orienteri-OPOR 1:15:02
13 217 Hollie Orr 89 [7905] Lakeland OC – OPOR 1:15:36
14 216 Emily KEMP 92 [7761] NOSE 1:17:05
15 213 Riina Kuuselo 78 [7790] OK Linné 1:17:07

Lucky voters: Check if you won!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 19 Dec 2014@8:00

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Check here if you won any of the prizes worth nearly 4000 Euros in total in your voting for “The Orienteering Achievement of 2014″! 8 great sponsors – nearly 4000 votes! Even if you did not win – please support the sponsors and see if the races and services they offer is something for you.

Sponsors for the Orienteering Achievement of 2014 are Five+Five days Tuscany 2015 (Italy), Sun-o Barbate Training Camp 2015 (Spain), Riga Orienteering Week 2015 (Latvia), Scottish O-Week 2015 (Scotland), Bergen Sprint Camp 2015 (Norway), OOCup 2015 (Slovenia), Croatia Open 2015 (Croatia) and Sälen 3+3 2015 (Sweden). See who won which prize in the sponsor section below.

More about the “Orienteering Achievement of 2014″ here:

In addition some websites who helped spread the news about the poll have been awarded with free ads. Check at the bottom of this page if your website took home one of those prizes!

Thanks to sponsors and voters

Before announcing the prize winners, I would like to thank all of you for voting – in total nearly 4000 unique votes were given this year – making the results very representative for the orienteering community. We would also like to thank the sponsors warmly for sponsoring “The Orienteering Achievement of 2014″. Thanks to the sponsors World of O was able to draw lucky prize winners among those who voted in this years election.

Prize winners will be contacted by e-mail (but please contact Jan at jan@kocbach.net if you are listed as a winner but did not receive an email).


Event sponsor: Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015
  • Prize offered: 1 package for 2 people for one week (7 nights) with accommodation BB formula, entry to the races including transport from/to races/event centre for Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. To be chosen between one of the 2 weeks: 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015. Value about 1400 Euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Follow the Sun in Italy and make your summer longer. Five days of orienteering in beautiful Tuscany. Read more at www.orienteering.it,  www.facebook.com/pwtorienteering and www.pwt.no.
  • Winner: Guillermo Castro


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  • Prize offered: Training Package for 2 persons (transferable to other persons), worth ca. 500 Euro,including 7 nights in Apartamentos Canos de Meca / Barbate and a 16 map O-package, for endless training at the Barbate-O-Camp.
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  • Winner: Desmond Franssen


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  • Prize offered: Package for two people consisting of: Paid entry to Riga Cup model event, Riga Cup races, paid accommodation for two in hotel from Friday to Monday (3 nights). Value about 250 euro. Transferable to other persons.
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  • Winner: Paul Lützkendorf


Event sponsor: Scottish 6 Days 2015 (Highland 2015). August 2nd – 8th 2015
  • Prize offered: A package of two free entries to the Scottish 6 Days (Highland 2015) along with O-tops from the merchandise range and a copy of the book A Few Surplus Maps. Value about 400 euro. Transferable to other person.
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  • Winner: Barbra Zebrowska


Event sponsor: Croatia Open 2015. 27th July – 1st August 2015
  • Prize offered: Entry for Croatia open + accommodation at sport hall/camping + training maps for 4 persons! Value about 350 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • This 5-day orienteering event will again bring you to the Croatian mountains around Delnice, while the sprint stage will take place at the island of Krk. See you in Croatia from 27th July – 1st August 2015! More information at crochallenge.net/croatia-open-2015
  • Winner: Harri Luchsinger


Event sponsor: Bergen Sprint Camp – January 30th – February 1st 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each consisting of 2 complete Bergen Sprint Camp packages: Entry for all 4 races + training Friday morning + Saturday evening program consisting of presentations and dinner. Value about 375 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • For the 6th time in a row, BSC is held in the city center of Bergen, Norway. We provide all participants with challenging courses, good maps and interesting analysis of the sessions – hoping to improve the sprint orienteering technique for everyone. See more at Sprint-Camp.blogspot.no – including all courses and analysis from previous editions of BSC.
  • Winners: Mads Larsen and Henny Bidstrup


Event sponsor: OOCup 2015. 25th – 29th July 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: The complete 5 days OOCup competition + small Slovenia training package consisting of up to 3 training maps. Value up to 300 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • OOCup is a 5 Day orienteering event organized annually in Slovenia. The event is famous for its Karst orienteering and excellent combination of orienteering and holidays. More at oocup.com.
  • Winners: Clive Allen and Wolfgang Pötsch


Event sponsor: 3+3 Training & Race package 2015
  • Prize offered: Big 6-person “3+3 Training & Race Package” (3 competitions and 5 training maps for each person). Value about 450 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • In the beautiful terrain of Sälen we offer great trainings with controls in the forest for all ages. Prepare for O-Ringen 2016! More info at www.malungsok.se/traningar-i-salen.
  • Winner: Daniel Berg


Pages linking to the poll

Pages linking to the poll for “Orienteering Achievement of the Year are important for spreading the news about the great achievement of the nominies. This year as always some prizes are drawn among the websites linking:

  • AndyBary.com
  • OL-Sport.at
  • British Orienteering

Each of these pages have the right to get a free “Sponsored Link” for a month at World of O for an orienteering related race/product/cause. Please contact Jan Kocbach at jan@kocbach.net for more information.

Route to Christmas: Day 19 2014

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 19 Dec 2014@5:00

Today we offer a 23 year old “classic” leg – which has been used as an example in the Norwegian course setting book (”Løypeleggerboka”) as an example of a good leg according to my source. The special thing about this leg – and the reason for it appearing in Route To Christmas in 2014 – is that the leg was reused at a regional championship in 2014.  The leg in question is 11th leg in the M21 course from KM Lang 2014 for the “Sør-Trøndelag” region – organized August 23rd 2014.

I received an e-mail about the leg and the course earlier this year from the course setter from 1991 (Agnar Reolen).  He told me that they decided to use the same course as in 1991 – with some modifications. You can see the complete courses from 1991 and 2014 below the analysis of today’s leg. The winning time in 1991 was 10 minutes faster than this year. In 1991 the winner was the legendary long distance orienteer Håvard Tveite – this year Øyvind Enger won with middle distance specialist Bjørn Ekeberg in third. The terrain has probably changed – and the course is not exactly equal – so with no GPS data from 1991, we can’t do a real comparison unfortunately. But still, feel free to speculate in the comments :)

The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger). Remember, this is quite tough Norwegian terrain – still the marshes are usually the best runnable part of the terrain – and in addition the marshes is used a lot for navigation – using the marshes extensively for navigation makes the orienteering easier.

Location

You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.

Webroute

Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below. The quick analysis is that direct is too slow – too much up and down. Going all the way around on the road looks like it loses you a bit of time – but actually not that much. The best route is probably a variant like Ekeberg and Solstad run – this is also the variant the course setter from 1991 thought was the best at that time according to his e-mail. However, he also says in his e-mail that today (in his current shape) it would probably be better for him to take the road, but he still took a route similar to Ekeberg’s route because all the road running hurts the legs a lot …

I didn’t have the “Løypeleggerboka” handy – maybe they write something about the best route there? What do you think?

Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

Additional information

You find the complete map with the course from 2014 in omaps.worldofo.com at this location – the course from 1991 is available here for comparison.

Results from 1991 below – from 2014 here.

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Route to Christmas series

The Route to Christmas series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2014-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

Note that there may be some errors in the Routegadget data (sometimes somebody draws a route for another runner just for fun). Please add a comment below if you spot en error.

Achievement of 2014: Vote Now – Last Chance!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 14 Dec 2014@18:00

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One day to go – here is Top 3: Søren Bobach, Daniel Hubmann, Rune Haraldsson, Svetlana Mironova, OK Pan Århus and Judith Wyder are the ones fighting for the top positions in Achievement of the Year 2014 with one day to go. Voting closes at Monday December 15th at 23:59 CET. Read about the fantastic achievements, post your votes for your favourites – and be part of the drawing for prizes worth more than 4000 Euros!

The stories behind the medals and the achievements  is what makes the sport truly fascinating

The stories behind the medals and the great achievements  is what makes the sport truly fascinating! In “The Orienteering Achievement of the Year” these stories are highlighted – to make it possible to get a background for the amazing achievements.

Vote here by December 15th:

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Great Sponsorprizes for “Lucky voters”!

Sponsors for the Orienteering Achievement of 2013 are Five+Five days 2015 (Italy), Sun-O Barbate O-Camp (Spain), Riga Orienteering Week 2015 (Latvia), Bergen Sprint Camp 2015 (Norway), Scottish 6 Days 2015 – Highland 2015 (Scotland), Croatia Open 2015 (Croatia), OOCup 2015 (Slovenia) and Sälen 3+3 (Sweden). See all details about the sponsor in the sponsor section below (Hint: Scroll down and take a look to see which prize you want to win as you can mark it when you vote – there are many great prizes this year!).

Prizes valued to more than 4000 Euro are drawn among lucky voters & the ones suggesting nominations. The rules are as follows:

  1. A person can only vote once in each of the categories (if several people share one internet connection, only one can vote, as the IP address is used to identify the voter along with the email-address of the voter).
  2. Prizes from our sponsors will be drawn among all people voting.
  3. In addition some sponsor prizes will be drawn among the ones suggesting GOOD nomination texts. Among all really good nomination texts, we will draw one or two of the great sponsor prizes.
  4. The winners will be made public after the poll closes at World of O.

Event sponsor: Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015
  • Prize offered: 1 package for 2 people for one week (7 nights) with accommodation BB formula, entry to the races including transport from/to races/event centre for Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. To be chosen between one of the 2 weeks: 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015. Value about 1400 Euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Follow the Sun in Italy and make your summer longer. Five days of orienteering in beautiful Tuscany. Read more at www.orienteering.it,  www.facebook.com/pwtorienteering and www.pwt.no.


Training camp sponsor: Big Sun-o Barbate training package 2015
  • Prize offered: Training Package for 2 persons (transferable to other persons), worth ca. 500 Euro,including 7 nights in Apartamentos Canos de Meca / Barbate and a 16 map O-package, for endless training at the Barbate-O-Camp.
  • Sun-o offers orienteering camp packages in South of Europe, combining high quality terrains and varied O-maps, in regions with rich culture and sunny climate. More info at sun-o.com.


Event sponsor: Riga Orienteering week 2015. April 14th – 19th 2015.
  • Prize offered: Package for two people consisting of: Paid entry to Riga Cup model event, Riga Cup races, paid accommodation for two in hotel from Friday to Monday (3 nights). Value about 250 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Riga Orienteering Week will be a memorable event with 4 training events from Tuesday to Friday and two day competition Riga Cup on weekend. We offer you to combine Riga as an architectural, artistic and cultural destination with an unforgettable week-long orienteering adventure in an exclusive sand dune terrain, provided to you by a professional team of organizers of orienteering events “Magnets” with 45 years of experience. Behold, experience, enjoy! More information at magnets.lv


Event sponsor: Scottish 6 Days 2015 (Highland 2015). August 2nd – 8th 2015
  • Prize offered: A package of two free entries to the Scottish 6 Days (Highland 2015) along with O-tops from the merchandise range and a copy of the book A Few Surplus Maps. Value about 400 euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Highland 2015 will be staged over the period 2nd to 8th August 2015, with the opportunity to spectate at the World Orienteering Championships and run on the same terrain including Darnaway and Glen Affric. For further information visit www.scottish6days.com/2015 The event centre is in Inverness, a perfect base for exploring the lochs and mountains, beaches and castles that are a feature of this area.


Event sponsor: Croatia Open 2015. 27th July – 1st August 2015
  • Prize offered: Entry for Croatia open + accommodation at sport hall/camping + training maps for 4 persons! Value about 350 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • This 5-day orienteering event will again bring you to the Croatian mountains around Delnice, while the sprint stage will take place at the island of Krk. See you in Croatia from 27th July – 1st August 2015! More information at crochallenge.net/croatia-open-2015


Event sponsor: Bergen Sprint Camp – January 30th – February 1st 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each consisting of 2 complete Bergen Sprint Camp packages: Entry for all 4 races + training Friday morning + Saturday evening program consisting of presentations and dinner. Value about 375 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • For the 6th time in a row, BSC is held in the city center of Bergen, Norway. We provide all participants with challenging courses, good maps and interesting analysis of the sessions – hoping to improve the sprint orienteering technique for everyone. See more at Sprint-Camp.blogspot.no – including all courses and analysis from previous editions of BSC.


Event sponsor: OOCup 2015. 25th – 29th July 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: The complete 5 days OOCup competition + small Slovenia training package consisting of up to 3 training maps. Value up to 300 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • OOCup is a 5 Day orienteering event organized annually in Slovenia. The event is famous for its Karst orienteering and excellent combination of orienteering and holidays. More at oocup.com.


Event sponsor: 3+3 Training & Race package 2015
  • Prize offered: Big 6-person “3+3 Training & Race Package” (3 competitions and 5 training maps for each person). Value about 450 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • In the beautiful terrain of Sälen we offer great trainings with controls in the forest for all ages. Prepare for O-Ringen 2016! More info at www.malungsok.se/traningar-i-salen.

Route to Christmas: Day 12 2014

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 12 Dec 2014@5:00

Today we have got a great leg from Slovenia in early spring – with several world class runners participating. The race is Lipicia Open, the terrain is both hilly and stony – and you have got several paths of various size to choose from. The leg in question is the 14th leg from the M21E course.

Thanks to Matija Razum for the tip! The course is set by Radek Novotny – the Czech national team coach. The reason for all the stars on the start line is that Czech Republic and Norway had training camps in Slovenia in this period.

The leg is as usually first provided without routes – you may take a look at it and think about how you would attack this leg (if the image is too small, you may click on it to get it larger). To tell you a bit about the runnability here, in Thomas Natvig Årstad’s Doma archive you can read that “I got a shock towards the first control due to all the stones”. The rest of the area is not that stony, but still remember this karst area which makes the forest quite slow in areas which are dotted with small, black dots. Except for that, remember the usual: First find out what is up and down – and approximately how much you have to go up and down – is going far around to save climb an alternative? Then find out which routes have a high risk of significant time loss, and take them out of the considerations. Finally choose between the (few) alternatives you have left. And if you have time, provide a few words about why you took your choice.

Location

You find other maps from the area in omaps.worldofo.com here. See also latest additions in 3DRerun from this area in order to learn more about this terrain type.

Webroute

Next you can draw your own route using the ‘Webroute’ below. Think through how you would attack this leg, and draw the route you would have made. Some comments about why you would choose a certain route are always nice for the other readers.

Then you can take a look at how the runners have solved this leg below. As you can see, Lundanes ran the best time by not going all the way to the bottom, but instead staying in the hillside. However, looking at all the routes and the total times, it may look like Lundanes should have been a bit faster than the others on this leg. Thus going down and up again is probably faster. The reason for losing time on Lundanes’ route can be seen in the illustration at the bottom. Lundanes has several areas where he is quite slow – and there is also more up and down on this route thank you see at first sight. It is not always easy to run fast in a hillside on small paths.


Density map

See below for a density map of some of the ones who have drawn their routes so far.

Additional information

You find the complete map in omaps.worldofo.com at this location.

Route to Christmas series

The Route to Christmas series at World of O has been very popular the last years – and I have therefore decided to continue the series this Christmas as well. If you have got any good legs in RouteGadget, GPSSeuranta or 3DRerun from 2014-competitions – or old forgotten ones which are still interesting – please email me the link at Jan@Kocbach.net, and I’ll include it in Route to Christmas if it looks good. Route to Christmas will not be interesting if YOU don’t contribute.

Not all legs are taken for the interesting routechoice alternatives – some are also taken because the map is interesting – or because it is not straightforward to see what to do on a certain leg. Any comments are welcome – especially if you ran the event chosen for todays leg!

Note that there may be some errors in the Routegadget data (sometimes somebody draws a route for another runner just for fun). Please add a comment below if you spot en error.

Orienteering Achievement of 2014: Vote Now!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 09 Dec 2014@8:00

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Read about the fantastic achievements of 14 athletes and 2 teams who are nominated for The Orienteering Achievement of 2014. Then post your votes for your favourites – and be part of the drawing for prizes worth more than 4000 Euros!

The stories behind the medals and the achievements  is what makes the sport truly fascinating

Winning a gold medal at the World Championships is always a great achievement – but sometimes winning a Bronze medal can be an even bigger achievement – based on what your starting point was. The stories behind the medals and the great achievements  is what makes the sport truly fascinating! In “The Orienteering Achievement of the Year” these stories are highlighted – to make it possible to get a background for the amazing achievements.

The annual poll to find the best Orienteering Achievements of the year is organized by the major source for international orienteering news on the Internet – World of O.

Vote here by December 15th:

Note that there were so many fantastic orienteering achievements this year – highlighted in the suggested nominations by World of O’s readers – that several who would have really deserved a nomination could not be included this year either.

Great Sponsorprizes for “Lucky voters”!

Sponsors for the Orienteering Achievement of 2013 are Five+Five days 2015 (Italy), Sun-O Barbate O-Camp (Spain), Riga Orienteering Week 2015 (Latvia), Bergen Sprint Camp 2015 (Norway), Scottish 6 Days 2015 – Highland 2015 (Scotland), Croatia Open 2015 (Croatia), OOCup 2015 (Slovenia) and Sälen 3+3 (Sweden). See all details about the sponsor in the sponsor section below (Hint: Scroll down and take a look to see which prize you want to win as you can mark it when you vote – there are many great prizes this year!).

Prizes valued to more than 4000 Euro are drawn among lucky voters & the ones suggesting nominations. The rules are as follows:

  1. A person can only vote once in each of the categories (if several people share one internet connection, only one can vote, as the IP address is used to identify the voter along with the email-address of the voter).
  2. Prizes from our sponsors will be drawn among all people voting.
  3. In addition some sponsor prizes will be drawn among the ones suggesting GOOD nomination texts. Among all really good nomination texts, we will draw one or two of the great sponsor prizes.
  4. The winners will be made public after the poll closes at World of O.
Timetable

On December 9th, all nominees are presented at World of O. The winner is decided in a vote amongst all the readers of World of O between December 9th and December 15th.

Spread the news

Help making the poll as representative for the international orienteering community as possible! Spread the news about the poll, by publishing an article about the election on your website, and encourage people participating. Please use this link:

Of all orienteering related websites with on average more than 50 visitors/day who link to the poll after it has been opened for voting, three websites will be drawn who will get a free “Sponsored Link” at World of O. Websites with on average more than 200 visitors/day will count triple when linking to the poll. Send an email to Jan@Kocbach.net with the sites address if you want to be part of this draw for free sponsored links. Sponsored links may be to any orienteering related page or product – must not necessarily be the website linking [PS! This year Facebook pages linking to the poll will be considered on a per-case basis if they have significant likes/interaction related to the poll - please contact Jan to ask].

Websites linking to the poll:

These images may be used when writing about the poll:

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Event sponsor: Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015
  • Prize offered: 1 package for 2 people for one week (7 nights) with accommodation BB formula, entry to the races including transport from/to races/event centre for Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. To be chosen between one of the 2 weeks: 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015. Value about 1400 Euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Follow the Sun in Italy and make your summer longer. Five days of orienteering in beautiful Tuscany. Read more at www.orienteering.it,  www.facebook.com/pwtorienteering and www.pwt.no.


Training camp sponsor: Big Sun-o Barbate training package 2015
  • Prize offered: Training Package for 2 persons (transferable to other persons), worth ca. 500 Euro,including 7 nights in Apartamentos Canos de Meca / Barbate and a 16 map O-package, for endless training at the Barbate-O-Camp.
  • Sun-o offers orienteering camp packages in South of Europe, combining high quality terrains and varied O-maps, in regions with rich culture and sunny climate. More info at sun-o.com.


Event sponsor: Riga Orienteering week 2015. April 14th – 19th 2015.
  • Prize offered: Package for two people consisting of: Paid entry to Riga Cup model event, Riga Cup races, paid accommodation for two in hotel from Friday to Monday (3 nights). Value about 250 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Riga Orienteering Week will be a memorable event with 4 training events from Tuesday to Friday and two day competition Riga Cup on weekend. We offer you to combine Riga as an architectural, artistic and cultural destination with an unforgettable week-long orienteering adventure in an exclusive sand dune terrain, provided to you by a professional team of organizers of orienteering events “Magnets” with 45 years of experience. Behold, experience, enjoy! More information at magnets.lv


Event sponsor: Scottish 6 Days 2015 (Highland 2015). August 2nd – 8th 2015
  • Prize offered: A package of two free entries to the Scottish 6 Days (Highland 2015) along with O-tops from the merchandise range and a copy of the book A Few Surplus Maps. Value about 400 euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Highland 2015 will be staged over the period 2nd to 8th August 2015, with the opportunity to spectate at the World Orienteering Championships and run on the same terrain including Darnaway and Glen Affric. For further information visit www.scottish6days.com/2015 The event centre is in Inverness, a perfect base for exploring the lochs and mountains, beaches and castles that are a feature of this area.


Event sponsor: Croatia Open 2015. 27th July – 1st August 2015
  • Prize offered: Entry for Croatia open + accommodation at sport hall/camping + training maps for 4 persons! Value about 350 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • This 5-day orienteering event will again bring you to the Croatian mountains around Delnice, while the sprint stage will take place at the island of Krk. See you in Croatia from 27th July – 1st August 2015! More information at crochallenge.net/croatia-open-2015


Event sponsor: Bergen Sprint Camp – January 30th – February 1st 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each consisting of 2 complete Bergen Sprint Camp packages: Entry for all 4 races + training Friday morning + Saturday evening program consisting of presentations and dinner. Value about 375 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • For the 6th time in a row, BSC is held in the city center of Bergen, Norway. We provide all participants with challenging courses, good maps and interesting analysis of the sessions – hoping to improve the sprint orienteering technique for everyone. See more at Sprint-Camp.blogspot.no – including all courses and analysis from previous editions of BSC.


Event sponsor: OOCup 2015. 25th – 29th July 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: The complete 5 days OOCup competition + small Slovenia training package consisting of up to 3 training maps. Value up to 300 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • OOCup is a 5 Day orienteering event organized annually in Slovenia. The event is famous for its Karst orienteering and excellent combination of orienteering and holidays. More at oocup.com.


Event sponsor: 3+3 Training & Race package 2015
  • Prize offered: Big 6-person “3+3 Training & Race Package” (3 competitions and 5 training maps for each person). Value about 450 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • In the beautiful terrain of Sälen we offer great trainings with controls in the forest for all ages. Prepare for O-Ringen 2016! More info at www.malungsok.se/traningar-i-salen.

Who did the Orienteering Achievement of the Year 2014?

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 04 Dec 2014@8:00

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Suggest a nomination for the Orienteering Achievement of 2014 and win great prizes! Remember that we are not necessarily looking for the best orienteer/team of 2014 – but rather the best achievements. There is one class for men and one for women – juniors can also be suggested, the same goes for teams.

Among all really good nomination texts, we will draw one or two of the great sponsor prizes (more about the prizes below in the sponsor section). The number of prizes drawn will depend on the number of nomination suggestions being posted. Many suggestions = more prizes drawn.

  • Write your nomination text at the World of O Facebook pageRemember to add a note about which sponsor prize you are interested in – it would be a pity to win a prize you are not interested in?! Check the sponsor section below for the details. Sponsors for the Orienteering Achievement of 2014 are Five+Five days Tuscany 2015 (Italy), Sun-o Barbate Training Camp 2015 (Spain), Riga Orienteering Week 2015 (Latvia), Scottish O-Week 2015 (Scotland), Bergen Sprint Camp 2015 (Norway), OOCup 2015 (Slovenia), Croatia Open 2015 (Croatia) and Sälen 3+3 2015 (Sweden).
  • As an alternative for non-Facebook users, write your nomination text as a comment below

To get you started, see the nominees for 2013 along with their stories/nomination texts here:

Great Sponsorprizes for “Lucky voters”!

Prizes valued to nearly 4000 Euro are drawn among lucky voters & the ones suggesting nominations. We have 8 great sponsors from 8 different countries. The rules are as follows:

  1. A person can only vote once in each of the categories (if several people share one internet connection, only one can vote, as the IP address is used to identify the voter along with the email-address of the voter).
  2. Prizes from our sponsors will be drawn among all people voting.
  3. In addition some sponsor prizes will be drawn among the ones suggesting GOOD nomination texts. Among all really good nomination texts, we will draw one or two of the great sponsor prizes.
  4. The winners will be made public after the poll closes at World of O.

Event sponsor: Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015
  • Prize offered: 1 package for 2 people for one week (7 nights) with accommodation BB formula, entry to the races including transport from/to races/event centre for Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. To be chosen between one of the 2 weeks: 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015. Value about 1400 Euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Follow the Sun in Italy and make your summer longer. Five days of orienteering in beautiful Tuscany. Read more at www.orienteering.it,  www.facebook.com/pwtorienteering and www.pwt.no.


Training camp sponsor: Big Sun-o Barbate training package 2015
  • Prize offered: Training Package for 2 persons (transferable to other persons), worth ca. 500 Euro,including 7 nights in Apartamentos Canos de Meca / Barbate and a 16 map O-package, for endless training at the Barbate-O-Camp.
  • Sun-o offers orienteering camp packages in South of Europe, combining high quality terrains and varied O-maps, in regions with rich culture and sunny climate. More info at sun-o.com.


Event sponsor: Riga Orienteering week 2015. April 14th – 19th 2015.
  • Prize offered: Package for two people consisting of: Paid entry to Riga Cup model event, Riga Cup races, paid accommodation for two in hotel from Friday to Monday (3 nights). Value about 250 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Riga Orienteering Week will be a memorable event with 4 training events from Tuesday to Friday and two day competition Riga Cup on weekend. We offer you to combine Riga as an architectural, artistic and cultural destination with an unforgettable week-long orienteering adventure in an exclusive sand dune terrain, provided to you by a professional team of organizers of orienteering events “Magnets” with 45 years of experience. Behold, experience, enjoy! More information at magnets.lv


Event sponsor: Scottish 6 Days 2015 (Highland 2015). August 2nd – 8th 2015
  • Prize offered: A package of two free entries to the Scottish 6 Days (Highland 2015) along with O-tops from the merchandise range and a copy of the book A Few Surplus Maps. Value about 400 euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Highland 2015 will be staged over the period 2nd to 8th August 2015, with the opportunity to spectate at the World Orienteering Championships and run on the same terrain including Darnaway and Glen Affric. For further information visit www.scottish6days.com/2015 The event centre is in Inverness, a perfect base for exploring the lochs and mountains, beaches and castles that are a feature of this area.


Event sponsor: Croatia Open 2015. 27th July – 1st August 2015
  • Prize offered: Entry for Croatia open + accommodation at sport hall/camping + training maps for 4 persons! Value about 350 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • This 5-day orienteering event will again bring you to the Croatian mountains around Delnice, while the sprint stage will take place at the island of Krk. See you in Croatia from 27th July – 1st August 2015! More information at crochallenge.net/croatia-open-2015


Event sponsor: Bergen Sprint Camp – January 30th – February 1st 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each consisting of 2 complete Bergen Sprint Camp packages: Entry for all 4 races + training Friday morning + Saturday evening program consisting of presentations and dinner. Value about 375 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • For the 6th time in a row, BSC is held in the city center of Bergen, Norway. We provide all participants with challenging courses, good maps and interesting analysis of the sessions – hoping to improve the sprint orienteering technique for everyone. See more at Sprint-Camp.blogspot.no – including all courses and analysis from previous editions of BSC.


Event sponsor: OOCup 2015. 25th – 29th July 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: The complete 5 days OOCup competition + small Slovenia training package consisting of up to 3 training maps. Value up to 300 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • OOCup is a 5 Day orienteering event organized annually in Slovenia. The event is famous for its Karst orienteering and excellent combination of orienteering and holidays. More at oocup.com.


Event sponsor: 3+3 Training & Race package 2015
  • Prize offered: Big 6-person “3+3 Training & Race Package” (3 competitions and 5 training maps for each person). Value about 450 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • In the beautiful terrain of Sälen we offer great trainings with controls in the forest for all ages. Prepare for O-Ringen 2016! More info at www.malungsok.se/traningar-i-salen.

Course of the Year 2014: WOC Middle!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 03 Dec 2014@5:00

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- Remember to let the runners have fun, is one of the key messages from the course setter of the “Course of the Year 2014″ to all aspiring course setters out there. And the winner course from the World Championships Middle distance in Asiago, Italy was definitely a course which was fun to run for the athletes- while still challenging the runners on many different levels.

What a luxury to get the best course of the year in one of the most important races of the year! Congratulations to Italy, WOC 2014 and the course setter Cristian Bellotto. Read on below for a long interview with Bellotto about the planning of the course and other related items.

This is what Lauri Sild said about the course when he put it forward as his candidate:

- It is difficult to put it into words, but orienteering in the terrain was sheer joy! I mean, already the map itself looks awesome!

Clear winner

WOC 2014 Middle was a clear winner in “Course of the Year 2014″ – with the sprint course from PWT Race the Castle in second place (”Sprint Course of the Year 2014″) – quite fittingly organized not very far from the area where the World Championships will be organized next year. The (cancelled) World Cup long distance in Spain won “The Long distance Course of the Year 2014″. See the Top 10 results in “Course of the Year 2014″ below the interview.

Without the sponsors the “Course of the Year 2014″ would not be possible at this level, so please take a second look at the sponsor presentations at the bottom of this article and consider visiting these races and training camps next year! The sponsor prize winners will be published in a separate article later this week.

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Interview with course setter Cristian Bellotto

Below follows an interview with the course setter Cristian Bellotto. See also these articles about the race earlier published at WorldofO.com:

Q: What is your favourite leg in the course – and why?

I think that control number 5 took the runners to a completely different type of terrain, and with that a change in the navigation that could be really challenging.

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The control before (number 4) was a downhill one (with difficult runnability…), so it didn’t give a lot of time to plan the next one. Controls number 16  and 17 were downhill in a phase of the race when the runners were very tired – there were controls with a precise idea which we discussed a lot with Sundby.

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Q: Did you get any surprises with respect to which routechoices were fastest or were the athletes made mistakes?

I knew that the green part can make runners do mistakes, but I didn’t think that it would be that many. About the routes, the times were more or less as expected. The last route (control 15) was decisive: I hoped people would risk something in the end, and straight was in fact about 25 seconds better in my calculations [Editors comment: Selected routes from the leg shown below - taken from the comprehensive WorldofO.com analysis article].

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Q: Did requirements from TV give you any special restrictions which made it more tricky to make a good course? Can you maybe share some early variants of the course?

With Janos, Jørn and Karel Jonak [Editors comment: TV director] we discussed a lot about how to make the courses TV-friendly. In particular control number 3 was planned to have good visibility to be able to see the runners coming to the control.

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Control 10-11 was the downhill leg, with mobile camera. In this area there had to be enough light in the forest. We had some constraints with arena passages too, due to the fact that we had the relay in the same arena.

Q: Did you have any special worries about the courses in the morning of “the big day”?

It is a World Championship – the dream of your work as a course planner

We checked each control a lot of times, and the day of the race everything was surveyed, but … it is a World Championship – the dream of your work as a course planner! So I was nervous until the runners started to arrive, and François’s [Gonon] comments made me understand that everything was good.

Q: The terrain used is very detailed – did you/the mappers have to do a lot of work with respect to generalization?

The initial work of the map makers was good, but we later worked more on the map, cleaning it to give the best readability.

Q: What did you feel when you understood that Thierry Gueorgiou had missed a control and was disqualified?

It was a big surprise! I have known him for 10 years – he has given me a lot of feedback on course planning and coaching through the years, and I really hoped he could perform well that day. The days after the race I tried to understand if there was something wrong in the graphical aspect (cutting lines, numbers and  so on), but as Thierry said, he was just one step ahead…

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Q: Were you a course setter team doing the course setting for WOC Middle? If you were a team – how did you share the work?

I was designated course setter by the Technical Director for WOC, Janos Manarin, for the WOC Middle in early 2012, and the controller was Aaron Gaio (nominated later). In the beginning I shared part of the work with the relay course setter Andrea Rinaldi, because the races had to share the same area. Andrea had to leave the course setting team one year before the event due to work (and I then took over the relay as well…). Some advice came from  Janos Manarin, and obviously [the IFO Senior Event Advicer] Jørn Sundby has been active in reviewing the courses as well.

Q: When did you start planning the courses for WOC Middle – and how many hours do you think you spent on it? Can you take us through part of the planning process?

I think there have been 5-6 very different versions, the first one on the old map.

My club (Erebus Vicenza) is the owner of the previuos map in Campomulo (dated 1995), and so I started 2 years before the event with the old map. The challenge was to surprise the runners, who already had the old map published. I think there have been 5-6 very different versions, the first one on the old map.

[Editors comment: Below you see the evolution from the first two versions on the old map (the narrow map) to the final version - the animation cycles through 8 different versions].

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I don’t know exactly how many hours I worked on it, for sure the last months were very intense, with a lot of work in the terrain (4 times a week for several months and then work at home). Also I had to test that the controls were fair when approaching from different directions. In this part my wife Paola has been important for her patience! ;) The weather didn’t help us, with a lot of snow in Campomulo until May!

Q: What is the best course you have planned?

Difficult question…I am satisfied with the WOC middle, but looking at the past I remember with a smile the first national championships I planned in 2005 (in Platabek, always Asiago highland), with my team mate and friend Antonio Franco.
We were very satisfied with that course, and the title was won by Manuel “El Tosela” Negrello.

And … remember to make the runners happy!

Q: Where should World of O’s readers travel to experience your courses in 2015?

For the final Italian Cup stage, my club Erebus will return to Campomulo in October. Maybe I will use some earlier version of the courses I planned for WOC? And closer in time, I have planned a lot of trainings for the Sun-O training camp, in the end of February. Pedro and his staff will wellcome you in Punta Umbria!

Q: What is your work flow as a course setter? How do you start? Have you got a good tip for setting a good course?

Generally I start with some long running on the terrain, for seeing the best parts, and understand if the mapping is good in all the areas – and consistent if there are more map makers. Then I look at a good start regarding short and easy courses (kids are as important as Elite!) and I start to develop the flow, keeping in mind good legs that I think should be introduced in the courses. As a tip – I think it is important to respect the format you are planning, and to give a meaning to all the legs. And … remember to make the runners happy!

Q: What was the best course you run in 2014 – and why?

I really enjoyed an Italian Cup middle distance in Castelrotto: The forest was incredible, and is was a big pleasure to run there!

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Q: What is your biggest success as a runner?

I have run a lot of years as Elite in Italy, but I have never been at the top level. Some top 5 races as junior, when Tavernaro was already the best in Italy. I am doing a better as coach, I think, working with several juniors in my club and helping other good elite runners. This year I am starting to work with the junior national team, a big challenge for me and all the staff!

Q: Which course did you vote for in “Course of the Year 2014″?

My choice was the Norwegian Championships Ultralong, a very nice course, from my point of view. The strange choice from me may be EOC long, but…they’ve done a good course after that nightmare – it was not easy to stay calm!

Results: Course of the Year 2014

Orienteering has three “official” individual disciplines – Middle, Sprint and Long – and it is nice to see that the three top places in “Course of the Year 2014″ are in different disciplines. Thus the PWT Race the Castles is “The Sprint Course of the Year 2014″ and the World Cup long distance in Spain is “The Long distance Course of the Year 2014″.

All the Top 3 courses were highly praised in the interviews with top runners made in conjunction with “The Course of the Year 2014″.  Annika Billstam had many good things to tell about her choice – the WOC Middle distance – having “every ingredient necessary to win this award”. Ida Bobach and Lauri Sild also picked the WOC Middle course as their favourite. Ida’s brother Søren Bobach on the other hand picked PWT Race the Castles while Baptiste Rollier picked the World Cup long distance in Spain.

1. WOC Middle 2014 Men
19340 points
2. PWT Race The Castles
17000 points
3. World Cup Spain Long Men 2014
13740 points
4. Mediterranean Championships Long 2014 Men
13350 points
5. Portugal O-Meeting Day 3 2014
12850 points
6. JWOC Middle 2014
12640 points
7. OOCup Day 4 2014
10700 points
8. Norwegian Champs Ultralong 2014
9580 points
9. Swiss O-Week 2014, E5
9090 points
10. Race the Castles Prologue, part 1
7580 points
11. Mediterranean Championships Middle 2014 Men
6830 points
12. Alpe Adria Cup Middle 2014
6590 points
13. World Cup Long Kongsberg 2014
5940 points
14. World Cup Sprint Imatra 2014, Men
4990 points
15. NAOM Sprint 2014, Men
4930 points
16. WOC Sprint 2014, Final Men
4780 points
17. Silva League 1-2014 Finspång
4710 points
18. World Cup Middle Kongsberg 2014
4360 points
19. Portuguese Champs Long 2014, D21E
4280 points
20. WOC Long 2014, Women
3960 points

See also:


Prizes from our Sponsors

Prizes from our Sponsors always makes it more fun! There will be a prize for the first one suggesting the course which ends up becoming “The course of the Year 2014″, and prizes drawn among the ones suggesting and voting. All prizes are transferable to other persons (you don’t have to travel yourself).

Event sponsor: Andalucia O-Meeting 2015. 27th-28th February & 1st March 2015
  • Prize offered: AOM Competition Package for 4 persons – including entry to 4 events in 3 days, 4 nights accommodation in apartment and a 4-map training package before or after the event. Value about 600 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Sweet terrains and maps, nearby accommodations and high level competitions (2 WREs) in a very mild climate! More info at aom2015.com


Event sponsor: Liburnija Orienteering Meeting 2015. 14th-15th March 2015
  • Prize offered: Big club package with entry for Liburnija Orienteering Meeting 2015 for 10 persons! Value about 200 Euro. Transferable to other person(s).
  • The second edition of Liburnija Orienteering Meeting will be organized on the snow-free terrains of the island of Krk from 14th-15th of March 2015. Our vision is that this event becomes one of highlights of winter orienteering events in Europe for elite runners so therefore expect demanding courses and extreme terrain. Read more here


Event sponsor: Bergen Sprint Camp – January 30th – February 1st 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each consisting of 2 complete Bergen Sprint Camp packages: Entry for all 4 races + training Friday morning + Saturday evening program consisting of presentations and dinner. Value about 375 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • For the 6th time in a row, BSC is held in the city center of Bergen, Norway. We provide all participants with challenging courses, good maps and interesting analysis of the sessions – hoping to improve the sprint orienteering technique for everyone. See more at Sprint-Camp.blogspot.no – including all courses and analysis from previous editions of BSC.


Event sponsor: Orievents / NAOM 2015. 31st January – 1st February 2015
  • Prize offered: Competition + training package for 2 persons, consisting of: Entry for NAOM 2015 (January 31st – Middle + WRE Sprint (Marvão), February 1st – Middle distance) + training camp (6 trainings) + 3 days of accommodation in half board. Value about 270 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Orievents Training Camps “Alto Alentejo” are an excellent training opportunity for Orienteering of good quality during the winter. Start the new season in training camps in Alto Alentejo, Portugal! More at www.naom.pt and about the training camp at Orievents.


Event sponsor: Portugal O-Meeting 2015. 13th – 17th February 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each one for 2 persons – consisting of: Entry fees for the 4 stages of POM 2015, model events, night sprint and sprint relay. Value about 200 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Portugal O’ Meeting is already a well-known established international event, normally reaching the highest average points in World Ranking Events, excluding the World Championships and World Cup events. More at pom.pt.


Event sponsor: Lipica Open 2015. 7th – 11th March 2015
  • Prize offered: 3 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: Entry to complete 5 day Lipica Open competition + Slovenia training package consisting of up to 3 trainings. Value about 300 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • In 2015 Lipica open will again be organized as a 5 day event. Again we will add some new terrain and combine diverse areas. Training conditions in this part of Europe are now better than ever – both on forest maps and on sprint maps of nice little towns on the Adriatic coast! More at www.lipicaopen.com – for trainings see www.orienteering.si


Event sponsor: Kopaonik Open 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 competition packages, each consisting of 2 entries to Kopaonik open 2015 (5 competition stages + 1 training)and the Cup of Raska 2015 entry fee (1 competition stage).  Value about 200 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • We are offering to you 6 days of orienteering challenges for you, combination of two classical long, two middle and one sprint distance challenges plus one night orienteering challenge with separate ranking, 1 training plus 6 competition stages in total. For more info see  www.kopaonikopen.org

Lauri Sild: – Sheer joy

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 23 Nov 2014@5:00

- It is difficult to put it into words, but orienteering in the terrain was sheer joy! I mean, already the map itself looks awesome, Lauri Sild tells about his favourite terrain in 2014. - The terrain (and the course) was a real challenge, it is easy to lose track of yourself in the details because it is fairly fast and at the same time, the range of visibility can be quite low, Sild continues.

Read on to see which terrain and course Sild is talking about – and to read the complete interview with Lauri Sild about his favourite courses and terrains this year. Lauri Sild fought his way into the top international orienteering elite with his fabulous 6th place at the WOC middle distance in Italy earlier this year – now the sky is the limit for the Estonian!

Today’s sponsor is Bergen Sprint Camp 2015 - offering  prizes worth 375 Euro. Submit your suggestion to “Course of the Year 2014″ in the intro article – and get the possibility to win today’s sponsor prize or one of the other sponsor prizes.

Q: What was the best course you run in 2014 – and why?
This year my choice for the best course would have to be the World Championships middle distance in Campomulo, Italy (see map in omaps here). One of the reasons is the terrain itself. I think “the best course of the year” title should be connected to one of the best terrains of the year, which in my mind is the one in Campomulo.

The course was difficult in many technical and physical aspects, but at the same time not unnecessarily “over the top”. The diversity of the course is what makes it great: there were route choices, speed and direction changes, fine map reading / generalizing, slopes, uphill/downhill, good/bad visibility and -runnability. Even more, from a participant’s point of view, the terrain was somewhat unexpected. Meaning that the training maps or even the model event did not reveal the true nature of the competition terrain, or at least part of it. This put even the best orienteers in the world to the test by making them adapt to new situations quickly on-the-go.

Q: What was the most interesting orienteering terrain you run in in 2014 – and why?
There are so many interesting ones, I guess it all depends on what kind of terrains someone is used to orienteer in. For me, the World Cup terrain Coto de las Maravillas near Cehegin, Spain was a totally new and exciting experience. I skipped the long distance (for the sake of European Championships less than a week away) and competed only on the middle distance.

It’s difficult to put it into words, but orienteering in the terrain was sheer joy! I mean, already the map itself looks awesome! The terrain (and the course – see here) was a real challenge, it’s easy to lose track of yourself in the details because it’s fairly fast and at the same time, the range of visibility can be quite low. I must admit that I didn’t really master the terrain this time and would definitely like another go on the terrain some day again! I also imagine that both these courses could be very strong contenders for the “course of the year” title!

Q: Usually the courses in interesting terrains are the ones you remember – so a challenge for you: Can you remember a very good course you ran in “boring” terrain this year?
Seems like there haven’t been so many boring terrains this year… which is a good thing! But there were definitely some races that were maybe not exactly boring terrains, but which surprised positively either by the complexity of the course or how enjoyable it actually was compared to what was expected.

First, the Tallinn O-Week middle distance (see GPS-tracking here and map with Sild’s route here) was much more difficult than I expected it to be, it required constant full focus and precise orienteering for success. Another one would be the CISM World Military World Championships middle distance race in Austria, which I enjoyed very much, even if I was not in shape for this very fast terrain.

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CISM middle distance map with Gernot Kerschbaumer’s route (silver medalist):

Q: What is the worst course you run in 2014?
I’m glad to say that this was actually not that easy to find, since most of the courses have been at least OK, or better. But if I’d have to point out just one, it would probably be the Estonian Championships middle distance (see map with course here). I mean, I’ve ran a lot worse courses before, but I think that this time it was not a worthy course for championships.

It was held on the same terrain as JWOC 2003 long distance and, if I remember correctly, hasn’t been used for local major competitions since. The terrain is great and offers many opportunities for a challenging course, but I think this course did not use the potential of it. First of all, the course was technically too easy. Secondly, it didn’t really offer any real routechoices (maybe 19-20 was the only one). And lastly, the course didn’t have much diversity – the lengths of the legs were approximately the same throughout the course and there wasn’t much change in direction, running speed or orienteering technique. What is funniest though, is that I managed to make basically the season’s biggest mistake on this course! Naturally, there is a long story behind the mistake, but seems like there doesn’t seem to be any rational excuse for this one!

2014.05.24_route

Q: Did you set any courses in 2014? If so, is it possible to share the best (in your opinion) with World of O’s readers?
Yes I did, I’ve set numerous training courses and also some competitions this year. The competitions were the Tallinn O-Week sprint WRE and the 2-day Suunto Games in Estonia (1. day also WRE). A course setter’s job is not easy and it’s difficult to evaluate your own courses. It’s even harder to pick out just one course since all the competitions were different disciplines – sprint, long and middle. I’ll let the readers themselves decide which one is the best!

On both competitions, the starting field was international and strong, especially on the men’s side. It seemed that the competitors were more or less satisfied and liked the courses, which was a relief to hear after all the effort (and time!) put into making the courses.

Q: In how many countries did you run orienteering in 2014 (difficult question, I know – maybe you can even tell how many countries you have orienteered in in total)?
This is actually the easiest question! This year I had the pleasure of exploring ten countries: Austria, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Scotland (UK), Spain and Sweden.

Two new ones this year, I hadn’t orienteered in Portugal and Scotland before and both are great O-destinations! In total I have orienteered in 25 different countries – there is still enough left to visit, especially outside Europe! So far I’ve reached only China…

Q: You have had some great results this year – how do you plan to improve even further next year?
On one hand, I have to stay true to the same methods that work in my training, but on the other hand, I have to try new things and see where it takes me.

I don’t feel that I’ve done absolutely everything to be the best in the world. Far from it – I’ve always tried to take things one step at a time and leave reserve for progress in the future. I have gathered ideas for the next season that may be worth looking into, but that’s not open for discussion ;) Basically, I’ll try to stay true to working stuff, while being innovative!

Last season I had the first taste of how a professional orienteer’s life could be like, which I think helped me reach a new level. I definitely liked it and will try my best (and wisest) to be professional from now on. Honestly, how often does an opportunity like this present itself to an orienteer?

Q: What is the race you look most forward to in 2015?
No doubt, the World Championships week is what I’m looking forward to! I like the next year’s WOC program layout, so right now I’m equally waiting for the middle and the long distance races.

Q: Thanks a lot for your answers, Lauri – and good luck with the preparations for the 2015 season!

Rules for “Course of the Year 2014″

The following rules are given for “The course of the Year 2014″ (see the intro-article for all details).

  • The course must have been run in competition or training in 2014.
  • Suggestions are submitted as a comment to this post – including link to the map with course in a quality which is good enough for the readers to understand the course and the challenges involved. Please add information about location/date if that is not clear from the link provided. Also include which sponsor prize you are interested in if you win.
  • You must give a reason for why you think this course deserves to be named “The course of the Year 2014″ (or why it is the best course you run/set this year). All reasons are valid. Examples can for example be “varied orienteering challenges”, “extremely technical orienteering”, “high fun-factor”, “fantastic map”, “spectacular orienteering”, “fantastic nature” – a combination of these – or a totally different reason. To get all the way to the top you should probably have a combination of reasons…
  • The course may be any discipline – e.g. a long distance, a middle distance, a sprint distance. It may also be a technical training course – like e.g. a corridor orienteering exercise.
  • There will be a voting process among the readers of “World of O” in order to name “The course of the year 2014″. This is your second chance to win sponsor prizes!
Prizes from our Sponsors

Prizes from our Sponsors always makes it more fun! There will be a prize for the first one suggesting the course which ends up becoming “The course of the Year 2014″, and prizes drawn among the ones suggesting and voting. All prizes are transferable to other persons (you don’t have to travel yourself).

Event sponsor: Andalucia O-Meeting 2015. 27th-28th February & 1st March 2015
  • Prize offered: AOM Competition Package for 4 persons – including entry to 4 events in 3 days, 4 nights accommodation in apartment and a 4-map training package before or after the event. Value about 600 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Sweet terrains and maps, nearby accommodations and high level competitions (2 WREs) in a very mild climate! More info at aom2015.com


Event sponsor: Liburnija Orienteering Meeting 2015. 14th-15th March 2015
  • Prize offered: Big club package with entry for Liburnija Orienteering Meeting 2015 for 10 persons! Value about 200 Euro. Transferable to other person(s).
  • The second edition of Liburnija Orienteering Meeting will be organized on the snow-free terrains of the island of Krk from 14th-15th of March 2015. Our vision is that this event becomes one of highlights of winter orienteering events in Europe for elite runners so therefore expect demanding courses and extreme terrain. Read more here


Event sponsor: Bergen Sprint Camp – January 30th – February 1st 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each consisting of 2 complete Bergen Sprint Camp packages: Entry for all 4 races + training Friday morning + Saturday evening program consisting of presentations and dinner. Value about 375 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • For the 6th time in a row, BSC is held in the city center of Bergen, Norway. We provide all participants with challenging courses, good maps and interesting analysis of the sessions – hoping to improve the sprint orienteering technique for everyone. See more at Sprint-Camp.blogspot.no – including all courses and analysis from previous editions of BSC.


Event sponsor: Orievents / NAOM 2015. 31st January – 1st February 2015
  • Prize offered: Competition + training package for 2 persons, consisting of: Entry for NAOM 2015 (January 31st – Middle + WRE Sprint (Marvão), February 1st – Middle distance) + training camp (6 trainings) + 3 days of accommodation in half board. Value about 270 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Orievents Training Camps “Alto Alentejo” are an excellent training opportunity for Orienteering of good quality during the winter. Start the new season in training camps in Alto Alentejo, Portugal! More at www.naom.pt and about the training camp at Orievents.


Event sponsor: Portugal O-Meeting 2015. 13th – 17th February 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each one for 2 persons – consisting of: Entry fees for the 4 stages of POM 2015, model events, night sprint and sprint relay. Value about 200 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Portugal O’ Meeting is already a well-known established international event, normally reaching the highest average points in World Ranking Events, excluding the World Championships and World Cup events. More at pom.pt.


Event sponsor: Lipica Open 2015. 7th – 11th March 2015
  • Prize offered: 3 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: Entry to complete 5 day Lipica Open competition + Slovenia training package consisting of up to 3 trainings. Value about 300 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • In 2015 Lipica open will again be organized as a 5 day event. Again we will add some new terrain and combine diverse areas. Training conditions in this part of Europe are now better than ever – both on forest maps and on sprint maps of nice little towns on the Adriatic coast! More at www.lipicaopen.com – for trainings see www.orienteering.si


Event sponsor: Kopaonik Open 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 competition packages, each consisting of 2 entries to Kopaonik open 2015 (5 competition stages + 1 training)
    and the Cup of Raska 2015 entry fee (1 competition stage).  Value about 200 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • We are offering to you 6 days of orienteering challenges for you, combination of two classical long, two middle and one sprint distance challenges plus one night orienteering challenge with separate ranking, 1 training plus 6 competition stages in total. For more info see  www.kopaonikopen.org

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