Lucky voters: Check if you won!

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

sponsors4x2

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


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.
  • Winner: Desmond Franssen


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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

10534573_10152648008481031_4513611539366844501_n

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

top3men

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:

top2women

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

achievementof2014_toppicture

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:

achievementof2014_toppicture

poll2014_votenow

poll2014_middle_ribbon


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

achievement2014_plakat_sponsors

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

WOC Middle 2014 Men
- 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.

sponsors

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.

men_part2

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.

men_part4

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].

men_leg15

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.

men_part1

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…

#Shortcut

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].

evolution_woc_middle

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!

coppaitalia

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.

2014.06.20_route

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

World Cup Final 2014: All You Need to Know!

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

sprintwcfinal

[Sprint Relay Friday 15:00 CET / Middle Saturday 12:30 CET / Sprint Sunday 13:31 CET] The World Cup 2014 will be decided in Switzerland this weekend – starting with a mixed sprint relay on Friday as part of the unofficial sprint relay World Cup, continuing with a middle distance on Saturday and finishing with a city sprint on Sunday finalizing the individual World Cup.

The winner of the individual World Cup in the men’s class is already decided. Swiss Daniel Hubmann has a lead of more than 350 points to Olav Lundanes (Norway) and nobody can even theoretically beat the Swiss star on home ground. There is a tight fight for second between Lundanes, the Ukraine Oleksandr Kratov and the Swiss runners Matthias Kyburz and Fabian Hertner.

In the women’s class Tove Alexandersson is nearly as dominant as Hubmann, but with a lead of 269 points to Swiss Judith Wyder and 300 World Cup points as a maximum score in the two remaining World Cup races Wyder has a small theoretical chance of taking the overall World Cup from the Swede. Lena Eliasson (Sweden) and Helena Jansson (Sweden, not starting this weekend) are next on the list, but must do very good races to beat Wyder in the overall . See the full World Cup standings ahead of the weekend’s races further down on the page.

In the unofficial sprint relay World Cup Denmark is the current leader with a 30 point lead over Sweden and a 50 point lead ahead of Switzerland. Although Denmark is the favourite with Klingenberg, Lassen, Bobach and Alm in the team, this may be a close fight! Sweden starts with Olsson, Bergman, Leandersson and Eliasson whereas Switzerland has Friedrich, M Hubmann, M Kyburz and Gross in the first team.

Live coverage
Useful links

Program Friday (Mixed sprint relay, unofficial):

- First Start approx. 12.00
- Last Start women 14.00
- Last Start men 14.30

- Start 15.00 CET
- Finish approx 16.00 CET

Course and start information:

  • The terrain is mostly flat with some undulating hills. Mix between park with small forest parts, botanical garden, playgrounds and a residential part. Should give fairly good GPS tracking.
  • Leg 1 and 4 (women): 3.6 km, 40 meter climb, 25 controls
  • Leg 2 and 3 (men): 4.3 km, 50 meter climb, 28 controls
  • Start list

mixsprintmap

Program Saturday (Middle distance):

- First Start approx. 12.00
- Last Start women 14.00
- Last Start men 14.30

- First Start approx. 12.30 CET
- Last Start women 14.30 CET
- Last Start men 15.00 CET
- Race decided: Women 15:05 CET, men 15:35 CET

Course and start information:

  • Women 5.8 km, 160 m , 21 controls, winning time 35’
  • Men 6.6 km, 210 m , 23 controls, winning time 35’

middlemap

Program Sunday (Sprint distance):

- First Start women 13.31 – Last start women 14.24 – Race decided 14.39
- First Start men 14.35 - Last Start men 15.14 – Race decided 15.29

Course and start information:

  • Women 3.5 km, 45 m , 18 controls, winning time 14 min,
  • Men 4.3 km, 60 m , 21 controls, winning time 15 min,

sprintmap

Overall World Cup: Results

See full overall World Cup results (individual) here.  Below the overall World Cup before the World Cup final weekend is shown.

In the unofficial sprint relay World Cup Denmark is the current leader with a 30 point lead over Sweden and a 50 point lead ahead of Switzerland (full results). Below the top teams are listed.

Mixed sprint relay

sprintrelayres

Men

Rank Points Name Fed
1 758 Daniel  Hubmann SUI
2 403 Olav  Lundanes NOR
3 369 Fabian  Hertner SUI
4 362 Oleksandr  Kratov UKR
5 334 Matthias  Kyburz SUI
6 287 Jonas  Leandersson SWE
7 242 Gustav  Bergman SWE
8 231 Baptiste  Rollier SUI
9 208 Pasi  Ikonen FIN
10 203 Filip  Dahlgren SWE
11 193 Jerker  Lysell SWE
12 188 Timo  Sild EST
13 180 Magne  Daehli NOR
14 169 William  Lind SWE
15 161 Soren  Bobach DEN

Women

Rank Points Name Fed
1 789 Tove  Alexandersson SWE
2 520 Judith  Wyder SUI
3 398 Lena  Eliasson SWE
4 392 Helena  Jansson SWE
5 378 Nadiya  Volynska UKR
6 316 Maja  Moeller Alm DEN
7 263 Anastasiya  Tikhonova RUS
8 259 Ida  Bobach DEN
9 254 Julia  Gross SUI
10 236 Svetlana  Mironova RUS
11 223 Mari  Fasting NOR
12 220 Lilian  Forsgren SWE
13 218 Venla  Niemi FIN
14 209 Amelie  Chataing FRA
15 203 Sara  Luscher SUI

JWOC 2014: Maps, Results and Medal Overview

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 28 Jul 2014@5:00

Long_JWOC2014_MEN

[Including full medal overview] 5 nations won gold medals at JWOC 2014 – Sweden, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand – Sweden dominating the championships with 5 gold medals and 4 further medals. Another four nations won medals – Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and Denmark.

The men’s individual races were won by runners from three different nation

Sweden showed again that they have very strong junior orienteers – capable of performing on top level in very different terrain and in all disciplines. The most dominant athlete of the Junior World Championships in Bulgaria in 2014 was Swedish Sara Hagström with medals in all disciplines – of these all were gold except for the long distance which Hagström lost with 3 seconds to Gunvor Hov Høydal (Norway).

The men’s individual races were won by runners from three different nations; New Zealand (Tim Robertson, sprint), Finland (Miika Kirmula, middle) and Sweden (Anton Johansson, long). Sweden won the relay just as for the women.

See the complete medal overview below – and top 10 results for each discipline below the medal overview. Links to full results are included at the bottom of the article.

Terrain and courses

The terrain chosen for JWOC 2014 was very varied – and each well suited for the discipline (the exception might have been the sprint which was on the easy side). The long distance offered some very interesting route choice legs – along with some other technical challenges for the athletes. The middle distance was very technical in a terrain dominated by many contour details. The relay was easier technical – well suited for a relay. Maps for each discipline are included below in the discipline-wise results/maps overviews.

Medal overview
  • Sweden: 5 gold (Sara Hagström sprint & middle, Anton Johansson long, relay men & women), 2 silver (Assar Hellström long, Sara Hagström long), 2 bronze (Anton Johansson sprint, Andrea Svensson middle)
  • Norway: 1 gold (Gunvor Hov Høydal long), 2 silver (Heidi Mårtensson sprint, relay women)
  • Finland: 1 gold (Miika Kirmula middle), 2 bronze (Emmi Jokela long, Olli Ojanaho middle)
  • Switzerland: 1 gold (Sina Tommer middle), 2 bronze (relay men & women)
  • New Zealand: 1 gold (Tim Robertson sprint)
  • Czech Republic: 1 silver (relay men), 1 bronze (Marek Minar long)
  • Italy: 1 silver (Riccardo Scalet middle)
  • Poland: 1 silver (Piotr Parfianowicz sprint)
  • Denmark: 1 bronze (Miri Thrane Ødum sprint)
Sprint

Sprint_JWOC2014_MEN

This shows how important the mental part of the equation is in a JWOC race

Although the JWOC sprint can be said to be one of the most open races in the Junior World Orienteering Championships – with all JWOC participants competing in one race without qualification race – all medalists in JWOC 2014 sprint were medalists from JWOC races in earlier years. This shows how important the mental part of the equation is in a JWOC race.

The men’s title was taken by Tim Robertson, New Zealand, bronze medallist in the corresponding race last year, and the women’s went to Sara Hagström, Sweden who beat last year’s champion Heidi Mårtensson (Norway) by 5 seconds. All three women’s medallists are previous medal-winners at JWOC; Sara Hagström took silver in last year’s Long race whilst bronze medallist in this race, Miri Thrane Ødum, Denmark was Middle distance champion last year. Sweden finished with three runners in the top six in the results. In the men’s race Tim Robertson was victorious by 6 seconds, with Piotr Parfianowicz, Poland, Long Distance champion at JWOC last year, in second place. Third was yet another name already well-known in JWOC circles: Anton Johansson, Sweden who was silver medallist in last year’s Middle race. [Read full story at orienteering.org]

Results men

1 142 Tim Robertson New Zealand 14:41 0:00

2 132 Piotr Parfianowicz Poland 14:47 +0:06

3 113 Anton Johansson Sweden 14:51 +0:10

4 13 Tristan Bloemen Belgium 14:53 +0:12

4 56 Aleksi Niemi Finland 14:53 +0:12

6 140 Miika Kirmula Finland 14:54 +0:13

7 47 Jonas Egger Switzerland 15:09 +0:28

8 19 Olli Ojanaho Finland 15:11 +0:30

8 158 Assar Hellstrom Sweden 15:11 +0:30

10 75 Algirdas Bartkevicius Lithuania 15:12 +0:31

Results women

1 271 Sara Hagstrom Sweden 13:15 0:00

2 245 Heidi Mårtensson Norway 13:20 +0:05

3 262 Miri Thrane Ødum Denmark 13:32 +0:17

4 325 Frida Sandberg Sweden 13:38 +0:23

5 299 Tilda Johansson Sweden 13:47 +0:32

6 304 Nicoline Friberg Klysner Denmark 13:48 +0:33

6 272 Runa Fremstad Norway 13:48 +0:33

8 246 Malin Leandersson Sweden 13:54 +0:39

9 257 Sandrine Mueller Switzerland 13:55 +0:40

10 296 Eliska Kulhavá Czech Republic 13:59 +0:44

Long

Long_JWOC2014_MEN

The long distance was a big success for Sweden – winning 3 of 6 medals including Anton Johansson’s gold medal in the men’s class. Norway won their only gold medal at this year’s JWOC in the women’s class with Gunvor Hov Høydal. Czech Republic took a popular bronze medal with Marek Minar.

Interesting fact: The winning time on the women’s course was 13 minutes longer than the course planner’s estimate while the fastest men completed their course 5 minutes quicker than estimated.

[Read full story at orienteering.org]

Results men

1 117 Anton Johansson Sweden 1:15:17 0:00

2 120 Assar Hellstrom Sweden 1:16:18 +1:01

3 159 Marek Minár Czech Republic 1:18:45 +3:28

4 158 Ivan Kuchmenko Russia 1:19:36 +4:19

5 113 Olli Ojanaho Finland 1:19:39 +4:22

6 56 Miika Kirmula Finland 1:19:58 +4:41

7 154 Thor Nørskov Denmark 1:20:21 +5:04

8 109 Borger Melsom Norway 1:21:31 +6:14

9 152 Moritz Doellgast Germany 1:22:32 +7:15

10 157 Riccardo Scalet Italy 1:22:49 +7:32

Results women

1 281 Gunvor Hov Høydal Norway 1:08:15 0:00

2 298 Sara Hagstrom Sweden 1:08:18 +0:03

3 267 Emmi Jokela Finland 1:09:15 +1:00

4 269 Anna Haataja Finland 1:11:45 +3:30

5 299 Mathilde Rundhaug Norway 1:11:58 +3:43

6 302 Paula Gross Switzerland 1:13:15 +5:00

7 215 Sina Tommer Switzerland 1:13:31 +5:16

8 280 Sandrine Mueller Switzerland 1:14:26 +6:11

9 311 Frida Sandberg Sweden 1:15:30 +7:15

10 209 Heidi Mårtensson Norway 1:15:55 +7:40

Middle

Middle - F_M20_A

The middle distance race was the technically most challenging race in this year’s JWOC – held in terrain with many contour details. In the women’s class the gold medal was shared between the Queen of JWOC Swedish Sara Hagström and Swiss Sina Tommer. Swedish Andera Svensson finished third. The men’s class was won by Finnish Miika Kirmula with Italian Riccardo Scalet in second and Finnish Olli Ojanaho in third. In addition to the silver medal for Italy, three nations were particularly pleased to have achieved podium placings: Great Britain in the women’s race (Zoe Harding) and Austria and New Zealand in the men’s (Xander Berger and Nick Hann). [Read the full story at orienteering.org]

Results men

1 59 Miika Kirmula Finland 28:58 0:00

2 24 Riccardo Scalet Italy 30:19 +1:21

3 53 Olli Ojanaho Finland 30:29 +1:31

4 47 Xander Berger Austria 30:44 +1:46

5 43 Nick Hann New Zealand 30:47 +1:49

6 51 Jonas Egger Switzerland 30:50 +1:52

7 6 Konstantin Serebryanitsk Russia 31:33 +2:35

8 25 Rudolfs Zernis Latvia 31:36 +2:38

9 31 Dmitry Naumov Russia 32:02 +3:04

10 3 Nicolas Rio France 32:12 +3:14

Results women

1 206 Sina Tommer Switzerland 28:43 0:00

1 258 Sara Hagstrom Sweden 28:43 0:00

3 256 Andrea Svensson Sweden 29:56 +1:13

4 254 Tilda Johansson Sweden 30:01 +1:18

5 248 Gunvor Hov Høydal Norway 30:13 +1:30

6 250 Zoe Harding Great Britain 30:53 +2:10

7 255 Emmi Jokela Finland 31:58 +3:15

8 243 Miri Thrane Ødum Denmark 32:28 +3:45

9 241 Jannina Gustafsson Finland 32:33 +3:50

9 245 Sandrine Mueller Switzerland 32:33 +3:50

Relay

relay_JWOC

The fight for gold in the women’s relay was a tight fight between Norway and Sweden which Sweden’s JWOC Queen Sara Hagström decided with 10 seconds. The gap down to Switzerland (actually the 2nd team) was around 6 minutes. In the men’s class several team were in the fight for gold – but in the end Sweden’s long distance gold medalist decided the race against Czech Republic’s long distance bronze medalist with 10 seconds. Switzerland was only 3 seconds behind in third spot. [Read the full story at orienteering.org]

Results men

1  Sweden 1 1:36:30

Assar Hellstrom 33:21

Simon Hector 31:04

Anton Johansson 32:05

2  Czech Republic 1 1:36:40

Ondrej Semík 33:24

Jonás Hubácek 31:06

Marek Minár 32:10

3  Switzerland 1 1:36:43

Jonas Egger 33:28

Tobia Pezzati 31:02

Sven Hellmueller 32:13

4  France 1 1:38:30

Arnaud Perrin 33:19

Loïc Marty 33:40

Nicolas Rio 31:31

5  Latvia 1 1:38:42

Mikus Purins 33:32

Alvis Reinsons 33:30

Rudolfs Zernis 31:40

—  Switzerland 2 1:38:59

Remo Ruch 32:58

Simon Wenger 33:12

Patrick Zbinden 32:49

6  New Zeland 1 1:39:05

Tim Robertson 33:02

Shamus Morrison 33:09

Nick Hann 32:54

Results women

1 Sweden 1 1:38:18

Tilda Johansson 33:31

Frida Sandberg 31:34

Sara Hagstrom 33:13

2  Norway 1 1:38:27

Heidi Mårtensson 32:43

Gunvor Hov Høydal 32:42

Mathilde Rundhaug 33:02

3  Switzerland 2 1:44:24

Paula Gross 35:46

Sina Tommer 34:53

Lisa Schubnell 33:45

— Switzerland 1 1:44:38

Ellen Reinhard 35:36

Lisa Holer 33:51

Sandrine Mueller 35:11

4  Ukraine 1 1:44:53

Daria Moskalenko 33:41

Olena Postelniak 34:11

Mariya Polishchuk 37:01

5  Finland 1 1:45:03

Jannina Gustafsson 33:39

Emmi Jokela 35:15

Annaq Haataja 36:09

6  France 1 1:46:08

Delphine Poirot 34:17

Chloé Haberkorn 34:54

Lauriane Beauvisage 36:57

See also:
Next Page »