Last Sautrday I ran the traditional Ultra long distance race Blodslitet
in Fredrikstad. It was as usual a high class event, and it was also this year several international runners in the start-field. The race was held as a mass start and the course was 25 km with 2.30 in winning time.
In the beginning it was 3 forked loops of 4,5 km each. They went quite well, even if I lost a few seconds some places, and after all of the 3 loops I was between 33 and 45 seconds behind the leader.
On the 12 km long last loop I ran out together with Emil Lauri and Giancarlo Simion, 45 seconds behind a group consisting of Emil Wingstedt, Anders Tiltnes, Rasmus Søes, Dimitri Tsvetkov and Håvars Lucasen. On the way to the 2nd control I caught of the group, except Tiltnes, who had got a gap to the other runners. After the 4th control I was one of the leading runners in the group, and on the 8th control we caught up Tiltnes.
On the road to the 9th control I got a gap to the following runners, and was alone in the lead with Lauri closest behind me. But to the 10th control I came far too much to the left, and lost 2.30 together with Lauri. When we found the control we had been passed by the other runners we had been together with in the group, and was also caught up by Anders Nordberg and Ulf Brenna.
The rest of the course I was mainly running behind Nordberg, and to the 12th control we caught up all of the other runners who had been in front of us, except Tsvetkov, who had a 30 second gap when we passed the arena. But to the 13th control we caught up also him. At the end of the race my goal was to be as close as possible to the lead, and at the last control I punched as 2nd runner, a few meters behind Nordberg. To the finish I was able to pass him, and I got my first victory in Blodslitet.Results