Saturdays World Cup with chasing start held in connection with O-festivalen
from Siggerud south of Oslo was a really tough race. The Long distance was almost 16 km and the winning time more than 100 minutes.
I started as 21st runner, 3 minutes behind Anders Nordberg who won the Middle distance. In the beginning I ran quite well, and was alone on the two first butterfly-lopes. After the butterfly I came to the 18th control before the 17th, and lost around 2 minutes. I came than together with some other runners, and ran most of the rest of the course together with from 2 to 7 other runners. On the last part of the course I was really tired, and when I did a small mistake to the 33rd control I lost contact with the first runners in my group and the possibility to fight for the 13th place. Instead I ended on a 19th place, 10 minutes behind Tero Föhr from Finland. Results
Sunday O-festivalen ended with the Relay. I was not running because I thought it was enough with two hard competitions in my preparations for the World Champs that starts in three weeks. Wing had a strong team in the men’s class, and the boys were running really well. Stig Alvestad and Erik Thorsson were in the lead together with Kristiansand on the first two legs. Mathias Bjugan, who is going to run JWOC in a week, and Audun Bjerkreim Nilsen, former JWOC winner, followed up with good races, and we finished on a 2nd place, only beaten by Kristiansand multinational team, but in front of teams like Turun Metsänkävijät, Linné and Halden. Results