Tough WC Long distance with chasing start
Map from WC-5 Long distance with chasing start, part 1 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 and splits

Map from WC-5 Long distance with chasing start, part 2 Map from WC-5 Long distance with chasing start, part 3 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
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Posted on 22 Jun 2008 by Øystein
WC Middel in Oslo
Map from WC-4 Middel O-festivalen Today a World Cup Middle distance was held in connection with O-festivalen from Siggerud south of Oslo. I did an OK race, and finished on a 21st place, 3 minutes behind Anders Nordberg. Anne Margrethe Hausken won the women’s class. Results and splits

Tomorrow it will be a chasing start over Long distance, and it is close between the runners starting, so it will hopefully be an exiting event.

On the Model Event the Friday before Jukola the organizer asked me if the Finish Television YLE could film some runners from Wing to reportage before the event. You can watch the video on YLEs page.
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Posted on 20 Jun 2008 by Øystein
Challenging Jukola north of Tampere
Map from Jukola with my GPS-tracking Last weekend the Jukola and Venla relay was arranged north of Tampere in Finland. Wing women’s team in the Venla relay got a great start on the first leg, with Marte Reenaas changing over as 10th runner, 49 seconds behind the lead. Lene Bergersen, Helen Palmer and Elise Egseth followed up with stabile runs, and the team finished on a good 22nd place.

In the men’s Jukola relay Wing had three teams. Stig Alvestad gave our first team a good start, even if he wasn’t in his best shape, and changed over as 31st team, 4 minutes behind the lead but less than 1 min behind the 4th team. Erik Thorsson did a great second leg, and sent me out on the third leg as 7th team, 1 min behind Kalevan Rasti 2 which had taken over the lead.

I did some mistakes in the middle part of the course as you can se on my splits and map with GPS-tracking . But I ran well on the last part of the course, and changed over as 5th runner, 1 min behind Delta. The rest of the team ran well, with junior runners on the three last legs, and we finished on a 39th place, the best Wing ever has done in Jukola. Results for my leg, Wings team and overall.
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Posted on 17 Jun 2008 by Øystein
Maps from last WOC training camp in Czech Republic
WOC-training, Czech WOC-training, Czech Today the Norwegian Team finished the last training camp in Czech Republic before the World Championship in Olomouc in the middle of July. We had specific trainings for each distance, and I had main focus on Sprint, but also trainings for Long distance and Relay.

Tomorrow I am traveling to Finland, where the Jukola and Venla relay will be arranged outside Tampere during the weekend. Wings teams can be seen on wingok.no.
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Posted on 11 Jun 2008 by Øystein
A lot of things are happening
Jukola-test, Fremo Pictures from EOC in Latvia A lot of things are happening this and next week. Monday I came home from EOC in Latvia and Wednesday I had my last exam this spring. It can actually have been my last exam ever, because now I have only the master-work left on my education, and around Christmas I will hopefully be a Master of technology in Geomatics.

Yesterday Wing had a Jukola-training on Fremo. Audun Bjerkreim Nilsen had made a challenging course in a terrain that is not typical for Trondheim. Wings teams for Jukola and Venla are now selected, and can be seen on wingok.no.

Tomorrow morning the Norwegian Team are going to Czech Republic for the last training camp before the World Championship in Olomouc in the middle of July. We are going to have specific trainings for each distance, and I will have main focus on Sprint, but also train for Long distance and Relay.

On Thursday I am flying direct from Czech to Finland, where the Jukola and Venla relay will be arranged outside Tampere during the weekend. Last time I was orienteering in Tampere was at the public events during the WOC in 2001, and I know it will be challenging terrain that hopefully will suit Wings team well.

Pictures from EOC in Latvia You can now find pictures from the whole EOC-week in Ventspils, included the banquet. I have also scanned all my maps from Latvia, so you can see the maps from all competitions and trainings in good quality.

Articles from EOC in the local newspaper adressa.no:
Mistet medaljen på «knot», Adressa 27th May 2008
Kom desidert sist i EM-finalen, Adressa 29th May 2008
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Posted on 06 Jun 2008 by Øystein
EOC Relay in sandy terrain
EOC Relay Pictures from EOC in Latvia EOC 2008, Latvia Today’s Relay in the European Championship in Latvia was in a terrain with mostly sand dunes just south of Ventspils. It was not a good day for Norway, with the girls on 4th place and my team on the 8th place in the men’s class. (The best team from each nation is counting.)

Pictures from EOC in Latvia Pictures from EOC in Latvia Lars Skjeset, Anders Nordberg and I missed all 2 – 3 minutes, and we finished as 10th team, 6 minutes behind the winners from Russia. Sweden won the women’s class. Results
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Posted on 01 Jun 2008 by Øystein
Pictures from EOC in Latvia
Pictures from EOC in Latvia EOC 2008, Latvia You can now find 70 pictures from the European Orienteering Championship in Ventspils in Latvia. The Relay will tomorrow be arranged in a terrain south of where the Sprint was held. I am running last leg for the Norwegian first team, with Lars Skjeset and Anders Nordberg on the first two legs. The Relay can be followed live on the organizers web-page. The women will start 8.00 and men 9.30 central European time. Results
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Posted on 31 May 2008 by Øystein
EOC Middle – Map from Qualification
EOC Open race in Middle Qualification terrain EOC 2008, Latvia Today the European Championships in Latvia continued with Middle distance Qualification. Because Norway have 8 men in the team I was not selected for the Middle distance, but I was running an open race this afternoon which was mainly in the same terrain as the qualification race. (The first 11 controls were common as the men’s heat 2.)

The Middle distance runners did not get their maps after their race because it will be the same arena for tomorrows Final. But in the open race we was allowed to keep the map because we was arriving the arena from the opposite said as the EOC-course, and the organizer had cut away the part of the map that will be used tomorrow.

It is possibly to follow tomorrows Middle distance Final
live on the organizers web-page. The first start will be 10 central European time. 5 boys and 4 girls are qualified from the Norwegian team. My next race will hopefully be Sundays relay. Results
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Posted on 30 May 2008 by Øystein
EOC Long distance Final
EOC Long Final EOC 2008, Latvia Yesterday’s Long distance Final was a really tough challenge. In the beginning and end of the course the ground was sandy, while most of the course was in green forest with bad runability and a lot of very wet and muddy marches.

I did a really bad performance, and destroyed my chances for a good result early. To the 4th control I did a parallel mistake, and lost 4 minutes. I also lost 2 minutes to the 9th, 13th and 17th control, pluss some smaller mistakes. My result was a 48th place, 16 minutes behind the winner Dmitriy Tsvetkov from Russia. Anne Margrethe Hausken won the women’s class and has now two gold medals.
Results
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Posted on 29 May 2008 by Øystein
EOC Long distance – map from Qualification
EOC Long Qual EOC 2008, Latvia Today the Long distance Qualification was held in a partly very detailed area north of Ventspils. I did a stabile run, and tried to orienteer well without pushing the maximum speed. My only bigger mistake was the 15th control where I passed the control flag with a few meters without seeing it, and lost 45 seconds. My result was a 13th place, 3 minutes behind the winner in my heat Matthias Merz. Results

11 of the 12 Norwegian runners qualified for the final, but Elise Egseth can unfortunately not run tomorrow because she stepped on a broken bottle and got some fragments of glass into her foot. But she will hopefully be able to run the Middle and Relay in the end of the week.

Tomorrow’s final will be held in an old military area which has not been mapped before. The men’s course is 17 km and will hopefully be a real challenge. It is possibly to follow the race live on the organizers web-page. The first start will be 14 central European time.
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Posted on 27 May 2008 by Øystein

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