Saturday the Norwegian Championship in Sprint was organized by Tyrving west of Oslo. The qualification was held in Veritasskogen, and most of the course was in forest. I did a safe qual-race, without any mistakes or max-speed, and won my heat. Results and splits
The final was held in Sandvika, and it was a challenging course with park, forest and city. It was both several route-choices and complex areas.
But my race was destroyed by the organizer even before it had started. From the last pre-start to the start I could not find any marking that told me where to go. I saw people on the way to the arena and expected the start to be there. But at the arena there were no start. I had followed the path along the river in completely wrong direction, and had to run back to where I had come from. When I came to the start I was too late for my start-time, and had to wait to after the last start before they let me start, 3 minutes after my original start time
When I started I had some problems focusing on the orienteering and stop thinking on the problems from the start. But I did a good race, and my only mistakes were to the 7th and 9th control where I lost 7 seconds. When I finished I had the fastest time with 36 seconds margin.
But my problems were not over. The organizers should be responsible to mark clearly where you have to go from the pre-start to the start, something that obviously not was done in this case. Because they had done a mistake I had expected to get my new start-time valid. But the organizer was not even interested in hearing my arguments, so I had to deliver a protest to the jury. They agreed in that the marking should have been better, but said that they could not accept my new start time, without giving me a good reason for turning down the protest….
The race was won by Audun Weltzien, if front of Anders Nordberg. Stig Alvestad and Audun Bjekreim Nilsen shared the bronze-medal. Marianne Andersen won the women’s class, before Ingunn Weltzien and Elise Egseth. A good day for Wing with 3 medals! Olav Lundanes and Siri Ulvestad won the junior classes. Olav’s time had given him a medal even in the senior class. Results and splits
At the results I got a 25th place, 2.24 behind Audun W, but with 3 minutes longer time than I used. But at least I did a good race and improved my self confidence before the WC starts with a Sprint in Finland in June. There are the international competitions that are my big goals.Sprintgull til Andersen og Weltzien
, OPNDramatikk i NM sprint
, NOFNM Sprint 2007