Last weekend Norways biggest orienteering event O-festivalen was held near Gardermoen, 50 km north of Oslo. For the senior elite it was selection-race for the WOC-sprint on Friday, middle distance at Saturday and relay at Sunday. The terrain was both flat with many paths and hillier with thicker vegetation. Many of the best runners from other nations were also running, so it was a great competition.
Friday’s sprint was one of my worst sprint-races for several years. I did some smaller mistakes to the first controls and a big parallel-mistake to the 5th control. I followed a path in 90 degrees wrong direction from the control and lost around one minute. The rest of the race was OK, but it didn’t help, and I ended at 18th place. Audun Weltzien did a fantastic race, and won with 26 sec to Hans Gunnar Omdal. Results
Saturday’s middle-distance went much better for me. I did a good technical race, with only a few mistakes on 10 – 20 sec. The running speed felt also better, and I ended at 2nd place, 20 sec behind Hans Gunnar Omdal. Hans Gunnar was sick for more than one year, and wasn’t running a single event last season. But this season he has pereformed impressive good in all events he has been running. For the 2nd place I got 10.000 NOK from the total 80.000 NOK who was given in price-money to the 6 best in both classes. Results
Sunday it was relay. Svein Erik Bratsberg ran first leg for Wing, and sent out Stig Alvestad 6 min behind leading Østmarka. Stig did a big mistake at one control but held the difference to the lead. Tore Bjørseth Berdal got an injury in his foot and couldn’t run so fast. He did a great performance by finishing, but lost of course much time. I did an OK race at the last leg, and finished at 11th place. Østmarka’s junior-team did a great relay, and was alone in the lead after the 3 first legs. But at the last leg they were passed by Leksand, Södertälje Nykvarn and Tyrving. Results
Pictures from O-festivalen