In the Easter I was in Devon in the south west of England for my first time, competing in the Jan Kjellström International Festival of Orienteering
. As normal JK was organized with races in all the four distances Sprint, Middle, Long and Relay, and the best British and some international runners were competing in the elite classes. The terrains were very different for each of the three individual races, and made it a challenging and exciting Easter weekend.
The Sprint was a nice race around the Bicton College. Before the 5th control I misunderstood the map and lost 25 seconds, and to the 8th control I did not see all the openings in the fences and lost another 20 second by running around. The rest of the race went fine, and I finished on a 5th place. Graham Gristwood won on front of Matt Speake.
The Middle distance was held in a quite flat forest which mainly required orienteering on vegetation, line features and use of compass. My race was OK, but I lost 20 seconds to both of the first two controls, and also some seconds a few other places. It was raining most of the day, which made it really slippery and difficult to run in the forest because of a lot of mud. My result was an 8th place, and again GG was fastest.
The Long distance was held in a big sand dune area, and was the race I had been looking most forward to. The detailed map was difficult to read in 1:15000, and I lost 10 – 30 second in the control circle several places. Still I found it really fun to run in the sand dunes, and my only big mistake was to the 3rd control where I lost a bit more then one minute. I finished on a 4th place, one minute behind Carl Waaler Kaas.
Overall I was 3rd, one minute behind Matt Speake and Oli Johnson. Results from Sprint