Two weeks ago I went to North Italy for a weekend with a nice mixture of orienteering and more relaxing activities. Friday and Saturday the Adriatic Meeting
was arranged with Sprint races in Verona and Vicenza, and on Sunday the famous street race was held in Venezia. But we had also time to sightseeing, shopping and enjoying good food and wine.
Friday evening a Night Sprint was held in Verona. It was cool to run with headlamp in the historical part of the city. I did a good race without any mistakes, and won 22 seconds in front of Mikhail Mamleev. Results from Verona
(Men Elite on page 4)
Saturday the second race of the Adriatic Meeting was arranged with a Sprint in Vicenza. I did again a good performance, but lost some time on my running speed in the park at the last part of the race, and was beaten by Mamleev with 14 seconds. Overall I still won in front of Mamleev and Jan Troeng. Results from Vicenza
(Men Elite on page 4) and overall
Sunday the Venice Orienteering Meeting
was held for the 30th time, this year with 3600 participant. I was running the race for my first last year (map 2008
), and it is an amazing race I will recommend all orienteers to run at least once in their life.
The course was really challenging this year, and on almost all legs you needed to plan your route well the whole way to the next control before you left the previous control. I did a few mistakes, and lost in total around one and a half minute. My biggest time loos were to the 9th control where I came too much to the left of the optimal line, and lost around 45 seconds. The really long leg on the end of the course went well, and I had the best split time with 44 seconds. When I finished after more than one hour with intensive orienteering I was on a 2nd place, 18 second behind Mikhail Mamleev. Results
(Men Elite on page 29) and splits