Norwegian Sprint Champion
NM Sprint, Qual NM Sprint, Final Last Saturday the Norwegian Championship in Sprint was arranged in Brevik. Since I came home from Hungary I had been feeling very tired, so I wanted to test how my shape was in the qualification in the morning. The feedback was good, and I won my heat comfortable. Results and splits

Me from the last control in NM Sprint Final, Photo: Karl Johan Emanuelsen In the final I stated last and did a really good race. The most I lost to the best split on a leg was 4 seconds. When I passed the arena after half the race I was 2nd, 5 seconds behind Lars Skjeset. But he did some mistakes in the end, and I could finish as the winner, 19 seconds in front of him. Results and splits

 Marianne Andersen and me with the Kings Pokal In the Women’s class it was really tight. Marianne Andersen won, but Elise Egseth was only 5 seconds behind. And Anne Margrethe Hausken followed just one second behind Elise.

Article from the local newspaper: Endelig kongepokal
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Posted on 03 Sep 2009 by Øystein
Norwegian Championship in Sprint in Brevik
Map from NOC Sprint 2005 Medal winners from NOC Sprint 2005; Mårten Boström, me and Martin Johansson Tomorrow the Norwegian Championship in Sprint are arranged in Brevik. I have really good memories from Brevik, because I won the Sprint there during the Open Nordic Championship in 2005.

Since I came home from Hungary I have been feeling very tired, and only trained one session so far this week, but I hope my shape is good enough to fight for a medal tomorrow.
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Posted on 28 Aug 2009 by Øystein
WOC Sprint in Miskolc
WOC Sprint, Final WOC Sprint, Qual On yesterdays WOC Sprint in Miskolc I did a quite good race, and came on a 8th place. My biggest mistake was to the 15th control, where I should have taken the route choice to the left and lost 20 seconds because I had to climb too much. To the 6th control I also lost 10 seconds because I had to turn, but most of the runners did the same mistake as me there because it was difficult too see on the map. Results

All races from Hungary can be followed live with results, split-times, text commentary, pictures, video, and route choices on WOC 2009 Online.
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Posted on 21 Aug 2009 by Øystein
Ready for WOC after two great weeks in Switzerland
Sprint, Engadin Pictures from Switzerland. After World Games in the middle of July I had an easy week home before I travelled to Switzerland for two weeks. The first part of my stay I was together with Mari Fasting and Ola Berger, and we were visiting several nice places. We did some good training, but were also hiking in the mountains with via ferrata and recovering on the beach. I was also doing some sprint trainings, as preparation for the WOC sprint which will be held mainly in forest this year. 100 pictures from Switzerland can be found in my new web gallery.

Sprint, Engadin Sprint, Engadin The coming week the World Orienteering Championship will be held in Miskolc. The qualification races are starting already tomorrow, but I am only running the Sprint on Thursday, so I will not travel to Hungary before Monday. Therefore I want to wish the Norwegian team and my club mates from Wing OK; Elise Egseth (NOR), Helen Palmer (GBR), Chris Forne (NZL) and Ionut Zinca (ROM) good luck for the Middle and Long Qual! My preparations have gone well, and I am now really looking forward to go to Hungary and meet the other runners and the WOC atmosphere.

The races from Hungary can be followed live with results, split-times, text commentary, pictures, video, and route choices on WOC 2009 Online.
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Posted on 15 Aug 2009 by Øystein
World Games Relay
World Games, Relay The Norwegian team with medals.. Photo: Henning Spjelkavik Today the World Games Relay was held from the same place as yesterday’s Middle distance. On each team it was 2 men and 2 women. Lars Skjeset did a great first leg for the Norwegian team, and changed over as 3rd runner, 19 seconds behind the lead. Mari Fasting did a good job on the second leg, but lost time because of an injury in her foot. I was running well on the third leg, and caught up time on most of the teams. Elise Egseth did an excellent last leg, and finished on a great 3rd place, only a few seconds behind Minna Kauppi for Finland. Russia won a comfortable victory. Results, splits, GPS tracking and IOF’s World Games page
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Posted on 19 Jul 2009 by Øystein
World Games Middle distance
World Games, Middle Me from the finish. Photo: Henning Spjelkavik Today the World Games Middle distance was held from the Cheng Ching Lake in Kaohsiung. I did a quite good performance and came on the 6th place, 1.48 behind Daniel Hubmann who won the race. My only big mistake was to the 13th control, when I stopped too early and lost 25 seconds. Up to the bronze medal it was 40 seconds. Results, splits and GPS tracking

In the Women’s class Elise Egseth was running well most of her race, but lost the bronze medal when she missed the second last control with one minute. Hanny Allston won ahead of Minna Kauppi.

Tomorrow the Relay is held, and you can find more information and follow the races live on IOF’s World Games page. Taiwan is 6 hours ahead of Central European Time. The Norwegian team is hoping to do well, and the running order is Lars Skjeset, Mari Fasting, me and Elise Egseth.
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Posted on 18 Jul 2009 by Øystein
World Games Sprint
World Games, Sprint Me from the start. Photo: Henning Spjelkavik Today the World Games Sprint was arranges in the Museum of Fine Arts in Kaohsiung south on Taiwan. I did a good race and came on the 4th place, 3 seconds behind Tero Föhr who won the bronze medal. Andrey Khramov won the race only 1 second in front of Daniel Hubmann, and they were as usual on sprint races in their own class. Lars Skjeset came 6th, so it was a nice day for the Norwegian team. Results, splits and GPS tracking

Elise Egseth. Photo: Henning Spjelkavik In the Women’s class Elise Egseth did a great race and won the bronze medal. Minna Kauppi won ahead of Hanny Allston.

Tomorrow the Middle distance is held, and you can find more information and follow the races live on IOF’s World Games page. Taiwan is 6 hours ahead of Central European Time.

Articles from the local newspaper: - Viktigere enn VM and Bronse til Egseth i World Games
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Posted on 17 Jul 2009 by Øystein
From Hungary to Taiwan
World Games 2005, Middle Medal winners World Games 2005; Daniel Hubmann, Thierry Gueorgiou and me Last week the Norwegian team for the World Championship in Hungary in August was selected, and already on Friday the same week we went to the last training camp in Miskolc. I am only going to run the Sprint in WOC, so I was mainly focusing on trainings for sprint there.

Tuesday I went direct from Hungary to Taiwan, where the Norwegian World Games team arrived yesterday after a long flight and short stop in Hong Kong. World Games is a sort of Olympic Games for non Olympic sports, and is arranged every 4th year with around 5000 participants and a lot of sports. When World Games was arranged in Duisburg in 2005 I did well, and won a bronze medal on the Middle distance, behind Thierry Gueorgiou and Daniel Hubmann. World Games has been on of my main goals this season, and are at least on the same level as WOC, so I am really looking forward to the races starts with Sprint tomorrow.

IOF’s World Games page - where you can find more information and follow the races live
Orienteering.is - where you can read an interview with me
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Posted on 16 Jul 2009 by Øystein
WOC selection races in Østerdalen
WOC-selection Middle, Folldal Last weekend the Norwegian selection races for the World Championship in Hungary in August took place in Østerdalen. I think this it is the nicest area in Norway for orienteering, and it is always a pleasure to run there.

Friday the Middle distance was held in Folldal on a brand new map. I did a good race, and lost only some seconds a few places. It was really tight between the runners in the top, and my result was a 4th place, 27 seconds behind Anders Nordberg. Results and splits

WOC-selection Sprint, Os Saturday the Sprint was held in Os, mostly in forest, like it is expected that the WOC Sprint will be. I lost some time in the beginning of my race because of hesitation and not an optimal route choice to the 4th control (right was better), and on the 5th control I was already half a minute behind the lead. To the 6th control my route choice was equal to the one to the left. The rest of my race went OK, and my result was a 5th place, 37 seconds behind Carl Waaler Kaas. Results and splits

WOC-selection Long, Os Sunday the Long distance was held with start on the top of the alpine skiing hill in Os. I was running well on the first legs above the tree border, but lost contact with the map before the 5th control and lost around one and a half minute. To the 7th control I also lost one minute because I came to the right of the ideal route. To the 10th control I though it was too much up and down straight on, so I took the route choice to the left out on the road. But the marsh with green stripes I followed from the road was really heavy to run in, and I lost one and a half minute. At this moment I was 4 minutes behind the lead. But the last 50 minutes of the race I was running well, and I could finish on a 5th place, 3 minutes behind Anders Nordberg. Results and splits

Articles from the local newspaper: Øystein på vippen and - Nå er jeg stolt av meg selv
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Posted on 06 Jul 2009 by Øystein
WC-4 Long Chasing start in Oslo
WC-4 Long Chasing start, Fossum, Oslo Today the 4th World Cup race was arranged as a Long distance with chasing start, based on yesterday’s result from O-festivalen in Fossum west of Oslo.

I did a good race, and advanced from 25th to 11th place. In the beginning of the race I came together with the runners starting around me. The loops were splitting us up a bit, but I also caught some other runners, even if I did some smaller mistakes.

Just after the long leg to the 20th control I caught even more runners, and we were suddenly a really big group. When we passed the road to the 21st control I was drinking 4 glasses of water, and almost lost contact with most of the other runners. But a lot of runners were running wrong on the last long leg, and I was able to pass the whole group, and run alone from the 22nd control. I felt also quite strong physical, and it was a nice end of the race.

Martin Johanson won the race, after being the only runner in the leading group taking the path to the left to the 25th control. Minna Kauppi won again the women’s class. The Norwegian team did well on home ground, with 10 men and 8 women among the 22 best in each class. Results and GPS-tracking
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Posted on 27 Jun 2009 by Øystein

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