Last Friday the Norwegian Championship in Night orienteering
was arranged in Haugesund. To the 2nd control I was one of few runners taking the route choice around to the right, but it seemed to be too long and with too much climb and I lost one minute compared to the one taking the path to the left.
On the forked loops I was running mainly alone in the beginning, and it went quite well, except a 2 minute mistake on the control marked as 6th on the map. (I had it as 11th, on my 2nd loop.)
When the forking was finished on the 17th control I met several other runners who had another loop as the last. The last part to the 19th control I went alone more to the left then the others, and did a small mistake. But anyway I met the others when I punched the control, and also managed to catch up some other good runners who had been in front of me but did a bigger mistake on the 19th control.
After that we were a big bunch of runners holding high speed on the long leg. I was in the lead of the group from the 20th to the 24th control, but to the 25th control I was not reading the control description, did a 15 second mistake, and had to use the following legs to catch up the runners who had passed me.
Before the last control I had advanced to a 3rd place in the group, and in the run inn I also managed to pass Anders Tiltnes, but it was still 1 meter up to Håvar Lucasen when we crossed the finish line. Anders Nordberg had been alone in the lead after the loops, and won the race. But I had managed to reduce his gap from 2.30 after the loops to 0.28 when we finished, and was satisfied with my performance, except for the 2 minute mistake.
Mathias Bjugan won the silver medal in M 19-20 and Elise Egseth the bronze medal in W 21, so it was a good start of the season for the Wing-runners. Results
Saturday a sprint race in the Norwegian Craft Cup
where held from the same place. I was really tired after the night race, and there was no punch in my running, but I still focused on doing a good technical race.
To the 2nd control I used some time trying to figure out if it was possible to pass through the private area, but saw to late it was impossible and ended up running around to the right. It would have been faster and easier to just taken the route choice on the road to the left. To the 3rd control I had problems to decide what the best route choice was, and was running quite close to the line. But it was 10 seconds faster to run around to the left, and I was already 20 seconds behind Olav Lundanes on the 3rd control.
The rest of the race went OK, and I finished on 3rd place, still 20 seconds behind Lundanes, who shared the victory with Anders Nordberg. Results
Elise Egseth and Mathias Bjugan were also running well on the sprint, now with 2nd place for Elise and 3rd place for Mathias. They are both leading their class in the Norwegian Craft Cup
after the two first races. I am 3rd overall, after Nordberg and Lundanes.