Trail-O / Pre-O

Have you ever tried precision orienteering (Trail-O)? If you have the chance you should. Pre-O means no stress about you´re running speed but a loot of technical work. In Pre-O you following trails so that also people that cannot run can competed.

You´ll have to solve the orienteering problems. At every control you´ll find a set of flag from whom you have to decided which one is the right. Something that sounds easier than it is as you have to follow the control description detailed. You can find some information about Pre-O here. Unfortunately in most countries there isn´t much Pre-O but you can try it online at TempO Simulator. They have also regular competition series.

timed station
Sample Pre-O station at a event in Bavaria.

Luxembourg Forest and City Weekend

After 2 successful city races in 2017 and 2018 Luxembourg OC brought an combined forest and city race weekend in 2021. Middle distance race in Bambësch forest and Saturday and long distance city race in Luxembourg at Sunday. The city race was part of the City Race European Tour. Normally this will attract a lot of runners from UK. This year the international guest were mainly from continental Europe.
Saturday was in nice open runnable forest we some steep valleys and technical areas. The nice forest leads to a lot of direct running.
Sundays main race area covers the old town, Rham and Kirchberg plateau and the Alzette valley. This means old town, fortifications, some modern parts, a little forest and a lots of climbing. Route choice were tricky and often it wasn´t easy even to find a route. Elite course has 38 controls, ~15.2 km to run and 310 m to climb. So it was hard to keep up concentration other the whole race.
It´s definitely worth to run in Luxembourg city so keep an eye on upcoming events.
You can find all information’s about the weekend on Luxembourg OC homepage.

ArgeAlp 2021

After one year break the ArgeAlp was back. This year Bavaria was the host of the orienteering competition. As co-team leader it was clear that I will be there. With over 50 runners our team from Baden-Württemberg was one of the bigger teams entered. The event consist of a relay and a individual competition, spanning a age range from 12 to 60. Relay is the first competition of the event. After 1 and a half year with nearly no competitions it was quite difficult to set the relay teams. Our Team made 4 podiums so it looks like we did a good job. Same number of podiums at the individual competition leads to a 3rd place for the team in the overall ranking.
My own performance wasn´t that well. I was 2nd leg runner of our M35 relay. I started as 5th and came back as 6th. In the individual race I finished 11th in M40 being the worst runner of our team.
Jakob’s performance was better. Running men elite he finished the relay tam in 7th place. In the individual race he finished 17th place.
Here you can find the official page of the competition:
https://olg-regensburg.de/arge-alp-2021/

Prizegiving for the overall results

Go long or go home – ultralong sprint training

One of my clubmates made a quite big sprint map covering downtown Stuttgart, downtown Bad Cannstatt, the surrounding parks a some more. Earlier this I was a little bored a designed a course that covers the whole map. I ended with a 26.7 k straight line, 62 controls ultralong sprint course. It can be printed on six A3 or 11 A4 sheets. On rainy Sunday in August we made to run the course. We needed 3 h 38 min and run 32.6 k but made to use the whole map and visit some new parts of the city. You can see the map with the course here. Contact us for the map if you came to Stuttgart and like to run the course too.

six A3 sheets of one orienteering map

NAPAPIIRI-JUKOLA 2021

After 1 year and 2 months waiting the Arctic circle Jukola took place in Rovaniemi. Late August instead the usual midsummer date means that we had the darkest Jukola ever, instead of the no night Jukola that was planed. The August date made it a little tricky to complete but with two Swedes we made it up to 7. We travelled a few days earlier to visit the Santa Claus village (always when Santa was already resting), the Lordi-square and to made two of the Jukola trainings.
The Jukola had far less visitors than previous versions. The long travel from major airports and international travel restrictions payed their tribute. Coming from a small o-country is as still a big event with a lot of people around and many big shops. We made a quick visit at Friday to pick up our team bag and do some shopping before the big crowd arrives. Saturday we transferred complete to Jukola. Temperatures were quite low and there was some rain but we managed to watch the complete Venla relay.
As expected from the old map and one of the training maps the forest consist of a lot of marsh. This makes running sometimes very hard but still a lot of. We all had good races but our 3rd leg runner made a mispunch so we didn´t take the chance for a good result.
You can find our results here. Next year Jukola will be in south Finland and hopefully back to normal date.

Hot, hotter, Hungary

After one year without international championships the World Masters Orienteering Championships takes place in the hot Hungarian summer in the area around Velence. For me a first year M40 it was the first WMOC. Original the world master should have been together with the World Masters games in Japan. When the World Masters Games were moved to 2022 Hungary stepped in to host the world masters this year.
Format was the usual sprint qualification, sprint final, forest qualification, middle final, long final. Sprint races were host in Székesfehérvár. Forrest races take place in some semi open areas between Csákvár and Székesfehérvár. I was at the Hungária-Kupa 2000 in Csákvár, so I had a good idea what I have to expect
Sprint qualifying was around a big park with some residential area. Fast running speed was necessary and as expected I didn´t make into the A-final. Sprint final was in downtown Székesfehérvár and more technical than the qualifying. I had a stable race but my ranking wasn´t really an improvement.
As I made a late entry I had the last starting spot in the forest qualification and was running in the midday heat. I made a big 15 min. parallel error at the end of the course. Without the mistake the last qualification spot would have been possible. The final races went OK but again didn´t lead to big improvement.
You can find the results at IOF eventor and my maps in my map archive.
So would there be more WMOC for me? Maybe as you get a high quality IOF controlled event were the master classes are not only a add one. But I´m not so hooked that I´ll go there just because I need to go to WMOC.

Retro map training

Did you ever had the chance to train on a nearly 40 years old map? It’s something that could be really fun. My club organized a training on a map from 1984. The area between Heubach and Bartholomä is great for orienteering and was features in the series “Germanies best orienteering areas”. The map is still great and on many parts you even can recognize the vegetation. We run the superlong course that has 13.4 k straight line and some nice route choices. We end up 18.1 k running and 640 m climb. As usual you can find the map in our map archive. Note that the contour interval is 10 m.

part of the course

Regional Championships middle Baden-Württemberg

The first regional event this year was the regional championships organized by the SV Wannweil. Even though I wasn’t a big part of the organization this year I had to set and pick controls, so there was no chance for me to run in the championships. The map in Ohnastetten on the Schwäbische Alb is in some parts really stony and especially these parts were used in the course setting. Most Competitors were grateful we held the competition, as all the other competitions in the region were canceled so far. The difficult courses and small fields of competitors had the effect of longer victory times.

Steffen was one of the competitors in the H19 class and ended up in second place.

  1. Per Dammeier 1:17:41
  2.  Steffen Hartmann  1:20:26
  3. Manuel Werner 1:56:03

Results can be found here and for the maps check out our map archive.