Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, July 09, 2007  

From an interview with JWOC sprint champ Eva Svensson

I was very stressing in the beginning. The start triangle came direct [ME note: I think that means there was no marked route from getting the map to the start point] and then there was a short leg to the first control. I lost a few seconds there.

I had a very good race, especially the last part went really well. After the spectator control I had more time to read the map and made good route choices when I didn't just go straight.

The interview is from the Swedish O' Federation web page. The map below shows the women's sprint course, but not Svensson's routes....now back to watching the Tour De France on TV...

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 7:51 PM


I have to mention this because seeing that map brought it immediately to mind.

Years ago I set a course in a very small park which consisted largely of picnic areas and a zoo. The zoo was out of bounds but there was a narrow strip of woods behind some of the enclosures, and I had a control there. While the meet was in progress some zoo keepers showed up in a state of high agitation. What did we think we were doing, trying to kill the wallabies?!!

A few orienteers had run past the back of the enclosure and the wallabies were not accustomed to seeing people on the "wrong" side. They panicked.

Luckily the wallabies suffered no lasting harm. Whether they saw mad O-suited figures racing through their dreams thereafter, I can't say.

However when I saw the zoo map I naturally first checked and assured myself that the course setter was aware of one rule I'll never break again -- don't lead runners past the back of the wallaby enclosures.
So, at this Australian JWOC zoo, which side of the enclosure has more wallabies?
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