Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, June 15, 2008

A fast run at Jukola


One of the many exciting moments for those of us sitting at home following Jukola on the internet was when Marius Bjugan from Halden was chasing on the 5th leg. He started in 8th place, 5:10 behind the leaders and about 30 seconds behind the nearest team. He smoked the course, pulling Halden up to 4th place and cutting the lead to 3:19. Jukola had good video coverage from the forest and when Bjugan ran through the video, it looked like he was moving faster than the other top runners (which might just have been my imagination fueled by the announcers reports that he was making up time).

I sat down today and pulled up the GPS tracks of top runners from Jukola and was a bit surprised to see this rather sloppy mistake by Bjugan.

It looks like the sort of mistake that a lot of us might make - on the correct route to a forked control, then maybe catch a glimpse of a runner on another fork, lose confidence and head to the wrong control, and finally correcting the mistake and going back to the right control. At least that is what the error looks like from the track.

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 4:21 PM


The visibility was some times quite low even in white areas.
I made exactly the same mistake as Marius - the forest was nice and fast but with varied visibility. It was easy to turn that 30 degrees on the slope and thus drop into the wrong control.

Should've either run the hilltops and then down into the control; or preferably followed the top of the veg-boundary in...
Thanks for the comments - it makes Bjugan's mistake a bit easier to understand.
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