Posted: 20 July 2009, 3:04 AM
While we carry on, generally with less enthusiasm, training in the lovely wet and cool weather there are a number of lucky kiwis who have got themselves over to the amazing Swedish 5 day event known as O-Ringen. This year it is being held south of Stocholm in the small town of EksjÃ¶ in an area that has plenty of nice terrain that has been used for many high profile events. Let the sun shine for our kiwi friends over there, and may they all have some great success.
Day One results from overnight...
H21 ELIT --- Todd Oates Not started
H20 ELIT 107th Jourdan Harvey 135:46
H20 ELIT 106th Simon Jager Auckland OC 132:28
H20 ELIT 23rd Thomas Reynolds 81:20
D18 ELIT 27th Kate Morrison 59:40
H40 69th Mark Lawson 53:18
H35 10th Carsten JÃ¸rgensen 57:24
D70 56th Jill Brewis 138:36
D35 Short 16th Jenni Adams 47:31
Posted: 20 July 2009, 3:47 AM
Couldn't find anywhere on the website the number of participants this year. Perhaps it wasn't newsworthy - like last year's 24,000. Anyway I was wanting to put Tom and Kate's results in context - they are bloody good! (Carsten too of course.)
I did find an interesting thing - because the area has been used a lot before, you could buy the maps in advance.
Posted: 20 July 2009, 4:27 AM
Rob J's not back from Europe,
H40 46th Rob Jessop 50:00
Posted: 20 July 2009, 10:50 AM
The reason why there's not huge numbers is the terraine looked pretty boring. Apart from the fact that it is O-ringen, theres many better places to run than the same patch of marsh near Eskjo for 5 days.
Posted: 20 July 2009, 5:55 PM
yeah i sort of thought that about the first couple of days but 3,4 & 5 look much nicer.
H21 ELIT 38 Todd Oates 133:32
H20 ELIT 86 Jourdan Harvey 104:54
H20 ELIT 55 Simon Jager 89:40
H20 ELIT 77 Thomas Reynolds 98:26
D18 ELIT 62 Kate Morrison 62:32
H40 69 Mark Lawson 67:44
H35 5 Carsten JÃ¸rgensen 56:38
D70 59 Jill Brewis 110:40
D35 Short 20 Jenni Adams 44:56
H40 101 Rob Jessop 79:20
The O-Ringen Mag for more reading on the evnt if interested (5MB!)
Posted: 21 July 2009, 1:14 AM
Day 2 O-Ringen results with cumulative time & place
H21 ELIT 38/44 Todd Oates 133:32:00 (38) 259:35
H20 ELIT 86/104 Jourdan Harvey 104:54:00 (100) 240:40
H20 ELIT 55/104 Simon Jager 89:40:00 (93) 222:08
H20 ELIT 77/104 Thomas Reynolds 98:26:00 (55) 179:46
D18 ELIT 62/141 Kate Morrison 62:32:00 (42) 122:12
H40 69/163 Mark Lawson 67:44:00 (66) 121:02
H40 101/163 Rob Jessop 79:20:00 (81) 129:20
H35 5/97 Carsten JÃ¸rgensen 56:38:00 (6) 114:02
D70 59/62 Jill Brewis 110:40:00 (53) 249:16
D35 KORT 20/64 Jenni Adams 44:56:00 (17) 92:27
AOC might forgive Rob J for running as North West - but running as an Aussie??
Posted: 21 July 2009, 6:25 PM
We're having fun here and the last two days especially have had lots of tricky stuff. Lots of green for them to hide controls in. That's kind of better for me seeing my huge stomach makes running a little difficult! Carsten has been claiming to be unfit (he basically hasn't trained since Queen's Birthday) but his competitive spirit is taking over and he's now in a cumulative 3rd but it's a long way up to 1st and 2nd and not much back to the places behind.
We've had a walk/bike of 3km each way to the assembly area the last two days (if you're too stingy to pay 100sek for a bus) which means I've been doing over 12km walking/jogging in course and all the other stuff and the baby's beginning to wonder what's going on. The NZ juniors have managed to get themselves some bikes and today Kaia and I got to watch Thomas wobble past us with Jourdan sitting on one of those white plastic outside chairs backwards on the carrier.
From looking at the results the juniors didn't have such a good day today but it was true Scandinavian stuff which does take a bit of practice.
Posted: 22 July 2009, 1:18 AM
Day 3 results (with cumulative place & time)
H21 ELIT 37/43 Todd Oates 136:31:00 (36) 396:06
H20 ELIT 77/99 Jourdan Harvey 97:35:00 (91) 338:15
H20 ELIT 46/99 Simon Jager 84:23:00 (82) 306:31
H20 ELIT 54/99 Thomas Reynolds 87:17:00 (52) 267:03
D18 ELIT 131/139 Kate Morrison 84:07:00 (86) 206:19
H40 29/162 Mark Lawson 49:54:00 (50) 170:56
H40 111/162 Rob Jessop 72:51:00 (90) 202:11
H35 5/94 Carsten JÃ¸rgensen 55:36:00 (3) 169:38
D70 38/61 Jill Brewis 66:35:00 (50) 315:51
D35 KORT 19/66 Jenni Adams 47:57:00 (15) 140:24
Posted: 22 July 2009, 3:55 AM
Go guys! Looks like a great experience and the O-Ringen town looks like fun; where is the moshpit though?
Posted: 23 July 2009, 5:05 AM
Tonight's middle distance event is the last run which contributes to each competitor's starting time in tomorrow's chasing start final.
Live results can be seen at http://www.oringenonline.com/Index_en.htm
Tonight's start times (NZ time) are:
H21 ELIT Todd Oates 21:59
H20 ELIT Jourdan Harvey 23:16
H20 ELIT Simon Jager 19:01
H20 ELIT Thomas Reynolds 21:44
D18 ELIT Kate Morrison 21:12
H40 Mark Lawson 21:32
H40 Rob Jessop 21:09
H35 Carsten JÃ¸rgensen 23:18
D70 Jill Brewis 19:53
D35 KORT Jenni Adams 22:34
Go the kiwis!
Posted: 23 July 2009, 7:49 AM
Will Carsten get an extra boost after a much needed rest day since Jenni and himself must be suffering jetlag. The battle of the H35 grade appears to be between Swedes Martin Larsson [1/2/1] and Matthias Niggli [3/2/1](is that Samone's husband who is now coaching the Swedes???), Carsten [10/5/5] leads the very close battle for bronze so far just keeping a nose ahead of Thomas Jensen (Dan)[2/13/7], Tommy Andersson (Swe) [4/14/3] and Vesa Kankaanpaa (Fin, with a name like that!)[9/6/9].
Other guys from the field of 112 to watch out for may be Spanian Chris Terterkelsen who didn't appear to run the 3rd race but finished 6/4 in the first two. Matthias Nilsson is another who may drop his last race of 26 and try to add some better results to his 1/3 in the first two.
Another noteble performance amongst all the hords of Swedish runners is Canadian Hans Fransson at 29th with a consistant 20/35/29.
In the H40 will Mark Lawson continue to climb the ranks as he goes from 69 to 50 in the huge 206 man field? These are races where seconds mean places and minutes mean lots and lots of places! Rob J on the other hand couldn't keep up his first day result of 46 and now has dropped back to midfield at 90th.
Ex Aussie Eddie Wymer now residing in France I think is performing very well at 25th overall with 34/43/11. I remember being running against him in Australia as a kid, so it's great to see another familiar name.
Posted: 23 July 2009, 2:32 PM
Had a browse through the large number of countries represented - they include Sth America and Africa. Best English-speaking performance I came across: Peter Gagarin (US) lying 4th in H65. Best name I came across: Mike in t' Groen. No he's not from Ireland.
Posted: 23 July 2009, 3:45 PM
Eddie is living in France, Besancon to be precise. I thought he would have been there for stage 14 of Le Tour, but looks like he escaped to O-Ringen
Posted: 24 July 2009, 4:08 PM
H21 ELIT 30 (32) Todd Oates 100:21:00
H20 ELIT 72 (78) Jourdan Harvey 96:13:00
H20 ELIT 22 (65) Simon Jager 80:16:00
H20 ELIT 30 (38) Thomas Reynolds 81:03:00
Well done Carsten - overall 3rd place over the 5 days of Oringen
Day 5 results (with overall placing in brackets)
D18 ELIT 66 (71) Kate Morrison 62:08:00
H40 58 (52) Mark Lawson 50:24:00
H40 53 (85) Rob Jessop 30:11:00
H35 8 (3) Carsten JÃ¸rgensen 49:35:00
D70 41 (44) Jill Brewis 48:01:00
D35 KORT 19 (16) Jenni Adams 41:53:00
Posted: 25 July 2009, 4:11 PM
We had lots of fun and it was good to catch up with Ross, coming straight up from World Games (he ran the longest open grade if you want to check out his result) to look after his little sister for a couple of days. And Rob J who sounds like he's got a nightmare job at the moment where he spends a month in Yemen around every two months.
Carsten wasn't too jetlagged after arriving three weeks before me (and oringen). The idea was to have a competition against his old Danish mates but Chris was sick one day and Thomas missed out a control so it was more a day by day competition in the end rather than overall. Matthias, yes Simone's husband, and Martin were a bit fitter than the rest but hopefully Carsten's had enough training to give Neil a run for his money at the Scottish 6 day. I had a good time waddling around but yesterday three people had the indecency to pass a pregnant woman in the run in and I went down to 16th (I started 15th and had got up to 13th until these ultra-competitive ones went passed me to the last control and the run in!) I didn't think 13th place in D35K was worth having a baby in the finish chute over...