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Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 1 May 2003, 6:07 PM  
Over the next 4 days the Nordic championships are taking place in Flen (south of Stockholm) Sweden. It looks like Aaron Prince who I thought was going to run isn't now (according to the bulliten & start-list).

There will probably be some type of online coverage but it's not sure what form it will take yet. I'll post more information when I know. Otherwise more information can be found here on the official web-site: (note: the start-lists are only on the Swedish page at present)

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 1 May 2003, 6:26 PM  
Online text coverage:

Thursday: Sprint, first start 11am (juniors 10am)
Start-list: Link
Coverage: Link (you can set the auto-updating by selecting 20/30/60/120 seconds in the drop-down list on the right and clicking "ändra")

Show Profile  bendover Posted: 2 May 2003, 10:33 AM  
and also, congratulations to SOFT for having the 'worst ever video highlights of an orienteering event' awarded to them, by me.

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 2 May 2003, 8:36 PM  
.... yes a well deserved award!

Results from the sprint are here: Link (

Coverage yesterday was crap to say the least, today's seems to be going a bit better, although it's rather Swedish orientated and in Swedish :-P No start list for today either (crap web-master) so we don't know if Aaron's running or not....

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 4 May 2003, 12:35 AM  
Maps for all races: Link (

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 4 May 2003, 6:30 PM  
Relay day.

Live "radio" coverage is on again and seems to be working well. You need Winamp or similar to listen. The link is Link ( (See if you need winamp)

Results will be posted here during the day Link ( and there may be text coverage here: Link (

Edited by - alistair on 4/05/2003 19:31:11

Show Profile  HeadHoncho Posted: 5 May 2003, 6:25 AM  

Can you please update what happened in the mens relay - protest?

Idre, now this - they must really be looking forward to WOC 2004 :-)

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 5 May 2003, 7:45 AM  
In the men's relay today the Finnish 2nd team's first two runners Jarkko Huovila and Juha Peltola ran with the same course. This obviously made the competition invalid and the men's class was struck from the results.

On the sprint and classic days there were also significant problems regarding the production of results. I'm not completely sure of all the details and how accurate they are but the mistakes included something like the following:

1. Having a mis-placed Emit clear unit in the middle of the start procedure - the runners were apparently meant to do a check 6mins before to zero their cards but then the orgainsers accidently put a clear unit after it which theoretically zero'd it again. This didn't actually affect results but was a problem.

2. The video camera making a back-up recording of the finish had it's clock still set to winter time again creating problems later evaluating results.

3. The classic couse had small loops out in the middle of the course which meant that one control was visited 3 times (check the men's map from the link above) - the persons responsible for setting up the course in the competition software made a mistake with regard to this so that all runners were initially disqualified because they had supposedly mis-punched.

4. During the sprint race a power cable was accidently removed which apparently caused problems for a while.

Blame is directed mainly towards SOFT (the Swedish Federation) and the organising clubs. Those clubs responsible are relatively small and it is generally thought that they shouldn't have been appointed the task of organising NOC.

One just wonders what their controllers get up to....

Note that NOC is not at all organised under the IOF - some Nordic organisation has responsibility for it.

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 7 May 2003, 11:02 PM  
The latest is that the Norwegians have protested the nullifying of the men's race.

There is some discussion over which rules are valid in this situation as NOC isn't run under the IOF so Swedish rules should apply - they say that the result should be accepted; the organiser apologise; and a refund of entry fee made to the runners who got the wrong maps.

But in Bulliten 4 it stated that other than the Swedish clothing rule, it was IOF rules which are applicable.... The debate continues...




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