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Show Profile  Neil K Posted: 22 June 2004, 9:30 PM  
The largest oreinteering relay in the world occurred in Finland last weekend.

New Zealanders competing: AL, Greg, Claire, Michal and Rachel.

Whilst they all ran well, I thought Rachel's result was outstanding. She was 11th on her leg, less than two minutes down.

Check the link out for more results

This message was edited by Neil K on 22 June 2004, 10:31 PM

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 23 June 2004, 12:01 AM  
Yes, Rachel's run was outstanding! Definítely world class. At one point she was seen apparently in 3rd place going through a TV control on the big screen at the race.

If looking for my result, I actually ran the 6th leg in the first team, under the name Nils Olsson, who pulled a calf muscle during warm-up so I was given a 4 minute warning to start! Had only just put my shoes on... and it was 4:50am... :-P So much for a warm-up!

The terrain was a combination of 2 completely different types: one super fast sand dune like terrain (3.42 min/km on leg 5 by 2 runners!!! They did under 32 mins for 8.5km); and the other tough running marshes with lots of smallish bare-rock covered hills. The women & legs 4 & 5 of the men had the dunes, the rest of us were slogging it out in the *¤#&!

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 23 June 2004, 12:17 AM  
...and then there was the tornado. No, not Antti Harju & Mikael Boström on the 5th leg, but the mini tornado that ripped through the camping/finish area on the Saturday afternoon.

It ripped at least 5 army tents up 6m into the air. Two people were injured and various other articles were seen flying around in the air for up to 10 minutes later. Notably a 2-man dome tent and a couple of sleeping mats! See the video/picture linked below:

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 23 June 2004, 3:33 AM  

And some aerial photos of the start/finish/camping area as well as some of the first leg runners in the forest and the big video screen....

This photo: includes som of the 1km refridgerated ski tunnel where it's possible to go cross-country skiing in the summer.

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 23 June 2004, 3:36 AM

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 23 June 2004, 8:21 AM  

Show Profile  Jesper Svedberg Posted: 24 June 2004, 10:55 PM  

You can read about Rachels experiences on IFK Lidingös webpage.


Show Profile  Jesper Svedberg Posted: 24 June 2004, 11:03 PM  
By the way...

Thanks to Clarie and Greg who also ran in IFK Lidingö's team.

Claire ran 2nd leg for IFK Lidingö3 and Greg ran the 1st for IFK Lidingö4
Results are availeble here(Challa is Claire's swedish name and Petter is Gregs name)

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 26 June 2004, 3:38 AM  
All I can say is even starting in 1185 and loosing 5 mins just in the bloody start shute (which was about 800m long by about 10m wide) FIRST LEG IN JUKOLA IS THE MOST AWESOME THING IN THE WORLD!!!!




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