Thursday, July 23, 2009

Xtremor - Mala Lazna - July 14th - 16th, 2009



The Xtremor event, which was organised a few days after the 5 Days of Dolomites and only a few hours drive away, was the catalyst for me to make my first visit to Slovenia, a small country with 2 million people and lots of superb forests.

The organisation was low key, but friendly; with the emphasis being on the things that matter - good forests, good maps and good planning!

The event was another opportunity to catch up with friends and I spent some time chatting with Milan based orienteer, Marco Givannini, whose blog reports on Italian orienteering events, written in both Italian and English.

In the absence of an M50 class, I ran M45. The courses were short, but their technicality, especially on days 1 and 2 when the terrain was described as extreme karst; more than compensated for the lack of distance!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009 - Day 1 - Mala Lazna

M45 was 3.1k with 15 controls.

Splits.

Map with my route.



Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 - Day 2 - Mala Lazna

M45 was 2.9k with 14 controls.

Splits.

Map with my route.



Thursday, July 16th, 2009 - Day 3 - Mala Lazna

M45 was 3.5k with 18 controls.

Splits.
Overall results.

Map with my route.

5 Days of Dolomites - Primiero - July 6th - 11th, 2009



Injuries have curtailed my orienteering recently, but despite ongoing niggles, I was able to participate in the 5 Days of Dolomites based on Primiero in northern Italy.

Italy is one of my favourite countries and Primiero one of the areas in it that I like most, so an opportunity to return and orienteer there was not to be missed; especially since JWOC was taking place at the same time and the programme carefully scheduled to allow 5 Days runners to spectate at the junior races.

The event was also an opportunity to catch up with old friends and I was particularly pleased to bump into Norwegian mapmaker, Ivar Helegesen, who I hadn't seen in over 30 years and whose family had been particularly kind to me when I visited Norway as a teenager.

At Primiero I ran M50-2 which had a strong field with more than one former world champion.

Monday, July 6th, 2009 - Day 1 - Caltena S Giovanni

Hazel leaving the last control on Day 1.



M50-2 was 4.6k with 170m of climb and 15 controls.

Results.
Splits.

Map with my route.



Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 - Day 2 - Passo Rolle Nord

M50-2 was 5.4k with 250m of climb and 16 controls.

Results.
Splits.

Map with my route.



Thursday, July 9th, 2009 - Day 3 - San Martino Sud

M50-2 was 3.5k with 210m of climb and 12 controls.

Results.
Splits.

Map with my route.



Friday, July 10th, 2009 - Day 4 - San Martino Centro

M50-2 was 3.7k with 155m of climb and 15 controls.

Results.
Splits.

Map with my route.



Saturday, July 11th, 2009 - Day 5 - Val Canali Piazmador

M50-2 was 5.4k with 180m of climb and 17 controls.

Splits.
Overall results.

Map with my route.