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Starting out, the map was tough to get a handle on, but starting in the twilight helped to get used to the map before darkness fell completely (think able to run in forest but difficult to read the map kinda darkness). The Night Group ran as a pack, taking different route choices to controls to see which kind of terrain is better to run in as the event gets closer. The splitting of the group allowed them to sample more terrain types in the limited time available. As an example green is green and should be avoided, until the massive elephant tracks form motorways through it. The plan was to do a short 5km course, but, as happens when orienteering in Finland, the terrain is so fun they "accidentally" did the full 9.5km course. They arrived home at approx 02:00... they are still asleep (except Conor, who was sleeping on the floor(not on the floor tonight, apparently!)).
The day group had similar experiences to the night group. Niamh took the day off after running the World Cup race in the morning. The other 3 day runners ran the 5km course in the technical terrain, taking different routes and waiting at the next control to discuss the leg and how to improve on it. It makes the orienteering more social; unlike running alone, getting lost and being an hour behind everyone else at the finish after each mistake just makes the next mistake worse.
The groups will do a second and final training session today before finally moving into the luxurious accommodation that is a Finnish Military tent at the Jukola arena!!
Updates to follow
CNOC Jukola Team
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Jukola 2011 is being held in Salpa, Finland. A top CNOC squad is on hand to see where we match up against the best clubs in the world. Most clubs spend months training in the hope of bringing their club the glory of winning the most coveted of relay titles. CNOC, well, we reckon we can get away with 2...days!
Of the 1,486 teams, CNOC 1 was given the number 756. This means that Conor is in the middle of the mass start, the very middle. The last time Jukola was held in this area, the winning team ran a blistering 06:21 min/k.
The team make-up is Conor Short on leg 1, Ruairi Short leg 2, Seamus O’Boyle leg 3, Kevin O’Boyle leg 4, Niamh O’Boyle leg 5, Hugh Cashell leg 6 and Colm Hill on leg 7. The legs were decided in no particular order, but we reckon we have the best line-up possible.
Training today was in two separate groups: the night group, Legs 1-3 and the day group, Legs 4-7. Its 22:00, its still extremely bright and the night group is not back. In fact, they mightn’t even have started.
Profiles and an update on how the training camp/taper/pre race prep is going will follow tomorrow.
Team CNOC out.