Thursday, March 31, 2016

Lia Patscheider: "I hope the training will pay off"

At the age of 19, Lia Patscheider ran her first WOC last Summer, in Inverness, achieving an unexpected 25th place in the Sprint Final. A few months later, in the Junior European Cup, she was second in the Sprint race, just one second behind the amazing Sara Hagström. Ready to face the Elite, she talks about herself and sets some realistic goals for the season.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better.”. I could read this sentence from Samuel Beckett, recently, on your Twitter account. Would you like to explain the personal meaning of these words? Is it a kind of motto in your life?

Lia Patscheider (L. P.) - I really like these words and I think that in Sport, as in life, things are a bit like this. Sometimes it goes up and sometimes it goes down. Life is easy when everything is going okay. The hard thing is to get up again... and don’t get tired about it (laughs). I was injured and sick for the last one and a half months and I couldn’t train as I had planned. It was hard but now, slowly, I can feel that I’m back on track again.

How did you meet Orienteering? Was it “love at first sight”?

L. P. - Coincidentally I did an adventure/orienteering course when I was 9 years old and I really loved it. I did a lot of different kinds of sports and I just started training orienteering when I was 15 and was selected for my first EYOC. So, yes, it was love at first sight, absolutely.

What do you see in Orienteering that makes it so attractive?

L. P. - I always enjoyed running. I just love the feeling of running, the wind breeze in my face, the legs feeling light and unstoppable. The faster I run, the better I feel. The cool thing about orienteering is that you never know what is waiting for you in the forest and this is the kind of challenge that I like the most.

How do you rate the last season? Could you mention the best and the worst in 2015?

L. P. - It was a good season for me. The biggest goal was my last JWOC but I totally failed there. It was a mental failing. I tried to prepare it really good, thinking about all the details I could improve and that could happen there but it was too much. I thought I had everything under control but I was wrong. Surprisingly, I could achieve some good results in Sprint and Mixed Sprint Relay. I wasn’t particularly good at it before, but after the World Cup in Halden something has changed in my head. I was really satisfied with the 25th place at WOC Sprint and the 2nd Place at JEC.

A “normal” week, in your case, means what?

L. P. - I usually training twice a day, one running and one other like XC skiing, skiroll, biking, aqua jogging or power training. In the winter period I run between 100-130 Km a week. As student (I study Architecture, in Graz), it’s not that easy to train well in the exam periods but I try to give my best and to do it as good as I can. So, in one ordinary week, I´m training, studying and spending some time with my friends in the evenings.

You’ve been to Spain recently. Would you like to talk about the Winter season so far and the way you’re feeling now?

L. P. - Yes that’s right. I was in the region of Murcia with my Swedish club, OK PAN Kristianstad for trainings and races. I´m in Strömstad now, with my Italian Club S.C. Meran, to prepare next WOC. I had a rest period after JEC in Bad Harzburg and then I started again with lot of longer runs in lower intensity. Until January everything was fine with trainings, then I started to get injured and now I´m trying to get back as before. I´m really looking forward to this year’s races, I can’t wait to compete! I trained a lot this winter and I hope the training will pay off.

What are your main goals of the season?

L. P. - My main goal is to have a good start as elite athlete. I don’t like to set goals like this or that result because I’m only able to influence my performance and not the other ones. I hope to get qualified and to run good races at WOC, EOC and WUOC.

Lia Patscheider Foot orienteer 'versus' Lia Patscheider Ski orienteer. What is similar and what is different?

L. P. - This year I stopped doing Ski-O. It wouldn’t be possible to do both as good as I wanted and to combine it with my studies. I still do XC Skiing and Ski-O but only as alternative training and for fun.

Is there an orienteer that you see as an idol? What does he/she have that you don’t?

L. P. - There are certainly some orienteering “legends” as Simone Niggli and Thierry Gueorgiou that I admire. I see a big idol in Judith Wyder, I really like her attitude, both training and competing. My biggest non-orienteering idol is Alex Schwazer (race-walking); when he took the 50 km olympic gold medal, Peking 2008, it was an overwhelming feeling for me and I knew that I wanted to be like him one day.

In the beginning of a new season, I ask you to make a wish.

L. P. - I wish all the wishes of all the people in the whole world could come true!

[Photo courtesy of Lia Patscheider]

Joaquim Margarido

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spanish Trail Orienteering Championships 2016: Gold for Juan Valente and Carlos Riu

Juan Pedro Valente and Carlos Riu Noguerol won the Spanish Trail orienteering Championships 2016, respectively in the Open Class and Paralympic Class. The event took place in the beautiful surroundings of Castiñeiras Lake, Pontevedra, having the participation of 76 athletes.

It was under a persistent rain and immersed in the fog that took place on the Castiñeiras Lake map, in Pontevedra, the Spanish Trail orienteering Championships 2016. Organized by AROMON Club Montañeiros Pontevedra A Roelo, the event relied on Toño Hernandez's course setting on a map designed by Javier Arufe and Natalia Pedre.

Among the 76 participants - including 10 Portuguese – highlights the presence of the “international” Santiago Perez, Carlos Riu Noguerol Jose Antonio Tamarit, Ana Belén Calvo, Juan Pedro Valente, Cláudio Tereso, Ricardo Pinto, Julio Guerra and Ana Paula Marques and still the current Spanish Champion, Alex Tello Lacal. Taking advantage of the best that the map had to offer - water lines, contours and vegetation - the course comprised an interesting set of challenges along 1550 metres and 21 controls, testing the competitors' quality and skills. The organization was forced to avoid two controls, one of which even before the start, but in the end the feedback was very positive, according to the general opinion of the participants.

With just one mistake, Juan Pedro Valente (Imperdible) would be the big winner in the Open Class, recovering the title of Spanish Champion achieved in Malaga, in 2014. With 17 points were classified five athletes, with the silver medal to Héctor Lorenzo (Imperdible) and the bronze to José Antonio Tamarit (CC Valencia), thanks to their performances in the timed controls. In the Paralympic class, Carlos Riu Noguerol (COMA) had no opponents in the fight for the title, eventually being crowned Champion of Spain with a total of 9 points. Much better were the Portuguese Paralympic with Ricardo Pinto and Claudio Poiares, both from DAHP, concluding their courses with 17 and 16 points, respectively.


Paralympic Class
1. Carlos Riu Noguerol (COMA) 9/19 points (257.5 seconds)
nc Ricardo Pinto (POR DAHP) 17/19 points (165 seconds)
nc Cláudio Poaires (POR DAHP) 16/19 points (114.0 seconds)
nc Júlio Guerra (POR DAHP) 11/19 points (223.0 seconds)
nc Ana Paula Marques (POR DAHP) 7/19 points (235.0 seconds)
nc António Amorim (POR DAHP) 6/19 points (241 seconds)

Open Class
1. Juan Pedro Valente (Imperdible) 18/19 points (30.0 seconds)
2. Héctor Lorenzo (Imperdible) 17/19 points (34.5 seconds)
3. José António Tamarit (CC Valencia) 17/19 points (45.0 seconds)
4. Juan Antonio Villena (Valencia-O) 17/19 points (174.5 seconds)
5. Ramon García-Catalan (Imperdible) 17/19 points (270.0 seconds)
6. Santiago Pérez (COMA) 16/19 points (115.0 seconds)
7. Andres Lopez (Montaña Ferrol) 16/19 points (150.0 seconds)
8. Rúben Maeztu Ugarte (CD Navarra) 16/19 points (186.5 seconds)
9. Ana Belén Calvo (UPV-O) 15/19 points (76.0 seconds)
10. Adrián Tamarit (Valencia-O) 15/19 points (109.0 seconds)
nc Nuno Rebelo (POR Ori-Estarreja) 17/19 points (93.0 seconds)
nc Cláudio Tereso (POR ATV) 16/19 points (43.0 seconds)

Complete results and further information at

Joaquim Margarido

Spanish Trail Orienteering Championships 2016: Moments

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Ján Furucz: "More Orienteering, less geometric exercises"

Ján Furucz met Orienteering at the age of 10 and the first years were really successful. But six years later I had to stop, because a heart disease. Now, at the age of 44, he is organizer, director, controller, course setter, map maker... and Trail orienteer.

What do you see in TrailO that makes it so special?

Ján Furucz (J. F.) - The fact that you can practice TrailO almost in every age it's amazing. And it’s not only for recreation, but you can do it, also, at the highest level. If someone ever told me that I would be in the World Championships, I wouldn't believe. TrailO represents what I like in Orienteering the most. The mental challenge and the ability to navigate. The physical aspects are not important. For me TrailO is the best way to do Orienteering.

Can you remember your first steps in TrailO? Was it “love at first sight”?

J. F. - I met TrailO a few years ago and, in the beginning, I thought it was only for disabled people. I could get some detailed information from Tomáš Leštínsky and I found it very interesting. Three years ago, I took part in a multi-day Orienteering competition in the Czech Republic which included also a TrailO competition. I was thinking that my orienteering skills were at a high level so it would be easy to succeed. There was about 40 competitors and the goal was pretty clear: I should reach the top 5. Then, the shock came. I was 5th from the end! I didn’t understand why. I was really surprised. I have a brother whose Orienteering skills are similar or even better than mine (we've been rivals our whole life) and we decided that we would try it together. Our first real competition was in Prague. We studied many TrailO materials before this competition. The first steps are everything but easy when you're a beginner and the Czech colleagues sometimes like more geometric exercises (laughs). After the first competition we've been unhappy, but the second day (in the forest) showed us how real fun TrailO can be. And we loved it!

What are your most valuable skills as a trail-orienteer?

J. F. - The navigational part, imagination, good map reading and fast thinking.

What is the most difficult part in TrailO?

J. F. - Concentration is very important. Sometimes I create lots of imaginary mistakes (typically zeros). I have a big mental problem with geometric exercises, I don’t like to solve problems like sighting lines or vegetation boundary by tree branches.

In your daily routine, what part is TrailO? How do you do for training?

J. F. - I think you're going to be surprised. I don’t train TrailO specifically. I love maps and orienteering is my life. The ideal training is to prepare competitions, design maps, set courses and, of course, compete. Many competitions means many practical experience. There, we discover new techniques, new tricks. My only special training, which I invented, is to drill the English answers for TempO. I just look for the third flag and I know that's Charlie. I train flags from left to the right, from right to the left, from center to the left, from center to the right... I have one funny story from my first World Championships, in Italy. First TempO qualification, first station. The correct answer was the first flag from the right. It was so clear that I immediately said “Foxtrot”. But there was only five flags in front of me (laughs). Sometimes I am training TempO on computer simulators, but there is a problem with the 3D vision. Therefore, I'm looking forward to a reallly orienteering simulator, hopefully developed by our third brother, Peter.

Last season, you achieved an amazing 2nd place in Croatia, in the World Trail Orienteering Championships' TempO competition. Did you expect it? Can you point the key for such a great success?

J. F. - I wasn’t expecting a medal. OK, somewhere in the most secret dream, where everyone turn into a beautiful and wealthy prince, maybe I could find the desire for a medal. I remember well those days. In the Qualification stage I was really unhappy, because the day before I had had so many stupid mistakes in PreO. I was really afraid that I could miss the final, which would be a big disappointment. I was very nervous before the start. In the first station I made one mistake and change tactics immediately. I needed to be faster to recover from the mistake and I was satisfied with my performance. Surprisingly, I took the 9th position, just before Marit Wiksell, which was a wonderful feeling for me. I see Marit and the Finnish competitors in the TempO's Olympus. OK, I was in the Final, set satisfaction. Next day we were the first in the quarantine. We studied the demo map and the very detailed terrain. Personally, I don’t like park terrain and map, I prefer a more detailed terrain with many contours. I don’t have problems with map reading so this was, maybe, one of the reasons for the good result. The Final, in the golf course, was difficult (specially the 2nd station) but really nice. The 15 minutes after finishing have been terrible for me but finally I could taste the silver medal, a perfect, amazing, unbelievable feeling. And what about the tactics? Very easy. Of course, the best is the one without mistakes and the fastest. But TempO’s Olympus is not for us, our tactics are different. I have my own rule: Be able to solve problems in 30 seconds or simply forget. A couple of mistakes are acceptable, but speed is essential. This is TempO. Being slowly, even without mistakes, you won't get a victory.
How do you feel about your 34th place in PreO?

J. F. - It was a tragedy. Me and my brother specialized to different disciplines. I have rather PreO and he likes TempO. But, when things count, we are more stressed in our favorite disciplines. The pressure of being in the World Championships is enormous and not always easy to manage.

What general ideas do you keep from the competition overall, both technically and organizational?

J. F. - In my opinion, TrailO is a random competition sometimes. Not everyone finds the correct answer by logical reasoning. Of course, this primarily depends on the Course setter. TrailO is inflexible sometimes. I liked the Relay model which could be applied to individuals. The combination between PreO and TempO is very interesting. And I would suggest the Sprint PreO, with half of the regular time limit. Or why not zeros in timed controls? It would turn things more difficult.

Please tell me about Orienteering in Slovakia and, particularly, about TrailO.

J. F. - Slovakia is a small orienteering country. We have about 200-300 registered orienteers. In TrailO we are beginners. For the first time we're trying to join a few TrailO competitions together with Foot orienteering events. We are teaching about TrailO. Many myths, many untruths. It's not an easy way for us.

Is TrailO improving in the best way? How do you see the present moment of the discipline?

J. F. - I do not know. We are only beginners, we are doing it just a little over two years but our opinion could be interesting. Basically, we need to be closer to the classic orienteering competitors. Course settings is very important. My motto is: “More orienteering, less geometric exercises.” No special TrailO techniques, no half-meter Zeros, no sighting lines, no bearing, no measuring, … . Just read the map and terrain. The compass should be used only for right orientation of the map. We should solve only terrain details, contours, … . This is the right thing for classic orienteering competitors. I also defend more generalization to maps. Absolutely accurate maps aren't good for orienteering, it turns things very easy for all. Less time and more stress to PreO. I love PreO because I am building symbiosis with the map, terrain and course. On the other side, dynamics of TempO is amazing. TempO is extreme focus on speed and understanding. The TempO is super, but the competition time is short. A very special problem is the definition of PARA competitors. My (extreme) opinion is that PARA category should be cancelled. The basic idea is still the integration for TrailO. We want to merge, don’t divide these two worlds (OPEN and PARA). Maybe giving them more time and not another category. Different adding time for disabled by disability level. It is my (maybe extreme) opinion, but is better than current status (walking vs wheelchair competitors).

What would you do for getting some more participation and media attention?

J. F. - It's a difficult question. Where to find more competitors? We can look to another orienteering disciplines, but we should be closer to them. More orienteering, less geometric exercises... And don’t doing some isolated races, but combined with the organizers of other disciplines. We are the discipline which integrates disabled with non disabled competitors. This is amazing. Many organizations are focused on helping disabled people, so why don't we focus on it, too. I think we have large reserves from the IOF to individual federations. And maybe that's the way to get media attention. Let us try bring PARA TrailO to the Paralympics. Why not?

Next May, you'll host the European Cup in Trail Orienteering's 2nd round. What kind of event can we expect?

J. F. - We have two major goals. The first, we want to show that TrailO is for everyone, not just for Trail orienteers. “More orienteering, less geometric exercises”, this is our goal. We have selected two different types of terrain. PreO is around the castle Červený Kameň, with a mixture of land form and point objects. Not only TrailO competition, but together with two Foot orienteering competitions. TempO is the classic sandy terrain (flat terrain with a lot of details) on Záhorie (Borský Mikuláš). About the second major goal, we want to show quickly and online results, both in PreO and TempO. For PreO we will use SportIdent and for TempO will use tablets (with Ant software).

How is it going to be your season? What goals did you set, both for European and World Championships?

J. F. - It is difficult to talk about goals for the European Championship, since I spent much time and energy preparing the European Cup. So, the European Championships will be just a way to relax after ECTO. My personal goals are situated around the 15th place. Especially we look forward on the Relay event where we have high hopes. But my personal highlight of the season is the World Championships in Sweden. My dream is orienteering in Nordic terrain. Last year, we visited Sweden (the first time in my life) within the Nordic match and I think it was an important step for the understanding of maps and course setter techniques. The 15th place would be awesome. And the Relay, of course, which we look forward and secretly hoping for a good result.

In the start of a new TrailO season, I ask you a wish to all orienteers and trail-orienteers in particular.

J. F. - I would like to wish everyone good health. I would like to invite all orienteers to try any TrailO competition, exploring the beauties and difficulties of this discipline. What I would like to wish to TrailO orienteers? Let's us be more, let’s have more quality competitions. Let’s be more orienteering and less geometric exercises. I look forward to see you also in Slovakia ECTO 2016 and, two years later, in the ETOC 2018.

Joaquim Margarido

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spanish Orienteering Championships CEO 2016: Three titles to António Martinez and Anna Serrallonga

With victories of Andreu Blanés and Anna Serrallonga in the Middle Distance stage, came to an end another edition of the Spanish Orienteering Championships. As in 2015, Antonio Martinez and Anna Serrallonga were the two brightest stars of the Championships.

Pontevedra, in the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, hosted the Spanish Orienteering Championships CEO 2016, which took place along the Easter's holidays. Coming from all over Spain - and also from Portugal, Finland, Sweden and Lithuania -, more than 1300 competitors were able to enjoy demanding terrains and challenging courses, but also the availability and welcoming of an extraordinary organization, signed by the Club AROMON, hardly working for high level Championships, despite the harsh rainy weather along the weekend.

Fulfilling the first day's program, the Long Distance stage had in Antonio Martínez (Colivenc) the big winner, with a time of 1:18:25. With a less good performance, Andreu Blanes (Colivenc) would stay out of the podium, unable to defend his title. So, Martinez's big opponent would be Eduardo Gil (Tjalve), losing the title by two seconds. In the Women Elite class, Anna Serralonga (Go-Xtrem) took the Long Distance title for the second year in a row, with the exact time of one hour, and a comfortable lead of 4:43 over the second classified, Ona Ràfols (COC).

Relay, Sprint and Middle

Always spectacular, the Relay and the Sprint courses called the attentions on the second day of the Championships. Particularly tasty, the Men Relay title was achieved for the fourth time in a row by the representatives of the Valencian Community (Roger Casal, Andreu Blanes and Antonio Martinez) against the Catalonia Community's team, with Marc Serralonga, Biel Ràfols and Pau Llorens. The Catalans were stronger in the Senior class, with Ona Ràfols, Amparo Gil and Anna Serralonga imposing themselves to the Valencians Violeta Feliciano, Alicia Gil and Esther Gil by 59 seconds of difference, thus recovering the title lost in 2015. Taking advantage of the excellent conditions in the Pontevedra's Historic Centre, the Sprint would have in Antonio Martinez and Ona Ràfols the great winners. With Blanés being second placed, Martinez repeated the triumph of the last year in the distance, achieving his third consecutive title in these Championships. Ona Ràfols had a much more complicated task since Violeta Feliciano (Colivenc), finishing second, spent more three seconds than the winner.

On the last day of the Championships took place the Middle Distance course in in which Antonio Martinez and Anna Serrallonga started as national titles' defenders. In the women's sector, Serrallonga was once again at her best, winning comfortably in 31:08 against 33:19 from Ona Ràfols. In the Men Elite Class, Antonio Martinez was unable to do better than the 4th place, letting out the triumph for Andreu Blanes, with Eduardo Gil finishing once more in the second position. Still some words to those who leaved from Pontevedra with all the three individual medals in their luggage: Gustav Wirén (Malarruta) in the M14 class, Raúl Sanjuán (Colivenc) in the M16 class and Jesús de Miguel Rey (Navaleno-O) in the M65 class. Along with Alvaro García and David De Miguel Armisén, Raúl Sanjuán was also the winner in the Men Cadets Relay.

Complete results and further information at

Joaquim Margarido

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Trail Orienteering: The first steps in Brazil

Trail Orienteering has taken another important step towards its establishment in Brazil. Under the motto “Trail Orienteering is the sport where different are equal” the 1st MB/ADAAN TrailO Cup, which brought together a total of 75 competitors, has taken place in Rio de Janeiro. The event was organised by the Admiral Adalberto Nunes Sports Association (ADAAN) along with the Rio de Janeiro Orienteering Federation and took place at the Admiral Adalberto Nunes Physical Education Centre (CEFAN). The competition was open to all, regardless of age, gender or physical ability – so people with less mobility and lower physical strength could compete on equal terms with everyone else. Key leader of the initiative, Cmdt. Rubens Igreja, says that “the organisation of this event is part of a project aiming to develop Trail Orienteering within the Armed Forces and by extension to the civil environment, providing for the social integration of a specific population. Thus promoting the development of Trail Orienteering is a way of promoting social inclusion, health and leisure, according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Sports in Brazil. In a broader sense, it promotes actions of social integration, environmental awareness and healthy sport and leisure practices.”

The support of CEFAN, which offered its facilities and infrastructure, was crucial to enable the event to take place. Distributed by Paralympic and Open Classes, the competitor group proved to be quite mixed, with some experienced orienteers and also a significant participation of athletes who didn’t know the sport and were having their first contact with Orienteering in this competition. The competition was attended by representatives of the Niteroiense Association of Physically Handicapped (ANDEF), which organises activities in health, education, social welfare, community sports and training prominent Paralympic athletes at national and international level, and representatives of the Association of support for people with disabilities in the West Zone (ADEZO), where the work is aimed at the professional training and inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour market, and their social development.

With the ethos of equality to the fore, the competition was marked by a fraternal atmosphere. In the Paralympic Class the contest was particularly tight between Eloi Mandarino and Mara Davila Oliveira, finishing with a tie in the number of correct answers (8 out of 10 possible). Mara was the fastest on the timed controls, but the penalty for an incorrect answer turned Eloi into the big winner. As for the Open Class, there was an absolute tie for first place between Fabricio Zorzanelli and Geraldo Luciano dos Santos.

The competitors didn’t hold back in their kind words to the organisers and were excited about the next steps. The Paralympic athletes expressed their intention to move forward with the founding of a club having Trail orienteering in their flag. The participation of Physical Education teachers from Rio de Janeiro and Paraná was also very important with regard to the presentation of this discipline at schools, and meanwhile the news came that the Brazilian Orienteering Confederation intends to include a ‘taster course’ of Trail Orienteering during the Brazilian Championships.

Cmdt. Igreja’s last words show commitment and ambition: “Organising a competition of this nature is not simple, requiring planning and hard work before, during and after the event. Bearing in mind the experience of our team, we are satisfied with the final result. The Orienteering team MB/ADAAN is aware that it still needs to learn a lot, but is always ambitious. We organised the MB/ADAAN MTBO Cup that is already going for its 4th edition and now dared to organise the 1st MB/ADAAN Trail Orienteering Cup. And in the course of this year there will be even more!”

[Text: Joaquim Margarido. Photo: Ricardo Lorençato. See the original article on IOF Newsletter's last issue at Published with permission from the International Orienteering Federation]

Friday, March 25, 2016

Two or three things I know about it...

1. By these days, Göreme is hosting the Cappadocia MTBO Cup, an event that attracts to that region of Turkey more than 100 athletes from 10 different nationalities. The competition started yesterday with the Mixed Sprint Relay, which follows, in a few hours, the Long Distance. In the second half of the event we'll have the Middle Distance and the Sprint, respectively next Saturday and Sunday. With the last two stages scoring for the IOF World Ranking, the event registers 61 athletes in the Elite classes, among which we can see renowned names such as the Austrian Kevin Haselsberger, Andreas Waldmann, Sonja Zinkl or Michaela Gigon and the Swiss Beat Schaffner , Beat Oklé, Maja Rothweiler or Christine Schaffner. This event is also included in the World Masters Series, with the Middle Distance and the Long Distance stages scoring for the respective ranking. More details at

2. Are we on the road to the Winter Olympics? Yes, definitely! For the first time ever, Ski Orienteering will be included in the program of the Winter Universiade. As a pre-competition to the Universiade, the World Ski Orienteering Championships will be held in Krasnoyarsk March 5-13, 2017, the same where, two years later, will take place, the Winter Universiade 2019. Two weeks ago, the IOF Event Adviser team - Event Director Alexander Bliznevsky, Assistant Event Director Sergey Khudik, Assistant Event Adviser Markku Vauhkonen (FIN), Event Secretary Anna Khudik, Senior Event Adviser Sild Sixten (EST), TV-producer Karel Jonak (CZE) and National Controller Arkadiy Vedin – visited Krasnoyarsk and several working meetings were held with representatives from the Russian Orienteering Federation, the Winter Universiades Directorate, the WSOC 2017 Organizing Committee and TV-production team. As a result of the visit a WSOC 2017 TV production plan was elaborated, the final program of the WSOC 2017 was confirmed and Bulletin 2 prepared. Ski Orienteering aims for inclusion to the Winter Olympic Games and the Winter Universiade 2019 corresponds to a giant step towards such big goal. Ski Orienteering is already in the permanent program of the World Military Winter Games and is now joining the FISU Winter Universiade sports, two of the largest winter sports events in the world besides the Winter Olympics.

3. It is less than 50 days until World Orienteering Day, and there is a lot of activity going on around the world, with many schools and clubs in the process of planning their activities for World Orienteering Day. The brand new World Orienteering Day Website is now live and can be seen at It will be the central hub for the project, where participants can register their activities, upload maps, download promotional material and material for their events, and much more. The latest WOD Newsletter is just being published and it’s full of information and inspiration. Read it [HERE] to find out more about how to use the website and what materials are available, and to see what other people are getting up to on May 11th. In the meanwhile, the Portuguese Orienteering Federation has been encouraging the clubs in order to join the initiative, but only the Clube Orientação Viseu - Natura has made public its intention to organize an event on World Orientation Day so far. Along with the Centro de Deficientes de Santo Estevão, the COV - Natura will organize an Adapted Orienteering course, a discipline particularly directed to a population with mental intellectual disability.

4. After the major international events of January and February, Abrantes hosted the Orienteering's come back. Organized by the Clube de Orientação e Aventura, the Ribatejo Interior Trophy called to Abrantes, right in the center of the country, a set of 324 athletes for two Middle Distance courses, both scoring for the Portuguese Orienteering Cup Vitalis 2016, and also a Night Sprint course and a TempO event. In the Men Elite class, victories divided up by Tiago Romão (GafanhOri), Manuel Horta (GafanhOri) and Marco Póvoa (ADFA), the last one in the Sprint. As for the Women Elite class, triumphs for Mariana Moreira (CPOC), Carolina Delgado (GD4C) and, in the Sprint, Liliana Oliveira (GD4C). Overall, the victory would belong to Manuel Horta and Liliana Oliveira. As for the TempO event, the victory fell to Edgar Domingues (COC). Everything to check at

Joaquim Margarido

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Davide Machado and WMTBOC 2016: “I will run searching for a dream!”

Six years ago, the Portuguese Davide Machado called attention to himself by taking 7th place in the WMTBOC 2010 Long Distance race, held in Montalegre, Portugal. This was the first major international competition of his career: an unforgettable experience and from which the athlete recalls “the unexpected results, the fantastic atmosphere within the Portuguese team and all aspects of the event.” In addition to the strong motivation towards building a successful racing career, his achievements eventually opened the doors to higher competition status, which meant inclusion in the Lisbon Training Centre to help his development as an athlete. But also “these results, and the conditions that I have been provided with, allowed the continuation and completion of my academic studies,” he says.

- When you look back, what are the differences that separate the Davide of 2010 from the Davide of 2016?

The Davide of 2016 is a more “grown up” and fulfilled athlete, with stronger personal goals and other priorities. Oh … and more white hair!” (laughs)

- And what similarities persist?

The same dreams, the same determination, the same convictions!”

In 2016 the WMTBOC is back in Portugal. Anticipating what will be the highlight of the season, many foreign athletes have trained and competed in Portugal during the early part of March, taking part in the two stages of the 2016 Bairrada O ‘Meeting MTBO event, both of which score for the IOF MTBO World Ranking. Somewhat surprisingly Davide Machado ended up being the big winner, in the presence of star names such as Luca Dallavalle, Jussi Laurila and Baptiste Fuchs. A victory in an event that he was about to skip, as he tells us: “The challenge was deciding to participate in this event, after two weeks marked by having to train and with a little inflammation in my knee.” Davide was eventually convinced, and saw his decision thoroughly justified. Looking back at the two stages of the BOM MTBO event, Davide says that “the biggest challenges were the map reading after a few months of absence, and the difficulty of progression in muddy terrain because of the heavy rain in the days beforehand.”

It can be said that there is already great anticipation for the World Championships,” said Davide Machado, referring to the festive atmosphere that could already be felt in the Bairrada region, which will host the World Championships at the end of July. A region that Davide classifies as “having great potential for the practice of this discipline and that fulfils two fundamental requirements: terrain that is technically difficult and physically demanding.” Among the great attributes of the Bairrada region, Davide lists “the many good maps with large networks of paths, and the physical difficulty due to the unevenness.” And, of course, the good hospitality, gastronomy and beauty of the region, “all of these conditions for a championships of excellence,” in the athlete’s words.

Four months before the event, Davide Machado’s recent success is giving great joy to the Portuguese and, of course, to himself. “Six years after Montalegre, I am a more experienced athlete, more determined. I have dreams, of course, but I also have my feet firmly on the ground. I know my skills, but time has shown me enough to know that everything can change from one moment to another. However, I will be in the Championships as I ever am, sure that I will give my best and I will run searching for a dream!”

[Text and photo: Joaquim Margarido. See the original article on IOF Newsletter's last issue at Published with permission from the International Orienteering Federation]

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spanish Orienteering Championships CEO 2016: Step by Step

The Spanish Orienteering Championships is approaching and Pontevedra is the city chosen to host the big event. More than 1.300 athletes entered for the event, fighting for the national titles in Sprint, Middle Distance, Long Distance, Relay and Trail orienteering.

Known for its natural potential and strong commitment to the sport, Pontevedra opens once again its doors to Orienteering, this time hosting the Spanish National Championships CEO 2016. Major Orienteering event, traditionally held in Easter holidays, this edition is organized by AROMON - Club Montañeiros de Pontevedra - A Roelo, attracting more than 1.300 athletes from Spain, Portugal, Finland, Sweden and Lithuania

After the Model Event scheduled for today, the official competition starts tomorrow morning with the Long Distance race on the Moscoso-Xunqueiras map and the Trail orienteering course, on Lake Castiñeiras, during the afternoon. On 26th March will take place the Relay with Mass Start at 9:30, on Acibal. and at 4:00 pm it will be time for the Sprint in the historic center of Pontevedra. The Middle Distance at Siradella, on Sunday 27th March from 9:15 am, will put an ending in the competition program.

CEO 2016 detailed program

24th March 2016 (day 0 - Thursday)
11:00 Event Center opens for runners reception and bib numbers delivery in the CASA CONSISTORIAL (Praza de España)
12:00 Model Event Starts – ‘Lagoa de Castiñeiras’ map
20:00 Model Event Finishes
22:00 Event Center closes

25th March 2016 (day 1 – Friday)
8:00 Competition Center Opens – ‘Moscoso-Xunqueiras’ map
9:00 Start time for first runners – Long Distance.
14:00 Finish line closes
14:00 Last changes on the Relays teams. The SportIdent team on the Competition Center will arrange these. Please note that it will not be possible to enroll new teams
14:00 Competition Center Opens – ‘Lagoa de Castiñeiras’ map
14:30 Awards ceremony for Long Distance in ‘Praza dos Concello’ of ‘Pazos de Borbén’
14:30 Start time for first runners – Trail- O

26th March 2016 (day 2 – Saturday)
8:00 Competition Center Opens – ‘Acibal’ map
9:00 Brief relay explanation
9:30 First relay runners mass start
12:00 Third relay and idle runners mass start
13:30 Finish line closes
15:00 Competition Center Opens – ‘Pontevedra city' map
15:45 Sprint quarantine closes
16:00 First Sprint runners start
18:30 Finish line closes
19:30 Awards ceremony for Relays, Sprint and Trail-O at the main theater (C/Paio Gómez Chariño, 6)

27th March (day 3 – Sunday)
8:30 Competition Center Opens – ‘Siradella’ map (O Grove)
9:15 Start time for first runners – Medium Distance
13:00 Finish line closes 13:30 Awards ceremony for Medium Distance, Autonomous Communities and PONTEaORIENTAR trophy at the Medium Distance Event Center (O Grove)
14:00 CEO 2016 closes

Note: All timings are in local time (GMT timezone).


The entries closed with the participants slightly exceeding the number of 3.000. Among the big names on this CEO 2016, there are all the Champions from last year, defending their titles in Pontevedra. We are talking about Andreu Blanés (Long Distance), Antonio Martinez Pérez (Middle Distance and Sprint), Anna Serralonga (Long Distance and Middle Distance) and Marina Garcia Castro (Sprint). Eduardo Gil Marcos, Pau Llorens Caellas, Marc Serralonga, Ona Rafols Perramón, Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan, Esther Gil i Brotóns, Alicia Cobo Caballero and Carmen Patiño Deniz are also athletes able of the best in this Championships. 

Portugal will be present with some important athletes in the Men and Women Elite class, as Carolina Delgado, João Mega Figueiredo, Tiago Romão or Tiago Gingão Leal. There will be present, also, athletes from Finland, Sweden and Lithuania.

Terrain and useful information

Long Distance

Map: Moscoso
Mapmaker: Tito García and Chema Mediavilla
Map scale: 1:15 000
Contour interval: 5m
IOF Adviser: José Samper
This is a map of mixed terrain, with great presence of typical Galician Atlantic forest: mixture of oaks, pines and eucalyptus. It also has open areas and a semi-urban area of a village. The creeping vegetation is present in various parts of the forest. Low areas have abundant water. Slope accused in most of the map.

Middle Distance

Map: Siradella (2015)

Mapmaker: Iván Mera
Map scale: 1:10 000
Contour interval: 5m
IOF Adviser: José Samper
Sandy pine field, which combines open or semi-open areas and very fast race with steep slopes and the presence of rocky elements. Fast but physically demanding race.


Map: Pontevedra (2015)
Mapmaker: Manuel Varela Rivera
Map scale: 1:5 000
Contour interval: 5m
IOF Adviser: José Samper
Race through the historic town of Pontevedra, labyrinth gently sloping area. Many cobblestone streets with arcades, galleries, stairs, etc. Very fast race.


Map: Acibal (2015)
Mapmaker: Manuel Varela Rivera
Map scale: 1:10 000
Contour interval: 5m
IOF Adviser: José Samper

It is an area that combines open spaces with pine and eucalyptus slopes of different density, presence of swamps and small streams, localized areas of thick vegetation. Slightly hilly, predominantly flat. Quick Race, in general.

Trail orienteering

Map: Lago Castiñeiras
Mapmaker: Javier Arufe and Natalia Pedre
Course setter: Toño Hernández
Map scale: 1:5 000
Contour interval: 5m
Event Adviser: Joaquim Margarido

This is a map of mixed terrain, with great presence of typical Galician Atlantic forest: a mixture of oaks, pines and eucalyptus. In the central area there is a small lake surrounded by accessible roads, paths and local roads. It also has open areas or semirocky spurs. The creeping vegetation is present in various parts of the forest. The low areas have abundant water. Slope accused in most of the map.

Organization Team

Organizer: Club Montañeiros de Pontevedra-A Roelo (AROMON)
Event Director: Javier Alvelo Fraguela
Technical Director: Ángel Álvarez Serto
Promotion and institutional relations: Manuel Beloso García
Logistics manager: Antonio Domínguez Portas
For further information, please visit the Event's website, at

Joaquim Margarido

Monday, March 21, 2016

Ribatejo Interior Cup: Edgar Domingues wins TempO stage

Joining fast decision and sure in the answer, Edgar Domingues was the big winner of the Ribatejo Interior Cup's TempO stage, which took place in Abrantes. João Pedro Valente and Inês Domingues completed the podium.

Took place in Abrantes, on Saturday afternoon, the second stage of the Portuguese Trail Orienteering League Invacare 2016. Part of the Ribatejo Interior Cup and organized by the Clube de Orientação e Aventura, it was a TempO event planned by José Oliveira and having in Luís Gonçalves the National Controller. The event's organization could count on the support of volunteers from several clubs, facing the organizational tasks of a really demanding event.

Distributed for five timed stations with five challenges each, the event visited specific parts of the S. Lourenço Urban Park, a natural peaceful space within the city limits, with a total area of 14 hectares. To meet the most challenging situations, the problems has been diversify and also becoming more complex from station to station, as shown by the results achieved in the last stations compared with the initial part. To the intensity and demanding of a course of this nature replied Edgar Domingues (COC) with a performance of superior quality, managing to correctly answer 23 of the 25 challenges (interestingly, the two failures were seen in the first two stations) and making the time of 217 seconds overall. With this result, the athlete not only take the Portuguese League ranking's leadership as stamp his passport to the Czech Republic where, in late May, will take place the European Trail orienteering Championships ETOC 2016.

Winner of the opening stage of the Portuguese Trail Orienteering League Invacare 2016, João Pedro Valente (CPOC) was the second placed with a responding time pretty close from Edgar Domingues but with two more errors, which put him at a distance of 68.5 seconds to the winner in the final accounts. National Champion in TempO currently and 7th placed in this discipline in the last World Trail orienteering Championships, in Croatia, Inês Domingues (COC) had to settle with the third place, adding to 200,5 seconds in the five stations overall - even faster than Edgar (!) -, “large” two and a half minutes corresponding to five incorrect answers. The Portuguese Trail Orienteering League Invacare 2016 continues next Friday in Pontevedra, Spain, with its third stage during the Spanish Orienteering Championships.


1. Edgar Domingues (COC) 277 seconds
2. João Pedro Valente (CPOC) 345,5 seconds
3. Inês Domingues (COC) 350,5 seconds
4. Héctor Lorenzo (El Imperdible) 459 seconds
5. Jorge Baltazar (GDU Azoia) 463 seconds
6. Cláudio Tereso (ATV) 484 seconds
7. Nuno Pires (Ori-Estarreja) 521 seconds
8. Ricardo Pinto (DAHP) 550,5 seconds
9. Carlos Monteiro (COC) 630,5 seconds
10. Ana Belen Pérez (El Imperdible) 631 seconds

Joaquim Margarido

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Danish Spring 2016: Bobach, Kowalski, Bakkman, Teini and... Alm!

Søren Bobach, Wojciech Kowalski and Fredrik Bakkman shared victories in the Danish Spring 2016, in the Men Elite class. As for the Women Elite class, Maja Alm got the winning in the Sprint and Middle Distance stages, while Marika Teini was first in the Long Distance, ending the best way a great orienteering journey.

A challenging Long Distance hold this morning put an end to the Danish Spring 2016, Foot orienteering event that called to the Danish region of North Zealand more than 600 athletes from 18 different countries. Organized by OK Øst Birkerød and HSOK, the event took pace in Elsinore and Gribskov, offering, along a weekend of excellent Orienteering, three stages scoring for the IOF World Ranking.

The Danish Spring 2016 kicks off with the Sprint stage in Elsinore, in which the Danish Søren Bobach (OK Pan Århus) and Maja Alm (OK H.T.F) were the big winners. The fight for victory in the Men Elite class was quite hard, with the first eight positions separated by 13 seconds. Former World Champion in Sprint (Italy, 2014), Bobach was faster than anyone else, getting the first place in 15:51, against 15:56 and 15:57 from Tue Lassen (Faaborg OK) and Mikko Patana (Hildenkiertajat), respectively second and third. In the Women Elite class, Maja Alm was first with the time of 15:09, against 15:32 of Anne Narhi (Finnish OF) and 15:42 of Cecilie Friberg Klysner (FIF Hillerød Orienteering). The day after, Maja Alm was once more the fastest, winning the Middle Distance stage in 34:36. Confirming the excellent results during the winter season, the Finnish Marika Teini (SK Pohjantahti) was second placed, only 6 seconds after Alm, with Anne Narhi taking the third position with the time of 37:01. In the Men Elite Class, the Polish Wojciech Kowalski (IL Tyrving Orientering) got the podium's top place, with a lead of 37:13 against 37:27 of the Swedish Johan Runesson (Göteborg Majorna OK), second. Søren Bobach, with more 1:31 than Kowalski, was third.

Ending the Danish Spring 2016, the Long Distance stage saw three Swedish in the leading positions in the Men Elite class, with Fredrik Bakkman (IFK Lidingö) being first with 1:27:44, after a really close fight with Johan Runesson, second placed with just more three seconds. Anton Johansson (OK Orion) registered the time of 1:28:56 and took the third place. In the Women Elite class, Marika Teini and Maja Alm changed positions in relation to the Middle stage, with the Finnish being now first with 1:09:07, against 1:10:34 from the Danish. Miia Nittynen (Koovee) was third. In the Women Junior class, Josefine Lind (OK GORM) performed amazingly and took the victory in all three stages, having in Amanda Falck Weber (Tisvilde Hegn OK) a combative opponent and a “persistent” second placed. In the Men Junior class, Kasper Fosser (Heming Orienterng) was also a strong winner, imposing to the concurrence by large margins in the Middle Distance and Long Distance stages and taking his 6th Danish Spring victory in a row!

Complete results and further information at

[Photo: Danish Spring 2016 /]

Joaquim Margarido

Danish Spring 2016: Maps

Joaquim Margarido

Portuguese Adapted Orienteering League 2016: Triumphs of Oliveira and Silva in the first stage

Domingos Oliveira and Liliana Silva, were the big winners of Barcelos City Race's Orienteering Adapted course. In the beginning of a new season, both athletes from Clube Gaia took comfortable winnings over João Encarnação and Jéssica Mendes Ferreira, in the second position.

The Portuguese Adapted Orienteering League is back for a new season. Appeared in Portugal in the autumn of 2011 and pretending to be seen as a discipline of Orienteering giving priority to specific groups - where intellectual disability and children in preschool are included -, the Adapted Orienteering has been strongly supported by the Portuguese Orienteering Federation, the National Sports Association for the Intellectual Disability, the Portuguese Federation of Sport for Disability and several orienteering clubs.

The new edition's first stage took place in Barcelos and was included in the Barcelos City Race. Organized by the Amigos da Montanha Association and the Grupo Desportivo dos Quatro Caminhos, the event registered the presence of 62 participants, 25 in the competition and the rest in the Adapted Activity, a non-competitive course held in groups and with a recreational goal. Repeating the result of the last stage of the Portuguese League 2015, Domingos Oliveira (Clube Gaia) was the faster in the 9 athletes group who scored a 10/10 points, reaching a really tasty victory in the Men class. With more 2:49 and 3:32 than the winner, João Encarnação and Fábio Coelho, both from Clube Gaia, took the following places on the podium. Winner of the Portuguese League in the last year, Vítor Pereira (Clube Gaia) did one mistake and was 10th placed.

In the Women class, Liliana Silva (Clube Gaia) started in the best way, winning with a score of 10/10 points and the excellent time of 13:56. Also with 10/10 points, but with more 4:18 and 5:38 than the winner, Jéssica Mendes Ferreira and Laura Rocha, both from Cerciespinho, took the second and the third positions, respectively. With a performance below the expected, Paula Santos (Clube Gaia) couldn't confirm her favouritism and finished in the 10th position. The Portuguese Adapted Orienteering League 2015 returns next 17th April with the Vila do Conde City Race.


Men class
1. Domingos Oliveira (Clube Gaia) 10/10 points (09:36)
2. João Encarnação (Clube Gaia) 10/10 points (12:25)
3. Fábio Coelho (Clube Gaia) 10/10 points (13:08)
4. João Faure (Clube Gaia) 10/10 points (13:15)
5. António Fernandes (Cerciespeinho) 10/10 points (15:56)

Women class
1. Liliana Silva (Clube Gaia) 10/10 points (13:56)
2. Jéssica Mendes Ferreira (Cerciespinho) 10/10 points (18:14)
3. Laura Rocha (Cerciespinho) 10/10 points (19:34)
4. Maria Lurdes Amador (Cercivar) 10/10 points (19:44)
5. Tânia Valente (Cercivar) 10/10 points (25:41)

Complete results and further information at

Joaquim Margarido