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).



Participants

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.


Sprint

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.


Relay

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 http://aromon.es/eventos/ori/ceo-2016/

Joaquim Margarido

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