Friday, June 03, 2016

Two or three things I know about it...



1. One month left to the 4th International Orienteering Trophy Pinares de Soria / 5 Days of Spain, everything is ready to host the event. The magnificent natural environment around Urbión and Cebollera Sierras will receive six competition stages organized by five different clubs: Navaleno-O, CORZO, O-Getafe, Orientabonito and TJALVE. Offering a handful of completely new maps in terrains around 1000 – 1300 meters above the sea level, the program includes two Middle, two Long and two Sprint distances. The 2nd July we'll have the Spanish Mixed Sprint Relay Championships 2016, 2nd-3rd July the Spanish League's seventh stage and 5th-6th July the Spanish League's eighth stage. Mario Vidal Triquell, Rubén Pérez Pérez and Juanma García Crespo sign the maps, while the course setters are Luis Miguel García de Águeda, Per Emion, José Enrique Barcia, Ferrán Santoyo Medina and the very young Eduardo Gil Marcos. Lots of fun in Orienteering dreamland, combined with the hospitality, culture and gastronomic delights of this places and people, are waiting for you. The entries will be received until next Monday, 6th July, at 12 p.m. and you're more than welcome to join the 1300 competitors from 19 countries, entering the races! To know everything about the 4th International Orienteering Trophy Pinares de Soria / 5 Days of Spain, please visit the event's webpage at http://www.5days2016.es/en/.

2. Tove Alexandersson, Sweden and Matthias Kyburz, Switzerland are the clear leaders in this year’s World Cup standings after the European Championships' three counting races. Alexandersson got the Long and Middle gold and has 340 points. Nearest challenger to Alexandersson is Judith Wyder, the World Cup winner overall last year, 43 points behind the Swedish, followed by Maja Alm, Denmark, with 225 points. Matthias Kyburz has enjoyed a flying start to this season’s races with three wins from the five competitions held so far and 364 points overall. His compatriot Daniel Hubmann, last year’s winner overall, has had fluctuating success so far and lies second in the standings, at far 117 points. Next behind him is Gustav Bergman, Sweden, with 233 points. The next World Cup’s round will be held in Strömstad, comprising three stages corresponding to the three WOC individual finals. You may consult the full standings at http://ranking.orienteering.org/WorldCup.

3. After a first successful edition in 2015, the Viseu City Race returned last weekend as part of the Portugal City Race for two days of excellent Orienteering in the home of the Lusitanian Viriato. “Knowing Viseu with a map and run or walk with the help of your head” were the proposals of Viseu Orienteering Club – Natura, the event's organizer. After a warm-up on Saturday, at the Fontelo Forest Park, the Viseu City Race stage took place on Sunday, having been entered by two hundred competitors. Winners of the Portugal City Race's first edition, last year, Tiago Gingão Leal and Ana Carolina Delgado, both from GD4C, showe at the highest level, getting comfortable wins. Gingão Leal got a six minutes win on Rafael Miguel (Ori-Estarreja), with Gil Sousa Pinto (OriMarão) being third. In the Women, Carolina Delgado was ahead 8:05 of her team mate Céu Costa and 9:18 on Zélia Viana (.COM). After four stages, the Spanish Maikel Rodrigues (AROMON) and Carolina Delgado are the Portugal City race's leaders. For detailed information, please visit http://www.cityrace.pt/.

Joaquim Margarido

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