Sunday, July 03, 2016

5 Days of Spain: The party has already started

Filled of challenging courses and vibrant outcomes, the start of the 4th Pinares International Trophy, this weekend, brought to the first plan the names of Luis Nogueira de la Muela, Andreu Blanes Reig, Esther Gil I Brotons and Andrine Benjaminsen as the big winners of the individual stages, in the Elite classes. Collectively, the focus goes on the Valencian Community and its chubby victory in the Spanish Mixed Sprint Relay Championships.

San Leonardo and Navaleno, in the Province of Soria, hosted the two initial dyas of the 5 Days of Soain / 4th Pinares International Trophy. Fantastic terrains, challenging courses, a festive atmosphere and the excellent weather were the ingredients of a weekend full of good Orienteering that pleased to the more than 1300 competitors assembled to the event.

Scoring for the Spanish Orienteering League 2016, yesterday's Middle Distance had in Luis Nogueira de la Muela (COMA) and the Norwegian Andrine Benjaminsen (Lillomarka OL) two surprising winners. Absent from almost all the Spanish League stages this season, De La Muela got a good victory with the time of 40:49, against 42:04 of the Danish Søren Schwartz (IFK Gøteborg), second placed, and 42:21 of Andreu Blanes Reig (Colivenc), third. In the Women Elite class, the very young Andrine Benjaminsen (Lillomarka OL) reached a good 1:26 win on Esther Gil I Brotóns (Colivenc), finishing with the time of 39:59. Ona Ràfols Perramon was third, 3:23 behind the winner.

Valencians got the gold the Mixed Sprint Relay

The Long Distance race took place today and scored also for the Spanish League. Andreu Blanes Reig was the winner in the Men Elite class, fulfilled his course in 1:42:36. After Andreu, in the second and third positions, classified his team mates, Roger Casal Fernández and the current leader of the Spanish League, Antonio Martínez Perez, with more 2:39 and 4:03 than the winner. Esther Gil I Brotóns got the winning in the Women Elite class with the time of 1:25:52, with the Russian Liudmila Sapronenkova (Smolensk) being second, with more 5:16 than the winner. The Czech Vera Mullerova was third with the time of 1:33:25. The event's big star, Ida Bobach (OK Pan Århus) was 7t on the first stage and mispunched today.

Finally, the Spanish Mixed Sprint Relay Championships 2016 had in the Valencian Community the big winners, with Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan, António Martinez Pérez, Andreu Blanes Reig and Esther Gil I Brotóns achieving a large winning of more than 14 minutes. The winner wasn't a surprise, even knowing who hard Valencia and Catalonia had fight for the victory along the last years in all the Spanish Relay competitions. But this time, Catalonia ran without one of its major pieces, Anna Serralonga Arqués, losing more than thirteen minutes in the first leg and, thus, the possibility to fight for the title. Castilla y Léon got the third position. Took part in the races 102 teams overall.


Stage 1 – Middle Distance

Men Elite
1. Luis Nogueira de la Muela (COMA) 40:49 (+ 00:00)
2. Søren Schwartz (IFK Göteborg) 42:04 (+ 01:15)
3. Andreu Blanes Reig (Colivenc) 42:21 (+ 01:32)
4. Roger Casal Fernández (Colivenc) 42:39 (+ 01:50)
5. Anton Bordiukov (Smolensk) 43:09 (+ 02:20)

Women Elite
1. Andrine Benjaminsen (Lillomarka OL) 39:58 (+ 00:00)
2. Esther Gil I Brotóns (Colivenc) 41:24 (+ 01:26)
3. Ona Ràfols Perramon (COC Barcelona) 43:21 (+ 03:23)
4. Liudmila Sapronenkova (Smolensk) 48:25 (+ 08:27)
5. Vera Mullerova (Amager OK) 49:24 (+ 09:26)

Stage 2 – Long Distance

Men Elite
1. Andreu Blanes Reig (Colivenc) 1:42:36 (+ 00:00)
2. Roger Casal Fernández (Colivenc) 1:45:15 (+ 02:39)
3. Antonio Martínez Pérez (Colivenc) 1:46:39 (+ 04:03)
4. Jari Sillman (OLV Zug) 1:48:06 (+ 05:30)
5. Sørem Schwartz (IFK Göteborg) 1:53:00 (+ 10:24)

Women Elite
1. Esther Gil I Brotóns (Colivenc) 1:25:21 (+ 00:00)
2. Liudmila Sapronenkova (Smolensk) 1:30:39 (+ 05:16)
3. Vera Mullerova (Amager OK) 1:33:25 (+ 08:04)
4. Ona Ràfols Perramon (COC Barcelona) 1:34:29 (+ 09:08)
5. Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan (Colivenc) 1:42:33 (+ 17:12)

Sprint Mixed Relay

1. Valencian Comunity (Violeta Feliciano, António Martinez, Andreu Blanes, Esther Gil) 53:18 (+ 00:00)
2. Catalonia (Mar Serralonga, Biel Ràfols, Pau Llorens, Ona Ràfols) 1:07:24 (+ 14:06)
3. Castilla y Leon (Andrea Herrero, Cosme Sánchez, Diego de Juan, Marina Garcia) 1:10:25 (+ 17:07)
4. Aragon (Jara Garcia, JR Garcia Pardos, Josep Vendrell, Esther Arias) 1:12:01 (+ 18:43)
5. Castilla-La Mancha (Maria Rodriguez, Jesus Rodriguez, Diego Rodriguez, Maria Sanchez) 1:16:08 (+ 22:50)

To see the full results and for further information, please visit the event's webpage at

[Photo: Federación de Orientación de Castilla La Mancha /]

Joaquim Margarido

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