Friday, November 04, 2016

Two or three things I know about it...

1. The Trail World Championships' 6th edition was held in Serra do Gerês, Portugal, and had an orienteer as the great protagonist of the host nation. Tiago Aires, for many the best Portuguese orienteer of all time, finished in the 13th position, contributing decisively to the 5th place of Portugal in the collective standings. On his Facebook page - -, Aires mentions the 29th October as “the most intense day of a lifetime” and speaks about a “bittersweet feeling” at the end, due the way the race was held. The athlete came rolling in the 9th position, less than 3 minutes of the 7th ranked, but some gastric disturbs eventually conditioned him in the last kilometres. “I've done the first 60 km on the rise, from back to front, overtaking some of the great names in the World of Trail, which allowed me to break a mental barrier and realize that, with more experience and better conditions and opportunities, we can aspire to a place on the Trail World Championships' podium in the coming years”, said the Portuguese, adding that it's time to rest now: “I'll be away from the routines and the training discipline after a too long season.” The male winner was the Spanish Luis-Alberto Hernando, while the fastest woman was the French Caroline Chaverot. The complete results of the Trans Peneda Gerês 2016 / IAU Trail World Championships can be found at

2. At a time when the 2016 Spanish Orienteering League is coming to an end, took place last weekend, in Puerto de La Mora, Granada, its penultimate round. The 5th Nazaries Trophy was organized by the Club Veleta de Orientación and had two stages - Middle Distance and Long Distance – in the spectacular enclave of Las Mimbres, and also a vigorous Sprint through the roofs and chimneys of the typical village of Guadix. The event had the participation of approximately 750 competitors and Helen Martinsen FEDO) and Raúl Ferra Murcia (Lorca-O) were the overall winners. Ferra Murcia won the Long Distance stage, leaving the victories in the Middle Distance and Sprint to Rune Nygaard (FEDO) and Borja Vila Sempere (Colivenc), respectively. In the Elite Women, Martinsen won the Long Distance stage while Natalia Gurchenkova (Universidad Alicante) was the winner of the Middle Distance and Sprint races, the only ones attended by her. Elmar Montero Cárceles (Godih) and Maria Prieto del Campo (Malarruta) were the winners in the M/W20 classes, while in the M/W18 classes the triumphs fell to Raúl Sanjuan Juan (Colivenc) and Elena Marti Barclay (Fundi-O) . Complete results and further information at

3. The European University Sports Association and the International Orienteering Federation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the goals of increasing the participation among students of higher education in sport and to provide the best conditions for EUSA sports events. Very popular among university students, Orienteering has been a part of the university sports family at the international level since 1978. EUSA is about to appoint the 1st European Universities Orienteering Championship for 2019 and has already nominated Dusan Vystavel as Technical Delegate for Orienteering. “Orienteering is a sport feasible to any enthusiast (…) and enjoys big popularity among youth because it promotes fellowship, team-work and fortitude. We are happy to become partners with IOF as we share common values and history; and will, undoubtedly, hold great events”, said Adam Roczek, EUSA President, upon the signing of the memorandum. Leho Haldna, IOF’S president, added: “There are many orienteers studying at institutes of higher education who will appreciate the opportunities provided by this cooperation. Being able to combine your studies with the opportunity to participate in high-quality orienteering events, and in the context of the strong social values within student sports, should be very attractive. Our organisations share the same values, and we greatly appreciate the successful cooperation we have with FISU. We believe in an equally successful cooperation with EUSA.” The original article can be seen at

[Photo: Tiago Martins Aires /]

Joaquim Margarido  

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