Friday, March 24, 2017

Two or three things I know about it...



1. Ionut Zinca and Andra Cecilia Anghel, both representing CSU Craiova, were the winners of the Olt Cup 2017, the first Foot orienteering competition held in Romania this year. Zinca spent 7:40 to finish off his 1.3 km course, being five second faster than his team mate Blejdea Alexandru. Anghel achieved a comfortable winning in 8:54 against 10:48 from the “veteran” Veronica Minoiu, representing also CSU Craiova. Organised by C.S.Ecosport Rm. Vâlcea, C.S. Aktiv, P.C. Rm. Vâlcea and Romanian Orienteering Federation, the competition took place in early February, in a very special venue: Salina Ocnele Mari, a salt mine located in the heart of Romania, nearly 200 km from Bucharest, the capital. A half kilometer-square salt mine designated to tourism. Salina Ocnele Mari has been compared to a small village, and hosts a restaurant, a cinema, a wine cellar, a coffee shop, some sport areas (handball, volleyball, tennis, mini-football), toilets, showers and changing rooms. The competition was attended by 200 participants, but perhaps most notable was the number of spectators, which was almost 1000. Complete results and further information at http://www.fro.ro/.

2. Richard Y. Ebright (Delaware Valley Orienteering Association) won the 2017 U.S. Trail Orienteering Championships, both in PreO and TempO. Part of the California Orienteering Week, held in Camp Scherman – a Girl Scout camp nestled in the San Jacinto mountains of Southern California -, the Championships were organized by Bay Area Orienteering Club and Los Angeles Orienteering Club, having Clare Durand as Course Setter. With five stations with four tasks each, the TempO Championships were dominated by Richard Y. Ebright, scoring 330 seconds in the end. After a less good start (two wrong answers in the first station), he managed an almost clean race until the end, with an average time of 12 seconds per task. Richard H. Ebright was able to keep close to his son till the last station, but he missed there three out of four tasks, finishing second. Again, a timed station played a key role in the PreO course, in which the young Ebright finished with 15 points after a clean race. Michael Poulsen (Columbia River Orienteering Club) achieved the same number of points, but Ebright was the most accurate in the timed station's three tasks, getting his second gold of the weekend. Detailed information available at http://losangelesorienteering.org/drupal/camp-scherman-national-meet.

3. Danish Spring organizers are looking forward to welcoming up to 1000 runners from more than 20 nations for a vibrant three-day event .The largest starting field for years is coming up and 60 individual athletes have entered Women Elite and 130 in Men Elite (splitting in two classes for Middle and Long). The great starting fields feature athletes like Emily Kemp, Anastasia Denisova and Maja Alm in Women Elite and Tim Robertson - beating Daniel Hubmann at MOC two weeks ago!! - and reigning world champion Olav Lundanes in Men Elite. In Women Junior, the favorites count German Dorothea Müller besides the Danish girl power. And in Men Junior there's last years comet Kasper Fosser, hunted by Carl Bock, Malte Kjær and some other 10 fast guys. The party kicks off today and you can follow it from the arena at Espergærde Gymnasium, on Liveresults Orienteering and facebook - and on TracTrac.com event after the races. Everything to know at http://www.danishspring.dk/.

Joaquim Margarido

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