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Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Orienteers at the Frontrunner Off Road Running series

This series set up by Al Cory-Wright, has been happening for several years now. As it is pure off road running the events have typically been dominated by Orienteers. There is 3 events in the series, The first is a race up and down Mt Vernon - A brutal single track up a valley that gets steeper and steeper the closer you get to the top followed by a steep flat out decent that gets steeper and steeper the closer you get to the bottom. I find this one the toughest, there is no let up. The next from Taylors Mistake out to Godley head and back - Fast and flat, small hill at the Godley Head then flat along the top with a steep decent into Taylors Mistake. The final race is in Sumner - Flat hard run to end of the beach then up a steep hill, long hill up followed by a long down hill and a flat long straight at the end. Its no coincidence that Carsten and Marty Lukes have battled it out in the previous years. But this year it was time for some others to take over...

Carsten did himself some damage selling off his rocks on trademe and rendered his back too sore to compete in the series this time....All three events were won by a Temporary visitor from England, Mark Tucket. Tane Cambridge had to play second fiddle to Tucket and ended up a close second in the first two races and third place in the remaining race to take out second overall for the series. Lara Prince was out paced by a very quick triathlete who did very well and would have placed in the top ten in the mens grade. Lara ended up second overall in the women's grade. Tim Farrant screwed the system and managed to compete in the junior grade, completing a clean sweep of all the events to win probably his last Junior event...he even got all the competitors in his grade up for a photo (only thing is he didn't have any one with a camera to take a photo....). Junior Alistair Richardson was also second in the series to another Papo Orienteer Ryan Batin who completed a clean sweep of the under 16 grade. Ryan's Sister Rebecca also came second in the under 16 girls grade.

Full Results

Friday, 18 December 2009

The NZ Great Santa Run

Forgive me for blowing my own trumpet but I am officially the fastest Santa in Christchurch. Just imagine a hot Nor-west day in Christchurch, putting on a 100% polyester Santa Suit and running around Hagley Park. Probably not a wise idea in dodgy Hagley Park on most occasions except... last Wednesday evening! Half of the entry fee went to Cure Kids so it was all in aid of a good cause, and plus we ran past the hospital so all the kids in Hospital got to cheer us on...well so they told us in the briefing...When I ran past in the lead going into the final straight they all had a good laugh!

There was a series of Santa runs all around NZ all co-ordinated to start at the same time. A few orienteering names popped up in the results. The best performed orienteers were those in Christchurch, Myself winning and Tim Farrant coming in third. It was a pretty cool event well worth doing for the extra heat and Sprint training!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

HP Calender

In the spirit of information and keeping things as transparent as possible a High Performance Calender including important events and selection dates has been released by the High Performance Director Carsten Jorgenson. The calender is here, and a link has been added to the links menu on left.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Rotoiti Training

Show day down in Christchurch a month ago was a perfect excuse for a training weekend up in the Nelson Lakes, made all the more exciting by the Nelson OY on the famous Rotoiti Map on the Sunday.

Thursday night we headed up in some nice warm weather, camping in Deer Valley up by the Lewis Pass. Overnight it rained so our plans to cruise around the hills near by was quickly canned and instead we headed straight to St Arnard....where the sun was shining. Lara, myself and Tim had a race up and down Mt Vernon in Christchurch the Wednesday before so we were feeling a bit tired and a lot sore. Anyway we headed up to and unnamed peak which Georgia decided to name for her self on the St Arnard range. Then in some pretty strong wind cruised along the cool knife edge like ridge and down a spur that looked nice and enticing. Turns out there was a trap line down he spur so we smashed it and ourselves going hard down the steep slope pausing only briefly to do some yoga and allow the girls to catch up. Surprisingly only Joe and Myself were keen on getting in the lake at the end. It was a nice relief for my legs after a long run!

Next day it was Lara's mission to destroy us all. We headed up to Mt Robert Ski area and then back via a different track. Tim the hard man of the day decided run an extra 8 or so k's back to the bach (what us Southern South Islanders call a crib!). I took the opportunity to use the lake for some leg therapy once more and got attacked by two huge Swans who flew in to gate crash my little paddle in the water. Then while we all sat around and cooked dinner Lara took Matt out to smash him Mountain Biking in the evening.

So then came the Sunday, the day we were all looking forward too. Rotoiti. Its a special map like none other in NZ. Go fast and your likely to get smashed by girls...which turned out to be true for some of us. Smithson was very smooth and beat us all by a good margin, Matt stuck in there and only just beat that damn adventure racer Nathan Fa'avae...Lara was pretty close behind him and the rest are just not worth the embarrassment of mentioning!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

NZ Orienteers Dominate Goat

Just to clarify that title; the Goat is a mountain running race traversing the 22km of round the mountain track between Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields on Mt Ruapehu. Personally it's about my favourite mtn running race and being quite a rough track and requiring concentration the entire way, the race has proven to be popular with orienteers. Such was the case last weekend when around 490 runners lined up for the start, including over 10 current and former NZ (and adopted NZ) orienteers.

Having run the race last year in near perfect conditions, Rita Homes and I were hugely amused to be called out as 2nd and 3rd seeds respectively in the womens race. Turns out her seeding was well deserved, i still think mine was a bit of a joke...a lot of women from last year can't have been racing this year!

Unfortunately the week prior to the race had seen a fair amount of rain, leaving the single lane track perfect for the front runners to mulch up. I found the track slippery and treacherous in the 1st wave of starters, so i can only imagine how Tessa found it in the 4th wave! Despite my plan to stick with Rita for as much of the race as i could, i somewhat lost my gameface (see below article) in a pile of mud about 3km into the race. Once I found my feet again, i could just see Rita disappearing off into the distance! I spent the rest of the race watching Rebecca Smith's back gradually get further in front of me, and Greta Knarston staying a steady couple of hundred metres behind me.

Meanwhile, somewhere in front of me in the boys race, Tom Reynolds had decided after reading Jamie's version of our profiles that his gameface needed a little bit of work. This was successfully accomplished with a full face plant, landing on rocks (as opposed to the only other option of mud). Must have worked though, Tom one of many impressive results coming from orienteers:


  • 2nd Piret Klade
  • 4th Rita Homes
  • 6th Rebecca Smith
  • 8th Lizzie Ingham (2nd junior)
  • 10th Greta Knarsten (3rd junior)
  • Tessa Ramsden (6th junior)

  • 7th Karl Dravitzki
  • 8th Dennis De Monchy
  • 10th Bryn Davies
  • 11th Tom Reynolds (2nd junior)
  • 24th Jourdan Harvey (7th junior)
Also hard luck to Penzy Dinsdale, who busted both ankles early on in the race.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Forget Fornication

It was only second this year at the World Adventure Racing Champs for the Fornicator, and I love this photo (stolen from Chris and Em's blog) of the man himself having given everything washed up on a strange beach in a strange land.

A belated congrats to the Adventure racers amongst us. Aaron and Brent ensured three out of the top four teams had NZ Osquad members guiding them around!You guys rule the lets just sort out your priorities aye?

Lizzie and Tom

Well they had the opportunity to introduce themselves, but declined to take it so I guess that gives me the opportunity.

Lizzie Ingham

For a long time the most ferocious Tom boy of New Zealand orienteering, far more ferocious than Tom himself, Lizzie has spent 2009 slipping out of adolesence, putting on her party dress and revealing her sense of humour to the elite scene. Indeed her dry wit recently led Darren Ashmore to comment "Lizzie is a crack-up", heady praise indeed from the man that has seen talented, and occasionally funny, young elites come and go over the last twenty years.

The question now is whether Lizzie can enjoy the finer things in life and still put her game face on when required. It is going to take a big effort to keep rivals such as Amber Morrison and Rita Holmes at bay, let alone to edge the more experienced elite women. Key race for Lizzie on 2010 - It has to be the Nationals Classic.

Lizzies game face - photo credit Rob Preston

Tom Reynolds

The most talented junior man since Karl Dravitski, Tom was in danger of falling vicitm to tall popply syndrome at a young age, but has since bulked up and like Ingham lost his game face to some degree. Call it the dangers of a balanced life. In the middle of medical school Tom is one of a cohort of young orienteering professionals coming through the ranks. His career is now likely to peak in 2023 when he finishes his specialist training programme.

In the meantime he has dabbled with adventure racing and now increasingly mountain running. Look forward to interesting and varied reports on outdoor activities from this correspondent.Key race in 2010: Nationals Middle.

The control beeped and Tom was startled - photo Martin Peat

Monday, 30 November 2009

Orienteering Achievement of 2009

It's time to vote for what you think was the greatest orienteering achievement of 2009. Follow the link below to vote for your favourite, and be in the draw for a few prizes.

Somehow The Fornicator was omitted from the list of finalists unfortunately.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Toi's Challenge

James, Greta, Rebecca and I headed out to Toi's Challenge in Whakatane on the Sunday of the MTBO Champs. Toi's is an 18km trail run from Whakatane over to Ohope and back. It is also the first race of the 2009 North Island Mountain Running Triple Crown. We picked up our numbers and discovered Denis de Monchy was also running so a good crew of orienteers in the race. The race has a road bash to begin then the steepest climb up from the center of town. Includes stairs and some steep bits of trail. In my usual style I took off fast. Once on the steps I started drifting backwards and was impressed when Denis passed me to take 6th or 7th place. He was flying up the hill! The trail from here ducks and dives down to a bay, before climbing again after a little rock dodging. As a popped onto Ohope Beach I could see Denis in the distance and set about catching him. James was doing the same behind me. I managed to get past Denis on the next climb and set about finding a good rhythm for my failing legs. Meanwhile James was starting to take splits on the gap between the two of us. It hovered around a minute for the rest of the course. I came in 10th just over 90 mins with James 40 sec back in 12th. Denis held on to 15th about 2mins down on James. Rebecca ran a solid race and was held back at the end by some stitch. Not going to be drinking water before the last hill next time I think. She was a little disappointed to be 6th, but it was a classy field. Ex-mountain biker Annika Smail took the win in a very impressive fashion. Greta was pleased to finish and be alive. After competing in her first two MTBO races yesterday she was on the start pretty tired. Finishing in just over 2 hours was a good start to her month of running races. We're all looking forward to the Kauri Run next week (except James who is running the Kerikeri Half). Would be cool to have heaps of the national squad at the races, would be some very interesting battles.

NZ MTBO Champs 2009

Anyone worth their salt in New Zealand mountain biking knows all about Rotorua. Whaka forest is one of New Zealand's best mountain biking locations. Trails like Corners, Huckleberry Hound, Split Enz or Tahuroto Ariki. A dry day on Rotorua trails is like a day in heaven for me. Saturday was one such dry day. The trails were dry without being dusty and we had a full day of mountain biking to enjoy it. I have neglected MTBO a little of late. An event last month at Rob and Marquita's was the first time I had ridden with a mapboard (not in an adventure race) for quite a while. The nature of the navigation means that it doesn't take too long to get back into it. I was very rusty at the start of the middle but got into in time for the sprint. The Whaka forest map has the added challenge of unidirectional tracks. The caught out a few people leading to big punishment for lapses of concentration. Saturday began with the middle. Starting up past Waipa Mill we had a course with not too much climb but plenty of route choice. In this race one bad route choice wouldn't ruin your race but it would cost you time. I was loving the trails and lifted my pace through the course. The race was looking close at the 3/4 mark with only 20seconds between me and Andrew Bott. The duel to the finish didn't eventuate with Andrew losing time on a a leg with a taped route option that also caught out Jamie. Marquita showed her absolute class and easily rode away with the women's race. Marquita in the middle. I couldn't resist the call of the forest so went and rode some of my favourite trails between the middle and the sprint. The forest was the best i've seen it for ages. The sprint was up near the old haro trail. This area has a really intricate track network, with heaps of junctions and lots of unidirectional portions. It was interesting to note the weaknesses and strengths of various riders. Nick Mead was quick through the singletrack but nav mistakes cost him a good result. Andrew Bott was the same. Jamie was looking good to challenge for the win only to make a mistake on number 8, a control that caught lots of people. I managed to get 8 right and pick the fast routes on the last loop to get a win. It turned out in the sprint that the longer road routes were faster, just too many corners and intersections on the trails to be able to keep enough speed. Marquita once again won, a big margin showing fast bike speed and spot on nav. I didn't race the long on sunday, I was racing Toi's Challenge. Andrew Bott grabbed the win in mens and Marquita made it three from three. Greg doing some sweet skids

Monday, 16 November 2009

Hawkes Bay Training Weekend

Now that I've just about recovered from the stressfest that is the end of the university year, thought it was about time to give Tane a bit of a break and start contributing to the blog again.

So a week ago, the Wellington o-gang ventured up to Hawkes Bay for a weekend of adventure, sun-tanning, training, and in general to make the hb crew jealous of our awesome little training group and amazing skills. Todd Oates, Michael Wood and Jamie Stewart set up some exercises for a fun filled day of training on Smedley on the Saturday. (well, Todd and Jamie set their's on the day, but we'll forgive them so long as they bring amazing food to the next potluck). First up was Jamie's exercise, aiming at reading all the detail on the map, but keeping moving the entire time. After half an hour practically canyoning we got to Jamie's start (we could have taken the road around the gorge but where's the fun in that?) Every control in the exercise was a distinctive tree...on a hill side covered in literally 100's of mapped distinctive trees, and a fair few unmapped! Personally i found the exercis good, although i did hear a few grumbles about the multitude of trees. But reading the contours and other non-arboreal features it was possible to determine when you were at the right tree!

Once everyone had regrouped we progressed onto Todd's exercise, with the aim of being 'smooth'. Having found our way back across the gorge to Todd's start, the exercise then took us in a loop across a spur, and then through a series of controls back across the gorge again! The final leg of the exercise was a meaty route choice, although having been through the gorge a fair few times already, it was apparent that biting the bullet and taking the climb rather than the gorge option was optimal. Undeterred by this, i took up Rita's challenge of trying out the different route choices. This resulted in her beating me to the finish by 10 minutes whilst i tried to bush bash and rock climb my way out of the gorge!

After lunch we moved on to Michael's exercise. going in pairs, the leader would navigate a leg by memory, whilst their partner ran along behind with the map, memorising the next leg. As Michael intended, it was apparent from this just how much faster you can run when you have your route memorised and arent constantly checking the map! A real valuable exercise i thought, even if my legs were shot by the time we did it!

On the Sunday we ran the HBOC OY event on 'the Slump'. A few of us were a little apprehensive of the stroppy cows on this map, given previous experiences, however we all managed to escape unscathed. Despite all feeling rather tired from the full days training the day before, it's fair to say the wellington o-gang dominated the red-long and medium courses. Jamie Stewart and Penny Kane took out the Red Long wins whilst Nick Hann and Laura Robertson showed up the locals, winning Red-Medium.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable weekend, hope there are more to come, and bring on wellington champs next weekend!

(I'll attach a map of the training when i find it...)

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

An attempt at writing something Interesting about TONIC 09...

Its over a week since TONIC...thought maybe some of the North Islanders would be keen to write something up about it...but its exam time and Jamie apparently has a lot less free time these here is a brief attempt by me to give a run down of the weekend.

Friday night, myself, Matt and Lara took the afternoon off work and flew up to Auckland to arrive in time to the Mini-multi-sprint event. Three intense short races in quick succession. First race was trickier than it looked and you were forced to orienteer straight from the word go. No easing our way into it, just blam, control, control control, finish. Next race was Mt Albert itself. Steep, short and a big(?) scale...which caught a few out. The third was probably a more traditional type of sprint race, lots of buildings fast running and quick decisions with a little longer to sort yourself out. Darren dominated winning by 20 seconds over three races, I was second and local boy Gene Beveridge showing out in 3rd place. The women's grade was cleaned up by three speedy juniors, Angela Simpson, Laura Robertson and Kate Morrison in that order.

Then after buying some over priced Albany apples it was off to Woodhill for day two. Middle distance race with no tracks on the map...not sure what the planner was up to here but it wasnt too hard to switch of the tracks in my mind as well as the map. Jamie showed that he still had it in him and finished in second (Smithson was unofficial due to doing the 1st 3 controls of course two before starting...) Darren dominated again and James Bradshaw jumped into the mix. Lara Prince with lots of orienteering under her belt in the previous few weeks showed the North Islanders how to navigate in their there own forest. Lizzie Ingham was second and Rebecca Smith third.

The evening was preceded by a meal at a Muriwai Golf course with some rather stressed and under prepared kitchen staff running around pulling their hair out...what was there tasted good anyway... Then the big race the Halloween special night event. I believe Duncan Morrison was victorious beating Greg Flynn who decided half way through to start taking it seriously...Batman had all the light in the world but lots of trouble seeing through his mask...

Finally the weekend was wrapped up with the Long Distance race in and around the infamous Maze area at Woodhill. A varied course with some interesting sand dune features and some mysterious areas was once again dominated by Darren, Second was James with Myself making up the "best of the rest" in third. The W21E grade was just a complete reverse of the top three from the day before!

Some nice orienteering in a nice area...think I'm starting to get a hang of these sand dunes....or else I'm just beginning to get like everyone in Auckland and Im starting to get to know the area quite well....Stand out performer in the weekend was Gene Beveridge, keeping the current crop of elites on their toes!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Seven kinds of Prickly

Orienteering at Labour Weekend this year was held down in the deep South...and although some of those pansy North Islanders (Mark Lawson excluded!) decided it was too far to come down and had their own crappy OY's in cutty grass filled sand dunes... the 3 awesome events went off without a hitch.

Saturday Afternoon, Otago University/Polytechnic. Fast, Intense urban sprint. Carsten blasted around the course to win the M21E grade, only to be beaten unofficially by the mapper (yours truly....) by 3 seconds. 4th Place getter from JWOC 2008, Anna Forsberg from Sweden took out the women's grade.

After a feast of a few slices of pizza on Saturday night it was off down to Gabriels Gully in the small town of Lawrence. Carsten had finished this map just in time for this event, and the map didnt disappoint. It was a really cool little area except for the massive ammounts of green shit. There was just about every type of green prickly stuff you could think of excluding matagouri, cutty grass and Spaniards. I ran first and got very frustrated blazing a trail through the sticky prickly bush and ended up at the head of the pack a few seconds in front of Matt Scott. Mark Lawson was just a few seconds behind that. Anna again took out the womens grade just ahead of Lara Prince. It was the kind of map that Chris Forne would just eat for breakfast! Very frustrating but very fun...especially when you win!

The end of the good weather came on Monday at Cuttance Block, opposite the airport in Dunedin. The map has recently had an extension and the addition has just made this awesome map ten times better. Carsten was dominant in the wet and steep conditions, with Matt finishing close behind. Anna completed a clean sweep of the weekend beating everyone on course two including the M20 winner by 20 seconds.

Overall an excellent weekend of Orienteering down in the South. Would have been better had there been a good number of elites turn up but obviously it was bad timing with exams for most of the juniors falling in and around the same time of the year....but such is life!



Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Chilling out with the Southerly Storm

Christchurch the home to New Zealand's best orienteer has had a strong group of regular Orienteers, with regular Pack Runs and regular O-Training for many years now.

The Famous Wednesday Night run started out as a women's training run but quickly the boys worked out it was a pretty cool idea and started coming along. Now going for many years are the usuals of Matt and Lara, Myself, Tim Farrant and Georgia. Then there's the extra non orienteers that keep us all real like Calvin and Boyd. Sometimes when the run is from Sign of the Takahe Andy J will bless us with his presence. These runs are really good for the motivation especially in the depths of winter on a dark, cold and wet night.

Then there is the training usually on Thursday nights after work/uni/school/sitting in front of a computer reading orienteering blogs all day long. Jenni keeps us all busy organising us to organise training. Everyone has a turn, and there's lots of variety.

Just lately Carsten has started up regular weekly interval trainings so us Southerly Stormers will start carving it up with our sheer become a dominant force at these Turkey traverse and Sprint the bay events coming up.

Last weekend there was a group of us who braved the cold weather and waded through thigh deep snow to the top of Mt Oxford. The weekend before it was out into the hills on the Port Hills...and this weekend who knows its only Tuesday but Im sure Bloomberg who has found his mojo again will have some ideas.

Recently we held our regular fund-raiser, the Night Nav. Which involved putting controls out, untangling Kaia's kite, handing out maps, gorging on fish and chips, then running again feeling a little quezzy.

Right better get ready for this Rogaine tomorrow, the first of three!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Hangin with the O gang

I have been promising for a while to ramble on about the developing O scene in Wellington, and after another great Monday night run with the dudes I'm feeling inspired, so here goes...

Wellington has always been an elite orienteering backwater. The terrain is average, and there are too many other adventure, and other temptations in the capital city. It has almost rivalled Otago University as a spoiler of talented young orienteers. A place where people go and have careers and do a bit of running.

For some reason though, this year has been different. Its probably numbers. There is the focused troika of young elite women: Sarah Gray, Lizzie Ingham and Tessa Ramsden, who when they are not designing orienteering board games, thinking of new names for our Super Series team or looking at foreign orienteering boys on the internet, plan us training and get us out running. There's Magnus and Lisa, who both hate orienteering with a vengence but keep coming back. There's Todd back from Europe, the Super talented Robinsons, Ramash - NZ's only orienteering Taranaki Bogan of Indian descent, The young guns, Jamie Brigham Watson, and Nick Hahn, Marvellous Mike Wood and the list goes on .... add in a few resurgent or crapped out elites like Bill Edwards, Jason Markham and the Kanewarts and there is almost depth. Bryn and Piret won't know whats hit them when they get back to town this summer.

But what do we do? Well eat mainly, garlic bread and ice cream. The potluck standard needs to be lifted! Next week at Lizzies lift your game people. We run on Mondays, some of us also run on Thursdays with a wider group of rogainers/runners/adventure racers. We plan trainings, and we try to encourage the youth of today. Probably most importantly we get fit. There is nothing better for your motivation as a group, and I am hugely impressed by some of the improvement in many of our groups base endurance in the last six months.

What have we got coming up? Well there is the road trip to TONIC, a seat or two still available at this stage, a training weekend in the Hawkes Bay, 7/8 November, all fit bastards welcome, and then there is Wellington Champs where we will be trying to smash each other into the ground and run a sprint race at the same time! Choice. How about some updates on what else is going on around the country....

Saturday, 10 October 2009

World Masters 2009

Australia is where all the Orienteering is happening at the moment. Schools team is just back, the Aussie nationals was last weekend and this weekend World Masters kicks off. A few NZers (including Irish, Danish and US citizens by origin) are all ready to race this afternoon in the Sprint Qualification.

From Jenni: Carsten is already there and has so far done the Canberra two days, in which he was beaten into second place by Bill Edwards on the first day but managed to have a convincing win on the second day.

In Carsten's words: it was pretty fast terrain - just race along on the compass and after "bom" on the first two controls I got my compass out and it all went well the rest of the way.

Swing dancing proven as beneficial to orienteering performance...

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Canterbury Champs 2009

Been a week since the Canterbury Champs. For me personally it was a weekend of lots of fast running in what turned out to be the wrong direction...The weekend was basically a re-run of the Kairaki/Cragieburn maps at Oceania.

Kairaki beach was really intensely vague sand dunes. The large majority of the elite fields made horrendous mistakes. The map and courses gave little room for error and most were punished accordingly. So Carsten was left to mop up the M21E grade, closely followed by the Sneaky Michael Smithson and Greg Flynn. Georgia Whitla took out the W21E grade, 6mins ahead of Claire Paterson and still running around was a fairly pregnant Jenni Adams in third.

Cragieburn was as cool as it was the first time round. A map that requires a hundred percent concentration 100% of the time. This time round instead of intense heat as for Oceania it was extremely cold (So cold that it threatened to call off this event). The bad weather never eventuated to the extent that was forecast, but none the less there was the odd patch of snow here and there in the higher parts of the map. Jason Markham who mispunched on Day 1 cleaned up the competition, minimising on mistakes and out running all those who dared challenge him. Sneaky Smithson who claimed to be slow, unfit and injured the week before snuck into his second second place, followed by Matt Scott. In the elite womens grade there was not much competition for Georgia and She won by 55mins. Maybe she should have run in the mens grade, cause she would have been close to beating a Junior boy(or boys) who shall remain nameless....for both my safety and their own!

Another solid weekend of Orienteering under the belt, bring on the South Island Champs in 3 weeks time. Will be a big field of internationals at these events as WMOC finishes the weekend beforehand. Entries close on the 9th of October....I think?


Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The Last Cambridge

Nice article in the ODT.Its possible they are saving the best for last.

Aussie schools champs

Looks like our future elites are again dominating the aussies on their own turf. Some impressive results in the Australian schools individual champs yesterday, held near Bendigo, Victoria:

Liam Paterson 3rd Junior Boys

Lauren Turner 4th Junior Girls

Gene Beveridge 3rd Senior Boys

Angela Simpson 1st Senior Girls

Laura Robertson 3rd Senior Girls

Selena Metherell 4th Senior Girls

Sounds like the results were pretty close in the fast open terrain, in particular, Angela took out Senior Girls by 1 second ahead of Belinda Lawford!

full results can now be found on winsplits

NZ are nicely ahead in the southern cross challenge heading into todays relay, on similar terrain.

Monday, 28 September 2009

Compression Socks

Personally I'm a big fan of compression for recovery. I think that for me it makes a difference to my recovery. A couple of months before JWOC my coach suggested that I try out some compression socks to help my lower legs with recovery since I was having trouble with my shins at the time. I cannot speak highly enough of them, I don't know if its placebo or what but I feel like my legs feel fresher after a run with the socks on. I don't race without them now, sure I look like a gimp in knee high white socks, but that's a small price to pay. . I had a wee look to see if there was much research to back this up. I found one paper that found running performance at anaerobic and aerobic thresholds was improved using compression socks. Another paper I found showed a reduction in markers of muscle damage following a series of athletic tests while wearing compression tights. . A remarkably small amount of research about it. I have read some on the AIS website in the past but it hasn't let me in today. I think, be it placebo or not, compression has a place in maximising the performance of runners. I think at orienteering in New Zealand we don't acknowledge the toll that running at speed on uneven ground takes on our legs. For me this is one of my efforts to reduce that damage and hasten recovery.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Beautilful Hills at Auckland Champs

Last weekend we had the Auckland Champs up here. Day 1 and Day 2 were very different. Day 1 started with a loop in the native area North of Inland Road. The middle of the course was flat out with lots of track. The last loop to finish off the course was my favourite. I have scanned it in at the bottom of the post. It was low pine trees, much younger than Spaghetti Soup, with not too much cutty grass. Was quite similar to the green area from the Celebre map. Out of the elites, most of us managed to hash at least one of the native controls, and it was this final loop that made the difference in the end. 16 caught out Jason Markham, who had been leading at that point. 18 caught a few; difficult to get a nice attack point and very easy to drift past it into the broad re entrant beyond. My route through this part of the map aimed to keep my speed high for as much of the leg as possible before using a big feature to prompt me to slow down. It worked pretty well, except on 18 where I lacked a strong feature and slowed it down to micro navigate. The course was definitely not boring, I really liked having to use very different techniques throughout the course. Probably very very different from Canterbury Champs this weekend

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

What the stick guy reckons

What should happen to the WOC relay results? Read what the guy who ran into a stick reckons (for what it is worth I agree - the results should be voided they are meaningless).

Beautiful Hills

The famous Beautiful Hill's got another run in the weekend. First used for the World Cup in 94 this map has seen much glory and even more despair. In the latest edition the star was Thomas Reynolds, showing a clean pair of heels to the field. Check out the map here, and go on people get those routes up on the gadget!


Great post by Ross on his recent training week in Trondheim. Ross and Chris are going to be lethal at WOC next year, who is going to be the 3rd wheel on the relay team?

Monday, 14 September 2009

Ongoing goings on

So all has been quiet on the Western Front as we have been having some internal discussions behind closed doors on the future of High Performance in NZ. Its good to hear some positive opinions/ideas being expressed. It would be good to hear a few more so don't be afraid to have your say, its your National Squad...but I guess it comes down to how much time one wants to use/(waste?) on such matters....

Next weekend the Auckland Champs starts up with only half of Auckland rumoured to be turning up (and me), the following weekend the Schools Team is off to Aussie. The same weekend is the Canterbury Champs on that crazy Cragieburn Map. Then onwards to World Masters, SI champs and Tonic! So its all starting to warm up to a nice little pre-season prior for next years exciting new and rumoured to be improved Super Series!

Also I managed to find myself one of these Job things, so it may be a while before you hear from me again....

Monday, 7 September 2009

World of O - WOC2010

It looks like the focus of the international orienteering community has switched suddenly to Trondheim, and the best elites in the world are now trampling madly over each other to get to grips with this challenging terrain. The World of O has some great coverage and particularly maps...

Sunday, 6 September 2009

World Games Middle

Ages ago one or more people asked me to run through (no pun intended) my experiences and races at world games. So, now that all the excitement's over, and many of you have forgotten that world games ever happened, i've finally got around to writing about my middle race. Thought i'd choose the middle race to put up here as it was, mentally atleast, a better race for me than the sprint, and marginally less of a straight running race than the middle. Actually, the decision was pretty arbitrary...

Being one of the lower ranked competitors in the field, i managed to draw the 4th start in both the middle and sprint. This meant that i was always on the first bus out to the event, not such a great thing in the intense heat...and also not such a great thing as the bus drivers didnt quite know where they were taking us! So my middle experience started with an hour and a half lying under the trees in the prestart as the buses were timed ridiculously early. Having got myself in racing mindframe, proceeded to the start arena. I spent the last minutes before the start scraping mud and clay off the bottom of my shoes as they were clogged up before even starting!

So pick up the map and off down the start chute. immediately see route choice to 1. left choice looks slower so i take middle road to 2nd junction then cut through green stripes and white and through to control. clean, nice. two downers: firstly as firstish start cutting through is bit slower, although already theres a bit of atrack, secondly, didnt see track to right which prob was way faster. still im happy to get no.1 cleanly which has been a problem in the past.

2 is a short leg, up and over. then 3 routechoice, we'd kinda figured they'd give us a routechoice over the zigzag path. looks pretty even to me so i make decision to take the zigzag and just go for it. About this point i realise that despite my careful preperation, i have a song stuck inmy head. and not any old song, but the world games theme tune that was playing over and over at the start...and its in taiwanese so i dont even know what im singing!! anyway... 4. make my way through the little paths, control is sneakily hidden away in the tiers of garden, but i spot it pretty quick :P

out of 4 and i do a double take as i notice a patch of olive green on map right where i am, so i turn around and go round it like a good girl...betting 90% of the field went straight though it... anway pick and weave my way through paths then get shoes soaked from the water logged grass round 5. up the hill to 6, legs starting to feel it from sprint the day before... back the way i came to 7, giving me a little time to read ahead. same with 8.

mistime my jump coming out of 8 and run straight into fence, right infront of a roaming patrol of policemen, they laugh, i hurt. straight through to 9, then i make a complete mess of my exit. If there's one thing i learn here its not to bother trying to cut corners,just stay on the track...actually i dont learn this cos i make the same mistake later! according to the gps replay i then decide to cool off and swim across to 10...really i hurdle the hedge and up the spur. back down my track from no1 and in, nice. have trouble with a wall thats a little high to jump on way to 11. eventually overcome my height issues by going around it. must admit i walk a bit up tired. and down the hill to spectator control, flip map over whilst running across carpark, almost die when i see 2nd half... also spectator control is real hard to spot! luckily clem is there with water, he isnt hard to spot :)

second half of course has a lot more straight running in it. not good as 1st half was like a sprint course and i prob expended more energy than i should have on it! so yeah 12-13 is a long (or feels long) path run, so so tempted to walk but no i did not come this far to walk, so somehow find a way to keep going! more road running to 14, cut the corner through funny shin high grass stuff. Decide to just go for it over the stony ground to 15 instead of tiptoeing along the paths, same across to 16.

up to road from 16, bump into another roaming patrol of 10 or so policemen. dont think they were the same as at 8. if so im running real slow...(or theyve got cars). Into the jungle for 17 and 18, vines everywhere (if i remember correctly) just like the wellington bush :) decide it isnt worth going down to path 17-18 so contour it, hit it fine. then hurdle the stream and ditch and guts it up the hill to 19, and back down to 20, do my best to smile at the camera, but probably comes out as a grimace.

halfway through the road run 20-21 it occurs to me that im actually going to finish this course, so i somehow manage to up the pace (i was in self preservation mode up til now). Another guts up the hill to the control. mind is gone with the heat so for some reason bash through tennis court rather than taking path. however do remember to take it carefully into 22, which alot of people forgot to and lost time on. so happy there. still, didnt hit it 100% cleanly. THen bush bash it out to 23 and into the finish chute, i try to put a sprint on, but die instead. Still, having started 4th I'm the leader at the finish which is awesome...until hanny comes in a couple of minutes later and smashes my (and everyone elses) time!!

And the rest of the day is consumed with trying to cool down (icepack down bra is a proven effective method) and then watching everyone else race ! :) Overall world games was the most amazing trip i've been on. the terrain was certainly different, if not entirely suited to my strengths. But i've come away determined to improve my running speed and encouraged that i can foot it with the best in the world!

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Onwards and Upwards

WOC is over, JWOC is over, the analysis has been done. Some have had a break, some have just started having a break and now its probably time to start thinking about where to from here?

So where do you want to go? What do you want to achieve? You need some goals...or if you have already got some you need to re-evaluate. If you dont already know how to set goals then here's a website that might help you. The key things to think about when setting a goal is to make sure it is: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevent, Time-framed.

Bad example of a goal: "Win Nationals next year"

Good example: "To be M21E National Champion in the Middle Distance at the NZ Nationals 2010"

And remember...

“Goals that are not written down are just wishes.”

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Ross: Sprint Final

An Em's Eye View of WOC

I enjoyed the post and picture's on Chris and Em's blog. Although Im surprised living in Trondheim she didnt mention anything about setting up a campsite in her lounge for visiting kiwi orienteers...Ross has also posted all his maps

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Why we dont have a hottest elite man poll...

Because nearing 40, the Flash still has it going on...

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Race Analysis

For most Kiwis we get a month or so of full on racing in Europe each year if we're lucky. The month is full of racing and training and often by the end becomes very much a day to day focus instead of looking at the big picture of improvement. Now we have the other 11 months of the year to look at the races we have done in Europe and consider mistakes, successes and learnings we can take. I have been using some different ways of considering my mistakes to try and gain even more from my European experience this year. This evening as I was procrastinating about studying I found a very in depth analysis on Estonian Junior Lauri Sild's blog of his season last year (WorldofO does really have alot of information). Lauri is a year younger than me and is a consistent top 10 JWOC runner, and one of the nicest guys I've met. The depth of analysis he uses suggests we could spend more time reflecting on our races as a way to make the Europe experience last. It's made me grab my maps out and open up winsplits to have another look at what my mistakes really cost me. The link is

Orienteering and Facebook

Crikey, glad Facebook wasn't around when I tried to go to a WOC party. It's not my business to post photos, but I stole one off Ross. Greg Flynn, always confident in his sexuality, and team blogger for WOC 2009, thanks Greg!

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

JWOC 2012 - Slovakia

For all you budding juniors out there, Denmark 2010, Poland 2011 and now Slovakia 2012

Reaction to the WOC 09 Relay

Now that its all over its time for the critical analysis that's always associated with sport and particularly Orienteering which it is an inherent part of the game. A discussion over on Attackpoint has prompted the Secretary General of WOC2009 to speak out on the happenings behind the scenes of that fateful race.

Monday, 24 August 2009

New Rankings

With Chris's fantastic 17th equal placing last night his ranking has moved him up into 45th equal place. The best a NZ athlete has been placed in a few years. Ross has moved up to 80th, and Tania into the top 100 again(80) along with Lizzie (94).

The rankings website has also had a bit of a make over and is much more user friendly even if it looks a bit 1995-ish. One feature worth pointing out is that you can now sort rankings by regions....which shows that Chris is currently ranked 1st in supprises there!

Primal Quest winners???

For such a climactic finish to the Primal Quest 2009, waiting around for the final result has proved to be quite anti-climactic...not sure if its official yet but Brent's Team OrionHealth seem to have won this years PQ in the Badlands of South Dakota.

Report on SleepMonsters

Recap the action on Team OrionHealth's website

Brent of Oropi/New Plymouth/WACO/Counties/Rotorua and the rest of the Orion team at the Finish.

Amongst the Best in the World

A clipping from the WOC long overnight. Chris produces New Zealands best ever male WOC result. Golds won bu Hubbman and Niggli.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Tribal Sports

My first post as one of the new contributors to the blog. It is a somewhat different topic from the excitement and results related to WOC, but I've been thinking about it for the last few days anyway. Supporting a particular team in a sports competition is something we all enjoy doing. New Zealanders, however, seem to lack the tribal element that these allegiances have in overseas sports. We don't have as much of the passionate to the end support for our mainstream sports teams that Europe has. While this means we don't have the problems associated with this, like hooliganism in football, it does mean our sports teams are sometimes left high and dry if results don't go their way or if the game stagnates. Look at the Warriors fan base, changing with the wind, or the falling crowds at any NPC game. This does infact relate to orienteering. I thought it was so cool the amount of support and loyalty that clubs have from their members while in Sweden. It was awesome to stand at the finish at oringen and see the fields of team flags and tents all around. We're lucky in New Zealand that alot of orienteers are club members (not like triathlon, with few clubs) so we are already halfway there. It seems the loyalty to clubs is present in New Zealand. I know I would find it very hard to run for anyone apart from NorthWest, and the same can be seen in juniors who move away but stay with their home clubs. I think we just need to add a bit more intensity to the club scene. Perhaps clubs aren't the way to do it to start with though. Maybe the Superseries Teams would be better. We could reinvigorate the Superseries by emphasising the team element. This could add to the competition for the athletes and get the wider orienteering community more involved. Looking to other sports for ideas; we could have 'powerplays' at each round, each team pre-chooses two runners who can double the points they score in the races at an event. We could include fastest split competitions. The Swedes had an uphill leg at O-ringen that had prize money for the fastest split. We couldn't do prize money, but perhaps bonus points for the winner. Anything we add needs to be simple and easy to understand and enhance the competition. The Superseries is so valuable to the elites in New Zealand, and we need to make sure that it remains relevant. Adding a tribal element might boost support from the wider orienteering community.

Friday, 21 August 2009

WOC - Sprint Final - NZs best ever male result

Chris finally broken into the top 20 in a WOC race, the first time for a NZ man. His time of 16:42 was good enough for 20th, 1:32 behind defending champion Andrey Khramov of Russia. Chris wasn't totally happy, loosing 20 sec on the 2nd leg, by taking the wrong route choice, but is still pretty stoaked.
Chris at the spectator control

Ross also had another creditable result in 30th, 17:15, 2:05 behind. Ross was going great to start with, climbing into 10th spot, but made some mistakes through the zoo (see map below), what might surprise a few people is that lightning can strike the same place twice, or maybe it should strike Ross, he again forgot his shoes for the final, even after all the teaming asking him in the car if he had them, fortunately he found a much more suitable pair to borrow than last year and owes Mikkel Lund a beer or six. It was also great seeing Kathryn Ewels (AUS) take 5th spot, (after some support and help from us of course), and personally also seeing my old flatmate Kiril take 6th was awesome.
Ross starting out in the borrowed shoes

The map and mens course is below, the 'zoo' had all the short legs, with lots of direction change and no go areas.

The relay team has been decided for a few days now, so the team in running order will be:
1st Greg Flynn
2nd Ross Morrison
3rd Chris Forne

The start for men is 11am local (9pm NZT) with leg lengths of 5.96km, 8.76km and 8.72km, Chris is giggling like a school girl about it.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

WOC - Sprint Qual

Yeah, 2 NZers in the Sprint Final, Ross and Chris both cruised in. Ross in heat B, 5th place 27 sec down, Chris in heat A, 7th place 50 sec down, awesome stuff.

The mens final starts at 4:20pm local time (so 2:20am NZT), Chris should be away around 5:00pm and Ross around 5:07pm (start times not out yet)

Here is Chris official route from his Middle Final as well

WOC - Update

Sorry had a couple of days off, getting carried away with the happenings here and also being in the same time zone makes watching the World Athletic Champs a lot easier.

The biggest thing since the last WOC posting has been Chris' 34th place in the Middle Final. A very creditable result, especially when he choose not to follow Peter Öberg when he went past him and instead run his own race (which is more than some other people). Chris said he made some mistakes early on but was flying around the last loop leaving Anders Nordberg in his dust. The course was described as physically and technically challenging, and there were some blow outs by some big names, notice the lack of Scandinavians near the top of the results board. It was again "The Great One" Thierry Gueorgiou that took the victory, ahead of the threesome of Swiss.
(WOC 2009)
Other than that we have had the opening ceremony and a couple of model events. The opening was a standard affair, with a small team march, some speeches and traditional singing and dancing.

All the maps and courses can be found on route gadget, with some routes choices entered, here:

Here is Chris' map from his Long Qual
Ross doing his last speed session (while being paced in the car)
Bryn punching the spectator control in the Long Qual
(WOC 2009)

The perfected sponging technique
(WOC 2009)

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Go Wellington

Sometime soon I am going to post about all that has been going on, and is planned, for the rebranded (maybe) Central O-Gang;-). But in the meantime great to see an article in the Dominoion Post about the five Wellingtonians selected for the New Zealand Schools team...

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

WOC - Long Qual

Again it was the Fornicator show, he easily made it into the final, even with a couple of small hiccups. Ross and Bryn both made mistakes that they are not too pleased about. Me and Maja perfected our sponging by the time Chris came through (which of course lead to his performance). Not much else tonight, will try and get some courses and photos up tomorrow when there is only the sprint model and opening ceremony, as right now we are all a bit tired from the day out in the sun.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Recent happenings

While we all wait for the next round of WOC qualification races I thought I'd mention some of the recent happenings around Christchurch and the OSQUAD Blog.

First off it seems that my prediction was right according to the results of my highly scientific poll that Orienteers tend to be interested in Engineering. The highest number of votes was in the Other category which was probably to be expected as Orienteers tend to have strange passions outside of Orienteering and hence a wide range of jobs.... One category I probably could have also included was one for teacher/lecturers. But as I have found out you cant win 'em all.

Rogaining has become quite a large sport in Canterbury over the past few years, I think mainly due to the Taylors Mistake Rogaine series started up by Jamie and the many passionate PAPO orienteers who are also heavily keen on rogaining. This weekend Darfield High School Held the Annavale Amble/Attack 3/4 hr rogaine as a fund raiser for the school. It turned out to be a highly successful event and a great idea for a fund raiser with over 80 teams turning up. Of course it was down to Orienteers when it came to winning with Matt Scott and Michael Smithson connecting all except one of the dots to win first prize and a romantic Jet boat trip for two. Greig Hamilton and Tim Sikma dropped a couple of controls to slot into second and not far behind Rogaining specialist Tim Farrant and myself in third. Lara Prince's Team of four won the Open Women's category by a clear margin but still was not fast enough to beat her Mum! All in all it was an Awesome day out in the hills.

One thing I have noticed recently is the rise of the "Adventure Racers/Multi-sporters" doing well in Rogaines. It seems some of them are finally starting to understand the tactics and skills involved in Rogaining and the finer points of Navigating precisely.

Today's post has been proudly brought to you by the Bivouac Outdoor Night Navigation series. This event has been running for around ten years, held annually in Christchurch as a fund-raiser for the Southerly Storm Orienteers. Funds raised over the years have been used for various things such as subsidies for travel costs to Super Series events and Team uniforms. This year the 3 events all start from Spencerville on successive Wednesday Nights beginning the 2nd of September. So if your in Christchurch with nothing to do and dont fancy boy racer cruising on a Wednesday evening then come out and give it a go! The specific details:




· LOCATION: 2nd September : Spencerville Picnic Ground

9th September: Spencerville Picnic Ground

16th September: Spencerville Picnic Ground

· REGISTRATION: From 6.00pm


· START: 7.00pm

· GEAR: Torch or headlamp, compasses for hire

· INSTRUCTION: Freely available from 6pm

· COSTS: $12 per race or $30 for all 3 races

Students/unwaged: $6 per race or $15 for all 3 races

Electronic Punch Hire: $3 per race or $5 for all 3

(Sport Ident)

CONTACT: Carsten Joergensen 9601345


Major Prizes and Spot Prizes Sponsored By: Bivouac Outdoor

Primal Quest Update

Looks like Brent and co, are going ok. Its not as much fun supporting the favourites!

WOC - Middle Qual

The Middle Qual was held on a map called Galuzsnya, Kenneth had pretty much guessed bang on where the start was and the general area of the courses as well (he had the 2nd to last controls off)

Chris was the stand out performer today, easily making it into the final on Wed. He had passed Emil Wingsted early on in the course and then enjoyed Emil pushing the pace over the last few controls (Chris has the fastest last 2 splits) as he could have been in danger of missing the cut. Ross could be forgiven for feeling a little hard done by, having the tightest heat of the 3, he made a mistake in the earlier part of the course and despite some fast splits in the middle, never made up enough time to get into the final. I made a few small mistakes, loosing just over a min in total if I was being picky (which I am), but was never really fast enough in this terrain, with the leaders doing just over 5 min/km.

Chris is all excited, Ross and Bryn are looking forward to good days tomorrow, and Me and Maja are on sponge duty, with the temp looking like it will nudge 30 degrees like today, Kenneth has devised some cooling techniques with state of the art bucket and sponges from Tesco.
The course are as follows in heat order:
Serious Stuff
The starts for tomorrows Long Qual are:
9:10 Bryn
9:26 Ross
10:02 Chris
Thats from 7:10 NZT, the live link is here

Sunday, 16 August 2009

WOC - Day 1

Today we headed out to the model for the Middle Qual (also same as Long Qual). Kenneth had a few things for us to concentrate on and joined a few of the controls together for these. Nothing new really, it was a bit more stonier on the top but otherwise it was business as usual, apart from Ross, Chris and Myself all getting confused at the missing flag, which was an extra control Kenneth had drawn in, but none of us realised at the time. Afterwards we went and saw the old castle 'The Castle of Diosgyor' (this was where the opening ceremony of JWOC 01 took place), which was set up like medieval times with actors, shows and jousting. Serious Stuff
We have the starts for tomorrow Middle Qual, they are:
10:10 Greg
10:26 Chris
11:04 Ross
We are 10 hours behind NZ, so 10am here is 8pm in NZ. There should be live results(no GPS) and the best places to try and find these will be on:

The world of O website -
or the WOC 09 website -

Saturday, 15 August 2009

WOC - Day Zero

Today was the final day before all the real serious stuff starts tomorrow with the model events. Most teams seem to be here now, and all living in the Uni Hotel complex (apart from the Swedes and Finns). Myself, Chris, Ross and Maja spent the day relaxing while Bryn took Kenneth out for one final training with some route choices. In the afternoon Kenneth, Chris and Myself went to the famous Cave Spas, where there is a series of hot springs, spas and waterways inside a cave system, its pretty cool. With nothing much else to report we'll put up some profiles..

Ross Morrison

WOC races: Sprint, Middle, Long, Relay

Age: 24

Club(s): Hawkes Bay OC, Odense OK, OK Pan Århus

Best International Result: 10th Sprint World Games 09

# Previous WOC's: 3

Favourite Song / Band: Mister Love, Toadies

# of Electronic devices with you: 5

Favourite Movie / T.V Show: Shaun of the Dead

Supporters: Dirty d., Maja, Val and Derek

Favourite game on Bryn's laptop: Peggle

Chris Forne

WOC races: Sprint, Middle, Long, Relay

Age: 32

Club(s): PAPO, Wing OK

Best International Result: 27th Sprint World Champs 05

# Previous WOC's: 4

Favourite Song / Band: Sash

# of Electronic devices with you: 2

Favourite Movie / T.V Show: Team America World Police

Supporters: Emily

Favourite game on Bryn's laptop: Peggle

Bryn Davies
Greg Flynn

WOC races: Middle, Relay*

Age: 27

Club(s): North West OC

Best International Result: 21st Middle Junior World Champs 02

# Previous WOC's: debut (3 as a spectator)

Favourite Song / Band: Faint – Linkin Park / Steriogram

# of Electronic devices with you: 5

Favourite Movie / T.V Show: The Crowd Goes Wild

Supporters: BCS Group, Dirty d., Claire, Garden Party Estate

Favourite game on Bryn's laptop: Peggle

Maja Bramming

WOC races: Manager / Coaching Zone

Age: 23

Club(s): Odense OK

# Previous WOC's: Few

Favourite Song / Band: No Stress – Laurent Wolf

# of Electronic devices with you: 1

Favourite Movie / T.V Show: Family Guy

Favourite game on Bryn's laptop: Peggle

Kenneth Buch

WOC races: Coach

Age: 30

Club(s): Halden SK

Best International Result: Winner Beer Relay Student World Champs

# Previous WOC's: 2

Favourite Song / Band: Loosing My Religion – R.E.M

# of Electronic devices with you: 6 (2 shavers.?!)

Favourite Movie / T.V Show: Lord of the Rings (Danish Actor, NZ landscape)

Supporters: Norwegian and Danish Teams

Favourite game on Bryn's laptop: Peggle

* The relay team will be finalised after the qualification races