O-Ringen 2004: Stage 5, Mölndalsetappen (23 Jul)

O-Ringen Day 5The final day of the O-Ringen, and the second day bathed in glorous sunshine. Unfortuantely I had caught a bad cold the previous night, and was feeling pretty dreadful. I ended up just running the first couple of legs, then going for a nice wander and completing and the latter half of the course, the easier section, so that I could get a good feel of the course without aggrevating my cold.

From what I saw it was a nice area, perhaps the most “Scottish” of the five days.

And so, that was it. It was a week with orienteering in a different league to that in England. Sustained technically difficult, varied and intricate areas every day. No wonder the GB national teams tend to be made up of orienteers based in Scandinavia. It just isn’t the same back home.

So overall, in terms of terrain, my favourites were, in order:
Day 3, Day 4, Day 2, Day 5, Day 1.

And in terms of my own performance:
Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 1, Day 5.

An extract of this final day’s map is to follow.

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