A Tale of Two Races   Leave a comment

This weekend was our annual Winter Cup – two days of orienteering on a new map of Segev Forest, which I actually mapped back in 1993 but has since been mostly cut down and re-planted, and was now mapped from scratch by Davidi Segal.

On Friday I travelled alone to the event, started at my allocated time, had a good race (benefiting at some tricky controls from the presence of other orienteers), and finished with a better result than expected – 4th in H35. Despite this, I felt disappointed: the course (see the bottom map) lacked the excitement of a championship. It was a bit monotonous, lacking fire, if you know what I mean.

On Saturday we made it a family event. I started early, before the official start times, and was alone in the forest for most of the time. The course (top map) was longer, steeper, and trickier. I lost time looking for some controls, and a lot of time at control 17, where there was general agreement afterwards that the map was problematic and it shouldn’t have been placed there. I finished 6th, a long way behind the pack. And I really enjoyed myself, because this was definitely one of the best courses of the past few years (thanks to Asaf Avner for the planning).

When I finished I took Alon (4.5) in hand and Matan (1.5) on my back, and we set out on the family course, against the direction, while Roni ran D21C. After a few minutes we met my parents just finishing the course, and after that Ayala (almost 12) and a friend as well (as I said –  a family event!). Just after a snack break Roni passed by us on the course, and Alon decided to run with her to the finish (this dropped her from 2nd to 4th in the category, but who cares?), so I walked back with Matan. The weather and the forest were beautiful, my legs were exhausted, and it was fun. This day was everything orienteering is supposed to be, and may there be many more like it.

I had no real hope of challenging for a podium place in H35, so I wasn’t disappointed. The 5-6 minutes I lost at 17 could have brought me into a really respectable time, fighting for 4th-5th place, and this is where I paid the price for starting early, but I’m still happy with my performance, especially physically. I’m ready for more…


Posted 20/12/2015 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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