#26 Träffa banläggarna för Elitsprinten

#26 Träffa banläggarna för Elitsprinten


During O-Ringen many of us participate in the Elite Sprint, either as participants or as spectators And I have myself participated as audience on many Elite Sprints during my O-Ringen years It’s usually a really fun event So today we’re going to have a look at this summer’s Elite Sprint We’ll tell you some useful info, what you need to know as a runner and as a spectator And we’re going to talk generally about sprint, what to know when doing your route choices And for this, I am accompanied by two very relevant people I am here with the course setters for the Elite Sprint, Kate and Janne, nice to have you here! Thanks Most of the viewers probably recognize you Janne, but I’m going to let you introduce yourselves Tell us how you are as sprint runners, what are your experiences of sprint and what’s the most fun about it? The most fun about sprint is that it goes fast, you’re close to your maximum speed, the fast decisions I was kind of an all-round runner when I was in my best shape, so I wasn’t a sprint specialist But I still like the discipline, but it wasn’t something that I specialised in And you, Kate? I have participated on several high-level sprint competitions I’ve also ran in the World Champioinships and the World Cup So I have a bit of experience in how good sprint courses are And I also think that the fun with sprint is the high tempo, it’s a different kind of reading And the audience contributes a lot, especially on O-Ringen, it creates extra stress and adrenaline So we’ll hope that we have a lot of audience this summer? Yeah So you have a lot of experience as runners, and now you’re course setters, I guess it feels exciting? Yes Yeah, it’s exciting We had a quite large sprint competition in Uppsala 6 years ago, the Swedish Champioship in sprint It was the same map, but the competition area is not as far north this time And you have chosen a leg from back then that we’re going to have a look at What’s the important thing to think about on this type of leg? So it’s this one Here’s control 1, here’s control 2, it’s like in all orienteering, you have to find the fastest way But you have to think a bit different from traditional orienteering Here some different route choices are drawn The blue one, 223 meters The red route, 225 meters Yellow, 263 meter Green, 254 meters It’s hard to see instantly what is the shortest and fastest, and sometimes the shortest way is not the fastest Exactly, it’s hard to see all the route choices when first looking at the route You have to find the small passages and find the available routes and decide which one to choose And now we’re here by the kitchen table, at least for me it’s easy to get kind of a tunnel vision while running It’s a high amount of stress, and that makes it harder to see the route choices outside the box Yeah, you only have a few seconds to make the best choice But you tend to choose the route that is the easiest to carry through On this, the yellow is the easiest but also the longest choice Often the course setter is trying to trick you But often your strategy as a runner can be to choose the easier routes in the beginning to avoid a mistake Yeah, and you can also look a bit forward on the map Exactly, plan ahead a bit So to summarize this to some tips, what would that be? What should you have in mind? To be a good sprint runner is that you need to be able to carry through the route choices you make perfectly Sure, you need to choose right as well, but if you choose the best route and hesitate it’s not good A few seconds make a big difference as well? Yeah, exactly I thought this sprint was a really fun one, but if we head on and return to today And we’ll talk a bit about the sprint maps It often differs how the terrain determines what kind of route choices are available Have you tried to use some particular parts of the map to create difficulties? That’s where you start as a course setter, you wanna find the routes where the most obvious way isn’t the best one So that you have to think not just once but twice to make the best route choice But you also need to carry through the route in a good way But in sprint you’re also limited by many other things We’re in the middle of a city and O-Ringen has about 600 runners And we have to keep track of everything from traffic to gates that should be open or closed Cyclists, pedestrians and many other things It’s good that it’s week 30, so it’s holiday season Yeah, that’s good Hopefully most people out there are part of the audience Yeah, that recognise orienteering But we’ll probably have some functionaries that make sure that the audience is not in the wrong places So that the controls are visible and the race remains fair That is a very important aspect, we want a fair race, and that can be tough to achieve Yeah, because the Elite Sprint on O-Ringen is a bit special I wouldn’t say that there is any sprint like this one, right? No, not really I think it’s the sprint competition with the largest audience More than the World Championship and the World Cup So it’s very special When I ran the Elite Sprint it was without doubt the best sprint on the entire year thanks to the audience We disturbed a lot of people, the positive energy was incredible Yeah, it was just as many cheerings on that one sprint as it was on the rest of the year’s sprints together If we’ll compare a bit How will the Elite Sprint be compared to 2014’s year’s sprint? Are there any differences and similarities? Is there any secret to reveal? Without saying to much The courses will be better this summer Yeah, of course Your brother was involved last time, right? Yeah, that’s one of the reasons But it was an alternating sprint last time, it was very good But there will probably be even more variation this time Yeah, I think so too In a different way It doesn’t say a lot, but it will be good The question is hard, you don’t wanna reveal too much It’s hard when it comes to sprint, there is a lot of secrets O-Ringen is such a large event, how is it to be a course setter for an O-Ringen? It’s very fun and completely new for me I haven’t been course setter that much in Sweden I’ve been a course setter in New Zealand where the events are small This is really fun, and it’s nice to do it with someone that has arranged competitions in Sweden before We have teamed a lot, Kate has run many international competitions in recent years For me, it was a while since I ran on that level in sprint I’m the one that knows OCAD and the theory and Kate is the expert on the discipline itself And that’s important, there’s a lot going on in sprint, it’s still a quite new discipline It’s important to keep up with new map norms and such things, and it’s important that we do it correctly You complete each other? Yeah, 100% 110 In 2014 the arena was at Uppsala Castle Now we’ve moved, where are we going to be? We will be at Nya Studenternas, a large football stadium And the construction is just finished The arena has room for 10 000 people So it will be nice with such a large arena for an orienteering competition So it’s a bit different We think that people will be in the terrain and watching as well But I think that the arena will be the best choice considering that there will be a TV production On the large screens in the arena It’s really fun to be able to have that on an O-Ringen sprint So it will be easy to follow the competition from the arena? Yeah It sounds like it will be fun to be on the arena, it feels like the atmosphere there will be nice That’s where we will have the inauguration and the youth relay as well The Bagheera relay It’s called the Bagheera Relay, right? I shouldn’t say the wrong name Yeah, it’s called that If you have to say one thing that will make this Elite Sprint unique, what would that be? Just one thing? I hope and think that the runners will think that some of the route choice legs were really difficult There’s usually that on sprint courses, but I hope that it will be something extra We have strived for that And in combination with a big audience and the large arena, it will be something special I think Yeah, there isn’t an audience of this size somewhere else And we hope for even more than usual Yeah, there will probably be fewer people out in the terrain as it usually is since the arena is so big And when we have a TV production as well we want people to be in the arena and take part of the energy So that’s your message, everyone should be on the arena? And I’ll ask you about some useful info as well Which stage is this for the elite runners? It’s the second stage for the elite They run the first stage on Monday as everyone else, and then they skip the second stage in Nåsten That’s where they have their day off, after just one day of running And then there’s sprint, on Wednesday They will really be craving for running It will maybe go too fast? It may become a little problematic perhaps? Perhaps And if you want to succeed on the entire O-Ringen, how important is the sprint? The sprint is actually just around 15 minutes, so for the entire competition it’s the least important stage It’s just 10% of the time, which is a lot less than the other stages But it’s quite important to punch the correct controls It’s such a short time, and it would be a shame if you got disqualified on such a 15 minutes sprint You have to be very careful, right? Exactly Yeah, no risking here, if you aim for a good total result that’s very important_ But I think that with the mood and atmosphere many people will want to aim for a good result Especially the ones that specialize in sprint And this is on the activity day for everyone else, right? Exactly, on the Wednesday So you run your two stages in Nåsten, and on the activity day you’re of course watching the Elite Sprint It’s a good choice, we think Fun, I’m really looking forward to this, it feels like it will be really exciting Nice to hear a little about it, nice that you could be with us today Thank you Feel free to press the red subscribe button down here to follow us on our journey towards O-Ringen We also have a nice bell icon that you can click which will give you a notification when we release a new episode If you liked this episode, please click the thumbs up button If you didn’t like it, I hope you get lost on your next sprint race Anyway, thanks for watching, we’ll see you next Monday at 6pm CET Bye