Espoorastit, Suna


+1min very close to #3 just on the wrong hill before the control.

Not sure why #8 is such a bad split, there must have been a faster direction to approach than the one I took through fallen trees etc. from the path.

+4:30min on #10, more than 6min lost to the best runner, and the worst split by far 🙁 Ran past the northward path and ended up on the big hill close to #11 instead. Not good.

+1min on the last control (#13) where the map wasn't very clear because of a construction site just north of the big road.

Overall about +6:30min of estimated error - mostly OK running otherwise.

KU-rastit, Linnanpelto


En route to #2 about half-way there was an open cut-down area not marked on the map (??) and then just before the control I turned a bit much to the east.

#3 and #4 went well, and #5 OK but slower. Towards #6 I ran along the grey cliff and after the road failed to directly find the smaller path towards the control.

#7 was surprisingly high up on top of a hill, while the quite long legs to #8 and #9 I managed to complete fairly straight along the control-line. To #9 a route along the road north would have been worth considering.

A route more westward out of #9 to avoid the slow area close to the backyard and lake would probably have been better towards #10.

Itärastit, Spjutsund


Mostly OK but three mistakes, highlighted in red in the splits and marked with yellow on the map, are worth mentioning:

  • Towards #2 the flag at #13 is visible from far away and lures me in the wrong direction. The wrong control-code is a bit of a surprise but I notice I've arrived at #13 quickly. Worst split and 1:30 or so lost.
  • Towards #5 I drift too much east when a direct line north through the thick vegetation would have been better. Slow walking along the edge of the open (yellow) swamp before climbing the slope to the control.
  • #14 is hard work directly through the open swamp/cut-down yellow area where I stay on course OK. But when crossing the cliff before the control I turn almost 90-degrees left (why??) towards the finish instead of directly over the hill to #14.

Iltarastit, Paloheinä

2014-09-08_IR_paloheina_qr_splitsThe last Monday orienteering event for this year - as autumn arrives it now gets quite dark after 20:00 or so - and 'Iltarastit' moves to Sundays for five more weeks.

Straightforward orienteering and fast running as usual in paloheinä.

#1 and #2 OK. Then to #3 a J-bend (maybe +30 s) instead of using the line between the white and light-green forest as a guide directly to the control.
Reasonable going towards #4 but quite tentative and lots of looking at the map close to the control. #5-#6-#7 OK.
The biggest mistake came on #8 which should have been easy. Slightly the wrong direction south through a bit of forest and towards the bend in the big road. However I arrive at the wrong bend and there's also someone else there who makes the same mistake. +2 minutes probably.
#9 OK along the road, and #10 also OK. On the way to #11 I read the map along the wrong bend in the small river and the big road comes as a surprise, +30 s at least for stopping and map reading here.
To #12 and the Finish I take a direct route, but avoiding some of the climbing would probably have been faster.

Overall 14./52 which is OK.

Itärastit, Ämmässuo

2014-08-30_ITR_ammassuo_qrSlow and safe without major mistakes.

Unnecessary bends/loops a bit before #2 and just before #4. Clearly the wrong direction out of #5, and then quite confusing out of #6 where the yellow area on the map was actually thick forest!? Up the hill to #7 a little too early and some searching for the control on top of the hill. A very slow route to #9 with almost 9 min lost 🙁

Firmaliiga 6/2014, Luukki


Last firmaliiga event this year.

This course often had a clear path/road as one route choice. Decent running with an overall 11./80 placing.


Best splits are #4 and #6 where I was 6./80 - not bad!

From #3 I didn't even consider a direct route, just quickly back to the big path. Then up onto the slope, with a small cliff and stone providing verification of my exact location. Over the grey open cliff and a bit further I see the flag. Not much thinking, stopping, or walking - just execution.

#5-#6 was the second longest leg and possibly the most challenging? Out of #5 just after the first blue swamp I made a conscious decision to go south - not directly over the hill along the control-line, and instead ran along a path with the big stone and cliffs as mid-way checkpoints. Then down onto the second blue swamp, and following other runners up onto the stony slope towards #6 - enough other people there so no searching for the flag required. Again mostly just executing a good plan with very little standing around or slow map reading. Good.

The worst splits are #7  and #10. Out of #6 I had a clear plan to go a bit north, down the hill north of the steep cliff, find the smaller path and use that to get to the bigger path. Execution of this plan however was poor and instead I drifted towards the road and climbed two hills for no use. Close to #10 I stepped off the path too soon, stood around wondering for a while, and then followed others to the control - it didn't feel that bad but  1:58 lost to the best runner is a lot and only 30th in the splits...

Länsirastit, Kaitakorpi


A good run on Tuesday at Firmaliiga resulted in much tiredness both in the legs and in the mind on Thursday. I search for #1 too soon and to the right, try to find #2 too late and on the wrong hill, make a mess out of what looks like an easy #5-#6 leg, take a bad direction out of #8 to round the lake to the north, and finish off on #10 by running just past the control inside the circle.

Anyway they all count as experience I guess... 🙂

Firmaliiga 5/2014, Solvalla


The second firmaliiga event this fall, at Solvalla quite close to the first one.

Close to #1 I should have had a better plan - I've just graced the control-circle and then looked in the wrong direction for some random big stone. Around 90 s lost.

#2-#3 quite OK. To #4 my route is probably too zigzaggy - less turns and leaving all the green areas to the left(north) is probably better.  To #5 the paths on the left were apparently a bit clearer and faster? To #6 I was too high up the hill and didn't find the path.

#7-F is quite OK again.