Saturday, October 1, 2011 7:12:51 PM
What I like about orienteering (in addition to previous remarks I've said) is its capacity and scope. It holds in it such a variety of terrains and games, that sometimes seem so different. This weekend was a demonstration of the first. Map: Tel Kakun
Mapmaker: Ziv Neumann
On Thursday a small park (full of 60 year old ruins) was used for a training course. The map is only 1.2 squared km, but the controller managed to turn a tiny map into a fast paced tricky route. 27 controls were placed in three different loops, and those who wanted could compete with others by starting with different loops. It was hard to keep focused all the time on such a small scale (1:2500) and short legs, so my second loop was a lot slower due to mistakes. (7:18, 8:30, 5:15 were my loop times).Map: Merkaz Hefer
Mapmaker: Omer Gardi
Saturday's event was the exact opposite. A large map full of agricultural groves and fields, green houses and villages was used for a 2 hour score competition. I chose to run clockwise. After a month and a half of barely running, I couldn't hold the pace for 2 hours, and as my route shows, I started walking from control 15 onwards.
Both events were examples of how controllers can maximize any terrain given to them. In both cases, a way was found to utilize the map and the terrain for an orienteering event. Orienteering is great because all you need is a map. It doesn't matter if the map depicts the garden, the neighborhood, the nearby park, forest or region. All maps can be turned into a playing field for us orienteers.
Each person can have his/her preferences, but one can't deny that orienteering encompasses all of these styles.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 10:27:18 PM
In some sports a referee is cursed, whether he errs or not. In others, you never argue with the ref (whether he is wrong or right). To my naivetý, I thought that our sport has nothing to do with these schools of thought. Until today's sprint qualifications and finals.
So much has happened today: I sprained my ankle (which might mean no israeli relay team), we qualified to the sprint finals (good thing I have Pavel Gvozdev in my TEAM) and he finished in a solid 26th spot. But all this must be put aside for the real story of the day- the orienteering judicial system.
The numbers were as following: 4 crossed an unpassable verandah, a couple came past the given time, and the remainder of the 41 men and 11 women, who were disqualified, crossed forbidden lawns at the finish area. Up to here, things sound reasonable, besides for the huge numbers. But, in addition, 50+ men and 40+ women crossed an uncrossable wall. Due to the enormous numbers, these acts were not penalized. Adding to the farce of applying the rulls as bent as needed was the decision to accept the appeal of three finalists, who were disqualified earlier in the day. These three ran at the end of the sprint finals, making a mockery of the event.
Orienteering rules are so simple to follow. There shouldn't be any form of debate over penalizing forbidden actions. The numbers should not be a factor in this decision. Punching or not punching should be the only question relevant. Anything else should be clear.The only cases in which I can imagine a need for a change of disqualification is when technology was a problem (This also happened at the sprint finals) or a control which was ill-stationed (bad map or bad control setters), both of these cases did not apply here. All other circumstances seem unreasonable.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 10:08:12 AM
Mapmaker: Sergey Yakimov
Sprint orienteering is treated many times as the un-intelligent athletic son of the classic distance. People claim that no orienteering skills are needed for such courses.
The problem with these accusations is that they're based on low paced orienteering. The challenge of sprint orienteering can only be achieved when the map wobbles in your hands, the mind can barely think due to lack of oxygen and decisions have to be made in seconds. Sprint orienteering has to be done in fast pace!!!
This, unfortunately, is not a walkers sport (unlike classic and middle distances that can be enjoyed by walkers).
The ability to read the map and understand it without losing pace needs working on. I tried to do it yesterday in ancient Jaffa. I had a good run, although my route choice had to be altered a few times because of road construction (controls 1, 8 and 16). I'm not pleased with a few of my decisions (controls 5, 7, 9 and 15) that could have been taken better but my pace wasn't harmed too badly by it.
My method is based on 5 guidelines:
1) shortest path possible.
2) straight lines (no zigzags) and obvious objects along the way.
3) look for obstacles and traps.
4) no u-turns when reaching a control, always keep the running fluid.
5) no turning back- once a decision is taken, I follow it.
But, theory aside, sprint orienteering is simply fun.