Some people have a different sense of what's important in life, or something.
I give him credit for having the energy to run the courses twice.
But otherwise, c'mon, really? It's kind of funny. And good for the organizers for catching him!
...and they suspect he´s done it before too. Stories from Finland in the 80ies even?
Oh, and he wasn´t (probably) running the course the first time - just sauntering around getting the lay of the land...
It wasn't clear to me from the story exactly how they caught him. Nor did I understand how he could arrange things so that he always had a later start for his cheating result.
I heard that when they tried to find the "Finnish" runner after he didn't download that day they realized that he wasn't a real person and then discovered that he had curiously registered using the same email address as a Swedish competitor. The Swedish guy was real, so I guess it didn't take much detectiving.
And perhaps he didn't download that one day because there wasn't enough time to make his (next) start? At any rate, yes, I suppose a shared email address between a Finnish runner and a Swedish runner might have looked ever so slightly suspicious.
From something I read on orienterare.nu
it sounds like he may have pulled the same thing a few times before. So, it might not have taken much detective work to catch him, but it did take a few years.
Arranging start times was the easy part.
In the Short classes (H55K in this case) you have free start times - you pick your own start time whenever it suits you. Curiously enough most of the top runners in those categories had late starts every day*) - funny isn´t it?
*) ...cause there will be elephant tracks in the "forest" to follow...
I had no idea it was possible to pick your own start time in any classes. But Oringen surely must be quite different in many ways since I last ran it (sometime back in the 80s!)
Though I will admit, when I am running solo at home, I guess I always get to pick my start time, too.
Probably Oringen could use a good auditor.