Why not think about a "throwback" team - everyone who ran SouthSweden/Denmark international or all those on the Skalsjogarden training camp (Bourne, Birkenshaw, Baxter, Duke.......me...)....?
Great writeup. Enjoyed that (a lot more than i enjoyed my "run"....). Jukola really is it's own unique race. I nearly mispunched where you did - similar large-ish depressions, I always, always check my codes , though, cos my navigation is so crap. (or it can be!)
I also always always check my codes. Or at least I thought I did. Like you say though, the experience is not at all like normal orienteering. I was struggling to do any of the normal things and maintain my concentration in amongst all those people, the queues, the mud, the heat, lack of sleep, the longest race I've done in 15 years probably. By the end I wasn't really even trying to read the map, just point myself in the direction of the right crowd.
The "wailing wall" interview/counselling session was possibly the strangest of all. They were really quite concerned about the impact the disqualification might have on my mental state. Some people must get really upset. I can see that if you were in one of the top teams it could be a bit overwhelming.
I ended up thanking them for disqualifying me so nicely.
Well, they were very polite, so I'm not surprised you wer DQ-ed nicely. but yes I agree it's unlike anything approaching normal O - tho you were in the massed epic start, luckily I was kind of "alone" (ish) so could do my own thing mainly, tho being lapped & lapping gaggles of Finnish joggers / walkers who were out for a social was .... bizarre!
Hopefully Kris Jones' team weren't too traumatised by their DQ. After such a start, coming back first.
(Chas: nope you can't blame EMIT for everything! :)