Orienteers love to make fun of world cross for being too flat and boring. Well the Danes are going with a theme of Mud, Beer, and Vikings this year. Looks super fun:
Is Maja Alm racing?
It looks like Maja Alm is racing. Is she the only orienteer in the field? I didn't recognize any other names.
Is there a way to watch this in Canada, TV or live streaming?
Technically Genevieve Lalonde from Canada has gone orienteering before. That's the one time I've ever beat Gen in a race. :) We were both doing a course in Hillsborough, NB for the first time on our own when we were around 10 years.
Stefan, you might be able to watch here? https://www.watchathletics.com/schedule/watchlive/...
If you count Genevieve for that then I'm sure you would have to count every single scandi registered...
The article laments the lack of participation from most countries. In the US crosscountry can be pretty wimpy. The lack of challenging venues is one problem.
Is there any North American orienteer who can al least qualify to enter the non championship division, 37/33 minutes 10K time for women/men? I know some women who could be close to that.
Has Kris Jones raced for the Brits at World Cross?
At the Europeans in 2018 (12th), but not at the Worlds apparently ... yet.
Cross country in Britain is a different world to cross country in the U.S. Local leagues, regional leagues, all ages ... it was my English running club's main focus for nearly half the year. I love my trail running club here, but I still wish we had cross country like they have cross country. We have the locations - colleges all have courses!
Danish orienteers have a history of cross over ... Carsten Jorgensen won the Europeans in 1997.
Kristin: I totally agree. Adult cross country should be a thing in this country. (I know it exists in some pockets ... my club has a "cross country" series that is almost entirely trail running; that doesn't count!)
Our club has been holding a 6 week, family friendly summer cross country series for many years. 3 races actually - a 100m race for ages 4 & under (popsicles at the finish). A 1 mile race for 13 & under and the finale is a 2.4 mile race for all ages - and we generally get a very good age spread. The 2.4 mile course does include a short out/back section in the woods which is technical trail running, but the majority of the course is open fields with old walls, mown paths & hills. Our sister club in Manchester also has a 5 race cross country series (different weeknight) on the same course that hosts the state HS championships each year.
Everybody cheer for my Mac XC teammate Andrew Davies on the U20 Canadian team :)
I was just reading some of the comments about the "killer course" in Aarhus...and then somebody wrote that it was good to see some mud and a real hill on the course because it isn't real cross country if your XC speed is within 5s per km of your running speed on a track. Exactly!
Needed to be said!! North American XC has become softer than the mud that’ll be on that course in Aarhus.
The next world XC champs will be held in Australia (Bathurst NSW), March 20, 2021. Unlikely to be much mud around.
Maja Alm managed 3rd in the JWOC sprint in (relatively) nearby Dubbo in 2007.
A few other participants
in that edition of JWOC have also maintained their form.
A relatively well-known Norwegian junior (Jakob Ingebrigtsen) tried to stay with the leaders in the U20 class, he "crashed & burned" on the last lap, spending an hour in the hospital tent after finishing: It seems like having a course with any form of significant climb or softer surfaces is a problem for a pure track runner.
Sounds like he was on fire for a short while.
Would have been a bit of mud around in Bathurst had the race taken place on Saturday (although probably more of the sort you slip over on than get bogged in).
@Hawkeye: It's interesting that from that 2007 JWOC sprint race, at least on the women's side, the biggest names at the senior level were not at the top of that race (Wyder 20th, Kadan 20th, Ingham 20th, Bobach 25th, Hauswirth 42nd), while out of the top 10, only Alm and Jahren can be said to have truly reached the world elite level.
Looks like Canada might be trying to host for the first time, and first time in North America since 1992 in Boston: