City Race - Pre-entries closing soon!
Just a reminder that pre-entries will close at midnight on Wednesday 25 October!
If you are still thinking about coming to our City Race, please pre-enter using OrienteeringOnline. We will be taking entries on the day, but only until stocks of pre-printed maps run out. So to be sure of getting a run, pre-enter!
At 19 October, we have 200 pre-entries. We look forward to seeing you all on 5 November.
Orienteering in Kirchberg
Yes: there is life in Kirchberg on Sundays! Around 50 persons, including many highly motivated children, came and enjoyed a fresh orienteering afternoon. See the route maps and the blank map, with few photos:
Autumn season starts
The autumn season started with our participation on Belgian club relays where one men and one women teams defended our colors. The event calendar is rather packed, some of us travel to the Belgian long distance champs this weekend, other events will follow. Keep an eye on the calendar and certaily do not miss the first first championship of the Grand Duchy organized in Trier on October 21st.
Throughout the following months several trainings on maps will be organized. Most of the time one or more courses for children and beginners are offered but experienced adults will be satisfied too. The agenda is being finalized, stay tuned!
One highlight of the season will be the race we organize in the city. For the day volunteers will be needed but you will have the opportunity to run too.
Before the summer break on Wednesday evenings we ran together from the park in Bambësch. The qgendq for this fall will be published during the weekend.
See you soon!
Kids run at Remich - Sunday 24 September
Not orienteering - but the Route du Jus de Raisin fun run for children under 13 is taking place at Remich on the afternoon of Sunday 24 September. More information here - http://www.routeduvin.lu/en/19/info/kids-run/?CC=OK
And there is of course the Route du Vin half marathon for fit grown ups - all good training for orienteering!
Luxembourg City Race - entries opening soon!
Preparation for the first-ever Luxembourg City Race, to be held on Sunday 5 November 2017, is going well.
We now have an advertisement for the City Race, and entries - using orienteeringonline.net - can be made from 1 September onwards.
Come and be part of history!
Feedback from 25 june training in Senningerberg
A late report from our last training on the 25th June. Around 47 participants came to celebrate the end of the heatwave. This training was a bit experimental, on a simplified map with main trails and few details. It seems it was not that boring and the survivors seemed to have enjoyed it! Some pictures are shown below, and the maps are there:
See our (simplified) orienteering map of Luxembourg !
This map is not a proper orienteering map of course but may be used for some kind of events such as street orienteering, trail running orienteering and mountain bike orienteering. The maximum scale is approximativelly 1:15000. If you want a proper printable PDF file of an area, ask us !
World Orienteering Day – in Sandweiler on 24 May
Here are some more details for our small and informal run on World Orienteering Day!
Luxembourg City Race on Sunday 5 November 2017 - save the date!
Good news - the Luxembourg Ville authorities have confirmed that LuxOC can organise our first City Race - and the date set is Sunday 5 November.
Over the summer we will be updating and slightly extending Ondra Pijak's existing urban orienteering map of the Vieille Ville, the Grund and the Petrusse. Ondra Kotecky and Jevgeny Sproge are our course planners - we will be offering a Middle Distance race, with all the classes for competitition that the Euro City tour offers, right up to Mens' and Women's Ultra-Vets, for over 65's.
David Roach is the event organiser. He hopes that as many club members as possible will be available on the day to help make the race happen, and allow "job-sharing" so that all club members can run, too.
Watch out for advertisements for the City Race, and more information, over the summer. This will be LuxOC's first effort at organising an event open to all orienteers - let's hope it will be a big success. We certainly have one of the most interesting and challenging areas for urban orienteering in Europe - well worth coming some distance for! Here's a preview.
Training in Mersch
26 adults and 28 kids are drying their shoes at home now, after a rainy training in Mersch park. The weather didn’t seem to bother anyone, and some even said orienteering is more fun if it's wet!
Check out the photos here, you can even see how the flags are drying, already back at home. And have a look at the maps, attached below.
LuxOC 12th in Belgian Club Relay Championships
LuxOC contested the spring edition of the Belgian Club Relay Championships last weekend, coming in 12th out of 30 teams. Jan, Jonas, Elisabet, Anne-Laure, Ritva and Chris were greeted with open arms and a touch of curiousity by the Belgian clubs ("Oh, there's a club in Luxembourg? Fantastic that you've managed to put a full team together!"). In a lovely, runnable forest in southern Ardennes, LuxOC clocked 5:45.47 over six legs (5k,7k,3k,5k,3k,7k), some 45 minutes shy of the Top 10.
Photos (including many featuring LuxOC relay members) accessible below:
Full results here:
We're looking forward to the autumn edition in Flanders!
Follow our Tiomila-team online
"...and meanwhile, in dark corners of 10 offices of high-profile European agencies, high-tech companies and law firms in Luxembourg, coffee is sipped, terrain and earlier maps are patiently studied..."
Our club team has spent recent months in physical, technical, mental and spiritual training and preparation for the Tiomila relay in Sweden. The relay will start at 9 pm in the evening of April 29 and the winning team is expected to finish at around 7 am the following morning. Our team is expected to need a little more time than that.
Anyway, you can and should follow the excitement online.Intermediate results will be published continously on the competition homepage http://10mila.se/index.php/en/ and there will be a live stream with speaker sound and live footage from the arena and even the forest. There will even be parallel streams with commentary in Swedish, Finnish and English. To follow the live feed you need to pay a small fee and register at https://webbtv.10mila.se/. This service will be available not only for the night but alos for the youth relay (starting 10:30 on Saturday April 29), the women's relay (starting 13:15 on satuday April 29) and the night relay.
If you want to check the quality of the production before paying up, you can check last year's feed htat has been published as a series of youtube videos (Swedish only), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU3_YFYjro0&list=PLTzPzHL_pRWDonZoK2w1xnYYqWutVGa2N
In any case you should cheer for our team, listed below in the intended running order:
Coque map inaugural training
The training took place and despite a fresh temperature, around 50 persons took part and found their way out of the maze... If you missed it, you can still have a look at the maps !
LuxOC in 10mila 2017
Following an exciting and adventurous trip to the Jukola relay two years ago the club moves further into the upper echelons of internationla orienteering by sending a team to the Tiomila relay in Sweden at the end of April. Tiomila being a large relay similar to Jukola but older, longer, darker, wetter and colder.
Following an initial expression of interest among the members, the offer was extended to potentially interested runners in the vicinity. Today, we have 10 confirmed and committed runners: Jevgenis, Jonas, Roland, Ondra, Misha, Jan, Andrew, Staffan, Jan and Jonas as well as the reinforcemtns Pascal and Marie from VALMO. In addition, David has promised to join us as a team manager and substitute runner.
With less than three months to go, the team is busy studying old maps and collecting basic training kilometers. We'll inform about our preparation closer to the event and eventually you'll be able to follow the race even online. In the meantime, please find the homepage with some basic information here: http://10mila.se/index.php/en/
Welcome to SudOLux !
We are happy to announce that LuxOC has a new twin brother across the Belgian border: SudOLux orienteering club was created last Sunday by a group of motivated and experienced Belgian orienteers willing to boost the practice of orienteering in the south of Belgium, in an area within 1 hour driving distance from Luxembourg city. Some synergies between our clubs are foreseen. LuxOC members willing to join an additional Belgian club in 2017 are encouraged to join SudOLux to support them !
New: Check their website out.
Christmas night street score event and social evening
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Yet another sunny training !
Blue sky, shining sun, amazing terrain full of controls, and fresh apple juice: This is what the 23 particiants of today's training found in Graunlinster.
Sun shines for our kids' training afternoon
Wonderful kid's training last Sunday in the sun in the Bambesch forest! 21 participants - single runners, pairs, or family groups - came to the training. There was a choice of 5 different courses, from very easy to long and difficult. Most people tried several courses ,so we had more than 40 starts. No flags got lost - but Elisabet did fix the one in the playground with an extra rope to keep it safe!
Thanks from everyone to Elisabet, for planning and organising!
LuxOC Finishes in Top Half at Belgian Club Relay Championships
After a three-year hiatus, LuxOC has again competed in the annual Belgian club relay championships – and didn’t do badly at all! Jan, Ondra, Elisabet, Misa, Maggie and Jonas (in that order) came in 17th out of 39 teams, clocking 4 hours, 20 minutes and 12 seconds, 48 minutes behind the winners and only 24 minutes shy of the Top 10. Contested on the Zwarte Weg map (1:7 500), the legs were 5-7-3-5-3-7 kilometers. The title went to C.O. Liege with Tristan Bloemen narrowly beating TROL’s Benjamin Anciaux on the last leg.
Braving cold and damp weather at the military grounds near Leopoldsburg in the Limburg Province, the competitors faced a fairly passable forest interspersed with lots of ditches and trenches and flanked by vast sandy heaths. Given the abundance of roads and paths and an easy layout, the race favored fast runners, with the top times per kilometer under 5 minutes.
Photos and maps from the race to follow ...
Next LuxOC Committee and Social Evening
The next Committee and Social Evening will be held on Wednesday 5 October at 20.00 - at the Roaches' - 55 am Steffesgaart, L-5222 Sandweiler (the Club’s legal “seat”). Beer, wine, soft drinks and light bites provided - no need to bring anything!
All members are welcome - as usual, part of the evening will be a discussion of Club matters and plans.
World Masters Orienteering Championships - a medal for Luxembourg!
The World Masters Orienteering Championships were held in Estonia from 6 to 13 August - around 4,000 runners took part, aged from 35 to over 90. And Luxembourg can claim a medal!
Annemari Vierikko ran brilliantly to secure 3rd place in the W50 class in the Sprint Final race, held in the heart of the old city of Tallinn. Unfortunately, she couldn’t go on to run in the Long races, held 60km east of Tallinn in intricate runnable pine forests - she had to rush straight from the Sprint medal ceremony to catch the ferry to Helsinki, ready to start her new teaching job back in Finland the following morning. So, sadly, a big loss for our club, but LuxOC can claim a share of her success.
Chris Scott, Inga Ausekle, and David and Maggie Roach also made the long trip north, but weren’t in contention for any of the top places. But the Luxembourg flag was prominently on display, and David Roach did the honours at the Opening Ceremony.