First training on new map in Bambësch
Following a long spell of forced inactivity, a first open training was held on Sunday. After a few weeks of rain, the weather cleared up suitably for the weekend to allow the 29 participants to enjoy a part of Bambësh, never mapped before. While the paths are well know for most leisure runners, the forest between can be full of surprises.
The map has been procured during Summer and after our collected comments, surely a lot from today's participants, it will be put in its final form. Only a part of the mapped area was visited today, and we will return with more trainings in the Spring, and more surprises, next year.
CANCELLED - Orienteering at JP Morgan City Jogging on 5 July
The FLA - the organisers of the JP Morgan City Jogging event planned to take palce at d'Coque on Sunday 5 July - have today announced that, regrettably but in line with Government Covid-19 measures, this event is CANCELLED. This means that there will be no "come and try orienteering" on offer that day.
Luxembourg Orienteering Club hopes to support the 2021 JP Morgan City Jogging event, on 4 July 2021, again by offering orienteering courses, and guidance for anyone new to orienteering.
More information nearer the time!
Come and try orienteering at the JP Morgan City Jogging on Sunday 5 July
Luxembourg Orienteering Club is delighted to be associated with the 2020 JP Morgan City Jogging, being organised by the FLA in Luxembourg Ville and Kirchberg, on Sunday 5 July 2020.
There will be a course of about 3km for adults, crossing parkland and the Kirchberg arboretum. And also, two very simple and easy courses of about 1km for kids, to try either alone or with Mum or Dad “shadowing”.
The meeting point for the orienteering will be beside the lake outside d’Coque, adjacent to the start for the main City Jogging. And the orienteering courses will all share the finish with the Joggers. You can orienteer before, or after, the City Jogging – or instead!
Members of Luxembourg Orienteering Club will be on site throughout the event, to offer help, advice and explanations. No compass or special equipment is needed – the orienteering will be satisfying but easy.
For further information, and how to sign up before the day, please visit the City Jogging website run by the FLA.
Luxembourg Orienteering Club welcomes everyone!
LuxNUL - it's over for this year
To confirm that LuxNUL 6, scheduled for Wednesday 25 March, will not now take place, and is cancelled.
This means that the results of the five runs to date are now the final results. Well done to the league winners, Sasha and Elisabet, who had each already won three runs and were thus unbeatable anyway! Attached below are what are now the final standings.
LuxNUL hopes to be back next winter - thanks to all who supported this year's runs, especially those of you who travelled from outside Luxembourg to take part.
LuxNUL Planner and Organiser
Dear club members,
As you are all aware, the Corona-virus disease has been decleared pandemia and is affecting an increasing number of people around us. It is also affecting organisers and practitioners of orienteering. Effectively, all events around us have been cancelled for the near future. This goes for events in all our neighbouring countries.
Even if the Luxembourg limit for events currently is way above what we even dream off attracting to an orienteering event, we will lie low and are not planning anything for the Spring season. It is still recommended to be physically active and to exercise outdoors. We just need to minimise physical and social interaction.
However, we are about to contract a professional mapper for Bambesch. Given the overall situation, there is no timeline yet, but at least something to look forward to!
In the meantime, I wish the best of health and happiness through these strange times for all of you and your close ones!
LuxNUL 5 – flatter and easy in Belair
The fifth event in the 2019-20 Luxembourg Night Urban League (“LuxNUL”) series, in Belair and Merl, saw some fast running, on a flatter and technically easier area than some of the earlier LuxNULs. The most interesting part of the course was in Merl Park, at the beginning of the courses in order to beat the 20.00 locking of the park gates. And the only real hill came at the end, climbing up from the “LuxLait” new development (Luxembourg’s answer to Dubai, as one runner described it).
The weather was dry (there was luck here – it came on to rain hard while the controls were being collected in), and not too cold. But the recent weeks of rain meant that a few runners got unusually muddy feet in Merl Park, which had become notably swampy in places.
On the long (“Deer”) course, Sasha Rybakov made it four wins out of four starts, easing round the 5.1km course in under the half hour mark. An impressive victory. Jonas Wolff again came in second, running as hard as he could but still six minutes down on Sasha, having faded on the climb to the last control. Roland Ludwig was third, narrowly ahead of a pack (of two). Staffan Vowles, Chris Scott, Ondra Kotecky and Rob Hembrow were all absent, so the field was rather thinner than the planner had hoped. This also meant that the overall standings are little changed since LuxNul 4.
The leading three on the medium (“Rabbit”) course were again close together, with Elisabet Wirtz taking her third win in the series, and thus confirming her position as the overall LuxNUL winner on the Rabbit course. This time Elisabet was some two minutes ahead of Elvire Pierlot in second, with Maggie Roach coming third, a mere seven seconds further back. It was also good to see Shane Enright in action, returning gently from a back injury. Shane won the evening’s “best dressed” competitor award with some ease, turning out in a jacket with an impressive acreage of reflective patches, and positively glowing in the dark.
As usual, the full results for the run have been compiled by Michael Hock, and are on the Helga website – see https://helga-o.com/webres/?lauf=3172
Cumulative placings to date for the overall LuxNUL rankings are also attached. Remember – the best three results are counting, out of the series of six runs.
Thanks to Jan Sliva and his family for hosting us, and not just for letting us use their maze of cellars, but inviting us all upstairs for some very relaxing and congenial food and drink afterwards. Thanks too to Maggie Roach, for collecting the controls in the park, and then doing most of the footwork as the planner drove a lap of the area, sometimes thwarted by the many one-way streets, to collect the rest of the controls.
Luxembourg OC looks forward to welcoming all members and friends to the final LuxNUL, run number 6, on Wednesday 25 March, probably starting from Clausen. (This is however still “to be confirmed” – the planner is waiting for a non-rainy day before checking out the bar and the area!) Usual start times, although by then the days should have grown long enough to make a torch unnecessary. And this time, plenty of hills to run up! Final details on this website, a little nearer the date.
Full details for LuxNUL 5 - Wednesday 4 March, Belair
The next LuxNUL (Luxembourg Night Urban League) informal event of 2020 is planned for Wednesday 4 March. Everyone is welcome to come and run in the streets of posh Belair. As with the other LuxNUL runs to date, the emphasis is on route choice and careful map reading.
The first few controls should be in Merl Park. The park closes at 20.00, so last start time will be no later than 19.30.
Check this site after 21.00 the day before the run, if it looks as if snow or ice may cause the event to be postponed.
Full details here.
LuxNUL 4 – Bonnevoie, for the hardy few
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
That’s said to be the motto of the US Postal Service, but it’s also true of the dozen Luxembourg OC members and friends who turned out to run the fourth event in the 2019-20 Luxembourg Night Urban League (“LuxNUL”) series, in Bonnevoie. The weather wasn’t quite as the planner had expected – cool and cloudy was the forecast, and this was the basis for the decision to go ahead and not postpone the event. So the sleet white-out that blew in just as the planner set out to hang the controls was an unwelcome surprise. And – although the skies then cleared – the icy ground and patches of freezing fog that greeted runners after the first couple of controls made for tough conditions.
On the long (“Deer”) course, last starter Sasha Rybakov made it three wins out of three starts, easing round the 5.1km course in under 37 minutes. But not too far behind was Club president Jonas Wolff, with his best run in the series to date, making some shrewd route choices along the way. And, with Ondra Kotecky out of action, third place went to Club secretary Staffan Vowles – the only runner to have completed all four LuxNUL runs so far. And while Sasha can now already be sure of the overall LuxNUL Deer course title, with his three wins putting him in an unassailable lead, Staffan moved up to fourth LuxNUL place overall, having dropped the slow time he put in at Limpertsberg.
The leading three on the medium (“Rabbit”) course were also close together, with Elisabet Wirtz taking her second win in the series, just ahead of Renelde Pierlot, who was making her first appearance as a LuxNUL runner, but running and navigating very steadily. Maggie Roach was two and a half minutes down in third, but Maggie, a D60, has the overall lead at the moment as she has run the most times in the series.
The courses both involved a big route-choice leg early on – with the options including a drop down to the bridge towards Hamm over the Alzette and then a brutal ascent up a long flight of steep stairs, or a rather longer no-climbing run towards the centre of Bonnevoie and back out. The Deer course had an extra twist at the start of the leg – climbing up through the dark forest, or an easy flat run along the bank of the Alzette but with an extra 250 metres of distance. By accounts, most people braved the woods and the steps. Which way would you have chosen? A copy of the Deer course is attached.
The last control rather emphasised the “urban” character of the LuxNUL series, hung right outside the main entrance to the busy Cactus supermarket. But the beggar sitting under the flag only arrived during the event – the planner apologises for this extra local colour.
As usual, the full results for the run have been compiled by Michael Hock, and are on the Helga website – see https://helga-o.com/webres/index.php?lauf=3153 Cumulative placings to date for the overall LuxNUL rankings are also attached. Remember – the best three results will count, out of the series of six runs.
Thanks to Balazs Duhy for hosting us, in the garage behind his apartment. The Club banner, draped over the entrance alley, came in handy as an aid to finding the venue. It wasn’t the most luxurious event base there’s ever been – when the planner asked what facilities there were, he was told that it “had an electric light”. But the location was ideal, and LuxOC is not ungrateful!
And thanks also to Maggie Roach, for co-piloting the planner as he drove round the streets after the event to collect all the controls. The car navigating challenges, and roads that by then were like a skating rink, made the task feel a bit like one of the icier stages of the Monte Carlo rally!
Luxembourg OC looks forward to welcoming all members and friends to LuxNUL 5, on Wednesday 4 March, in Belair. Some super jugendstil and bauhaus architecture to admire, and hopefully the weather will be kinder and will encourage a few more runners to take part. Further details – see the next news item on this webpage.
LuxNUL 4 Bonnevoie Wed 12 February - ON!
Simply to confirm that the run is ON. This is despite only rather few sign ups.
The weather looks as if it will be better and calmer than the last few days, although there will still be some wind, and maybe a few sleet showers.
So dress warmly!
There are a couple of interesting route choices awaiting you.
Full details for LuxNUL 4 - Wednesday 12 February, Bonnevoie
The next LuxNUL (Luxembourg Night Urban League) informal event of 2020 is planned for Wednesday 12 February. Everyone is welcome to come and run in the streets of Bonnevoie, Luxembourg's nner-city cosmopolitan working-class suburb. As with the other LuxNUL runs to date, the emphasis is on route choice and careful map reading.
Snow or ice seem unlikely to force postponement, but check this site after 21.00 the day before the run if the weather does turn worse.
Full details here.
LuxNUL3 - lots of route choices in Helmsange
Who knew?! Helmsange turned out to be a great area for night urban orienteering. On Wednesday 29 January, Helmsange and Walferdange hosted the third run in the 2019-20 Luxembourg Night Urban League (“LuxNUL”) series. Luxembourg OC were also once again blessed by the weather gods, with earlier sleet showers petering out just as the planner put out the last couple of controls.
With a lower turnout than in Limpertsberg (only 15 starters – illness and injuries seem to be proliferating), Sasha Rybakov again took the honours on the long (“Deer”) course. This time, with no home advantage. That instead went to Ondra Kotecky – who said that the best route to the first control (which he didn’t take) was “probably through his garden and house”.
Ondra did manage second place, only two minutes and one second behind Sasha. Indeed, he claims a moral victory – sadly, he was the main victim of the theft of control 12, which he got to before the replacement flag could be put out. He later provided a very impressive GPS trace of this part of his run, which showed him making a futile search of several nearby trash bins! He also reckoned that this all took him exactly two minutes and three seconds.
So, there’s all to play for between Sasha and Ondra in Bonnevoie on 12 February.
On the medium (“Rabbit”) course, newcomer Caroline Germeaux was home more than seven minutes ahead of Maggie Roach, closely followed by young Elvire Pierlot, visiting from CO Liege. An impressive result for Caroline, who has only just joined the Club, and was having her first competitive run.
As usual, the full results for the run have been compiled by Michael Hock, and are on the Helga website – see https://helga-o.com/webres/?lauf=3137
Cumulative placings to date for the overall LuxNUL rankings are also attached. The outcome is beginning to look clearer now that some people have their three scoring runs, and can begin to drop their least good runs. Remember – the best three results will count, out of the series of six runs.
A copy of the Deer course is also attached – if you weren’t running, which was the best route? The planner thought that using the subway at Walferdange station was the best way to the second control (it was the shortest alternative by about 40 metres), but most runners seemed to prefer a less technical route heading out into the fields further north. To make it fairer, the planner had announced in advance that times would be adjusted downwards for anyone who (honestly and accurately!) timed how long they had to wait at any of the level crossings on the infamously busy railway line. Michael Hock ended up with the longest “rest”, of just on two minutes.
Thanks – firstly and mainly to recently re-elected Club President Jonas, for hosting us in his garage and opening his beer fridge, handily located five metres from the finish line, to us all. And also to Staffan, Jonas, and Rob for collecting in controls. (Apologies to Damien and Judith, because the collectors got to the last couple of controls before you did!)
And lastly to André Pierlot, for spotting that control 12 on the “Deer” course had been removed during the 90 minutes or so after the planner had put it out. But, no thanks at all to the thief of rue Pierre Conrardy, who now presumably is the proud possessor of an ageing 15cm O-flag plus one of the Club’s newer pin punches. Why do people do this? It seems to happen in Luxembourg much more often than in other countries. Don’t they realise that it is, purely and simply, theft?
Luxembourg OC looks forward to welcoming all members and friends to LuxNUL 4, on Wednesday 12 February, in Bonnevoie. Further details on this website a few days before the run.
Full details for LuxNUL 3 - Helmsange, Wednesday 29 January
The next LuxNUL (Luxembourg Night Urban League) informal event of 2020 is still planned for next Wednesday, 29 January. Everyone is welcome to come and run in the streets of Helmsange and Walferdange.
Snow or ice seem unlikely to force postponement, but check this site next Tuesday after 21.00 if the weather does turn worse.
Full details are attached. Do please note the special rule, needed to keep the results fair if the railway level crossing gates are closed!
LuxNUL 2 – no contours, but plenty of hills in Limpertsberg
On Wednesday 15 January, Limpertsberg saw the second run in the 2019-20 Luxembourg Night Urban League (“LuxNUL”) take place. Just like in Sandweiler last month, the only people to get wet were the planner putting out the controls, and the control collectors after the event.
Despite a few regular contenders being absent – business trips, new babies, illnesses, it happens… there was a good turnout, 24 in total. It was particularly good to welcome five SudOLuxiens, our guests from Arlon and beyond.
Sasha Rybakov took the honours on the long (“Deer”) course. Some might say Sasha had a home advantage – and yes, it is true that the course did start and finish at the front door of his very own flat. But, to be fair, Sasha has only very recently moved to Limpertsberg. It was a close result, too, with Ondra Kotecky only five seconds behind, despite trying to cross Parc Tony Neumann in the dark with the gates shut. Not the “approved route”, Ondra. (The planner apologises for having marked the out of bounds area not quite as extensively on the map as it was on the ground – sorry if one or two people were misled because it looked as if there was a way round the Parc, there really wasn’t!)
On the medium (“Rabbit”) course, Elisabet Wirtz won by three minutes. Again, home advantage may have contributed – Elisabet lives two blocks away from Sasha, and had very kindly offered to host a control in her front garden. (The planner, whilst grateful, opted not to!) Second place went to Maggie Roach – here it can be confirmed that being the planner’s wife conferred NO advantage at all!
As usual, the full results for the run have been compiled by Michael Hock, and are on the Helga website – see https://helga-o.com/webres/index.php?lauf=3115
Cumulative placings to date for the overall LuxNUL rankings are also attached. The outcome will become clearer once people have three or more runs, and begin to drop their least good runs. Remember – the best three results will count, out of the series of six runs.
The planner was delighted to see so many people talking after the event with maps in their hands, comparing route choices. Views seemed to differ on which was the optimum route on several legs, especially those with hills, so it looks as if the route choices the planner was offering were well balanced. The consensus seemed to be that Limpertsberg had made a much better area for urban orienteering than anyone had expected, and that the University of Luxembourg campus in particular was tip-top terrain.
People seemed to manage with a map without contours – this time, it hadn’t been possible for the LuxOC mapping guru to work the magic of adding brown lines to the base OpenOMap. The planner just had to add lots of spot heights instead, to keep things fair. It seemed to work.
Thanks – firstly and mainly to Sasha, for not just hosting the run, but also for collecting some of the controls – the planner really appreciated not having to do the whole 5km circuit twice. Thanks also to the school caretaker at control 85, for forgetting to lock his gates – the planner only found out after the run had started that these gates are officially locked at 20.00. And thanks too to the good citizens of Limpertsberg for not removing any of the controls. Especially to the deaf old lady who (after a long and difficult conversation, speaking none of the same languages as the planner) eventually agreed that the planner could tie a control to “her” lamppost, outside her front window.
LOST PROPERTY – a nice pair of green Innov8s were left in Sasha’s front hall. Email the “info” club email address if you want them back – or collect them at the AGM on Wednesday 22 January. Also, we also still have no taker for the nice blue gloves left in the garden at LuxNUL 1 in Sandweiler last month.
Luxembourg OC looks forward to welcoming all members and friends to LuxNUL 3, on Wednesday 29 January, in Helmsange and Walferdange. Further details on this website a few days before the run, but the start and finish will be in the Club President’s garage. Venez nombreux!
LuxNUL 2 - Limpertsberg
The first LuxNUL (Luxembourg Night Urban League) event of 2020 should take place next Wednesday, 15 January, as planned. Snow or ice seem unlikely to force potponement, but check this site next Tuesday after 21.00 if the weather does turn worse.
Full details are on the event page.
Close results at LuxNUL 1 in Sandweiler
The first run in the 2019-20 Luxembourg Night Urban League ("LuxNUL") took place on the streets and paths of Sandweiler on Wednesday 11 December. The rain stopped just before the first starters set off, and runners were set some interesting route choice challenges.
The winner on the long ("Deer") course was Chris Scott, putting in a fast performance after some time out with injuries. He was 2 1/2 minutes clear of Jonas Wollf and Ondra Kotecky - both of whom will remember to bring headlamps to the next LuxNUL! Honours were even between Staffan Vowles and Michael Hock, and Rob Hembrow was only one second ahead of Brigi Gersey - bet Rob will be putting in some training before the next run!
Winner of the middle distance ("Rabbit") course was young Elvire Pierlot. She and her family were welcome visitors from the Belgian club CO Liege.
Youngest participant was Lola, Orsi Luckoczky's recently arrived daughter, taking part in the D0 age category, for which the use of a stroller and a mother to push are fully permitted.
The results for the run have been compiled by Michael Hock, and are on the HELGA website - see here.
Cumulative placings to date for the overall LuxNUL rankings are also attached.
LOST PROPERTY - a nice pair of blue woollen gloves was found outside the venue. Please contact David Roach either directly, or via the "info" club email address, to arrange safe return.
Luxembourg OC looks forward to welcoming members and friends to the next LuxNUL run, on Wednesday 15 January 2020, in Limpertsberg. Further details on this website nearer the time.
LuxNUL Co-ordinator and Organiser
2020 Annual General Meeting
The clubs Annual General Meeting will be held at the club seat at 55 am Steffesgaart, Sandweiler, on Wednesday 22 January 2020. More information will follow in due course.
Rainy Club Champs
Dear everyone - especially those of you that braved the autumn monsoon season and ran at Trier today!
A big thank you to Sven, Birger, Lisa and others in Trimmelter SV and Gymnasion Offenbach for hosting us at their double sprint event. The university campus gave some good technical sprint orienteering, and the courses were well planned, to make the most of the area. A great day out, even if a bit wet. And a big congratulation tothose of you that braved the autumn monsoon season and ran at Trier today!
Please find below as well the “clean scratch results" as - having applied Ondra’s mystical Speed Ratios - the “ final handicap” results. And the referee’s decision is final, I am afraid!
Congratulations to our worthy winner Gabi - who just beat the Mens’ Champion this year, Sasha. And many condolences to our speedy D60, Maggie, who would have clinched the Handicap honours if she’d checked the code at number 12 on the first race!
Fog doesn't matter to real orienteers
We are really proud of those tough runners and adventurous families that came yesterday — the worst day of the autumn so far in terms of weather. The forest was misty and wet, at places even a bit scary for the smallest ones, but still beautiful. And the numbers: 30 people all in all, out of which 6 individual runners and 6 families (with 9 adults and 15 kids). Thank you for coming!
Now and then ... 1966-2019
The first World Championships in orienteering were held in 1966 in Fiskars, a small village in the south of Finland best known for scissors, knives and garden tools. A lot can and probably should be told of the organisation that went into that event, e.g. that the venue was kept secrret until the morning of the race and the runners were driven by bus 100 km from downtown Helsinki directly to the start.
But leaving that aside, below you can find the competiton map, a 1:25,000 enhanced standard topographic map from the time, with the forses for both men and women. The men's 14.1 km was won by Åge Hadler in 1:36:05 and the womens's 6.6 km by Ulla Lindkvist in 52:45. Results
This past weekend, the Finnish long distance champs were held in the same village and the same forest. Two participants from 1966 returned, Juhani Salmenkylä (born 1932) and Anja Meldo (born 1945).
The organisers chose not to do a rerun of the of the old courses. While the forest as such probably hasn't changed that much, there are some new logging roads and a transmission line that make the old courses significantly easiers in terms of navigation. But also the change in mapping standard and other expectations required a change in approach. Over courses with sgnificantly more control points, Miika Kirmula won the men's 15.8 km with 1:26:19 and Merja Rantanen the women's 11.2 km with 1:14:09. That especially the women are faster today is illustrated by the winning time in the over 45 class with 50:10 over 6.8. km. Obviously navigation is also easier with a modern map.
Here you can see for yourselves, what the new map looks like and compare your percieved navigational abilities.
Routegadget qualification races (different part of the forest with finish line almost the same as in 1966)
LuxOC misses Top 10 by a whisker at Belgian Club Relay championships
LuxOC fielded two teams in the Belgian Club Relay championships last weekend, and came within seconds of notching a Top 10 result. LuxOC 1 (Jonas, Ondra, Staffan, Jan, Marjanka and Misa) finished 11th out of 42 teams, six seconds behind the 10th spot and a mere 45 seconds shy of the 8th place. LuxOC 2 (Gabi, Sasha, Elisabet, Inga, Brigitta, Chris) came in 21st despite a mishap on the first leg where a dubiously placed control cost many teams lots of time.
The race took place near Vielsalm in eastern Belgium, as close as to our borders as it gets, in perfect weather in a forest that was last used for a competition many years ago. The updated map featured every shade of green, with thickets galore and barely discernible vegetation boundaries. The terrain was difficult physically; part of the forest was covered in branches, while the northwestern part of the map featured a large depression overgrown by an impermeable thicket.
The star of the day was 10-year-old Marjánka Kotecká, the youngest of all 252 competitors, who covered an adult leg of 3,3K in 44 minutes and had the second fastest finish of all runners on her leg, covering the distance between the last control and the finish line in the same time as her dad! The day was wrapped up with a lovely barbecue courtesy of the Kotecký family. LuxOC members will now soon disperse into their respective summer destinations, with lots of orienteering planned in various countries. A good holiday to all!
A footnote on after the race
The archives reveal that on 19 January 2009, on the day of a regional event at the map Hinter den Sandgruben, Orsi, Chris and Ondra (Marjánka was about -3 months at that time) undertook an expedition to the Kneiff mountain, believed today to be the higest point of the country. (It must be very tall – you remark that the expedition members stand above the trees!)
As since hundred years extensive efforts are carried out by the Administration du cadastre et de la topographie make the location and the height of the highest point change every few years, Jáchym, Marjánka, Jonáš and Ondra undertook a proactive expedition to the Buurgplaatz after the race. In fact, there is a reason to belive that it is precisely this place that will hold the title once again, as soon as the new lidar data is released later in fall.
Below is a panel installed in front of the water tower at Buurgplaatz before the 1997 change, claiming for it the title.
Season closing in Graulinster
Challenging routes in Bambesch
On Sunday, 19 May, Elisabet organized a training exercise for LuxOC in the Bambesch. Surprisingly, it turned out that our old map still offers possibilities for challenging orienteering routes, especially the eastern part with its ups and downs and runnable, hidden forest parts. Eighteen runners or teams had a choice between 5 different routes. This time the event attracted not just the habitual families with kids but also adults including a couple of orienteers from Hungary and Spain, respectively, who had just moved to Luxembourg and are now looking forward to becoming members. Also, much to our delight, two former club members showed up as they were spending their holiday in Luxemburg: Annemarie and Ritva from Finland.
Here are the results:
Vitek & Thomas 22'
Ciolabaya Volna 34'
Ciolabaya Volna 49'
Jamaan & Saan 62'
Vitek & Thomas DNF
Sascha 25' (including time spent collecting some flags J)
Paul (CNF because of missing flags that Sasha had collected ....)
WOW - World Orienteering Week breaks records
LuxOC's annual World Orienteering Week event was held on Thursday 16 May.
Records were broken! We had more participants this year than ever before, and were delighted to welcome several non-members, both "first-timers" and orienteers who "just happened to be in Luxembourg". It was great to see Ritva, one of our founding members, passing back through Luxembourg. And we think we broke a WORLD record, by having 15 different nationalities participating!
Here are the final results - thanks to Michael Hock of Helga for making them look pretty. http://helga-o.com/webres/index.php?lauf=2789
Big thanks to all involved - mostly to Orsi, for letting us turn her front garden into the pre-start area, and for generously hosting our post-event social with much food and drink.
Also to Julien, for much digital magic in adding contours and a "zoom" of the Coque Maze to our map, and teaching planner David how to use PurplePen, the cool app that draws courses on the map. The contours were rather important, as they shaped several of the route choices, especially the 1.4km long leg (6 to 7) on the Deer course. Planner David was delighted that the top three runners each seemed to have taken a different route - but he apologises profusely for not spotting that builders had blocked a path just near the European School, which slightly spoilt the route that he thought was the best one. Which way would you go?
And lastly to Jurgen and Jana for helping to collect the controls afterwards - bikes are so much quicker.
We'll definitely be having more evening urban events of this type - next one probably in the autumn.
David - Planner and Organiser
Successful opening of the 2019 training season
We lost count of how many people turned up in the Kirchberg Arboretum on the last, sunny day of March, but we are certain that there were more than 80 participants all in all, out of which at least 50 children. We even managed to convince a passer-by dog walker to try out a course! We can safely say that orienteering is getting popular in Luxembourg, even if most kids were just walking, getting to know the map.
Watch out for the next event on 27th April!
Take the long way home
Seven brave runners challenged the cold rain and showed up for the year's prime training event. The intention was to saty as close to, according to ones own abilities, the red line trespassing the deep but hardl untouched Grengewald between Gonderange and Helmsange. Everyone drifted somewhat from the, admittedly loosely, prescribed corridor but also made to the end before nightfall, to the big relief of the organiser.
This is an easy way to organise something at least resebling orienteering in Luxembourgish forests and we will surely try something similar again...sometime.
See the participants enjoying well deserved awards afterwards.
Water window on Gebranntebësch
Champs in pictures
Exciting escalades in Esch-sur-Sure
The 2018 Club and National Championships were held in beatiful Esch-sur-Sure. 29 runners bravely challenged the weather and although it stopped raining just in time for the event. However, the rain had made the ground, rocks and stairs slippery in places; something that had to be factored in in selecting route-choices.
The results below show runnig times and corrected time where coefficients recognising gender and age are factored in.
Congratulations to our Champions!
|Old||Class||Coefficient||Corrected Time||Running Time|
|1||Marie Anna Kotecká||D10||0.86||00:10:24||00:12:06|
Annual general meeting
The clubs Annual General Meeting will be held at the club seat at 55 am Steffesgaart, Sandweiler, on Wednesday January 16 2019. More information will follow in due course.
Invitation to Club Champs
Please find invitation to 2018 Club Championships in the Calendar:
Rainless training in Parc Klose-Groendchen
48, 30 and 0 – these are the most important numbers related to our latest training: 48 participants, 30 control points and 0 drops of rain (which is close to a miracle on a wet day like that).
The most enthusiastic and successful participant is definitely Jan Panuška, who ran 3 different courses and won all of them!
The longest course (the so-called “Norwegian master map” map memory game) was won by Julien – is it because he drew the map himself and knows every nook and cranny? Next time in this terrain he’ll have to run with his eyes closed :-)
And the three fastest runners of each course:
Squirrel 1 (1000 m)
1) Jan, 10:05
2) Jáchym, 12:50
3) Marjánka and Jonáš, 18:11
Squirrel 2 (1000 m)
1) Jan, 11:35
2) Jáchym, 16:10
3) Marjánka and Jonáš, 21:31
Rabbit (2200 m)
1) Jan, 23:35
2) Eva, 31:00
3) Christos, 53:30
Deer (map memory) (3300 m)
1) Julien, 24:54
2) Sasha, 28:20
3) Miša, 32:00
Thanks to the helpers: Jonas (for putting out checkpoints, welcoming people and organizing the weather), plus Sasha and Miša for collecting flags afterwards.
Results from the World Orienteering Day
The results from the World Orienteering Day in Howald are available in Helga: https://helga-o.com/webres/index.php?lauf=2336
High grass and palm trees
Many thanks to the 50 participants, of all ages and levels but all highly motivated and enthousiast, who managed to navigate in such green and flowered park. Check out the ticks ! Find attached the maps.
25' 50'' - Oleksandr
28' 15'' - Jevgenijs
36' 21'' - Jonas
41' 02'' - Jan
42' 5'' - André
42' 34'' - Inga
43' 4'' - Filip
43' 23'' - Orsi
55' 40'' - Renelde
56' 15'' - David R.
56' 28'' - Staffan
56' 39'' - Elvire
1h 6' 10'' - Brigitta
1h 10' 40'' - Robert
1h 18' 30'' - David S.
UNK - Morag
31' 0'' - Maggie
59' 20'' - Emma
27' 13'' - Mick & Emma
May grass in Mersch
On Sunday some of you came by bike, others by train, one ran in, another ran back home. Few pictures from the park and two samples of the exercises: an A or B circuit with penalty checkpoints for those who answer wrong, and simple but swift courses with many control points. We were nicely surprised how well did the children understand the countour lines!
Thanks for coming and see you next time. (And special thanks to Inga for the warm cider!)
World Orienteering Day 2018 - Wed 23 May
World Orienteering Day is on Wednesday 23 May this year. The International Orienteering Federation is hoping to have 500,000 people doing an orienteering activity that day. LuxOC's contribution will be a very informal "semi-urban" event in Howald and Houwald (the woodland next to Howald). Three courses - 2.0km (easy), 4.5km (moderate), or 6.5km (hard, lots of hills!). Starts from 19.00 until 20.00. All welcome, members or not!
Full details are attached.
April showers in Bambësch!
Today morning at 7:30, when I arrived in the Bambësch to depose the first flags, I was wondering who would come to my training on this rainy Sunday morning. Only 5 family had inscribed. If they did not appear for bad weather reasons or illness my whole work would be useless.
Nevertheless I was enjoying to be alone in a forest in the early morning and the leafs were protecting me against all the raindrops...
But luckily, at the end, 20 different teams showed up and did at least one run each. Among the runners were a lot of Czech nationals, thanks to the strong Czech community! Unfortunately in run D the flag number 13 was missing at the end.
Hope to see you next time again, Elisabet
Here the results, but notice that the times are approximative:
Run A (very easy, children alone)
- Conie (10 Min.)
- Mila-Dani (11 Min.)
- Katrina (15 Min.)
- Vitek (20 Min.)
- Matthias (23 Min.)
Run B (families beginners or children alone)
- E and S (12 Min.)
- Sofija (28 Min.)
- Conie (28 Min.)
- Katrina (32 Min.)
- Zawrel (30 Min.)
- Böhm (35 Min.)
- Vitek (46 Min.)
- Cramer-Trio (52 Min.)
- Barni (55 Min.)
Run C (advanced families or children alone)
- Eva (20 Min.)
- Ian (25 Min.)
- Katrina (29 Min.)
- Emma (33 Min.)
- Matthias (shortcutted)
- Staffan (33 Min.)
- David (38 Min.)
- Marek (40 Min.)
- Maggie (47 Min.)
- Sofija (67 Min.)
- Paul (until flag 13)
- Jakob (until flag 13)
Feedback from 2 december training in Senningerberg
See below the result of today's run. Congratulations to all participants, especially the newcomers ! Find the map here.
|6||Marina & Veronica||40||02:08||6||128||-82|
Vote for "Course of the Year"
Please note that the Luxembourg City Race has been nominated for "Course of the year" at Worldofo.com. If you liked it, please go ahead and vote for it!
You'll find live results on Helga: http://helga-o.com/webres/index.php?lauf=2078
Start list now published
The start list for the City Race next Sunday has now been published. All start times - which are between 10.00 and 11.30 - can be seen by following this link http://helga-o.com/start/?lauf=1230
Please remember that you should allow 20 minutes to get from the Event Centre to the Start.
Juniors and Children (Courses E and F) do not have set start times - they are all listed as having a start at 00.00.00. This should give the flexibility that parents often appreciate. As soon as they present themselves at the Start, Juniors and Children will be given the next available start time within the 10.00 to 11.30 overall period of start times.
Please contact the Organiser via firstname.lastname@example.org if the start time you have been allocated is going to be a problem, and we will do our best to help you. However, please note that Courses B and C are now 90% plus subscribed, and so there is very restricted capacity for change, or entry on the day, on these two courses.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Pre-entries have now closed! Start list will be published on the evening of Monday 30 October
Pre-entries have now finally closed for the City Race next Sunday. There are almost 300 runners, with clubs from 14 countries participating.
Final Details for the event have been posted on our City Race sub-website.
If you have not yet entered, and would still like to run, entries on the day will be available, until map stocks run out. Please note however that Courses B and C are already nearly fully subscribed, so only a few places are left on these courses.
As already announced, because of the unexpectedly high number of entries, we have had to change our original plans - all pre-entrants (except for Courses E and F - Juniors and Children) will now be allocated a start time. The start list will be published on the evening of Monday 30th October.
Juniors and Children will not have set start times - this should give the flexibility that parents often appreciate. Juniors and Children will be given the next available start time as soon as they present themselves at the Start.
We look forward to seeing you next Sunday!
Please come early!
Final city race details were published.
Originally we had intended not to allocate any start times, and for competitors to simply queue at the start for the next available start time. However, there will now be a start list, with all pre-entrants being allocated a start time. We apologise for this change in organisation. However this has become necessary because of the unexpectedly high level of pre-entries received. The start list will be posted on the website on Monday 30 October.
If you count on an entry on the day, please plan to come early. The last start time is 11.30 – rather earlier than at many events. And you need to allow 15-20 minutes to get from the Event Centre to the Start.
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!
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
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
Yet another sunny training !
Sun shines for our kids' training afternoon
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.