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JWOC Jaffe Files - Long Final
Monday, 17 July 2017
The team were well prepared for the long today after the
traditional afternoon tea with the supporters yesterday. They polished
off all kinds of Finish pastries and the famous cinnamon buns as well as he
strawberries that are on sale in many road side stalls and are terrific. We
were also entertained by the Finish team who were prepping in their exclusive
“sauna” but had to come through our picnic area to get to the water to cool
off. They seem slightly less intimidating wearing budgee smugglers and
A chillier day in Finland with the odd shower blowing
through the arena surrounded on two sides by forest. At last we got to
wear some of the warm clothes we had brought. The JWOC long is the
‘classic” race of the carnival so surprisingly had only a short run in
and no spectator control. Luckily the sat tracking and split times kept us in
touch with the athletes and the commentary team did a better job.
This year JWOC and the Fin 5 have run together. The
collective JWOC fan club critique would be that at times Fin 5 has almost
seemed a priority for the organisers. Today the Fin 5 starts were from 9-12 and
the JWOC starts from 9 to 3. The long race with 170 Boys and 160 girls
needed that big a start window as they start three minutes apart. Despite
that, some trains still developed. The map had some great route choice legs and
they were aiming for 65-70 minutes winning times for the boys and 60-65 for the
The map was classic Finish terrain with plenty of light
green, many smaller rocky hills and lots of marshes. Many of the
marshes here though aren’t really obvious features well not to my untrained
eye. There are also lots of hashed felled areas that are really tough
under foot and the forest floor has low level blueberry bushes, spongy moss and
moss covered rocks .For a long distance there were sometimes real issues
finding the control in the circle. Single boulders on the side of hills in
light green aren’t easy and the boulder mapping here is ‘selective”. It’s
also harder to hang your hat on bare rock (not that I have ever tried hanging
my hat on a bare rock).
Both courses had one monster long leg with a “go straight
but go green” or “go wide and go by road” option. My observation was that
nearly all the top runners went the straighter route. Many of the team put
their fancied runners in the last start block so early positions are a bit
deceptive. By then there must be quite a lot of elephant tracks
particularly on shorter legs. I ran late in the Fin 5 today and there
were elephant tracks everywhere almost too many to be of help. With the
fieldback loaded You think someone has gone well and then they drop 30 or
40 places as the final runners come through. Oli O and Simona A were
favourites for a triple gold.
Caroline Pigerre was one of the first off and ran a very
respectable 89 minutes at her first JWOC. That got her 98th
place and she was very pleased. Toby Wilson came home in 94.22, looked strong
but as early leaders notched 69 minute times it was clear that sub 90 was
respectable, sub 80 very good and sub 70 meant a likely top 10. Jarrah Day was
next back and had a very solid run in 87.14. By the end of the day that
put him in 82nd. He looked fit and fast on the run in with his
best run of the week. Winnie O ran slightly faster than Caroline (two minutes)
and Tara M was another two minutes faster again in her best forest run of the week.
That got her 88th by end of day.
Simeon Burrill also finished looking strong in 91 minutes
which eventually put him 101st. I tracked Patrick most of the
way. He was in good shape at the first radio control but said he
made a two minute mistake early. On the long leg he went wide and took the
road. It looked like that was slower by a minute. The trouble with sat tracking
is that everything is visible. We` watched as he stood on the edge of the
circle at 15 for what seemed like ages but must have cost him two minutes.
Patrick then led a pack home in 88.32 for 89th place. He
wasn’t that happy as he’d hoped to have a clear run. Meanwhile Zoe Dowling
backed up her middle form with a very strong run . She ran clean and strong and
her time off 77 08 put her 59th. That was her best Long
Asha was next out and I tracked her. She went well till
another control in greenish stuff gave her some problems before her long leg
where she also took the wide option. With 5 controls to go Simona Aebersol
passed her and Asha said she appeared to float along. At one point Asha
fell and ended up lying on some moss. She said “it was so comfortable
that I could have gone to sleep”. Luckily she didn’t and did 86.26 for 91st.
Rachel Allen did incredibly well in her first JWOC with a time if 86 05 for 89th.
So we ended up with 5 girls between 88th and 98th
separated by 4 minutes. I think this is the first time for a while that
the whole team has been in the top 100. Simona Aebresol looked so full of
running as she finished in 56 03 for a three minute winning margin. The
Finn behind her was a further 3 minutes ahead of another swiss Sophie Backmann
So that left Joseph “emerging star” Dickinson and Aston to
come. Joseph started incredibly well and was running just ahead of sprint
medallist Tommy “hit man” Hayes. Joe took a quite straight route for the long
leg and Tommy was almost level when they hit the tricky controls post the long
leg. Joe did his own thing while Tommy missed the same control as Patrick.
Another great run from Joe in 81 53 and 56th place. Meanwhile
Oli O did what everyone expected and took the lead but with top Brits, Swedes
and French to come it wasn’t a done deal. He won by 40 seconds in the end
from Swede Simon Imark who led early in the race.
Then we picked up Aston and he was clearly running really
well. he took a very straight but green route on the long leg and Swede
Simon hector went further south and was gaining on Aston but coming a very
different way. They converged as they approached control 14. Could Aston stay
with one of the top Swedes? It turned into a pack of 3. Safety in
numbers and it helped them all along the last 6 controls. Simon Hector
ran into the bronze spot in 66. 07 but Aston’s ability to hang with the top
guys helped him run 76.10 for 28th place by far and away the best
Aussie and a great run by someone still 17.
It felt like a good day overall. Aston. Joe (again) and Zoe
the stand outs but lots of happy and tired Aussies. In the relay tomorrow
I think it will be Joe, Aston and Patrick in one team and Zoe, Tara and Asha
but we will have to see. The Swiss girls must be favourites and the Finnish men
but anything can happen in relays so we are looking forward to it.
Tonight Sue and I got to stay in an old converted school
house and have just enjoyed a traditional Sauna! So we are fired up for the
last day tomorrow but the internet speeds here aren’t great
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