Successful Central European Youth Orienteering Cup

Posted on | April 24, 2017 | Category: News

Csilla Gardonyi and her team mates claim the relay gold. 

The town of Sobotka, situated in the foothills of Slesza mountain in Poland, hosted the second edition of the Central European Youth Orienteering Cup last weekend and was just as successful as the Event premiere in the Czech Republic  in 2016.

More than 100 young runners in different categories (M/W-16 and M/W-18) took part in the three-day races. The hosting Polish team competed against teams from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and Slovakia. On top of that, more than 300 runners of all age categories took part in the accompanying three-day event.

The races started on Friday with a sprint event. The race was rather unusual, with only one third of the courses leading through an urban area, while two thirds of the courses ran through a local forest. Map scale of 1:5000 in a forested area or competing for the first time in national team jersey were some of the reasons why many competitors made more mistakes than what is usual in a classic sprint orienteering event.

Saturday‘s middle distance race took place in the area which hosted last year‘s World cup race. The tracks were exquisite and most competitors were highly satisfied and happy to have taken part. Csilla Gardonyi (W16),Tereza Janosikova (W18) and Ferenc Jonas (M16) are three runners who, after having demonstrated their skills and winning on Friday in three different catagories, managed to win the Saturday‘s middle distance events as well. Jakub Dekret won his age category M18 and it was a premiere victory for Slovakia. On Saturday afternoon, after having competed hard, it was time to relax and many runners decided to visit the city of Wroclaw situated within a stone‘s throw.

And they’re off!

Sunday‘s race once again underlined the beauty of the relay race, where the team performance is what is above all essential for successfully completing and possibly ranking one of the first positions. Relay teams from Hungary were the most successful in both younger categories, beating two relay teams from the Czech Republic. The W18 category  turned out to be the most dramatic, with the three best relay teams running for medals and it wasn’t until the final part of the last leg where the results were decided. On the other hand, the two Czech relay teams showed their qualities and easily ranked first and second in the M18 category,  while there was a fierce competition for the third place won by Riccardo Casanova from Germany.

Exquisite racing events, young runners‘ high performance (threefold gold medalists Csilla Gardonyi and Ferenc Jonas from Hungary and Tereza Janosikova from the Czech Republic are to be mentioned above all and praised for their impeccable performance), the shared accommodation, excellent and friendly atmosphere among all the competitors – those are the main attributes of the second year of the Central European Youth Orienteering Cup.

The women’s teams head out on the relay.

Many thanks for making sure that the event runs smoothly and flawlessly belong to the Polish Orienteering Federation, Lower Silesian Orienteering Federation and mainly to Wojtek Dwojak – director and “soul” of the event.

“I am very glad that Polish organizers managed to make the event just as successful as the last year’s premiere in the Czech Republic and, having said that, actually making it even better in a few areas,” said Dusan Vystavel, organizer of the last year’s event.

“The event was a good rehearsal for us for the upcoming World Games in July,” said Wojtek Dwojak, the event manager.

Hungary will host the Cup next year from 6th to 8th April 2018. “The races will take place in the beautiful countryside of the Vertes mountains, about 50 km west of Budapest. We sincerely invite all nations to take part in the event. CEYOC is an open competition”, added Aron Less, Hungarian Orienteering Federation Secretary General.

The Czech team – winners of the team competition

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