Successful premiere of the Central European Youth Orienteering Cup

Posted on | April 18, 2016 | Category: News

And they’re off! The relay is underway.

Young athletes from five countries gathered together on the first weekend in April to compete in the first edition of the Central European Youth Orienteering Cup, which was held in the surroundings of Hranice na Moravě, Czech Republic. Youth national teams competed for a challenge trophy in the Saturday’s middle race, which was held on map Šimonka around Rybáře, and in the Sunday’s relay race organised in the hilly terrain surrounding Helfštýn castle.

Dramatic setting of the event centre.

The idea behind this event was to enable up to 24 athletes aged 16 to 18 to participate in an international event where the focus is not yet on the European titles.

Even though the decision about the exact date of this year’s event was made quite late, most of the invited countries adapted their season plans so that they could participate in the event, which turned out to be a valuable experience for the teams. The competitions showed the athletes’ shape at the beginning of the season, and also gave an indication of what they need to work on in their preparations for the European Championships later this year.

A triumphant relay team.

The big winners at the first “Five Nations’ Cup” were the Czech Republic, who won the overall competition with 411 pionts, ahead of second place Hungary, 155 points, and third place Poland, 104 points. Germany was fourth with 58 points and the very young team from Slovakia finished fifth with 24 points.

Comparing route choices after a successful race.

The success of this first ever Central European Youth Orienteering Cup means that event is likely to continue to be an important part of the early youth competition season in years to come. The participating countries definitely have it in their calendar for coming years, and there are already organisers that have expressed an interest in hosting the event, meaning that the future of the event could look something like this: Hungary in 2017, Poland in 2018 and Slovakia in 2019.

Photos: Jiri Cech

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