World Championships in Estonia
Monday, 17 July 2017
The WOC were held in the Tartu area of south-eastern Estonia
about 2 hours drive from the capital Tallin.
The SA Schools Team coaches, Bridget Anderson and Simon Uppill,
represented Australia with Bridget running the Middle Distance (Bridget was also a keen supporter of other team members as they competed) , and
Simon the Sprint, Sprint Relay, Middle Distance and Forest Relay.
Robin and Adrian Uppill also attended as spectators, running
in some of the public races, and Adrian also attended meetings of the IOF
The events were very well organised, with a spectator
control on all courses, although for the Long Distance this was towards the end
of the race. Estonia towns have Song
Centres which are outdoor stages and arenas, one of these was the start and run
through for the Sprint Relay. Relays are
often the most exciting races, and this was no exception as the 3rd
leg runners from Switzerland and Great Britain, and who were leading at the
time, made major errors in the tricky forest area in the latter part of the course,
allowing Sweden and Denmark to take the 1st and 2nd
Women line up in the Song Centre for the Sprint Relay
The Baltic countries are known for stork nests, with the
large nests commonly atop various poles.
The assembly area for the Long Distance at Rouge featured a giant stork
nest sculpture. The long distance event covered
gently undulating but marshy terrain with many major and minor tracks. Although
not a detailed technical map, making the best choice of the long legs and
having the strength in the terrain was the key to doing well.
The public event covered a similar area. On the W65A course,
6 of 9 controls were on marshes, and these were generally more long ponds with
a lot of water and surrounding mud.
W60 course in Estonia O Week event
The Middle Distance and Relay events used the same assembly
area and spectator run through. Many
runners found the areas challenging including Bridget and Belinda Lawford, the
second runner for Australia in the women’s race. Simon had a relatively clean run, with a few
minor hesitations, finishing 34th of the 82 runners.
Bridget in The Middle Distance
Simon's route for the first part of the Middle Distance, using control 4 as a route to control 2
Again the forest relay proved to be an exciting race, as
several of the fancied men’s teams made major mistakes in the tricky first 2
controls of the first leg. Simon ran the
first leg, coming through in 14th place, overall the team finished
Simon leads Estonia and France at the spectator control, men's relay.
For an analysis of how each race was run, see the World of O
All GPS routes can be found in the list at this site.