středa 17. října 2012

Hungarian Long Distance Championships

Two weeks after Czech Long Distance Championships I realized to visit also Hungarian Champs on the same distance. Event was prepared in terrains from WMOC2011. That means many of hills, some contours details and some green areas... In fact there was quite much green areas, especially undergrowth parts.
Conception of both of champtionships was same - On Saturday qualification race and on Sunday final race. Parameters of qualification and final looks very similar to czech parameters. For qualification about 9km with climbing more then 400m. (in Czech it was 9,3km/520m) and for final race 13km with 630m climbing (in Czech 12,9km/645m). But of course it is not possible to compare competition in rocks with competition in hilly terrain). 
As Manasss told me few weeks ago, qualification is just "necessary evil". So aim was clear: To go throw to Final-A and save as much energy as possible. Qualification race looks more like longer middle but in scale 1:15 000. It means that all the time I had to focus on my map. My compass magnifier really helped me with that. Especially on parts just after the start. In combination of contours, undergrowth and narrow rides really wasnt easy to run with no mistakes...

Difficult area near start (zoomed cca 10 000x)
After I went throw few first controls without problems, I slowed down a little bit. Then, when I met Csaba Gosswein who started 3 minutes before me, I knew I could slow down more... I knew that Csaba is one of runners who can reach medal from championships and he definitelly must know which pace is enough to go to final-A. I my heat I was on second position about 5 minutes behind Ádám Kovács and also 20 minutes ahead last guy who went to final-A :-)

Qualification map
Full of strenght I started to final. In final area there were much more hills than in qualification. When I was counting climbing on my routechoices I counted about 750m. A I think I try to not run to hills if it was not necessary. Setting of courses was quite similar to Saturdays qualification. Many of short legs and just one longer routechoice :( Maybe it was a tax for terrain with many paths, but still I think there was possible to make up at least two or three nice long routechoices... Also in map were few control points, which was really just about luck to find it. For example holes like controls no. 4 or 31. And control 31 reminds me, that we had 34 controls... It is quite much. If somebody would have SI5 and mispuch 2 more controls, could have problem :-D

Me on last control point

But i do not want it look that it was bad competition. Throw this some weird staffs if was nice long distance competition which really proof physical and also map skills of runners. For me was definitelly advantage to start on the end of startlist. Mainly in parts between controls 14-20 there were in big slope some paths, so it was easier to run. 

Final map 

I spend in that course more than 95 minutes and ran 14,5km. It means overal second position! I was again beated by Ádám Kovács with more than 4 minutes. On third place was Máté Kerényi. 

Prize giving ceremony W21 and M21

Besides me we had two more medal position in champs classes. Mónika Szokol and Ildikó Szerencsi. Congratulations to both of them!

Szegedi Vasutas medalists

Next week I plan to support my Hungarian club to Hungarian Relay and Team Championships. We will see what happens :-)