Last collection of this year´s medals were passed at two last championships, which were held near Prag last weekend. On Saturday it was a competition of standard 3-member teams and on Sunday it was a "club championship" and every team consisted of 7 members (4 men and 3 women).
We ran in quite fast and easy terrain with many vegetation details. In comparison with for example swedish or finish relay championship is every leg quite short about 40-45 minutes as at WOC.
The relay race in men's category is alway big battle of about 10 strong teams. This year´s race brought interesting battle till last seconds. Our club "Zabovresky Brno" had 2 minute lead after 2 legs before my start, so it looked quite clear. And it looked even clearer when I looked at my the course, which didnt indicate any problem at all. What a big shock was for me to see Jan Prochazka (a club Praga Praha) punching 10th control few seconds ahead of me. Two minutes lead disappear quickly and unexpectedly although I ran almost a perfect race. A "forking" of the courses shuffled placings quite markedly this weekend. Our team got shorter legs and advantage in the beginning of the race and now the balange were coming back. I continued with Jan till 16th control, where I didnt notice a flag behind trees and lost almost 1 minute unnecessarily. The gold medal flew away and moreover I was catched by another runner Pavel Kubat (junior world champion of this year) of a club OK 99 Hradec Kralove. Luckily I was able to make about a half minute lead till spectator control and I again felt quite "self-confident". But afterwards I made another big mistake and was catched by Pavel again. Luckily he looked quite tired, so I got the lead quite easily again. But then I made a stupid mistake again on the second last control and gifted him and OK 99 silver medals. What a thrilling race! 😉 Unfortunately I didnt manage a situation, where the clear victory unexpectedly changed to a big battle.
1. SK Praga…………………… 129.38
2. OK 99 Hradec Králové……… 130.30 + 0.52
3. SK Žabovřesky Brno……….. 130.40 + 1.02
4. TJ Slavia Hradec Králové …. 133.15 + 3.37
5. OOB TJ Turnov……………. 133.18 + 3.40
The Club Championship is probably more prestigious than relay (and just one step behind swedish 25manna 😉 ) (and I must reveal that one of the best czech club – TJ Turnov is coming there this year!!!) The race was very tight and exciting. Six teams fought for medals very long time and in the end there were only 3 seconds between two best ones. The race were full of changes again because of the forking. And 3 minute slower time could still meant an errorless race. I ran 5th of 7 legs and stared 6th with unpleasant loss to the best teams. Today I was very lucky with my forking and despite some mistakes I catched almost all runners and change over on second place. But two more legs went on. Our team were defending silver medal and we were in the game again. But in the end we finished 4th. Praga Praha was golden again and OK 99 again silver.
So close, so far. Jan Prochazka and Pavel Kubat fighting for the gold! (Photo by Petr Kadeřávek
1. PGP 1 SK Praga…………………. 291.43
2. PHK 1 OK 99 Hradec Králové …… 291.46 + 0.03
3. SJC 1 Sportcentrum Jičín………. 294.01 + 2.18
4. ZBM 1 SK Žabovřesky Brno …….. 295.47 + 4.04
5. LPU 1 OK Lokomotiva Pardubice… 295.54 + 4.11
But that was not the end of weekend´s racing!
Pavel Hradec (a young national team runner) inspired us to participate in RUN-UP (upstairs running).
Pavel is pretty good at it and finished already two times second in the czech league. And on Sunday afternoon he participated in the Czech Championship and we tried an Open class. It meant just 10 floors for us, but 26 floors for him in the qualification and again in the final. How he could survive it after such orienteering weekend, I have no idea. I died already in 3rd floor! Pavel finished 6th this time, but this is still amazing result after orienteering championship. The winner is going to run "EMPIRE STATE BUILDING RUN UP" in New York. But what was even more interesting for all championship runners? It was a drawing lots about a new car! And Pavel became a winner…, not 😦 But one his friend did it!!! That I call a cool prize! 🙂
Big events in the Czech Republic are over, but our national team is going to run World Cup in France and Switzerland. And I must say it will not be a promenade. You can compere our relay championship and the terrain which is waiting for us…
Training camp of swiss team in September
Or high training level of french team 😉
God help us!