Category: orienteering


August 10th to 12th: Last days in Riga

After I returned to Riga, there were two Latvia O-Week competitions remaining. On August 10, I went to Mazie Kangari to participate in the middle distance race. On August 12, I went to Turaida near Sigulda to participate in the long distance race.

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On August 10th, I returned to Riga after the competition and took the Ollex Express to the Hill of Crosses. The crosses originated from the Tsarist period. In order to commemorate the dead whose body couldn’t be found, the Lithuanians inserted crosses on the hill. It became a symbol of resistance to the bandit puppet government during the occupation period after the Second World War. The communist bandit considered the hill as forbidden land and tried to eradicate it. It has repeatedly set fire to the hill, but the Lithuanian people have been constantly re-inserting new ones. At one time, it even wanted to build a dam nearby, so that the Hill of Crosses would be buried, but in the end it did not happen. After Lithuania regained its freedom, the hill became a symbol of peace, and the people were free to put crosses. It is estimated that more than 100,000 crosses are on the mountain.
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On August 11th, I didn’t have a competition, so I went to the Occupation Museum and the KGB Museum.

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Article 58 of the Criminal Law of the Russian Soviet Socialist Republic “Counter-revolutionary crimes” was used as a legal basis for arbitrary suppression and massacres of the people for the purpose of population cleansing. For example, a political joke could be seen as “Anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation”. Once reported, it will be imprisoned for years.

The museum also displays a large number of celebrities who was jailed, including the leader of the Latvian Scouts. A considerable number of them were eventually executed, and some of those who were not executed were released after the death of Stalin.

I went to the beach of Vecāḳi. The heat wave had already passed. It was raining earlier that day. The air temperature was only 16 °C, but the water temperature was still 21 °C.

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After the competition on August 12th, I went to the beach of Jūrmala. The wind was very strong on the day, the current was very fast, and a red flag was hung on the beach.
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I took a commuter train from Riga to Jūrmala. This route uses electrified trains. Majori Railway Station is the central station of the town. It has only two platforms, and the bus station is directly next to the platform without any obstruction. The train station is built on the edge of the lake, and crossing the rail is needed to reach the platform to the direction of Riga. Its ticket office does not open continuously for a long time.

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August 4th to 9th: World Orienteering Championships (sprint), World Trail Orienteering Championships

After arriving Riga, I reached at the main part of my journey: orienteering competitions. This year’s World Orienteering Championships and World Trail Orienteering Championships were held together.

I am an official representative in TempO only, so I participated in the public events for the rest of the competitions. August 4th was the sprint World Championships, the preliminary was held in the park, and the final was held in the old town of Riga.

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In the afternoon finals, there were live broadcast and GPS tracking, but the Hong Kong team did not have a finalist.
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The Occupation Museum is under reconstruction.
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A photo of our Hong Kong team, including FootO team and TrailO team (photo taken from OAHK)
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As the TrailO competitions were held in Daugavpils, we drove there.

On August 5th, in the model event, we made the final practice before the competition. After the model event, we paid, turned on the TV and computer to watch the sprint relay live broadcast and GPS tracking.

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August 6th was the TempO World Championships, held at Daugavpils Fortress. The Hong Kong team had 4 official representatives and I am one of them. The competition is divided into preliminary and finals. The preliminary was divided into 2 groups, and the first 18 competitors in each group entered the finals. In the preliminary, there were 6 stations, 4 questions per station. My score was 460.5 seconds and I could not reach the finals. The Hong Kong team eventually had 2 participants to enter the finals.

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August 7th is the first day of the PreO competition, the event centre is in Daugavpils 16th Secondary School. I was not an official team member, so I participated in the public event (the same course as the World Championships). My score on the day was 26/28, which was better than all official Hong Kong representatives, but this was only a practice competition and had no effect on the world rankings (only the official World Championships would be counted).

After that, I returned to Riga and went to Laurenči near Sigulda on August 8 to participate in a middle race of Latvia O-Week. The train from Riga to Sigulda is quite outdated, using a diesel train. However, the ticket purchase could be done using a webpage or an application and displayed to the train controller, without any gates.

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At the arena I met with the chairman of the Orienteering Association, and members of the Scout Orienteering Club.
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Then I returned to Daugavpils again.
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Daugavpils Railway Station is a railway station that was rebuilt in occupation era 1951. In the picture above, there are traces of suspected dismantling of Russian station name. Trains run to Riga, Vilnius and Minsk.

August 9th was the second day of PreO competition. I participated in the public competition and got 32/33. It was also better than all official Hong Kong representatives. The total score of the two days was 58/61, which was equivalent to about 20th place in the World Championships. I returned to Riga again after the competition.

August 1st to 3rd: Falco Cup

The three-day Falco Cup competition was held in Smiltynė. Our Hong Kong team travels daily between Klaipėda and Smiltynė.

The first two days of the competition included PreO and TempO, and on the third day there was only PreO, which was a world ranking event. In PreO, I got 13/21 on the first day, 17/23 on the second day, and 18/28 on the third day world ranking event. The TempO competition had 3 stations each day, with 5 questions each. The total score of 30 questions on two days was 747 seconds.

After the second day of the competition, we went to the south for bike training and went to the beach. At that time, the sea temperature was as high as 23 degrees.

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Photo taken from Orienteering Association of Hong Kong
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The northern terminal of the 239 line bus operated by KönigAuto (КёнигАвто) is located at the old pier of Smiltynė, where the bus parks in the afternoon, which may be with Russian license plate.

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Although the routes 239 and 384 are both advertised to be between Kaliningrad and Klaipėda, the two terminals are different: The Kaliningrad terminal of route 239 operated by KönigAuto is located at the company’s private “international bus station”, some distance from the city centre, and the bus only reaches the old pier of Smiltynė at the northern end of the Curonian Spit for Klaipėda, passengers must take the ferry to cross the harbour to the city centre; route 384 operated by Klaipėda Bus Park starts from the bus station in Kaliningrad city centre near the South Railway Station, and the bus cross the harbour by vehicle ferry and arrives at the bus station near Klaipėda train station.

After the competition on August 3, we drove to Riga to prepare for the sprint race of the next day. On the way, the internal border between Lithuania and Latvia is crossed.

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July 29-30: Curonian Spit (North)

I went to the beach the next day after I arrived in Nida. The beaches there are divided into nude beach, ladies beach, family beach, etc.

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I went to the southernmost nude beach, went all the way south, and finally saw a sign.

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To the south is the border closed zone, and the lighthouse is at the national border.

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There was another tourist there, who gave me a telescope to look at the real border fence 800 meters away and the Russian soldiers in the lighthouse.

In the afternoon, I went to the Visitor Centre to buy an orienteering map for a tour, in order to familiarize myself with the competition environment in Smiltynė in the next few days.

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Because I missed the sunset one night earlier, I hoped I could go to Death Valley once to watch the sunset, but unfortunately there was a thunderstorm before sunset! The opportunity was gone. I only went up the next morning.

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Then I took the bus to Juodkrantė to see the Hill of Witches (Raganų kalnas).
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Then go to the beach again.
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and enter the forest to familiarise the terrain.
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The hostel I stayed in was left over from the occupation era. I was able to see a cash machine with Russian written from the old days.
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A few photos at the seaside.

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FinTrailO 2018

In the past Easter, I went to Turku for FinTrailO 2018. There were 6 races in total: PreO+TempO on 30/3, TempO, PreO 1 and Night TempO on 31/3, PreO 2 on 1/4, and relay on 2/4. However, because I had a full time job at that time, due to holiday constraint, I could only participate in 3 out of the 6 races (and missed the chance of experiencing Finnish ice swimming and sauna at the first day where the PreO+TempO race was held in a local winter swimming club).

I participated in TempO, PreO 1 and Night TempO, i.e. the 3 races on 31/3, where the first two are world ranking events.

On 30/3, the first day of holidays, I flew a daytime flight from Guangzhou to Moscow, then to Helsinki, and took a coach to Turku, and arrived there late night.

On 31/3, I took a bus to Ruissalo and participated the world ranking events.

I didn’t do particularly well, got 61st place out of 105 in TempO and 73rd place out of 108 in PreO, partly because this was literally my first time when I had been to places with snow, and there was difficulty for me to recognise snow-covered terrain.

After the competitions I took a bus back to the city centre. The bus ran on 1-hour interval and was crowded on my return trip.

After having dinner, I joined the night TempO which was not part of the championships. This was the first time I did a TrailO competition at night, and got 40th place out of 62.

The next day, 1/4, I had to go back to airport and take flights back to Moscow and Hong Kong, where I arrived morning 2/4, the last day of the holiday, and slept for the whole afternoon.

Although my standing was not good in the world rankings, the score I got was lower (better) than the previous competitions in Egypt, because the participants were much stronger.

I’m planning to join the competitions either in Lithuania, or the competitions in Czech later this year to complete 6 world ranking races in this year, in order to get a real estimate of my level among the athletes over the world.

Earlier this month, I went to Egypt for the 3rd Egypt International Orienteering Championship (EIOC) in conjunction with 7th Mediterranean Championship in Orienteering (MCO). There were 5 competitions in the whole series, 3 FootO competitions and 2 TrailO competitions.

I departed Hong Kong by Turkish Airlines flight on 29th January to Istanbul and arrived on 30th January, joined the free layover tour and flew to Borg El Arab afterwards, and stayed in Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AAST).

I met my friends Ezz Edlin, Mohamed Hesham and Omar Gamal from 13th World Scout Youth Forum on the next day and visited Alex for the day.

The competitions began on 1st February with FootO model and PreO in Montazah Palace Gardens. The PreO competition had 23 control points, but I made 2 mistakes in the competition, one about a cliff foot, another was plain careless after a long time in competition where I lost my concentration already. There were 2 time stations originally, but due to misplacement of flags by the organiser, one of them was voided. The top four competitors in PreO got 22 correct with only 1 mistake, and I got the 7th with 11.16 WRE points.

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Sprint and TempO competitions were held on the next day, on 1st February in Arab Academy. The sprint competition was a standard campus orienteering race with flat terrain, 2.9 km long, 10 m climb, and 23 controls. The winning time was 15’16” and I ran 24’23”, got 107 WRE points. After the sprint competition, the TempO competition followed. There were 5 stations with 5 tasks each, 25 tasks in total. I answered them fast in 153 seconds, making 3 mistakes in the process, and got the 2nd with 243 seconds total time with 10.44 WRE points, while the winning time was 178 seconds.

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The day after that, we travelled to El Alamein for the “long” competition. It was the only competition without WRE status. It was held in a closed summer resort with an ISSOM 1:7500 (!!!) map. The terrain was also nearly flat, with only 30 m climb for a 9.7 km course.

After the competition, I went to the World War II Museum in El Alamein.

The final competition was the “middle” WRE competition held in Montazah Palace Garden on 4th February, but it was basically a lengthened sprint race because it was held in a park terrain with 1:5000 ISSOM map, also without much climb. However, I made multiple mistakes in the competition, including the classical sprint mistake of not seeing an impassable barrier in the map, and I got ankle pain in the middle of the race, probably because I didn’t tie my shoe lace properly, and had to sit down and adjust my shoes in the race. Therefore, I didn’t get a good result and got only the base 10 WRE points for completing the race.

The prize ceremony was held immediately after the final race, and I got to the stand once for the second place in TempO.

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The academy where I stayed was near Abu Qir, a suburb of Alexandria. The only means of transport to the city were commuter train and share taxi (microbus). The train line was Abu Qir – Alexandria, where I couldn’t find anything about it on the web. At the station there were no notices, gates, ticket offices / machines, timetables, etc and the station was unmanned.

I took the train for a round trip to the eastern tram terminal. The train was slow with average speed about 30 km/h and maximum speed about 50 km/h, and the fare was 1.25 L.E (about HK$0.56) without class segregation, and its doors never closed.

Then I took a tram for a few stops and have a pizza, but it was a pity that I couldn’t ride on the double decker tram because that car was women only, but had to ride on the single decker trailers instead. Afterwards I bought a lot of pasta from a local supermarket and took the return train.


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After the competitions, I had one more tourism day before I left Egypt. I visited the pyramids in Giza and also the national museum. However, the organiser was crap. The driver only drove a small private car which could barely fit us, and he didn’t know the fact that he was supposed to pay the entry fees as included in the package and didn’t have enough money. Also, when visiting the pyramid, we fell into a trap where a guide was hard selling attractions all the time.

After visiting the museum and the dinner, the driver drove the other Hong Kong athletes back to Cairo airport first, then me to Borg El Arab airport, and finally brought Ralph (a German athlete) back to Alex. However, after dropping the Hong Kong athletes at Cairo Airport, the driver didn’t know how to get back to the motorway to Alex, and initially he didn’t even trust us orienteers for direction, only after hours inside the city he gave up and followed Ralph’s direction. At that time, the problem was that the driver didn’t know the way, Ralph didn’t have enough mobile data and I didn’t have enough batteries.

On 6th February, I left Egypt and flew back to Istanbul and I visited the city for a day using mainly metros and ferries. I visited two museums in the city, crossed the Bosphorus Bridge and got some souvenirs. Istanbul was a very modern huge city and getting around was very convenient using all kinds of rapid transit, which yields a great contrast with Alex.

Finally, I flew back to Guangzhou and return to Hong Kong by coach on 7th February. After the competitions, I got the 4th in the trail orienteering world ranking, but it did not have reference value because the world ranking list was just initially set up by these two competitions. Only in the next year when there are more competitions the world ranking list will have value.

The final race of Beijing O Week was held outside Beijing, in Linqigu, Yongqing, Langfang. I was told to stay in Yongqing town, and get on a bus for local students to the event.

However, the organiser bus was late and I didn’t arrive on time, which made me start last instead of first as originally arranged.

The race was held in conjunction with China Open, which had many classes including competition classes and non-competition classes.

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My performance in this race was the best among the 5, probably because there was no climb in the race (the terrain was completely flat).

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The open classes came after our elite race, and there was a cultural exchange session afterwards. However, I had to go immediately after the race because I was taking a flight from Beijing that night, and it would take approximately 6 hours there back to Beijing Airport.

As the organiser bus was not ready to depart at that time, I walked 2 km back to the county road and caught a rural coach from Yongqing to Langfang, had lunch there and took a train back to Beijing.

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There were many kinds of trains from Langfang to Beijing, from the most luxurious high-speed G train to the slowest non-air-conditioned “green car”, but the slow train was not available at my time of travel, so I had to take an air-conditioned conventional train to Beijing.

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After arriving Beijing, I took the metro line 2 (ring line) to Dongzhimen, but I didn’t took the airport express because it was so damn expensive (CNY 25). Instead, I took a bus 850 Express, which travelled on the motorway to airport and cost only CNY 2 to the nearest stop from airport.

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After reaching the airport, I returned my transport card and dumped my luggage in order to meet weight restriction. I took the flight KA975 (sold as CA6523) to Hong Kong, which was the last flight to Hong Kong on that day and ended my journey just after midnight.

The WRE score was published later, but I got only the base score in both sprint and middle race, because the international elites were so damn fast and I could in no way run near their speed.

For the middle race, it was my first WRE done in FootO middle/long because in previous years I couldn’t even finish the middle AOC race in Hong Kong before qualification was introduced to the race.

For the sprint race, my score decreased every WRE race in these years, and now I got only the base score in the WRE. Although there would be a WRE race in December in China also, I was not joining that race because that race was also a local ranking event, and I had to enter my local class (M21) to get local ranking score instead of WRE class.

For the whole trip, there were two places I missed. The first was Mutianyu Great Wall, which I found it out a day after leaving Huairou, and it was too far away to return there from the city. The second was not realising I could arrange the journey to stay at Langfang rather than Yongqing, in order to take the “green car” slow train from Beijing to Langfang.

The races themselves were great, especially the middle race was the highest-quality middle race I’d ever been to, but the logistics was crap. Notices were late, important information was missing from bulletins, start lists were wrong, and the time limit was not mentioned and entered wrongly, etc. When compared to the World Championships in Lithuania I’d been to this year, although the race information was OK, there were a lot of delays and many technical problems occurred, including missing units, flag misplacement, which would be disastrous if happened on a FootO race.

The trip was my first trip as a “sport tourist”, and I’m looking forward to more upcoming trips next year. The place that I want to visit most is Kinmen, because as a Chinese, I want to understand more about the Cold War in the past, where Kinmen was the frontier between the Free World and Communism World (Bamboo Curtain), but now the peace bridge between mainland and Taiwan, keeping China as a whole. I originally would like to go there in early 2018, but as the event calendar shows that there will be a sprint WRE in Kinmen in October by Chinese Taipei, I am going to postpone that trip to become another sports tourism trip. I hope I can get a higher score next year, more than the base score of 10.

The sprint WRE race was held in the Old Summer Palace (圆明园). The terrain was mainly open, but there were impassable bodies of water separating various areas requiring the use of bridges between.

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At the beginning of the race, I couldn’t match the map and the terrain quickly and wasted a lot of time, and there were some little hills in the middle of the course where I couldn’t get on quickly and need time to recognise the shape. Also, the red line from 13 to 14 covered the path symbol on the map which confused me when I was a path there.

I completed the race in 30 minutes and 30 seconds, still over double the winning time 14 minutes and 54 seconds, and couldn’t get more than 10 WRE score in this race.

However, in this race, 2 competitors missed a control and got disqualified.

After the race, the international elites visited the Summer Palace (颐和园), but we didn’t go there and visited the Beijing Zoo.

My friend Eric was leaving that night, and the next race would be held in Linqigu in Yongqing County, Langfang, Hebei. The teacher told me to stay in Yongqing and get on a coach carrying local students to the race. There were multiple modes of transport from Beijing to Yongqing. Direct coaches were available from Muxiyuan, but it was relatively expensive (CNY 20) with few departures per day. Alternatively, one might use any method to get to Langfang city first (including various kinds of trains from the most luxurious high-speed trains exclusively for the rich to the slowest green cars affordable by everyone) and transfer to a rural coach which departed every 20 minutes there, but the service ended at 18:00 so I couldn’t use that method.

In recent years, an inter-provincial bus route “Yongqing Express” was introduced. That route was Beijing bus route 828, from Yongdingmen via Gu’an to Yongqing, which travelled on motorway between Beijing and Gu’an. I took that bus to Yongqing and it took 2 hours from Beijing to Yongqing, and it was the cheapest costing only CNY 9.8 if paid by card. The bus was also very full, with all seats taken at the terminus already, with most passengers getting off in Gu’an.

Sprint race continued in Qinglonghu Park in conjunction with Beijing Students Orienteering Championships. After breakfast, we took a Fangshan taxi to the park. There were many participants in multiple classes in that race.

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I made minor mistakes and finished the race in 28 minutes and 36 seconds, while the winning time was 13 minutes and 46 seconds.

After the race, we took a bus to Fengtai Dongdajie where we would be staying the following night.

The only middle-distance race in the series was held on day 4 in Qinglonghu Forest Park, which was a world ranking event.

The hotel I was staying was near the long-distance bus station. I first took an express bus to Fangshan to meet my friend Eric Wong, and caught a taxi to the event centre.

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Qinglonghu Forest Park was a new place which wasn’t even on any maps I found. It is located in the region of the map below.

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The course was 6.5 km long and 270 m climb, which was much longer than middle-distance races in Hong Kong. However, the road network was extensive and straight lines were possible in many places, which meant that the general runnability was very high.
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However, at the very beginning of the race, from 1 to 2, I already made a mistake getting lost after missing a road junction, which cost me 7 minutes. Also, as I didn’t have the physical fitness for running hills, I used about 88.5 minutes to complete the race, while the winning time was about 34 minutes, which meant I could only get the minimum score of 10 in the world ranking.

The split analysis showed my base time (speed index) was 226% and about 13.5 minutes mistake, which meant that even if I avoided the mistakes and performed better, I still needed about 75 minutes to run it, which could not gain me any useful score. Therefore, I would not go any middle/long WRE further because I didn’t have the physical fitness required for that, and concentrate on sprint and Trail-O where I still could perform better.

After the race, I and Eric took a bus back to Liangxiang, where we would stay for the coming two nights. There were no taxis around the event centre because there was very rural with few people outside the race.