Finland hosts the TrailO European Championships

Barely 2 years after the date originally planned, the TrailO European Orienteering Championships (ETOC) finally start on Thursday in the Espoo region, west of Helsinki in Finland. Athletes from 18 nations will take part, all eager to be in action again at full international level after the long pandemic hiatus.

What is now ETOC 2022 attracted 132 athletes: 37 in Class P (Physically Challenged) and 95 in Class O (Open). 11 of the applications are from Ukraine. Finland, Norway and Sweden are traditionally the strongest nations and have the current world and European champions, but several other nations will believe they have athletes capable of winning a medal.

Four successive days of competition

There are 4 days of competition. The 2-day PréO competition is followed by the TempO day (Qualification & Final) then the Relay, in teams of 3. For the 2-day PréO and the Relay, a typical Finnish forest of pines and spruces is proposed with its outline complex. detail, as well as bare rock faces and cliffs. PreO-2 in the famous Noux National Park is a terrain with large hills with lots of rock faces. Very difficult map reading tasks can be expected! The Relais is in a large recreational area, a change from the original plan as the prime area is no longer available.

Typical Finnish forest land for ETOC Photo: ETOC

In contrast, TempO events will take place in a suburban area with park-like terrain and “forest islands” among official buildings and living quarters. A multitude of small details to interpret – ideal for TempO!

Compact event

All event facilities and accommodation are in one place, the Kisakallio Sports Institute, a very large training center located in the countryside, approximately 65 km west of Helsinki.

The event website is www.etoc2022.com, and Bulletin 4 contains all the essential details of the competition. Reports, results and photos will be posted on this website late on each competition day.

Program

Thursday May 26 PreO Day 1

Friday May 27 PreO Day 2

Saturday May 28 TempO: Qualification (morning), Final (afternoon)

Relay on Sunday May 29

Dino J. Dotson