The start. Photo: Göran Johansson
After the first leg, the field had spread out a lot, which suggests that the course setter, Ari Sahlsten from Skarpnäcks OL, had been successful in his course setting. Denseln was the top team, about half a minute ahead of Tyr, closely followed by Hestra. Final winners Södertälje-Nykvarn were in 32nd place, 4.30 behind.
When the second leg runner finished, the leading team had run on the ideal time, which is a good rating for both orienteering technique and running ability for the young runners! Norway was leading with Nydalen in both the first and third places, and the best Swedish team was close behind in 5th place with Lerum OK. Sodertalje-Nykvarn advanced both in the results and time, and was now in 21st place, 3.17 behind the leaders.
The third leg changed the teams at the top around a bit. Here, Ås-UMB Orienteering 1 went into the lead after having been close behind on the second leg with a fourth placing. Here, Södertälje-Nykvarn advanced to the best Swedish team in fifth place, just over a minute behind.
The fourth and final leg was not the same for all the team,s to increase the tension. At the TV controls on the leg both the Finnish (Helsingin Suunnistajat) team and Norwegian teams showed up just before Södertälje-Nykvarn. In the end, however, the Swedish team was too strong for others, and the last leg runner Johan Ek Larsson reached his goal first, where he was greeted by his happy teammates Joakim Andén, Anna Kindlundh and Jeanette Jönsson Hellstadius. In second place we find Helsingin Suunnistajat and third prize winners were Ounasvaraan Hiihtoseura.
Winning team, Södertälje-Nykvarn. Photo: Göran Johansson