Who is Who
Jerzy Parzewski

Jerzy Parzewski, M55, POL


[Jerzy Parzewski in a photo by Siliniewicz Piotr]

4th in Austria 2006 was the best position where I found your name in the last WMOC events. Did you have any best one? Do you have special memories from Wiener Neustadt?
I gained in Austria the highest place in the history of my ten starts in WMOC indeed. I've bad memories of the final race. I regard it as a defeat rather than a success. I should have won there. The lap times indicate it from the 20th control, one kilometer before the finish line. After a big mistake on the 21st control I lost the gold medal and my friend Tom Hiltebrand has won. Congratulations! Besides, after a smaller mistake on the 22nd control I lost other medals, reaching the finishing line one second later than bronze medallist. Was it bad luck? I don't think so! I assess it as a lack of skills.

In Australia 2002, you won your group M50-2, ahead of Karlsen and Pekka. I didn't find the complete final results, but your name didn't appear on the podium. What happened there?
I was 6th in the final race in Australia. Many persons asked me then: "Why haven't you won? You ran so well in qualifying runs." The answer is simple. The final race by contrast with the qualifying runs took place in a totally different, difficult for navigation and unusually rocky terrain. We don't have in Poland so difficult terrain and apart from it I don't have an opportunity to gain an essential experience because I rarely run abroad. I envy Scandinavians who have similar terrains in excess. If the excellent Norwegian orienteering runner Bjørn Grinde, who was the winner of the neighboring qualifying group, hadn't won, why wouldn't I have won in Kooyoora State Park? I'd like to pay attention to the disproportion of the scale of difficulty of the terrain is sometimes served up by the organizers. From my point of view, the qualifying runs should take place in a difficult terrain, similar to the final, but with a slight increase requirements.

What would be a good result for you in Portugal 2008?
Each position above the fourth will be a nice and a long awaited achievement for me in Portugal, which will confirm my gradual progress and correctness of the preparations.

We will have, for the first time in WMOC, a Sprint Race (Qualifying and Final). Do you like this new situation? Personally, does it suit your abilities and skills?
From my point of view, the extension of the program WMOC is a very good idea. I'd like to congratulate you on this idea and I wish you a successful realization. I expect to achieve the good results in the Sprint as well as on the Long Distance. To my mind these competition shouldn't take place in the city, but in the natural environment. Probably we will wait a super long race that suits me the most.

In November 2007, you have participated in Górskie Ekstremalne Zawody na Orientację. I saw beautiful pictures with snow and maps in a scale probably 1:25 000. What event was this and how was your performance?
This is a two-day competition for the ironmen and ironwomen, very similar to orienteering, which always take place in mountains in November. The two-men teams compete with each other and the scale of the tourist maps that are used in the competition amounts to 1:50 000. The last (sixth edition) competition took place in the Beskid Niski and my partner was Norbert Prusiński. In our veteran category (the sum of age minimum 90 years) the first stage counted 24,2 km - 10 controls - 2180 m climbing. The second stage was shorter: 19 km - 7 C - 1080 m climbing and easier, despite the tiredness that was accumulated from the previous stage. The implementation of the run are muddy and snow - capped (exactly in this month) roads, the necessity of crossing the mountain rivers and streams during low temperatures and also wild forests growing the mountainside. The main problem in navigation is the ability of using little detailed and not always precise tourist maps. In order to win the competition it's necessary to run whole the route in the strong pace of course, except very steep climbs or descents from the mountains - here it's enough to march and of course to clear all the controls. The effort scale is similar to the two athletic Marathon running day after day. The first stage we covered in 5h43m time, the second in 3h56m and… we won. The participation in the competition guarantees hasty (because on the run) exploring the unknown and beautiful areas of great natural interest and historical places. It triggers an enormous dose of adrenaline and hormone of happiness. It's the adventure from the borderline of the extreme rally.

I also noticed your participation in an event with 50 km in your class: IX DyMnO. What is it? Did you have a good race there?
I like the super long running efforts. During this competition, which took place on the 2nd of June 2007 near Warsaw, in flat terrain I'd like to check my stamina. The participants of the competition received the topographical maps in the scale 1:25 000 and also orienteering maps. The route of 50 km with 33 controls I covered in 5h05m51s time. I think that I ran minimum 56 km at a very even pace. I was the best not only in my category of age (M55), but also in the general ranking. So I can say that the test was very successful. My passion for the very long distances and the efforts I realized organizing in 1992, together with Józef Woźniak, the first in Poland (and perhaps in the world?) orienteering Marathon. The program of the competition included also 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8 marathon, depending on the age and the abilities of the competitors. The full marathon completed the sixth competitors and the winner Jacek Wrzesiński achieved perfect result 4:07,11! In 1999 I made my debut in the Salomon Trophy, the first in Poland, the two-day adventure rally that was organized in the vicinity of Częstochowa. I started in the team with Tadeusz Rutkowski. The route (the sum of two days) by lengths 103 km, 18 controls, 2600m climbing with the special tasks (the rocks climbing, the descents from the rocks, the exploration of the caves, the crossing the like by the pontoon, the crossing the river and the marsh etc.) we did in the time 13h54m. We won the veteran category and in general ranking we were on the third place (ninety starting teams). I'm going to come back at the rally route next year, where the distance 240 km waits for me.

You also ran the athletic Marathon in less than 3 hours. How many marathons have you run and what is your personal record?
I start occasionally in the marathons, mainly at the end of the orienteering season. These starts I treat as a variety and supplement of my preparation. I cleared so far seven athletic Marathons, my best result is 2:42:38. I'm running pretty frequently the 10 km cross-country races. Additionally, I run 1-2 half marathon annually. In the junior's age I tried my strength at the athletics running track in runs from 800m to 5000m. My results weren't outstanding and I'd rather leave it unsaid.

You also are a well-known cartographer. How many maps do you have in Poland? Did you make any map outside your country?
I don't think so. I think I'm only one of many Polish topographers and cartographers. On the early stage of my cartographer way I've got a lot of hints and support from my experienced friend Ludomir Parfianowicz, who was the best polish orienteering runner in 70's and 80's. I've worked out 81 maps (total 312,05 square kilometers) for the foot orienteering so far, in this number also for the ski-orienteering and the bike-orienteering. These are maps of terrains situated on different areas of Poland of varying difficulty. The biggest map - 19 square kilometers - encompasses the Legionowski Forest, which are situated on 8-15 km from my house. I've never practiced abroad and that's why I regret it sometimes, because it was my dream in the past. Since 2002 I have been working out the tourists maps and this job is not only the new challenge and a lifetime experience but also my profession.

How did you discover orienteering?
My first start in orienteering took place in autumn 1975, as a result of Michal Wlodarczyk's encouragement. Since then I've been running constantly. I've already participated in 988 races and I won 327 times [until January]. The adventure with orienteering I began in M21 class and for a very long time, till I was 45, I had started in this category (M21E). The very long and difficult routes in the elite category gave me a huge experience and made me treating both running and navigating training seriously.

In Polish orienteering races sometimes appears a second Parzewski (Michal M21). Does he belong to your family? Do you have other orienteers in your family?
Michal is my son. Till 2004 he took part in competitive sport and was one of the best young Polish talents. In his young career he won many medals of Polish Championships and was member of the national team. One of his achievements is the silver medal in relay from World University Orienteering Championship in 2002 in Bulgaria (M. Parzewski, M. Grabowski, M. Richert, W. Dwojak). On accounts of a career Michal is running for pleasure. All members of my family are in contact with this discipline (it concerns my wife and my daughter).

Did you have any responsible position in your club or your federation?
In 1993-2000 years I acted as the vice-president of Polish Orienteering Federation. It was very difficult job connected with managing the activity of the Technical Commission, Map Commission and the Main College of Sport Judges. In that period we organized in Poland Junior World Orienteering Championship (1994 Gdynia) and World Cup in Orienteering (1998 Krakow). I participated in the organizations of a hundred competitions as director, map maker, course planner, referee or commentator.

What is your birth date and where do you live?
I was born in 1952 in 15 February. I have been living in Warsaw since 1985.

What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
Good weather and nice atmosphere is guaranteed. I expect that the maps are made perfectly and the routes are well prepared. I'm looking forward to meeting in Portugal. During all the season 2007 I started in the ranking events in the category M50 in order to prepare myself for Portugal (longer routes and stronger rivalry than in M55).

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 Jan 14th.)


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