Who is Who
Jon Musgrave, M45, GBR
Your silver medal in the 1993 WOC Relay (USA, West Point) is probably the subject of most references to your name in the Internet. Eddie Harwood has already mentioned that race in this column. Can you recall this historic event as you lived it 15 years ago?
I can remember the race clearly (still). I chose my own line to the first control and hit it cleanly and watched as the other first leg runners came back to the control, having overshot a bit. This relaxed me for the rest of the race. At one control I (and a couple of others) were pulled off line by another group and had to relocate and divert to our control. After this the forest was almost empty, but I had a pretty clean run from there and was very satisfied with my 5th place and 2.37 down on the leader (Sixten Sild, Estonia). The rest is history - Martin Bagness ran cleanly, Steve Palmer ran a top race, then Steve Hale ran the race of the year (as voted by Swedish orienteering journalists) and pulled us up to 2nd place - what a moment!
You also participated in the 1995 and 1997 WOC, with a 24th place in the 1995 Short Race, and a 6th place in both Relays. What memories do you have from these 2 events?
WOC 1995, Short Race - a good run, hesitations on a couple of legs, but careful and clean through all controls - mostly vivid memories are of the large hill near the end of the course (actually only 2 contours!) and the heat after finishing - I just wanted water poured over my head. WOC 1995 Relay - I was so nervous driving to the race that I couldn't walk when we reached the car park - I sat shaking, unable to speak and almost vomiting. Eventually I relaxed enough to start jogging - shuffling! And started my warm up. I slowly relaxed and by the start was confident and calm. I finished the race in joint 2nd place after a desperate thrash up the steep final hill to the assembly area. WOC 1997 Relay - not such happy memories, missed the first control and never settled, trying too hard and came in a long way down, behind many teams who I would have expected to beat. The rest of the team ran to races and eventually got us to 6th place.
In the World Cup you finished 44th (overall result) in 1996, and 89th (overall result) in 2000, but you had a better race in 1998 - you were 28th at Lomnice (SVK). Do you particularly remember any of these events?
Best result was in NZ 1994 - a very special sand-dune area on a steep hillside covered in "native bush" - thick scrubby forest that had visibility of 5m in places. I made more mistakes than any other World Cup race but came 23rd (I think). I could cope with the problems of interpreting the map due to all the surveying I had done over the years. Many other World Cup races, but too many to mention in detail.
In the 1998 WC, Round 1 (Killarney), you were 7th in Qualification, but the names in the first four places were those of Carsten Jorgensen, Bjørnar Valstad, Jörgen Mårtensson and Valentin Novikov. Is there any curious story that you can tell us, involving any of these names, or some others (Chris Terkelsen, Janne Salmi, Johan Ivarsson, Yuri Omelchenko, Thomas Buhrer, Mikael Boström, Petter Thoresen), against whom you also ran in the Final? Or, maybe you have a better story in a different race...
Best race ever - Jukola 1995, should have done 3rd leg (long night) but I had been ill the week before (a bad cold and chest infection) so I dropped to 2nd leg - shorter. I set off 212th and had a small wobble at 2nd or 3rd control, but after that ran a totally clean race and passed several groups of orienteers in the dark of the Finnish forest. I eventually caught a group with some big name clubs in it... And finished 18th - fastest time on leg 2 by 100 seconds.
You were the British Champion in 1995 (Newborough Forest). Any special memory from this event?
Knowing I liked sand-dune areas and being confident of my fitness and ability. A missed control near the end caused me to worry, but I was OK and held on to win.
You ran Jukola 3 times at least. In 1997, you obtained the 7th best time in the 1st leg and your team finished in 23rd place. This is a mythic relay. Can you describe the atmosphere of these events and your performances there?
Jukola is an event every serious orienteer should try at least once in their life! The atmosphere is like no other - a tented city for 20,000 people, built in a forest, for one weekend. The start of the men's race with 1200+ teams racing for the forest is unique, a wild cavalry charge of bodies stampeding to the start kite and the cool dark calm of the forest. I have always loved Jukola and have enjoyed every race there, even when I have not run so well. My first was 1993 and then I raced there every year until 2001. I intend to go back this year and see if the magic is still there for me.
You competed, at least, in 3 WMOC: Australia 2002 (3rd place in M40), Austria 2006 (4th in M40) and Finland 2007 (17th in M45). What do you remember from these events?
I have run in 9 WMOC. Best results - 1st in USA 1997, and 2nd in Denmark 1999, both M35. The races are very enjoyable - the terrain is usually runnable and pleasant and the number of competitors makes it a special atmosphere. I would much prefer the races to be every 2 years (as was the case several years ago) - this would allow a special build up to each WMOC and would mean more of the top runners are present at each WMOC.
In the UK you have run hundreds of races (JK, Magilligan Trossachs, Corsedarder, JOK chasing sprint, Scottish Champs, British Champs, a. s. o.). Can you select your best (perfect) race?
I can't remember the best race, though I had a couple of races at the Home Internationals (England v Ireland v Wales v Scotland) that were good - strong clean runs and big margins of victory. As regards a "perfect" run - I don't believe this is possible, there is always a line that could have been straighter, a control that could have been spotted sooner. If I do ever have "the perfect run" I will give up orienteering and die a happy man!
And concerning races and events abroad, is it possible for you to choose the best one?
I can't attempt to remember all the races I have done abroad, but have a mishmash of memories of many races, in all types of forest, towns, parks and in all kinds of weather, with vastly different levels of competition - to my mind that is the beauty of orienteering, no two races are ever the same.
You are the organiser of the 2008 British Orienteering Championships (April 19-20). Seven weeks before that, have you already worked a lot for this event? Where will it be held? How important is this competition? Can you remember other previous events that you also organised?
I haven't organised many events...! But I have a great team of officials to ensure the British Championships are successful. Our aim to produce the most memorable event in Britain this year - we certainly have the best terrain and superb courses. BOC this year is part of the British team selection process, and being on sand-dunes (similar to - but better than - the European Champs in Latvia) it will be an important preparation race for many of the British team. With WMOC also being on sand-dunes I also believe that it will be giving our "veterans" a chance to test their techniques on similar terrain to WMOC in Portugal.
You also work as a coach for the British orienteering squad. What is your aim for the next WOC? Have you planned, for the coming months, any training camps in the Czech Republic or in a similar terrain abroad?
I am working mostly with a "development group" - athletes who have not yet reached World Champs level. I have produced a set of training camps that they can attend to practise technical training and discuss other aspects of training and racing at world-class level. The Senior team is training in Czech Republic in nearly April, followed by a few days in Latvia as pre EOC training in early May, then a similar pre WOC in Czech during late June.
Have you ever competed in Portugal? What do you expect from the 2008 WMOC?
Many times - I have raced at POM several times (from 1996 until about 2001) and I have spent several weeks training in Portugal, mostly in the sand-dune forests of Marinha Grande, etc. So I am confident I know what to expect from the forests and terrain! As regards the whole WMOC experience I expect lovely weather... and great runnable forests with good competition. I am particularly looking forward to experiencing the first sprint at WMOC.
(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 Mar 19th.)
[2008-06-20] Carlos Monteiro, WMOC Event Director
[2008-06-20] Dieter Wolf, M55, SUI
[2008-06-19] Timo Teinila, WMOC speaker
[2008-06-19] Jorge Simões, WMOC Event Director assistant
[2008-06-18] Blair Trewin, M35, AUS
[2008-06-18] Mariett Matias, WMOC Media responsible
[2008-06-17] David May, WMOC Senior Event Advisor
[2008-06-16] Gottfried Tobler, M60, AUT
[2008-06-16] Tuulikki Salmenkylä, W45, FIN
[2008-06-16] Arvo Majoinen, M80, FIN
[2008-06-14] Fernando Costa, WMOC Marketing responsible
[2008-06-13] Sarah Dunn, W40, GBR
[2008-06-12] Santos Sousa, WMOC planner
[2008-06-11] Sigurd Daehli, M55, NOR
[2008-06-10] Alexandre Reis, WMOC mapper and planner
[2008-06-09] Nick Duca, M40, CAN
[2008-06-07] Tiago Aires, WMOC mapper and planner
[2008-06-06] Irina Stepanova, W55, RUS
[2008-06-05] Luís Sérgio, WMOC mapper
[2008-06-04] Ari Kattainen, M50, FIN
[2008-06-03] Rui Antunes, WMOC Mapping coordinator
[2008-06-02] Jon Musgrave, M45, GBR
[2008-05-31] Jacinto Eleutério, WMOC Course coordinator
[2008-05-30] Rune Carlsson, M70, SWE
[2008-05-29] Åke Jacobson, IOF President
[2008-05-29] Augusto Almeida, POF President
[2008-05-28] Jurate Uleviciene, W55, LIT
[2008-05-26] Vladimir Ioffe, M70, ISR
[2008-05-23] José Fernandes, M45, POR
[2008-05-21] Ezio Paris, M55, ITA
[2008-05-19] Gabriella Györffy, W40, HUN
[2008-05-16] Alberto Minguez, M40, ESP
[2008-05-14] Tomas Zdrahal, M55, CZE
[2008-05-12] Paulo Becker, M45, BRA
[2008-05-09] Ingrid Roll, W70, NOR
[2008-05-07] Jerzy Parzewski, M55, POL
[2008-05-05] Hugh Moore, M60, AUS
[2008-05-02] Martin Checkley, M55, GBR
[2008-04-30] Etienne Bousser, M60, FRA
[2008-04-28] Andreas Grote, M40, SUI
[2008-04-24] Liudmila Labutina, W65, RUS
[2008-04-22] Freddy Sillien, M60, BEL
[2008-04-17] Tomislav Kaniski, M35, CRO
[2008-04-14] Eero Tuuteri, M85, FIN
[2008-04-10] Lena Nordahl, W80, SWE
[2008-04-07] Albano João, M45, POR
[2008-04-03] Tom A. Karlsen, M55, NOR
[2008-03-31] Kayoko Sakai, W55, JPN
[2008-03-27] Finn Arildsen, M45, DEN
[2008-03-24] Anne Nurmi, W45, FIN
[2008-03-20] Peo Bengtsson, M75, SWE
[2008-03-17] Alida Abola, W50, LAT
[2008-03-13] Matti Railimo, M60, FIN
[2008-03-10] Cornelia Eckardt, W35, GER
[2008-03-06] Joaquim Sousa, M35, POR
[2008-03-03] Birgitta Olsson, W75, SWE
[2008-02-20] J. Salmenkylä, M75, FIN
[2008-02-18] Torid Kvaal, W65, NOR
[2008-02-15] Mykola Bozhko, M55, UKR
[2008-02-13] Pavlina Brautigam, W45, USA
[2008-02-11] Ferran Santoyo, M35, ESP
[2008-02-08] Sole Nieminen, W80, FIN
[2008-02-06] Stefano Galletti, M40, ITA
[2008-02-04] Gillian Ingham, W50, NZL
[2008-02-01] Jörgen Mårtensson, M45, SWE
[2008-01-30] Tom Hiltebrand, M50, SUI
[2008-01-28] Baiba Ozola, W40, LAT
[2008-01-25] Eddie Harwood, M55, GBR
[2008-01-23] Marje Viirmann, W45, EST
[2008-01-21] Alexander Afonyushkin, M40, RUS
[2008-01-18] Paulina Majova, W55, SVK
[2008-01-16] Björn Linnersjö, M65, SWE
[2008-01-15] Lillian Røss, W85, NOR
[2008-01-10] Tapio Peippo, M55, FIN
[2008-01-07] Elizabeth Brown, W90, GBR
[2008-01-04] Erkki Luntamo, M90, FIN