Who is Who
Sarah Dunn, W40, GBRYou got a 3rd place in Austria 2006, and a 14th place in Finland 2007. Did you enjoy these events? Did you feel that you could have done better? Have you competed in other WMOC events?
My first WMOC was in Norway , which gave me a taster for the experience despite a poor performance. In Austria I was very pleased with my bronze medal as although I made some early mistakes I managed to put them behind me for the rest of the race. In Finland I started well, but then allowed myself to be distracted by other runners and made some bad mistakes in the second half of the race. I was disappointed with myself and hope to run a much cleaner race in Portugal.
How and when did you discover orienteering? What are the highlights of your career?
I was introduced to orienteering by a friend in 1989, although interestingly my aunt had been involved in the early days of orienteering in Scotland in the 1960s. I probably started orienteering a bit too late to achieve my potential, but became a member of the British senior squad after winning the JK International in 2000. Since then I have won two British titles in W35 (6 months before and after the birth of our son!), but my WMOC bronze medal has probably meant the most to me.
What events (in the UK or abroad) were the best for you, concerning organization, terrain, courses, atmosphere and landscape?
I love competing in home terrain in Scotland and the biennial Scottish 6 Days must rank as one of my favourite events for lots of reasons, including the organisation and atmosphere. I have orienteered in many countries and love the challenges that the different types of terrain throw at you. I think the most technically and physically memorable area that I've run on was in Slovenia (near Lake Bohinj). The WMOC events have all been very well organised, particularly so in Austria.
You were the planner of an event in Birsemore Hill ("the best new area in Britain in 2007", according to the mapper Jon Musgrave). Can you tell us about this event and how rewarding it was to set the courses? Is it an interesting work?
This was one of our Scottish Orienteering League races last summer. It is a fantastic area near our home that we only managed to gain access to recently, because of changes in Scottish Land Access rights. I loved planning the event as I had the opportunity to explore some great new terrain with complex contour detail and an amazing rocky hillside, and to plan some really exciting courses. Everyone agreed that the area and courses were challenging (perhaps too much so for many people). We recently held one of our winter night league races on the same area, which resulted in some interesting split times on some of the legs on the complex rocky face of the hill.
You are the Scottish Orienteering Performance Director and Coaching Co-ordinator. Can you explain what responsibilities do you have?
I am responsible for overseeing the activities and operation of the three Scottish squads (junior, senior and veteran) and the development of sport science and coaching activities. I only took over this role last summer, but am working with the squad coaches and assistant professional officer to strive to help current and future athletes in Scotland to achieve their personal potential.
In a few lines, can you present your club MAROC to us?
We are a rural club based in Aberdeenshire that is very active and currently has an approximately 50/50 split between juniors/ seniors and male/female members. Last year we organised over 40 events (including regional, local and training) and recorded more "runs" than any other club in Scotland. We are continually looking for further ways to develop and the club finished runners-up in last year's British Orienteering "Club of the Year" competition.
Have you ever organized the Scottish 6 Days? How enjoying will it be Tay 2009?
I was involved in planning a day of the Highland 99 event (in conjunction with WOC99). I would love to get involved in planning again, but am currently still competing in the Elite class, which means I need to run all of the 6-days to be competitive with the new structure that was introduced in 2007. I am looking forward to Tay 2009 very much.
In 2005 you won a race in Northern Ireland (Magilligan Strand) in a sand dune area, maybe similar to the next WMOC terrain. Can you remember that race? Do you think you will enjoy the terrain in Marinha Grande?
I enjoy running in sand dune terrain. I have previously trained in Marinha Grande, in 2001, and enjoyed the forests very much. They are rather different to the Northern Ireland terrain at Magilligan, which is not forested and is quite physical with long tussocky grass in much of the area. The 2005 race, which was the UK Senior Home Internationals, was a real epic as the courses were planned about 30% too long. I don't expect to be out for over 100 minutes running W40 at WMOC (I hope!).
(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 Apr 5th.)
[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