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Difficult choice: Who is the best in the woods in the middle of the night?

Gustav Bergman takes a last stretch in the Tiomila surprise hardly competitors.

But the 28-year-old Bergman, who recently won the Swedish League and has six world CHAMPIONSHIP medals including a gold in the relay, is the only one in the line must succeed on OK the Gorge from Nacka will succeed in putting their mark on the competition.

The handar about ten runners in each team as the night between Saturday and Sunday, to harvest around 15 miles in the forests around the scanian Companies.

the Gorge is a pretty big club, so for us it is not so difficult to get together a team, but for very many clubs, it is a challenge. We actually have three teams to herrstafetten but it was a bit difficult to get together the third team, where there are some ladies and young people who fill out.

a meeting of the club premises where they presented what would get a chance in the team.

the Courses are forked, which means that orienterarna spread out and not only take back at each other.

the Exception is the stretch four, the toughest and longest stretch, which is often called ”the long night”.

It is extra long this year, 18 kilometres, " says Bergman.

OK, the Gorge has the meeting in their clubhouse to take up the tactics before Tiomila. Photo: Jonas Lindkvist

Who will take the fabled ”long night” there is often discussions about.

if you're going To put someone not so good at orient but good at run and can follow one after the other? If he'll be able to keep up with, we need to perhaps have extra good runners in the initial stages so that the stretch four is still.

the frenchman Raphael Masliah.

For him, the alternative was to run the longest distance, which is estimated to take an hour and three quarters, or compete for andralaget.

" Raphael is sharp, but not so used to run proposing night orienteering, but it is hoped that he shall be accompanied on their long distance.

There are teammates who are better runners than Masliah but they are put on the long stretches where it's not about to be in the back on the other orienteers.

Ukrainaren Ruslan Glebov, who took world CHAMPIONSHIP silver in the long distance of 2018, running the eighth leg and Bergman himself last stretch, the second-longest legs in addition to the long night.

– It is a löpsport, all the gentlemen in the elite goes down to 30 minutes on the mile.

determined during the night.

– It is specially with many lights that flutter around everywhere, you may not be stressed, but must try to stick to his.

Seven of the ten routes will be determined during the night. Photo: Jonas Lindkvist

There is also big pressure on those who do not focus one hundred percent on the orientation but still in the team.

– It is a great responsibility, it is one of ten in a team. For many, it comes to my brother Donald, for example, this is the highlight of the whole season. It will be quite tough. In Stockholm it is more flat rock and nice pine forest, now it becomes more dense forest with mature granplantager and it is very rocky at the bottom.

Stockholm is the shortest possible route is often the fastest.

– So it is not down there, it may be time to run a bit more around and find trails and paths to run on.

booked on Östra Göinge Järnvägssällskap, a hostel where the man cooks his own food, no luxury, it is seldom the case in the orientation.

– Companies is not so large, you may take what you find, " says Bergman.

the Gorge is a classic orienteering club and won the Tiomila on the men's side in 1977, 1979 and 1981, the ladies won in three consecutive years 1979-1981.

Gustav Bergman has not been in the vicinity of a victory.

" I do not even remember where we came in last year, it was very bad, we were not at all happy. The best placement when I have been with is the 16:th place.

the last two years and is the favorite again this year. On the women's side is Stockholm IF, orienteering club, which is lokalkonkurrent to the Gorge, the defending champion.

the Women's competition is a little different in that it only has five legs and no proposing night orienteering. For me, Tiomila really proposing night orienteering and a long relay race, which the ladies lack.

the married couple Helena and Gustav Bergman, both with world CHAMPIONSHIP gold in prisskåpet, studying the maps before Wednesday's workout. Photo: Jonas Lindkvist

OK, the Gorge won herrstafetten in Svartnatta in Eskilstunatrakten for a little over a week ago.

" It felt good, but it was not Tiomilaklass at the competition.

the Three relays will be determined during the 10-milahelgen. On Saturday, the sprinting young people in the morning and the ladies in the afternoon.

Herrstafetten go on the night between Saturday and Sunday.

Gustav Bergman train at dusk at Hellasgården in Nacka. Photo: Jonas Lindkvist
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