Organizational level of Military WOC was typical for army. We waked up early; departures to competition were according to schedule exactly (with check-in by bibs and SI card). Food was quite good (typical Swedish meal) except lunch-pockets. Lunch-pockets were not really eatable.
First day. Middle distance terrain was quite flat with good runnability, but little bit limited visibility.
There were not so difficult courses at Military WOC. But I have learned from practice: there are no easy controls in the forest. I met 2 marked ways from control point positions at Middle course. And I made 2 mistakes, because I was relaxed, stopped to work hard with navigation and just hoped to see marked tapes. Also I did not see exact end of second marked route and I decided to make left route choice on the track (9-10). In fact the end of marked tapes was in the forest, and I had to run straight without good understanding of this new route choice. As sequence of these actions I got 8 place.
Second day, Long. Forest was not so nice with some undergrowth. There were no route choices at the course. Everywhere you have to run straight with good navigation on the way. I made mistake during attack of control №5. The situation around was more diffusive than I imagined. Result is 5th place.
Three best times from Middle and Long gave national sum for so called Team competition. Tatiana Ryabkina, Julia Novikova and me won gold medals in Team competition.
Terrain for Relay was same as for Long (with same arena). First part of course used familiar forest, but after spectator control we climbed on big hill. Course was easy. In my opinion the aim is to reduce gap between teams from countries with developed orienteering and other teams. I was running at the first leg. My main task was to create gap from our main rivals from Estonia and Lithuania. I saw them only before control 4. Then I saw only Gøril Fristad (my teammate from Halden Skiklubb) and Swedish girl. Julia and Tatiana increased the gap to almost 9 minutes before second place.
Full results and split times you can find here.
After flower ceremony I came back to barracks, collected some stuff and proceeded to prize giving and closing ceremony (with military uniforms). Prize giving ceremony was one for all days (Middle, Long, Team competition, and Relay). The orchestra played national anthems 8 times (4 times – Russian, 3 times Swiss, and 1 time – Estonian).
Then we had a small buffet table. Afterwards we proceeded to barracks.
There was music festival in Eskjö 30-31 August. We saw 5-6 scenes with different music. It was interesting to listen live music.
Next day we waked up at 5 a.m., ate breakfast and traveled to the airport in Göteborg.
Maps are from Military WOC 2013 site.
P.S. Story "Military World Orienteering Championships 2013: The beginning" is here