Summer orienteering festivals part 2

Italian 5 day (10th-16th July) Held in the mountains, about 60km from Rome, the Italian 5 day made use of the fantastic new maps that were produced for the World Cup races held in the area last October. Quote from a British competitor “the areas were areas, mostly beech forest and mostly well above 1000m”. There was only a small contingent of Brits, but there were some excellent performances. Four overall winners in their categories who were Hazel Dean (D40), Inara Gipsle (D50), Mike Sprot (H21A) and Martin Dean (H45). Martin Ward also impressed with 4th on H35. Event homepage is here Swiss O Week (15th – 22nd July) With the spectacular Matterhorn as the backdrop, the Swiss O Week was a chance to do some real mountain orienteering. With big climbs, blistering heat and little tree cover, it was a true physical challenge. Intricate contours and rock formations added a technical element. One day was in the town of Zermatt, and the 3rd day was partially on an actual glacier. There was a large British presence, and some very good results. First place on D65 for Judith Powell, second places for Rhodri Buffett on H18, Tim Tett on H45 and Kath Broatch on D40, and third place for Clive Hallett on H40. Event homepage is here Check out this blog for a great report of the week and some fantastic photos. Photograph from