Tio Mila 2007

Last weekend saw the annual overnight Tio Mila relay take place in Eskilstuna, Sweden. This year there were around 350 men´s teams racing through Saturday night and before that 360 women´s teams competed in the Tva Mila.For the women´s race Swedish club Ulricehamns were the strong favourites with multiple world champion Simone Niggli from Switzerland on the last leg. However Niggli had a nightmarish run with several big mistakes to drop the team from 3rd to 9th place, team-mate Jenny Johansson said Niggli would be more determined than ever to win next week´s Nordic Championships now! It was left to Russian Tanja Ryabkina to pull away from the last leg runners from Norwegian clubs Nydalen and Baekelaget on the last three controls to take a long overdue victory for her and Swedish club Hellas. British runners performed variably for their Scandinavian clubs with Helen Winskill finishing 23rd on the 1st leg and Jenny Johnson bringing their club Vasteras home in 26th – a best ever for the team, Jo Stevenson had a steady 1st leg which helped Södertälje-Nykvarn to 11th overall and Helen Bridle made some mistakes but still brought Goteborg-Majorna home in 22nd. The men´s race began at 11pm with runners wearing extremely powerful head torches. The race finished over 10 hours later with yet another victory for Norwegian superclub Halden SK over 5 mins clear of 2nd placed Vaajakosken Terä. There was an exciting sprint for the final medal between Swedish club Södertälje-Nykvarn and Finns Kalevan Rasti. Frenchman and former World Champion Thierry Gueorgiou just pipped Czech Petr Losman on the line to take the honours for Kalevan Rasti – a real sign of the international flavour to the event! Again there were mixed results for the Brits. Nick Barrable brought OK Ravinen home in 36th and Oli Johnson anchored Vasteras home to 39th after several late changes in the team due to illness. Murray Strain had a storming run on Leg 6 – 5th fastest on the leg – but his club finished 75th. Jon Duncan and Matt Speake both ran well on Leg 8 and their teams finished 21st and 30th respectively. Full results and pictures available here Checkout how the Brits fare at this week´s Nordic Championships here