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HOCup 2009

If you've been following Fabien Pasquasy's training log the last few weeks, you know he's been working hard to organise HOCup in his hometown of Nismes. Last year's event was very well received and most runners were really looking forward to see what the promised unused terrain looked like.


Control 40


Unlike last year, when a sprint and a middle distance event were run, this time, the courses would be of the long distance type: the 9,8km and 500m climbing was certainly physically challenging and with 43 controls, it was also an orienteering festival. The new terrain was covered by course sections 4-11 and 14-25, legs 14-16 also giving a new meaning to the "slippery slope" expression.

The men's course was won by Thomas van der Kleij, by a large margin: with 1h20 he was 10 minutes faster than follow-up runner Joost Talloen, close together with Michel Bastin, Nicolas Sillien and your correspondent. Was the key to vdK's succes his shiny new car, last night's Bart Delobel style training, frustration caused by his second place in yesterday's MTB-O or was it just a clear sign of his top shape, in preparation for Spring Cup next week?


Winner Thomas van der Kleij near control 30.


In the women's class, Greet Oeyen was the best runner, also some 10 minutes ahead of a few other runners such as Kim Geypen, Miek Fabré and Els Talloen. Oeyen won last year's overall ranking at HOCup.

Both winners of the course in this terrain, with similarities to the WOC terrains in Hungary, still have to prove their track speed in the physical testrun next month in order to have a chance to be selected. Other runners, considerably slower today, did pass that test already. It will be interesting to follow that development.

To end on a lighter note:

Route from control 36 to 37

10 Comments:

  • At 22/3/09 19:05, Anonymous Fabi Pasquasy said…

    I would like to thank every runner who comes to my region to run this second HOCup edition.

    I really appreciated the venue of runners coming from far away. Almost all the best runners were there - I'm proud of it - big big thank you !!!

    I promise you a third edition... still plenty of good terrain here in Nismes area...

    CU next time !

     
  • At 22/3/09 21:15, Blogger dries said…

    next time I take my orienteering shoes instead of running shoes.

    It was a nice course setting!

     
  • At 23/3/09 10:20, Blogger An said…

    A nice orienteering weekend with lovely spring weather & good company, even in the car :)
    I enjoyed it!

     
  • At 23/3/09 15:58, Blogger Hub60 said…

    Merci à Fabien pour tout le travail techique de cette magnifique course.

    Merci aussi pour: almost all the best runners were there. Je suis très flatté!!. Sehe geehrt!!.

    Hubert Bastin

     
  • At 23/3/09 20:50, Anonymous mash said…

    Super event! Perfect terrain and course setting...

     
  • At 23/3/09 22:13, Anonymous mash said…

    But i didn't have so much luck with company in the car ;-)

     
  • At 24/3/09 08:33, Anonymous Fabi Pasquasy said…

    All pictures here :

    http://hoc-net.be/welcome/index.php

     
  • At 24/3/09 08:41, Blogger An said…

    Mash, be carefull, or I send an envelop with a certain paper to the spinnewielstraat...

     
  • At 25/3/09 19:42, Anonymous Anoniem said…

    An F and her love letters.
    A never ending story...

     
  • At 30/3/09 10:41, Anonymous Fabi said…

    HOCup map is there :

    http://www.matrace.fr/gadget/cgi/reitti.cgi?act=map&id=339&kieli=fr

     

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