Kangasala-Jukola Logo from the Organisation Website
The weekend of 15th/16th June is the Venla and Jukola Relays in Finland. It's both a big festival weekend - the above logo is out directing traffic on the main motorways several days beforehand - and one of the main competitive weekends of the international orienteering calendar. The relays are a mix of top-level and participation sport like the London Marathon but with a team ethos. It's a tradition, and it gets a great deal of general interest in Finland. There is also something of a link to Finnish national consciousness with it moving round the forests and its naming from the first great work of Finnish literature.
Some numbers: The competition centre, accommodation and parking takes 70 hectares. There are about 1750 tents, 450 provided by the military. 50,000 people will be in and around the competition area over the weekend.
As they say "For a good accomplishment the orienteer needs resolution, persistency and brisk sports spirit."
And thanks to World of O "All You Need to Know" to follow the racing.
2018 Jukola After Movie.
There are several big structures and miles of fencing and taping - also 17 big marquees.
Venla is a 4-leg day relay for women. Jukola is a 7-leg overnight relay. They are enormous - and there is a record entry this year of 20,500 runs being provided. 1700 teams in Venla. 2000 teams in JUkola. The mass starts are going to be something.
The lowest numbered teams (200 or so) have numbers that are last year's position. Many British runners are with low numbered teams.
All team lists became public 6pm local time (4pm UK time) Friday 14th.
British Runners with Scandinavian Teams
- Fiona Bunn leg 1 for team 8 Södertälje Nykvarn Orientering,
- Charlotte Watson leg 4 for team 27 Lillomarka OL,
- Cat Taylor leg 4 for team 28 OK Södertörn,
- Jo Shepherd leg 1 for team 29 Halden 2,
- Grace Molloy leg 2 for team 32 Kalevan Rasti,
- Jess Haliday leg 1 for team 33 Domnarvets GoIF,
- Megan Carter-Davies leg 4 for team 40 Rajamäen Rykmentti,
- Laura King leg 1 for team 83 Södertälje Nykvarn Orientering 2.
- Graham Gristwood leg 5 for team 6 Kalevan Rasti,
- Alan Cherry leg 1 for team 7 Nydalens,
- Jonny Crickmore leg 1 for team 16 OK Ravinen,
- Will Gardner leg 1 for team 19 IFK Lidingö,
- Hector Haines leg 3 for team 19 IFK Lidingö,
- Pete Bray leg 5 for team 21 Navi,
- Alex Carcas leg 1 for team 34 Turun Metsänkävijät 2,
- Scott Fraser leg 7 for team 34 Turun Metsänkävijät 2,
- Matt Speake leg 4 for team 40 Bäkkelagets SK,
- Ralph Street leg 7 for team 40 Bäkkelagets SK,
- Josh Beech leg 6 for team 45 Espoon Suunta,
- Zac Hudd leg 5 for team 49 IFK Lidingö 2,
- Nathan Lawson leg 6 for team 49 IFK Lidingö 2,
- Mark Nixon leg 1 for team 58 Södertälje Nykvarn Orientering 2,
- Ben Mitchell leg 7 for team 62 Rajamäen Rykmentti,
- Sasha Chepelin leg 1 for team 63 Halden 2,
- Tom Fellbaum leg 1 for team 77 OK Ravinen 2,
- Richard Robinson leg 6 for team 77 OK Ravinen 2,
- Peter Hodkinson leg 1 for team 85 Lillomarka OL,
- Alasdair McLeod leg 2 for team 85 Lillomarka OL,
- Joe Woodley leg 4 for team 85 Lillomarka OL.
British athletes meet at the Model Event the day before
British Teams Participating
- 158 Sheffield University
- 310 BOK-Kaukaa Laetta 2 1
- 628 EAgals
- 1327 London Ladies
- 296 Sheffield University
- 493 BOK-Kaukaa Laetta 2 1
- 520 South LOndon Orienteers
- 903 Forth Valley Orienteers
- 1454 London Lords
- 1650 Sheffield University 2
- 1928 Uppsala Postal Service B Squad