No, I’m not running in the Tiomila (!), but I’d love to go over in a few years’ time. I am watching this year’s event though, having splashed out a fiver to receive the live TV broadcast. Maybe by the end of the weekend I’ll have picked up a few words of Swedish!

Watching the women’s race at the moment. The best first-leg time was under 40 minutes for 6.7k; impressive stuff. And SYO’s Joanne Stevenson, running the third leg for Södertälje-Nykvarn, has handed over in fourth place, so her team has a great chance. Seems like a lot of the teams have a runner from outside Scandinavia.

(Södertälje-Nykvarn came second overall! The winners were the wonderfully named Stora Tuna. It was a brilliant race, with only 90 seconds separating the first nine teams, after 3.5 hours of running.)

Update: three and a half hours into the men’s race and three teams are tied, with 28 runners in a pack two and a half minutes back. All I can see on the TV feed at the moment is the GPS tracking and it’s exciting! How sad am I?!

So, Kristiansand won it for Norway. Even I’ve heard of Holger Hott and Daniel Hubmann, who ran the 8th and last legs for them, so it’s perhaps no surprise that they prevailed, though multititleists* Halden were only three seconds down at the finish, with Södertälje-Nykvarn third.

Nothing to do with Sweden, but here’s a great photo from the World Schools Champs in Scotland:


*What a lovely horrible word!