Silje Ekroll Jahren

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Last weekend the "NM-uka" was organized in Halden from Thursday to Sunday. In the long distance race Thursday, I ran a stable performance, without having the legs for a top position, and ended 7th. In the middle distance qualification race on Friday, I managed to win my heat, but with several mistakes. On Saturday, I did a good start into the middle distance final race, and was in the fight for top position in the middle. But then several mistakes summed up the last part and I ended 9th. The weekend was ended with the relay on Sunday. I ran an OK first leg, making one small mistake towards the end, and changed over 40s behind. My team with Anne Larsson Hovind and Turid Kamstrup Hovind finished as 38th.

 

In the end of August I went to Latvia together with the norwegian national team to run World Cup round 3. I started the middle distance a little insecure, and made several mistakes on the first controls. But from control 4 to the finish I ran a stable technical race, and ended as 36th. In the relay I did not understand the terrain into control 1, and in the stress I was not being realistic, and searched it forever. Sad to destroy for the team on the first leg, even though I ran an OK race the 2nd part of the race, I could not repair the damage. My teammates Emma and Marianne ran two very good races and could climb us up to the 7th position! In the sprint compititions in the end I ran a good qualification ending up as 3rd in my heat. In the final I was very tired, but managed to do a close to clean race, and got the 21st position. After the World Cup races, I stayed in Latvia for 4 days to train for the World Championships which will be held in the same area next summer.

 

I have been officially selected for the World Cup in Cēsis Latvia 24th to 27th August 2017, and the national team training camp for WOC 2018, which will be organized in the same area. The World Cup round in Latvia will consist of a Middle Distance at 25th of August, followed by a Relay on 26th, and a Sprint Qualification and Finale on the 27th. So after some weeks of season break after WOC, the 2nd part of the season will continue in Lativa in about 2 weeks. 

 

 

 

WOC 2017 is history, and for the first time I am really not satisfied with my own performance. Going home with a 19th place in the sprint was not what I aimed for. Anyway, I did enjoy running WOC in Estonia, and it was nice to see many other good performances from my team mates - 2nd best nation at WOC! Being a reserve is always tough, watching races you want to run from the sideline, but I am motivated to keep on working towards new goals and hopefully be stronger next time to be able to catch some more of the few spots.

 

 

After working together towards a common goal during the whole winter, it is just fantastic to succeed! We knew that our team, with Sarina Jenzer (1st), me (2nd), Simone Niggli (3rd) and Sabine Hauswirth (4th), was good enough to fight for the medals at the Venla relay, but to actually make it cannot be expected, and really a dream coming true! Our tactic was to go out there and focus on our technical performances, and have fun - and so we did! After four good technical performances we could run in together as 2nd best team! Our 2nd team also ran well, and captured a good 149th place. In the Jukola Relay our boys also delivered solid performances through the whole night, and could run in as 20th with the 1st team and as 200th with the 2nd team. The 2nd place in Venla and the 20th place in Jukola were the best positions of a non-Scandinavian club ever! Thank you to all the runners, the rest of the club, the sponsors, the leaders, and everyone cheering at the arena or via the live TV at home!