CUOC in Czech Republic

On 5th January Dan Safka of CUOC and Czech club Kamenice single-handedly organised an excellent race at Velké Popovice, near Prague in his home country. All courses were mass start for maximum racing competition. The A course was 15km and included Control X, an extra control which could be gained at any point along the course; the rest of the points had to be done in order. Winner of this in 1 hour 51 mins was Pavel Procházka, previous guest runner at the Varsity match held in Doksy, CR, in 2010. The race attracted international competition as the 9km B course was won by Tomáš Dlabaja in 1:09, who was part of the winning Czech relay team at the world championships in France this summer. CUOC members Ben Windsor and Zuzka Straková both competed on B, finishing 22nd in 1:32 and 41st in 1:56 respectively. The terrain was steep but mostly runnable, and the prizegiving in the rain included cans of beer from local sponsors Kozel.

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