Monday, October 12, 2009

We Are All The Winners!

We Are All the Winners

The Winner

Celebrations


This weekend more than 9000 runners competed in the annual orienteering race known as the 25manna. The name means that every team has to have 25 runners, and all teams have to consist of both men and women. This years race took place at Nytorps Ängar in Västerhaninge. It's the second time that Haninge has welcomed the elite runners. I have tried the sport as a teenager, in school, but quickly realised that running around in a forest with a map an compass is not for me. The weather was perfect on Saturday with sunshine and around 10 Celsius. I live only 5 kilometres away so I jumped on my bike and headed for the Fields of Nytopr. Elite teams from Sweden, Norway, Finland and a few other countries competed and believe it or not, but the first portrait I took was of four guys from the Norwegian team Halden. And a couple of hours after I met them they won the event! Seen here on the first photo are Pekka Itavuo, Søren Bobach, Marius Bjugan and Erik Axelsson but not necessarily in that order. On the second photo you can see the smiling Anne Margrethe Hausken who ran the last leg for the Norwegian club. Their combined winning time was 5 hours, 13 minutes and 34 seconds. On the third photo some of the winners are posing for the media. Over the next few days you can expect to see many more photos from this big event. Including a few portraits of the organizers, the many volunteers and of course a few portraits of the runners.

15 comments:

brattcat said...

Whether you are focusing in on one person or a group, Steffe, your portraits are always fascinating. Great work. Looking forward to seeing more.

Leif Hagen said...

I hope your bicycle has a GPS, Steffe! I think you tend to get lost easily! Fun orienteering photo series!

magiceye said...

great captures of the fascinating event!

Don and Krise said...

Great. I can't wait to see more. I think I like my bike a whole lot better than running too Steffe.

Gunn White said...

Great shots from a great event!:-)
And you really manage to get "the atmosphere, joy and fun" in to your photos too.
Thanks for sharing.

Olivier said...

bravo a tous ces sportifs, j'aime beaucoup la deuxième photo.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Victory Shot !! Nice one...Great..Unseen Rajasthan

Cherie said...

congratulations!

B SQUARED said...

I would rather photograph it than run in it.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Some nice shots !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Mo said...

What a great event. Where is the link to your flickr account?

Per Stromsjo said...

Any idea about the ratio between men and women among the runners?

Vogon Poet said...

Great images, I could copy and paste most of the above comments!
I agree about the forest and the compass, but recently tried again my lucky riding a bike. You have disciples...

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Wonderful people shots! I see a lot of winter caps already.

Steffe said...

Thanks all. I don't have one, but yes, I sure need a GPS. I hear you Don and Krise. Haven't been able to find those numbers Per.