O-trio run at club relays in Sweden

THREE Bendigo orienteers put their navigational skills to the test in Sweden last weekend, competing in the country's biggest club relay event.

Evan Barr, Leon Keely and Christopher Naunton raced for their Swedish clubs at the annual 10-Mila competition, held in the forest near Eksjo, about 300km south-west of Stockholm.

The event involved more than 300 10-man teams completing courses of varying distances that totalled 116km, starting at 7.30pm Saturday night and finishing on Sunday morning.

Barr and Keely both took on the long overnight leg of 17km, punching their first controls around 1.30am, while Naunton ran a 15.6km morning leg.

Christopher Naunton

Christopher Naunton

Keely's Savedalens team was the best-placed of the Bendigo trio, finishing in 63rd place in an overall time of 13 hours 28.58 minutes.

They were more than two hours behind the winners, Kalevan Rasti.

Naunton's Nolaskogsarna team came 140th and while Barr completed his leg for Lidingo, his team did not record an official result.

Australian Julian Dent was a member of the top Lidingo team that finished second overall.

Dent recorded the fastest time out of all the competitors on his 8.6km leg.

The 10-Mila event also included women's and youth's relay events, with over 900 orienteering teams taking part.

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