Monday, 26 August 2013

Koboltgruvene opp 2013

Race #32 2013 - 4.4 km - 24:14 [debut] - Saturday 24th of August

A nice prize for those who were a lot faster than me.

A hill race, with resemblance of Grefsenkollen Opp and Skjennungstua Opp (by the way, the Koboltgruvene-guys know that "opp" is supposed to be written with a lowercase "o", according to Norwegian orthography). However the track had a few flat parts, where it should be possible to relax a bit, or increase the pace.

The track
Mainly gravel road, and then some asphalt. Check out the map here.


My race
For me it was a tough day for running. I thought that all the stair session I've done over the last weeks would help me, but I felt no signs of that. It was bloody hard from the very beginning till the very end. Luckily the event itself was as great as the weather, so overall it was a very nice and memorable day at Koboltgruvene.

After the race all runners got home made currant syrup mixed with water. The best drink I've ever been given after a race, and alone worth all the pain up the 4.4 km track. Later I bought a hefty, thick and yummy waffle, which is one of the best waffles I've ever eaten (thanks for the tip, Mr Leira). As it was 35 kr, including brown cheese, it was not cheap, but darn, it was worth it!

Me, no Viking
This was also the day where I was supposed to participate in Viking Race. However due to some pain I could not, which was very annoying as I really was looking forward to this new type of race, and had done a fair bit of preparations. That aside, I am glad I did Koboltgruvene opp.

The grades
Atmosphere      : 5/5
+ irreproachable

Toilets         : n/a
/ didn't check, but do believe there were enough

Value for money : 5/5
+ 250 for late entry fee (200 early)
+ Tee
+ The best EVER post race drink (currant ftw!)

Organising      : 5/5
+ All good

Race Timing     : 5/5
+ Online the same evening.

Track           : 3/5
+ OK, and got more exciting along the way.
- Not the most exciting track.

OVERALL         : 4.6 / 5

The pictures

| official pages | official resultspictures on flickr | garmin connect | kondis article |


  1. Var oppe og kikka på Viking race og folk virket å ha det utrolig gøy. Så det var dumt du gikk glipp av det. Men ser ut som du fant en grei erstatning da. :-)
    Fortsatt god bedring!

    1. Tusen takk, Adelheid. Skikkelig surt å miste Viking Race, det så ut som et helt genialt arrangement, just my cup of tea //:

  2. Kult - det så digg ut med den vaffelen etterpå!! :-)


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