will Photo: Will Gardner at Portugal O Meeting 2019

The Portugal O Meeting traditionally attracts large numbers: 2.600 this year. The top open classes, have large entries. This year over 100 in the women's, and well over a 120 limit in men's meaning there is a split to "super-elite" and "elite" based on world ranking position. The races see many of the world's best having their first competitive races after the winter. Several top clubs such as Halden and Kalevan Rasti are there in strength, and the Swiss National Squad ran Sunday and Monday's races.

  • Friday March 1st - Sprint Relay Competition and Open classes.
  • Saturday March 2nd - Middle distance
  • Sunday March 3rd - Middle distance
  • Monday March 4th - Middle distance World Ranking Event
  • Tuesday March 5th - Long distance, chasing start for elite classes.

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Several GB team Athletes ran at the meeting and in the significantly strong fields at the World Ranking Event.

As with all competitions except the World Championships, not all runners will be at their fastest, most choosing to "peak" physically for races later in the year. So too much significance should not be placed on results. You will see medal winning athletes quite well down in the list of results - it's very early in the season. .

World Ranking Event

Map and GPS - Women

Map and GPS - Men


Results

(World Ranking position in brackets.)

World Ranking Event Full Results

Women

    1. Venla Harju, Finland. (#22)
    1. Sabine Hauswirth, Switzerland. (#3)
    1. Sofia Haajanen, Finland. (#30)
  • ...
    1. Megan Carter-Davies. (#85)
    1. Jo Shepherd. (#74)

Men

    1. Matthias Kyburz, Switzerland. (#2)
    1. Olav Lundanes, Norway. (#1)
    1. Daniel Hubmann, Switzerland. (#3)
  • ...
    1. Graham Gristwood (#80)
    1. Ben Mitchell (#342)
    1. Will Gardner (#181)

graham Graham Gristwood in the colours of the Finnish club Kalevan Rasti

It's great to see Graham Gristwood running all the races after such a long break with injury.

megan Megan Carter-Davies in the colours of the Finnish club Rajamäen Rykmentti

Megan Carter-Davies eighth in the World Ranking Event had a terrific result, winning Sunday's middle distance.

Map and GPS


Overall

An overall result was calculated based on four races (not the sprint relay or night sprint) including a chasing start long distance on the last day. Men “SuperElite” was won by Max Peter Bejmer of IFK Göteborg. The leading British runner was Ben Mitchell in 22nd. Women Elite was won by Johanna Öberg of OK Linné, with Megan Carter-Davies second.

Photos by James Errington for On The Red Line

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