Run 35:00  6.0 km (5:50 / km)
Headed out early with Simon, in the interests of getting back before things got too chaotic in the house (they have three children under 6). It's not the first time we've been for a run together, but the last time we did, a quarter-century ago, he was about three-quarters of the height (he was nine) and I probably wasn't much more than three-quarters of the weight.
Simon led me on a tour of Forsbacka, the first half through the town area and past some very old industrial facilities, the second half on some forest tracks - the rougher parts of which demonstrated that, despite having only just got back into running, he's still got the sure-footedness on rough ground that led me to think him a likely orienteering prospect 25 years ago. I didn't have a lot of energy, something I attribute to the early start and not having eaten, but the Achilles was better than yesterday which is a good sign for the coming week.
Headed north after that towards Ornskoldsvik, in the process seeing solid rain for the first time in a long time. Don't think much of it got where it was most needed, though. Reports of a new fire outbreak in the Ornskoldsvik area northwest of town were somewhat concerning, but would have been more concerning had I not known that in Sweden, "six miles" means 60km, not 9.6km. (I still won't be completely shocked if the organisers and/or the fire authorities pull the pin on the two most northern days, days 3 and 4). Traffic was somewhat tedious at times, and quite a bit of it was probably heading for where I was.
Arriving in the wake of a thundery shower, Ornskoldsvik was doing a good job of channelling Brisbane. The event centre was as busy as expected. There's an election in a few weeks and clearly some politicians have decided that there are enough voters here for it to be worth their while campaigning here - the Social Democrats, and Centre and Moderate parties (both mainstream conservatives), all have stands, and the first two also have people giving speeches on evenings later in the week (which I'm sure will be massively attended). The Social Democrats are also sponsoring a day, something I'm not sure I'm particularly comfortable about even though I broadly support their politics. The Sweden Democrats - who, I suspect, are as under-represented in the Swedish orienteering community as One Nation are in the Australian orienteering community - are nowhere to be seen.