Published 16 August 2004
First eurocup in Nakkila - Finland
14.08.2004 Nakkila Eurocup Finland was held in sunshine near the
western coast about 200 km from Helsinki. The organising club was
Nakkilan Wisa. The mile took place on a running track with a 300
m lap. After accelerating on the home stretch the competitors had
5 full laps to go. The men's race gathered a start field of 11 kickers
from 5 different countries. Six kickers made the final from the
The group remained together with Erwin Borremans leading most of
the way. Before the last curve Hannu Vierikko started such a sprint
from middle of the pack that the others could nothing but admire
his bold pose in the finish. Erwin could maintain the second place
before Alpo Kuusisto.
On the ladies' mile no qualifying heats were necessary as there
was only one participant. Laura Nurmi picked the victory and full
Eurocup points by kicking her race together with the men in their
During the interval between the mile and the marathon there was
a 4 x 300 m pair relay. There was enough commotion when 5 pairs
changed the kicker after each lap. The winners were Richard van
Camp and Karel Cvalin before Hannu Vierikko and Jan Elmgren, who
fouled up their changes.
The kid's race was virtually a "club duel" between Lapinjärven Lukko
(3 participants) and Nakkilan Wisa (2 participants). All participants
kicked well and were hence rewarded with good prizes.
The marathon consisted of 3 laps on a route following river Kokemäenjoki
on both sides. There was once again a tough fight for victory between
the familiar domestic trio Hannu Vierikko, Jan Elmgren and Alpo
Kuusisto. Hannu pulled the longest straw and took his second victory
for the day. The only participant in ladies' class was Jaana Nykänen.
After the races the competitors could enjoy sauna and swim in the
town pool that was exclusively reserved for them. In the price ceremony
the best were handed out medals with kick emblems and trophies that
all seemed bigger than the other. Thanks to the organisers and officials
for excellent races ! Hopefully next time there will be more kickers
especially in the ladies' events.