Arnt Ola receives monetary prize

Author: Fredrik Ljone Holst (transl. Femke van Gastel)     Photo: Geir Sørmoen     Publish date: 03.02.13 08:42

Arnt Ola Skjerve left Tynset 45 minutes before his first opponents came down from Søvollen and drove straight through the checkpoint. This headstart was enough to ensure he was the first to arrive at Grimsbu and collect the prize of 8000 Norwegian kroner.

Arnt Ola Skjerve

After Emil Inauen had to give up in Tynset, it is a small group of mushers that took their long rest at Søvollen that are now the closest to Arnt Ola. Because of that, he had time to rest two and a half hours in Tynset before he set of for the round over Folldal. And even though 45 minutes is not a world of time, Arnt Ola has the extra advantage that he had time to rest in Tynset, while the others drove straight on to Grimsbu.

The leading team got to be alone at the checkpoint in Folldal for nearly an hour before the next musher showed up. Number two and three were Ralph Johannessen and Thomas Wærner, who came in with just a few minutes space between them. Both are part of the group that didn't rest in Tynset and because of that, their dogs are not as fit as those of Arnt Ola.