Arriving in Stockholm early the next morning we travelled across the city to our lodgings for the next 2 nights with Nick Barrable. Over our 2 days with Nick he treated us with training on some fantastic areas around Stockholm and showed us great hospitality.
It was time then to move onto Hallsberg in the centre of Sweden to spend a night with OK Tisaren via a sprint race in Örebro university. The sprint was fast and not too technical. Conor was the best of the men finishing in 3rd place, 21 secs off the winner, while Rosalind was the best girl finishing 4th, 48 secs behind the winner. After sleeping in the Tisaren club hut that night, we ran a middle distance race in Hallsberg before a long drive up to Leksand with long distance training in Falun along the way.
The following three days were spent in the Leksand club hut training in the sandy, runnable forest behind the hut and culminating in Midsummer. Midsummer is a huge Swedish festival celebrated on the weekend of the longest day of the year, June 21, and is one of Sweden's most important holidays. Midsummer in Sweden is a pretty special experience, but Midsummer in Leksand is one of the biggest celebrations in all of Sweden and is the place to be over the Midsummer weekend. The festival centres around the raising of the maypole, followed by doing some funny dances around it and singing traditional Swedish songs. It was a strange experience, particularly when we found ourselves jumping like frogs around the maypole with thousands of others, but it was fantastic and one of the highlights of the trip.