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NORNOR-18Sortland

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Rundheia hoppbakke:

K-Point: 35 m
Men Winter Hill record: 36.5 m (Stein Pedersen NOR, 1966)
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1960
Status: out of order
Ski club: Sortland og Omegn SK
Coordinates: 68.694829, 15.384083 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

Sortland's first ski club was Skiklubben Fremskridt, which was founded in 1901 and existed until 1909 or so. A new sports club with skiing as one of its main sports was founded in 1916, Sortland Turn- og Idrætslag (from 1930 known as Sortland Idrettslag). One of the first ski jumping hills in Sortland was at Koven, where Eskil Bringslimark from Svolvær had the hill record at 37 meters.
Sortland had the district ski championship in 1949, but by then the ski jumping hill in Koven was deemed too small, so the club made a temporary hill in Prestdalen, called Birgunbakken. Its inrun was too short, so they had to build a wooden tower with borrowed planks. The tower construction was torn down immediately after the competition and the planks given back to the owner!
Next, a new permanent ski jumping hill, Lombakken, with a K-point of 56 meters, was planned and test jumped. There were even plans to equip it with floodlights. But the club struggled for several years to get economical support to finish the building, and eventually the building was abandoned.
When Sortland had the district championship in 1956, the ski jumping was done in Skredbakken in Bø, some 6-7 km south of the town. It had a hill record of 52.5 meters, by Asbjørn Sletten in 1953. This was a fairly good ski jumping hill, but being some distance from the town, it wasn't well suited as a training hill for the young jumpers in Sortland.
Around 1960 a new permanent ski jumping hill was set up in Rundheia, just a few hundred meters from the old hill at Koven. The size was pretty much the same, with a K-point of 35 meters and hill record 36.5 meters by Stein Pedersen. In 1971 the hill was even equipped with floodlights.
The various sports groups in Sortland Idrettslag broke out in 1989 to form separate clubs. Sortland og Omegn Skiklubb was thus founded that year, but by then ski jumping was about to die out as an organized sport in Sortland. As of 2015 the ski jumping hill in Rundheia still exists, though, and can be used. It has floodlights but is otherwise a very simple construction, with a small, wodden takeoff and a judges' stand.

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