British Orienteering has a long tradition of competing in and staging successful international events. The World Championships have been staged in Great Britain twice: in 1976 and 1999. Once again British Orienteering is excited and pleased to welcome international orienteering to the challenging, inspiring and unique terrain found in the Highlands of Scotland.
Chair, British Orienteering
After consultation with Team Managers and our IOF SEA Team, WOC2015 have decided on a change to the event programme. The WOC2015 Sprint Qualification race will now take place on the evening of Friday 31st July. All other details of the race remain the same, including location and embargos (which obviously now include a ‘lock-down’ embargo on the Sprint Qualifier town from 12noon on Friday 31st July until the race is concluded).
The rule not allowing the use of orienteering maps in the towns of Elgin, Nairn and Forres has been amended.
It now includes ALL maps and is not just limited to orienteering ones.
Bulletin 2 is now available as a PDF, download bulletins by clicking on the images below.
WOC2015 athlete quarantine check-in will be local to each of the races – we will not require you to check-in at Inverness each day
Scottish 6 Days, Highland 2015
If you are not a WOC elite athlete, there is a full programme of races for you to challenge yourself on the same areas. The Scottish 6 Days is being run in parallel with WOC 2015. Widely recognised as one of the world’s top multiday events, this will bring 5000 competitors and spectators to what will be a true festival of orienteering. Details on the Scottish 6 Days Highland 2015 website
Further to the announcements on the website on the 1st August and information contained in Bulletin 1, it is planned to stage the Middle Distance and Relay events at Darnaway. The Long Distance race will be staged in Glen Affric. Further details on the Sprint Races (Relay, Qualifier and Final) will be included in Bulletin 2.
SCOTLAND THE PERFECT STAGE
Based in Inverness, Scotland, WOC 2015 will utilise the fantastic terrain that this region has to offer. From the Moray coastal towns to the rugged forests and mountains of the Highlands, the challenges that these areas present will produce worthy world champions.
- Unique heritage, scenery and culture
- First staged the World Orienteering Championships in 1976 and again in 1999
- Substantial support from the local community: EventScotland, Highland Council
WORLD CLASS TERRAIN
The terrain provided is physically and technically demanding, and will be rewarding to compete in. All this is set against the fantastic natural backdrop of the Highlands of Scotland.
The forest venues offer a range of challenges from rugged hilly ancient Caledonian Forest, with semi open terrain, contour and rock detail, to the flatter complex moraine terrain of the Moray coast.
The sprint venues offer urban areas with roads and small alleyways, parkland with sections of ornamental gardens, and community woodlands containing many paths and tracks.
Subject to final agreements the WOC event centre will be the new Inverness Campus, which is scheduled to open from 2014 on the eastern outskirts of Inverness, directly opposite Raigmore Hospital. The new Inverness College, University of the Highlands and Islands, will be used for the WOC Office, media centre, team meetings, conference facilities and ceremonies. It had been hoped that accommodation including a hotel would have been constructed in parallel with the new college, but at this stage these options are unlikely and a range of other facilities have been pre-booked for athletes in Inverness and Aviemore area. A hotel in Inverness has been booked to provide accommodation for the IOF Presidents’ Conference. Highlands and Islands Enterprise have kindly agreed to us establishing a campsite with all facilities including marquee-based catering. The centre of Inverness can be reached by crossing the new “golden bridge” and using the new cycleway. There is easy access to the nearby retail park, with a major supermarket, restaurant, fast-food outlets and cinema.
At the IOF General Assembly 2012 the decision was made to adopt a new model for WOC which would take effect from 2017. Events prior to this have the opportunity to modify their event programme. WOC 2014 in Italy will be the first event to use the new programme, and WOC 2015 in Scotland will also do so. The dates for the championship are 1-7 August 2015. The event will be run in parallel with the Scottish 6 Days Event which takes place from 1-8 August 2015.
There will be a programme of training to give teams and athletes the chance to sample similar terrains and race in the run up to WOC 2015:
- WOC Camp 1: Euromeeting 2013 (27th July - 3rd August)
- WOC Camp 2: 13th to 17th October 2014
- WOC Camp 3: Easter 2015 in association with the Jan Kjellström Festival of Orienteering
- WOC Camp 4: July 2015
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
The organisers of WOC 2015 are committed to making a minimum of £30,000 available for a development programme to help the International Orienteering Federation develop the sport. It is anticipated that this will be used to assist less advantaged Federations prepare for and attend WOC 2015.
LIVE TV PRODUCTION
We wish to maximise the exposure of orienteering and see the WOC as an ideal opportunity to showcase our sport through traditional and new social media. To help achieve this we have secured a budget to provide live TV coverage expected of the WOC.