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 by the prospect of welcoming international orienteering to the challenging, inspiring and unique terrain found in the Highlands of Scotland.
Chair, British Orienteering
An additional area has been embargoed, Docharn & Deisher.
The area is represented by Area 12 on the map of WOC 2015 embargoed areas.
6th March 2013
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.
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.
At the IOF General Assembly on July 20th 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. Over the coming months WOC2015 will consider the decision and will work with the IOF and its other partners to finalise the format that will be delivered in 2015 and the exact schedule of events. The provisional dates for the championship are 1-9 August 2015. The event will be run in parallel with the Scottish 6 Days Event.
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:
Email training@woc2015 for more information.
View a map of the embargoed areas.
The organisers of the bid for 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.
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.
The event will run in parallel with the 20th Scottish 6 Days event. 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.
In addition to the Euromeeting competition there will be a programme of relevant maps available for teams to train on.
Tessa Hill, WOC 2011
(photo: Sören Andersson)