Relay – Darnaway

Wednesday 5th August

The Relay was staged in the complex glacial terrain of Darnaway, seat of the Earls of Moray for many centuries. The forest has a wealth of subtle contour detail, with many small lumps and bumps which will require careful map reading at high speed.

The current Earl of Moray (the 2015 World Championships Patron) was present at the 1976 World Championships in Darnaway, where athletes battled it out in the Long race. The Relay arena will be in sight of Darnaway Castle.

Last edited: 09th Aug  

What is the Relay?

There are separate men’s and women’s relay races, each for teams of three athletes. 

Each team member races their course individually before handing over to the next runner, with the first team to cross the finish line being the winner. To stop athletes forming a pack and following one another, there are several slight variations to the courses. To keep it fair, each team runs all the different variations, just not necessarily in the same order.

The drama of the head-to-head racing makes it tense and exciting for fans as well as for competitors.

Weather Forecast

Temperature 17°C
Humidity 68%
Weather Cloudy

Medallists

Men Women

 Switzerland

 

Fabian Hertner

Daniel Hubmann

Matthias Kyburz

101:40

 Denmark

 

Maja Møller Alm

Ida Bobach

Emma Klingenberg

109:06

 Norway

 

Øystein Kvaal Østerbø

Carl Godager Kaas

Magne Dæhli

103:30

 Norway

 

Heidi Østlid Bagstevold

Mari Fasting

Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg

112:08

 France

 

Vincent Coupat

Lucas Basset

Frédéric Tranchand

103:52

 Sweden

 

Helena Jansson

Annika Billstam

Emma Johansson

112:17

Terrain

Darnaway is an area of former glacial moraine, with numerous small hills and depressions making for tricky navigation.

The forest has a mixture of woodland types: open pine wood with ground cover of heather and dwarf shrub, denser pine and areas of broadleaves, especially beech. Both runnability and visibility will vary throughout the courses.

Map Scale 1:10 000
Contour Interval 5 m
Previous Map Download as PDF

Course Details

    Length Climb Controls Winning Time
Men Laps 1 & 2 6.90 km 180 m 23-24 34 min
Lap 3 7.05 km 180 m 24-25 35 min
Women Laps 1 & 2 6.00 km 140 m 20-21 34 min
Lap 3 6.15 km 140 m 21-22 35 min

All course details are given per lap.

Timings

  Mass Start Flower Ceremony
Men 16:00 17:40
Women 13:55 15:40

All times are in British Summer Time (BST).

Extended Start Lists

Provided by Jan Kocbach, World of O

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Subject to change when final team declarations are made.

Men HTML (no photos) HTML (with photos) PDF
Women HTML (no photos) HTML (with photos) PDF

2014 Medallists

Men Women

 Sweden

 

Jonas Leandersson

Fredrik Johansson

Gustav Bergman

 Switzerland

 

Sara Lüscher

Sabine Hauswirth

Judith Wyder

 Switzerland

 

Fabian Hertner

Daniel Hubmann

Matthias Kyburz

 Denmark

 

Emma Klingenberg

Ida Bobach

Maja Møller Alm

 France

 

Frederic Tranchand

François Gonon

Thierry Gueorgiou

 Sweden

 

Helena Jansson

Annika Billstam

Tove Alexandersson

IOF LiveCenter

Coverage

Live Video

Live Commentary

Live GPS Tracking

Start Time 13:40 BST
Ticket for this Race €10
Ticket for all Races €18
Link livecenter.orienteering.org

TV Coverage

Country Channel Time
United Kingdom BBC Alba 16:00-18:10
Norway

NRK2

NRK2

14:50-16:50

19:00-20:05

Sweden

SVT1

SVT2

14:50-18:00

18:00-18:50

Finland

Yle Fem

Yle Fem

Yle Areena

Yle Areena

Yle Areena

16:00-17:55

19:45-21:00

16:00-17:55

17:55-20:50

19:45-21:00

All times are in the local time of the broadcaster.

Travel Directions – Public Transport

Stagecoach bus routes 10 (between Aberdeen and Inverness) and 11 (between Inverness and Elgin) both stop at Barleymill Road End, approximately 1.5 km by road from the entrance to Darnaway. See Stagecoach for full details of routes and timetables.

The entrance to Darnaway is approximately 4 km by road from Forres railway station, which is on the Aberdeen to Inverness line. See National Rail for details of train times and connections.

Travel Directions – By Road

Follow the A96 east from Inverness through Nairn towards Forres. Beyond the village of Brodie (50 miles per hour limit), turn right at the junction signposted “Whitemire and Conicavel”. After 1 km turn left – do not go straight on at the “Moray Estates Development Company” sign – and after 400 m turn right through impressive ‘golden gates’ at East Lodge (IV36 2ST). Follow WOC signs to parking on estate roads 500 m north-east of Darnaway Castle (IV36 2SW).

Competitors at the Scottish 6 Days and spectators at the World Championships must approach Darnway from the north and follow the race signs to the arena. The entrance from the south via Redstone, on roads signposted as private, must not be used. Do not rely on a satnav if travelling from the south – follow routes around to Forres or Nairn and approach Darnaway from the north.

There will be a one-way system in operation covering the last section of track to the parking field. All traffic must be in the field by 14:00. From 12:30 until 14:00 the direction of traffic flow will change every 15 minutes, so there may be a short delay in getting in to the parking field. Departure from the field after the Relay is expected to be slow.

Typical travel time from Inverness: 45 minutes.

Officials

Course Planner Graeme Ackland
Course Controller Stephen McKinley
Mapper Jon Musgrave

Images

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Darnaway terrain, Credit:Colin Matheson

Darnaway terrain (Full size)

Relay All courses map

Relay All courses map (Full size)