Spectator Info

Information relating to spectating at the World Orienteering Championships 2015

Sprint Relay – Nairn

Nairn Arena location, Credit:Colin Matheson

Saturday 1st August

The Sprint Relay will take place in the attractive seaside town of Nairn on the Moray Firth. Athletes will have to adapt their navigational style to both the complex streets of the old town and areas of parkland and sand dunes.

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Sprint Final – Forres

Forres Arena Gardens, Credit:Colin Matheson

Sunday 2nd August

The Sprint Final will be staged in the former Royal Burgh of Forres. This small town is renowned for impressive parks and gardens with their floral structures, and these can be appreciated from the main race arena near the centre of town. Athletes will have to adapt their navigational and running styles to a variety of different terrains, from the narrow lanes of the old town and complex housing estates to areas of parkland.

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Middle – Darnaway

Darnaway terrain, Credit:Colin Matheson

Tuesday 4th August

The Middle 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 Middle arena will be in sight of Darnaway Castle. 

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09th Aug   Read more...


Relay – Darnaway

Darnaway terrain, Credit:Colin Matheson

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.

09th Aug   Read more...


Long – Glen Affric

Glen Affric, control 42, Credit:Mark Stodgell

Friday 7th August

The Long race takes place in the beautiful, remote Highland wilderness of Glen Affric. The forest is a mix of pine, birch and oak, with steep slopes, complex contour detail, and few paths.

Glen Affric is classic Scottish orienteering terrain, and hosted the Long race the last time the World Championships were in Scotland in 1999.

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Sprint Qualification – Forres

Forres Arena Gardens, Credit:Colin Matheson

Friday 31st July

The Sprint Qualification will be staged in the former Royal Burgh of Forres. This small town is renowned for impressive parks and gardens with their floral structures, and these can be appreciated from the main race arena near the centre of town. Athletes will have to adapt their navigational and running styles to a variety of different terrains, from the narrow lanes of the old town and complex housing estates to areas of parkland.

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Ida Bobach and Thierry Gueorgiou are the Long champions!

Long Distance Report

Thierry Gueorgiou (jasperimage.co.uk)

Gold again for Denmark | Three in a row for Gueorgiou

Ida Bobach ran superbly to take gold in the Long race in Glen Affric today, with a winning margin of well over two minutes – Denmark's fourth gold medal of the week. Mari Fasting of Norway took silver, her first individual World Championship medal, while last year's champion Svetlana Mironova of Russia took bronze.

Ida Bobach finishes to take the gold medal (jasperimage.co.uk)

In the men's race France's Thierry Gueorgiou put in a strong performance to take his third consecutive Long title. Daniel Hubmann of Switzerland took silver and Olav Lundanes of Norway bronze, with each of the three medallists winning the same medal they won last year.

Set against the backdrop of some spectacular Highland scenery, the courses took the athletes through some difficult terrain, with tough marshes and deep heather. Many athletes remaked afterwards on how exhausting they had found the race, and several made comparisons with the terrain in Norway.

08th Aug   Read more...


Denmark claim first women’s Relay gold, Switzerland take men’s title

Relay Report

Maja Alm, Ida Bobach and Emma Klingenberg celebrate victory for DenmarkA pair of silver medals for Norway

The Danish team of Maja Møller Alm, Ida Bobach and Emma Klingenberg dominated from start to finish today to claim Denmark's first women's Relay title. There was a thrilling battle for the other medals, with Norway taking silver just ahead of Sweden, who took bronze.

In the men's Relay a strong Swiss team of Fabian Hertner, Daniel Hubmann and Matthias Kyburz led throughout to take gold. Again the other medal positions were closely fought, with Magne Dæhli running a superb last lap to take Norway's second silver medal of the day, while a young French team – running without Thierry Gueorgiou for the first time since 1995 – claimed bronze. The British men ran well to finish fourth in front of a vocal home crowd.

06th Aug   Read more...


Billstam Retains Her Title, Hubmann Completes His Set

Middle Distance Report

Annika Billstam and Daniel Hubmann won gold in the Middle at Darnaway

Navigational errors from many top runners in the difficult Darnaway terrain

On a day when many of the favourites made mistakes among the tricky moraine of Darnaway, reigning world champion Annika Billstam ran a superb race to retain her Middle title in style. Merja Rantanen of Finland was second and Emma Johansson, also of Sweden, was third.

The men's race was incredibly close, with just 46 seconds separating the top seven runners. Daniel Hubmann of Switzerland was triumphant, collecting a Middle gold medal to go with the Sprint, Long and Relay golds he has won in the past. There was a surprise silver medal for France's Lucas Basset, who ran an excellent race to finish only three seconds behind the winner, with Olle Boström of Sweden taking the bronze.

04th Aug   Read more...


Relay Start list

Wednesay 5th August, Darnaway

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