How can I follow the World Championships at home?

You can follow the World Championships at home online, with live video streaming, audio commentary, GPS tracking and results. Three races – the Sprint Relay, Sprint Final, and Relay – will be broadcast live on BBC Alba, with broadcasters in other countries also showing various live races or highlights packages.

Last edited: 20th Jul  


The World Championships website is the place to go for all the latest news and information about the Championships. During the Championships, the website will be updated with athlete profiles, spectator information for each day, race previews and post-race reporting and analysis.

There will also be a liveblog bringing you the latest news from each day’s racing as it happens, with live results and intermediate times from various points around the course and real-time race analysis.

IOF LiveCentre

You can purchase a ticket to watch live video footage, commentary and GPS tracking for each race from the IOF LiveCentre at

Tickets cost €10 per race (€5 for the Long race) or €18 for the week. 

Date Race

Live coverage

start time

Fri 31st July Sprint Qualification 17:45
Sat 1st August Sprint Relay 17:45
Sun 2nd August Sprint Final 16:00
Tue 4th August Middle 11:30
Wed 5th August Relay 13:40
Fri 7th August Long 11:00

Because Glen Affric is such a remote wilderness area, it has very poor mobile phone coverage, and so there will be very limited live GPS tracking available for the Long race. GPS tracking can also be unreliable in urban areas when athletes are running between buildings, so although live tracking will available for the Sprint and Sprint Relay, it may not always be completely accurate.

World of O

World of O – – is a leading independent orienteering news website, and will be bringing you in-depth race analysis, photos and profile of the athletes throughout the World Championships.


Follow the official Twitter feed @woc2015 for all the latest updates, or get involved and tweet your photos and comments from the races using #WOC2015


For news and photos from the races, see the official Facebook page at



BBC Alba will be broadcasting live coverage of the Sprint Relay, Sprint Final, and Relay races. BBC Alba is available on Freeview channel 8 in Scotland, Sky channel 143 and Virgin Media channel 161 throughout the UK, and online via BBC iPlayer.

Date Race

Live BBC Alba


Sat 1st August Sprint Relay 18:00-19:25
Sun 2nd August Sprint Final 16:45-19:10
Wed 5th August Relay 16:00-18:10

BBC Scotland’s The Adventure Show have filmed some orienteering features ahead of the World Championships. Two have already been transmitted, and can be viewed on They will also be producing an hour-long programme devoted to the World Orienteering Championships, which will focus on the Long race at Glen Affric.

Other Broadcasters

International broadcasters transmitting live or pre-recorded packages include: 

  • Norway – NRK
  • Sweden – SVT
  • Finland – YLE
  • Switzerland – SRG
  • Czech Republic – Česká televize
  • USA – USN (NBC)
  • Estonia – ERR
  • Austria – ORF

Other broadcasters from Russia, Germany and Denmark are still to be confirmed.


What's GPS tracking?

GPS tracking allows spectators to follow the athletes’ progress around the course in real time. It not only shows you where the athletes are at any moment, but also makes it possible for spectators and TV viewers to watch live as the athletes make crucial route-choice decisions or navigational errors. By looking at the live GPS tracking of an athlete alongside the GPS replay of an earlier starter, you can see exactly where each athlete loses time compared to the other – just as if they were racing head-to-head.

How does it work?

Each athlete carries a small GPS tracking unit which sends back their position in the terrain via the mobile phone network every 3-7 seconds. The tracking software translates this position into a point on the orienteering map, and spectators can then see where all the athletes are at any time. There is usually a delay of 15-20 seconds between the unit sending back an athlete’s location and the dot being updated on the map, and if there is poor mobile phone coverage in a particular area then this delay can stretch to several minutes.

A head-to-head replay of the GPS tracking shows how Carl Waaler Kaas pipped Peter Öberg for the gold medal in the Middle race at the 2010 World Championships.