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16:20 – And that's it for the 2015 World Orienteering Championships! Thanks for following the liveblog – we hope you've enjoyed reading it as much as we've enjoyed writing it. Goodbye!

16:18 – All three of the medallists take the same colour medal they won last year, and five of the top six runners are the same.

16:17 – The provisional men's top six:

  1. Thierry Gueorgiou (France) – 99:46
  2. Daniel Hubmann (Switzerland) – 100:11
  3. Olav Lundanes (Norway) – 100:43
  4. Frederic Tranchand (France) – 101:26
  5. Fabian Hertner (Switzerland) – 101:44
  6. Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) – 102:21

16:11 – Olav Lundanes:

I had a complicated race. I'm really, really tired, but I was feeling really good in the terrain because it's similar to Norway.

16:06 – Olav Lundanes finishes in third with 100:43. It looks like being the same top three as last year, in the same order!

16:05 – Daniel Hubmann:

I had a big problem on the second control, where I didn't understand the map, but I'm pretty happy because I felt really good until the end.

16:02 – And Hubmann is too late! He's 25 seconds down at Thierry Gueorgiou at the finish. That looks like a third consecutive gold for Gueorgiou, and silver for Hubmann. Olav Lundanes and Matthias Kyburz could still challenge Tranchand's time for bronze.

16:01 – Frederic Tranchand comes in to the finish in second place, a bit under two minutes behind Gueorgiou. We're waiting for Hubmann now...

15:59 – Daniel Hubmann looks to have lost a little time between controls 25 and 27 – he's now 22 seconds behind Gueorgiou's time.

15:55 – Thierry Gueorgiou:

My performance wasn't brilliant – I made a big mistake at the fourth control, and maybe I made the wrong choice on the long leg. The course was tough, as expected. Technically I was okay, and during my run I was just thinking "one step at a time,and you will reach the finish!"

Thierry Gueorgiou_by_Dan_Kafka

Thierry Gueorgiou_by_Dan_Kafka

15:53 – Reigning champion Thierry Gueorgiou crosses the finish line in a time of 99:46, nearly three minutes faster than Bostrom's time. But Daniel Hubmann has gone through control 25 in 89:54, twelve seconds faster than Gueorgiou's time at the same point...

15:46 – And Olav Lundanes comes through a further six seconds behind Tranchand, so that's Hubmann, Gueorgiou, Tranchand and Lundanes all within 42 seconds at control 24. Meanwhile, Olle Bostrom of Sweden has set a new leading time at the finish with 102:36:

I had a good race and I'm quite satisfied. It was really tough. I caught Marten Bostrom [of Finland] early on but we took route choices.

15:42 – Daniel Hubmann comes through control 24 just one second ahead of Gueorgiou. Gueorgiou's French teammate Frederic Tranchand is another 35 seconds behind at the same point. This could be another close one!

15:34 – Thierry Gueorgiou has come through control 24 with a lead of 1m44s over Sweden's Gustav Bergman.

15:32 – Omdal's lead doesn't last long before it's taken by Tuesday's silver medallist, Lucas Basset of France, with a lead of sixteen seconds:

The terrain is really nice and the course was very beautiful. Everything went okay for me.

15:29 – Hans Gunnar Omdal of Norway has just set a new leading time at the finish with 104:38.

I'm not sure about my route choices – I'll have to see later – and I made some mistakes, but the terrain is similar to Norway, so it's not too difficult for us.

15:12 – Reigning champion Thierry Gueorgiou of France is the current leader at control 12, before the long leg, with a time of 33:37. The next three runners are all Swiss: Fabian Herter is 24 seconds down on Gueorgiou, with Matthias Kyburz and Daniel Hubmann both within thirteen seconds of him. Olav Lundanes of Norway and Frederic Tranchand of France are also within a minute of Gueorgiou at the same control.

15:10 – Those top six women in the provisional results:

  1. Ida Bobach (Denmark) – 75:35
  2. Mari Fasting (Norway) – 78:19
  3. Svetlana Mironova (Russia) – 78:39
  4. Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) – 78:46
  5. Natalia Vinogradova (Russia) – 79:01
  6. Cat Taylor (Great Britain) – 79:36

And now back to the men's race... 

15:05 – Ida Bobach of Denmark, the new World Long Champion:

I'm so happy – it feels unreal! I was in control the whole way round. Of course I've trained a lot here in Scotland as well as in Sweden and Norway. I think my route choice on the long leg was okay – I went left. I pushed really hard all all the way. I'm so happy!

15:00 – And it's gold for Ida Bobach with a fantastic time of 75:35, 2m44s faster than Mari Fasting in second. Mironova takes bronze, while Alexandersson misses out on a medal by just seven seconds.

14:58 – So we're all waiting for Bobach now. Will she be the new champion?

14:57 – Svetlana Mironova finishes in the second fastest time with 78:39, twenty seconds down on fasting and seven seconds faster than Alexandersson.

14:55 – But Ida Bobach is having an amazing run out there! At control 14 she is 2m40s quicker than Fasting. If she can keep this up around that final loop she'll take gold easily!

14:53 – Mari Fasting take the lead at the finish from Alexandersson with 78:19! That's a guaranteed medal for Fasting.

14:50 – Fasting, Mironova and Bobach are all setting very fast times out there now. Could Alexandersson end up without a medal after all?

14:49 – Mari Fasting of Norway is almost a minute quicker than Alexandersson at control 14! She has made up a lot of time through the second half of the course.

14:48 – Current leader Tove Alexandersson of Sweden:

It was good at the beginning, but then I felt very tired and I think I lost some time on the long leg, but I'm happy that I was able to run fast at the end.

14:44 – Tove Alexandersson finishes in a new leading time of 78:46, fifteen seconds faster than Vinogradova. She looks pretty safe for a medal of some colour, but Bobach was 55 seconds faster than her at control 11. Tove already has 6 World Championship silver medals without winning gold, including silver in the last two World Championship Long races.

14:41 – Minna Kauppi, one of the few athletes for whom we have live tracking, appears to lost some time on her way to control 9. She's now almost six minutes down on Bobach.

14:37 – Tove Alexandersson has lost quite a bit of time – she's now six seconds slower than Vingradova at control 12. But Ida Bobach is having a great run, and she now has a 55 second lead over Alexandersson at control 11!

14:35 – Olle Bostrom of Sweden is through control 12 in a new fastest time of x, x seconds ahead of Basset,

14:33 – Hanny Allston of Australia, who finishes in the current fourth-fastest time on the women's course:

I tried to stay calm and keep contact with the map, but I kept pushing.

14:31 – Sprint champion Jonas Leandersson has a new leading time at control 24, but he was nearly two minutes down on Basset at 12.

14:27 – In the men's race, Lucas Basset of France, who took a silver medal in the Middle race on Tuesday, now has the fastest time at control 12. Ruslan Glibov of Ukraine, Hans Gunnar Omdal of Norway, Jan Prochazka and Jan Sedivy of the Czech Republic, and Graham Gristwood and Hector Haines of Great Britain are all within a minute of him.

14:21 – Alexandersson looks to have lost some time to Vinogradova between controls 5 and 9: she was leading by just under three minutes, but that's down to 110 seconds at control 11.

14:16 – Ida Bobach of Denmark becomes the first woman to get within a minute of Alexandersson at control 5, with 29:30, still 52 seconds down.

14:14 – Tue Lassen of Denmark sets a new fastest time at the finish of the men's course with 110:42:

I had quite a good race. I only made two mistakes, because I wasn't focusing enough. I don't know what to say about the route choices – I didn't think about them too much, just took what seemed like the best option.

14:12 – And now Minna Kauppi comes through control 5. She's the first person to get anywhere near Alexandersson's time, with 29:59, still 81 seconds down.

14:10 – Svetlana Mironova of Russia, the reigning champion, beats Fasting's time at control 5 by eleven seconds, although she too is over two minutes down on Alexandersson.

14:09 – Ionut Zinca of Romania is showing with an unrealistically quick time on the live results. We're not sure what has happened – possibly he has missed out some controls.

14:07 – Mari Fasting of Norway has made up a bit of time on the long leg after apparently making a mistake between controls 2 and 4. She's now second fastest at control 5, but still over two minutes slower than Alexandersson.

13:59 – Timo Sild of Estonia currently has the fastest time at control 12 on the men's course, with 36:19.

13:54 – Minna Kauppi of Finland, Long champion in 2007, has a new fastest time at control 4, over a minute quicker than Vinogradova. But Tove Alexandersson, last year's silver medallist, has a big lead of nearly three minutes at control 5, the end of the long leg.

13:48 – Thor Norskov of Denmark sets a new fastest time at the finish on the men's course with 113:12, almost five minutes faster than Zernis. Nobody has yet beaten Salin's time to control 12, although he lost time around the rest of the course.

13:45 – Natalia Vinogradova of Russia sets a new leading time at the finish with 79:01, 35 seconds faster than Taylor:

I had quite a good race and I'm very happy. I only make one mistake of about a minute, but I'm very pleased that I caught Sabine [Hauswirth] near the end.

13:42 – Great Britain's Cat Taylor, leading at the finish:

I wasn't feeling so good on the long route choices, but I'm very happy now. I can relax!

13:39 – Vinogradova is 23 seconds faster that Taylor at control 14.

13:36 – Hausken Nordberg sets a new leading time at the finish, but it doesn't last long before Taylor finishes to huge cheers from the home crowd to take the lead by 51 seconds with a time of 79:36.

13:34 – Taylor is through control 14 on the women's course with a new leading time, 41 seconds faster than Hausken Nordberg.

13:32 – Rudolfs Zernis sets a new leading time on the men's course with 118:01:

My run was pretty good technically. I lost maybe 20 seconds on a few controls, but I'm fairly satisfied.

13:30 – Natalya Efimova of Russia takes the lead at the finish, 59 seconds quicker than Razaityte:

I didn't make any big mistakes. I didn't run that fast but I was accurate.

13:26 – The delayed start times have now been updated in the results system, so the times shown on the live results should be correct again.

13:25 – Natalia Vinogradova of Russia is two seconds ahead of Cat Taylor at control 11. The next fastest time, by Sabine Hauswirth, is just over two minutes slower.

13:23 – Gabija Razaityte of Lithuania finishes in 87:32, a 56 second lead over Brozkova:

It was quite good but physically very tough. I've run all the race this week so I'm quite tired, but I really, really enjoyed it.

13:20 – Charlotte Ward of Great Britain:

My race was really fun :) It was a really good race – at the end it was a little slippery but it was really fun.

13:15 – All women starters from Julia Gross onwards and all men from Pawlak Bartosz onwards have had their starts delayed by 20 minutes after a minibus bringing athletes from quarantine to the start was held up.

13:10 – Marcus Pinker of Ireland is the second man to finish, about five minutes down on Bako:

I had a pretty good race and felt great. It was really fun to be back in Glen Affric sixteen years after racing here at the 1999 World Championships.

13:05​ – We're hearing that some of the later starters from about 12:30 onwards have been delayed by around 20 minutes, so those times for Julia Gross and Emily Kemp at the first radio control may not be correct. We'll give you more details once we know more.

12:58 – It looks like Taylor lost some time on the long leg. Natalia Vinogradova of Russia sets a new fastest time at control 5 with 31:30, 47 seconds ahead of Taylor.

12:56 – Aron Bako of Hungary is the first finisher in the men's race in a time of 121:11:

It wasn't great starting so early, but I don't think many tracks will form during the race. It was very difficult running, especially on the long leg.

12:55 – Great Britain's Cat Taylor sets a new fastest time at control 5: 32:17. Sabine Hauswith of Switzerland is just four seconds slower.

12:46 – Anna Nilsson Simkovics of Austria finishes in the third fastest time, about ten minutes down on Brozkova:

I was good technically, but I didn't have a plan for the long leg so I just ran and tried to find the control. But it was pretty good race, even though everything was a marsh.

Simkovics lost over three minutes to Brozkova on that long leg.

12:38 – Brozkova finishes in 88:28, a new leading time for the women's course:

I had a pretty good run. The didn't find the course too technical, and I was surpised that the visibility was so good. I think made the best route choice on the long leg: straight, avoiding the big hill.

12:30 – And there's a big cheer in the arena as Great Britain's Cat Taylor sets a new fastest time at control 4, 18 seconds faster than Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg of Norway in second place and nearly two minutes faster than Brozkova.

12:22 – Salin takes the lead from Bako by three-and-a-half minutes at men's control 12.

12:20 – Toni O'Donovan of Ireland, who made her World Championship debut at Glen Affric in 1999:

That was bliss out there! Friberg Klysner passed me on one leg, but otherwise I didn't see anyone.

12:17 – Brozkova still going well at control 11. She was world champion in the Long on home soil in 2008.

12:11 – Dana Brozkova has the fastest time at control 9, about five minutes ahead of Friberg Klysner. We have some tracking for her – looks like she went pretty straight on the long leg.

 

12:07 – Aron Bako of Hungary is the first man through control 13, at the end of the long leg, in a time of 58:19. That long leg took him just under 18 minutes. Andrey Salin of Belarus, who had a storming run to come back in front on first lap in Wednesday's relay, has the fastest time so far through control 8, with 21:17.

12:03 – Friberg Klysner finishes in a new leading time of 95:55:

I tried to take it one control at a time, aiming to make good route choices. I made a little mistake on the long leg between controls 12 and 13, but overall I'm satisfied. There are a lot of marshes out there, but I'm used to that!

11:58 – That big long leg is from TV 1 to Radio 2 for the women, and TV 1 to Radio 3 for the men.

11:57 – ...and for the women:

  • Radio 1 = Control 2
  • TV 1 = Control 4
  • Radio 2 = Control 5
  • Radio 3 = Control 9
  • TV 2 = Control 11
  • Radio 4 = Control 12
  • Radio 5 = Control 14
  • Penultimate = Control 17

11:55 – We think today's radio controls for the men are as follows:

  • Radio 1 = Control 8
  • Radio 2 = Control 10
  • TV 1 = Control 12
  • Radio 3 = Control 13
  • Radio 4 = Control 22
  • TV 2 = Control 24
  • Radio 5 = Control 25
  • Radio 6 = Control 27
  • Penultimate = Control 30

11:50 – A few more thoughts from Alison Crocker:

It was really tough but it was wonderful orienteering. I was low on the long leg because I had to cross an area of fallen trees, so maybe it wasn't the best routechoice. The end wasn't super tricky, but it was nice.

11:45 – Friberg Klysner has the fastest time at women's control 11, about six minutes faster than Crocker, who is the first finisher of the day in a time of 1:07:31:

Woo! That was something. I got tangled in the fallen trees at one point – that was rough.

11:35 – Dana Brozkova of the Czech Republic now has the quickest time at women's control 4, six seconds faster than Friberg Klysner.

11:25 – And we have some tracking! Mojca Flerin of Slovenia has mananged to find some signal while taking the right-hand route on the long leg, so it looks like we may get to see a few tracks in real time after all.

11:20 – Cecilie Friberg Klysner of Denmark, one of youngest runners in this race at 21, currently has the leading time at control 4 with 13:17. Alison Crocker of the USA is the first runner through control 5, with that long leg having taken her nearly 21 minutes.

11:15 – Both courses have a stonking 2 km pathless long leg right across the big hill on the top of the area. And there's a tricky little control pick at the end: it'll be easy to lose time there when you're tired.

11:10 – It's a really tough, physical area: there's some beautiful bits of forest, but also some areas of fallen trees and some tough patches of heather. Some of the Norwegian runners will feel right at home here. We asked some of the prerunners for their thoughts. Doug Tullie, who pre-ran the women's course:

It’s physically relentless. The course is almost in two halves – the first half is quite open, natural forest. The landscape’s stunning. Then you go into the plantation forest, which is challenging in a different way, with fallen trees and bracken to push you off your line. I think it’s going to be a really good one.

and Fredrik Eliasson, who ran the men's course:

It’s very tough. I think a lot of runners will be very tired today. The first thought that struck me was that it looked a lot like Norway, so maybe the Norwegians will do well.

11:05 – There scenery here really is stunning. Here's the view from women's control 4/men's control 12.

11:00 – So that's quaratine closed! The maps are online and GPS tracking is theoretically available. However, we really are out in the wilderness here and there is very, very limited phone signal, so we're not actually expecting to see any tracks until after the race.

10:50 – In the men's race, William Lind of Sweden is out with a cold, and his place on the start line will be taken by Sprint champion Jonas Leandersson.

10:45 – One thing we can tell you is that Judith Wyder of Switzerland, won't be running today. Wyder has been struggling with a back injury throughout this World Championships, and we all wish her a speedy recovery. However, Tove Alexandersson of Sweden, who has hasn't raced since the Sprint Qualifier last Saturday due to a foot injury, is now fully recovered and will be running.

10:15 – Good morning from Glen Affric! We've already been out in the terrain this morning to wake up a few controls, but quarantine for the athletes doesn't close until 11:00 BST, so we can't actually tell you anything about it until then... In the meantime: