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17:57 – That's it from us for today. It's been an exhausting day of racing, and that's just watching it. We hope you'll join us again on Friday, when we'll be covering the Long race live from the wilderness of Glen Affric. See you then!

17:52 – Some thoughts from those last lap runners. Matthis Kyburz, from the winning Swiss team:

It was incredible. Even though I went out with such a big lead, I was really nervous at the start, so I was always thinking "we have to do it", and we did it!

Magne Daehli, who ran a superb leg 3 to take silver for Norway:

I made some small mistakes, but towards the end I was feeling really good, and of course we're really happy with silver.

France's Frederic Tranchand, who took bronze:

It was perfect. We're a very young team, and my teammates did a really good job, so I have to thank them.

And Great Britain's Ralph Street, who finished fourth:

It was really hard, and I'm maybe a bit disappointed, but it's still a good result for us.

17:50 – And let's not overlook the very impressive performance from a young French men's team, showing they can win medals without Gueorgiou.

17:48 – We've had two thrilling races here today. Denmark dominated the women's race and Switzerland the men's, but the battle for the other medals went down to the wire.

17:47 – The provisional top six:

  1. Switzerland – 101:40
  2. Norway – 103:30
  3. France – 103:52
  4. Great Britain – 104:29
  5. Czech Republic – 105:25
  6. Estonia – 105:39

17:44 – That was a superb run from Daehli, catching up almost a minute on France and Great Britain to secure silver for Norway.

17:43 – Norway take the silver, and France the bronze. Great Britain finish fourth.

17:41 – It's gold for Switzerland! They have run an excellent race here.

17:38 – Street is renowned for his fast starts to relays – can he produce a sprint finish to delight the home crowd here?

17:37 – Switzerland still have a big lead, but only seven seconds separate France, Norway and Great Britain at control 20. There's no more gaffling now – it's a straight head-to-head race to the finish line.

17:33 – Street and Tranchand are both running on fresh legs here – this Street's first race of the week, while Tranchand has run since the Sprint on Sunday. Daehli was fourth in yesterday's Middle race – will he still be feeling the after-effects of that in his legs?

17:29 – The Swiss are looking good for gold here, barring any major errors from Kyburz. But it's shaping up to be another fascinating battle for the other medals between France, Great Britain and Norway. Magne Daehli is running a superb race for Norway here, and is up to fourth, only 34 seconds behind Street at control 13.

17:28 – What we're not sure about is which team has which gaffle here – that could make some difference.

17:25 – At control 13 the Swiss lead is up to 1m55s, with Tranchand now in second, six seconds in from of Ralph Street.

17:24 – Zernis has lost a little time, and is the Latvian now battling for fifth place together with Sild of Estonia and Kral of the Czech Republic.

17:22 – Street and Tranchand are still together, having caught about ten seconds back on Kyburz. There's then about a one-minute gap to Daehli of Norway in fourth.

17:17 – Kyburz has streched the Swiss lead to exactly two minutes by control 4. Tranchand has caught Street and the two are running together, before a 40-second gap to Zernis of Latvia.

17:14 – So how was that second leg? Daniel Hubmann of Switzerland:

Really good! I was on my own so I really had to concentrate, but I managed it well. Thanks to Fabian [Hertner] for giving me such a big lead to start with!

Graham Gristwood of Great Britain:

I felt much better than yesterday. I was with Basset for a few controls, and I could hear the pack behind me at times.

Lucas Basset of France:

I made some small mistakes of about 30 seconds, but I think I did what I had to do and I think Frederic [Tranchand] has the potential to do really well here.

17:11 – So the third leg runners, and how far behind the lead they went out:

  1. Switzerland – Matthias Kyburz
  2. Great Britain – Ralph Street – +1:34
  3. France – Frederic Tranchand – +1:55
  4. Norway – Magne Daehli – +2:25
  5. Latvia – Rudolfs Zernis – +2:26
  6. Czech Republic – Vojtech Kral – +3:12

17:10 – Lucas Basset of France is a further 21 seconds behind at the end of lap 2, with Norway a further 40 seconds back.

17:08 – Daniel Hubmann's lead at the finish is 1m34s, but a huge cheer goes around the arena as Britain's Graham Gristwood comes through in second! 

17:04 – We've stopped receiving split times from control 18, although the team are working to fix it. 

17:00 – Today's planner, Graeme Ackland:

The gaffling isn't really that complicated – at least not if you're a professor of combinatronics – although it was more than the course planning software could cope with. The main idea is to split the pack six ways early in the course.

16:59 – Graham Gristwood is gaining on Hubmann here – he's only 90 seconds behind at control 18, with Basset a further 16 seconds back.

16:52 – The Swiss lead at control 13 is up to 1m44s, with Basset and Gristwood only a second apart in second and third. Austria have dropped back.

16:48 – Hubmann has extended his lead at control 9 to 1m43s over yesterday's silver medallist Lucas Basset of France. Great Britain's Graham Gristwood is third, only six more seconds behind, with Gremmel of Austria a further three seconds back.

16:47 – Fabian Hertner, who brought Switzerland back in the lead on first lap:

I had an excellent race – a little bit like yesterday, but without the mistakes!

16:45 – Another of the pre-race favourites, Russia, lost a lot of time on the first lap, with Andrey Kozyrev finishing nearly seven minutes down on the Swiss lead.

16:42 – There's an interesting route choice leg towards the end of the course: perhaps unsurpisingly, Belgium's Sprint superstar Yannick Michiels chose the road option.

16:39 – Hubmann has increased Switzerland's lead to 52 seconds at control 4, with Helmut Gremmel of Austria in second and Vasili Straltsou of Belarus in third. Basset is two seconds behind Straltsou, with Great Britain fifth and Bulgaria sixth, just over 90 seconds down on Hubmann.

16:32 – Hertner hands over to yesterday's champion Daniel Hubmann in the lead. Salin brings Belarus back in second place, one second down – I'm not sure many people would have predicted that! Austria are third, nearly thirty seconds back. Then there's a pack of Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Czech Republic and Great Britain, all about a minute down on the Swiss lead.

16:27 – Andrey Salin of Belarus is in the lead at control 20, five seconds ahead of Hertner. Austria are third and Belgium fourth, a little further back.

16:25 – Sprint Champion Jonas Leandersson, running the first lap for Sweden, one of the pre-race favourites, has lost a bit of time here: he's in 21st place, 2m40s down on Hertner's lead at control 18.

16:23 – Four teams – Switzerland, Belarus, Austria and Belgium – have now broken away from the rest of the pack, with a thirty second lead at control 18 over the Czech team in fifth.

16:21 – A great photo of the victorious Danish women's team, courtesy of World of O:

16:18 – At control 13, there are now ten other teams within about 30 seconds of the lead of Fabian Hertner of Switzerland: Belgium, Estonia, Belarus, Austria, France, Ireland, Germany, Latvia, Bulgaria and Czech Republic. There's then a 30-second gap to the next bunch.

16:16 – And there's a big cheer in the arena as the two North American teams battle it out on the run-in. Emily Kemp for Canada just outsprints Alison Crocker of the USA for 19th.

16:14 – A gap has opened up at control 9, with a 25-second gap between the leading bunch of Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Belarus, Latvia, France, Ireland, Germany, Bulgaria and Czech Republic and the rest of the teams.

16:13 – The TV controls this time are numbers 4, 9, 13, 18, 20 and 23.

16:04 – Jan Prochazka of the Czech Republic is first through control 4, but pretty much everyone is still within a minute.

16:02 – The Swiss are probably favourites here, but the Russians, Swedes, Norwegians and Brits could all challenge for medals. There's no Thierry Gueorgiou in the French team.

16:00 – My pulse rate has only just returned to normal after that thrilling finish to the women's race, but the men have just started – let's hope this will be just as exciting!

15:58 – The provisional top six:

  1. Denmark 109:06
  2. Norway 112:08
  3. Sweden 112:17
  4. Finland 112:41
  5. Switzerland 114:14
  6. Czech Republic 117:49

15:56 – Unfortunately the Russian team have been disqualified: Tatyana Riabkina failed to register at the final control on the last lap, although they would have been out of the medals anyway.

15:50 – Emma Klingenberg, who brought Denmark home for their first ever women's Relay title:

It's perfect! I'm so happy for my teammates. While I was out there I couldn't believe I was running for a gold medal.

Hausken Nordberg, who pulled away from that strong pack for silver:

It was tough in the forest, with a lot of gaffling. But I tried to do what I couldn't do yesterday: run very fast without mistakes. Congratulations to Denmark – it was impressive!

And Johansson, on her bronze:

I had a really good race. I was a little behind the pack at first, but it was an emotional sprint for the medal at the end.

15:48 – The pack took another minute out of Denmark in the final part of the course, but their winning margin was still a comfortable three minutes.

15:46 – What a thrilling finish! Hausken Nordberg takes silver for Norway, with Johansson of Sweden only nine seconds back in third. They really powered away from Kauppi at the end – she brings Finland home in fourth.

15:45 – Norway are through control 20 in second position, with Sweden and Finland side by side for bronze!

15:43 – Emma Klingenberg comes into the field to take the gold medal for Denmark. They have dominated this race from start to finish – an awesome performance.

15:41 – From the limited tracking we have, it looks as if the pack has split on the way to control 18: Russia on the western line, and Sweden and Switzerland on the eastern. Not sure which was Norway have gone. Could this be decisive?

15:39 – And they're still together at control 17: Norway, Finland, Russia, Sweden, within nine seconds of each other. There's no more gaffling after this, so it's an out-and-out race to the finish.

15:35 – Here they are! In order: Norway, Russia, Finland, Sweden, all within sixteen seconds. It looks like Sara Luescher has dropped about 30 seconds off the back. They've taken about a minute out of Klingenberg's lead, but she's still over four minutes ahead. Surely the gold is Denmark's now?

15:33 – This is tense. With limited tracking, we're on the edge of our seats waiting for the pack to arrive at the next TV control, which is number 15...

15:28 – Denmark's lead is now over five minutes at control 10, but only eight seconds separate second from sixth – in order: Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Finland.

15:27 – Those five runners battling in out head-to-head for bronze and silver have 32 World Championship medals between them.

15:21 – The four runners in that bronze-medal pack are yesterday's bronze medallist Emma Johansson of Sweden, multiple world champion Minna Kauppi of Finland, Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg of Norway and Sara Luescher of Switzerland, and they're not that far behind Tatiana Riabkina of Russia. Even if Denmark continue to dominate for gold, this is going to be an exciting race.

15:19 – Jana Knapova for the Czech Republic has lost a bit of time and is now a minute down on that pack that is currently battling for bronze.

15:18 – Mari Fasting, who made up four places to bring Norway back in fourth on lap 2:

My race was fun. I didn't want the gap to Denmark get any bigger! I caught a few runners near the end, which was good.

15:16 – Riabkina of Russia has taken a little time out of Klingenberg, and is less than four minutes behind Klingenberg at control 4. About 30 seconds behind her is a pack of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Switzerland: this could be an exciting battle for silver and bronze!

15:14 – Norway, Switzerland and Finland are running together now, while Russia and Sweden have the other gaffle.

15:11 – Svetlana Mironova has finished, just over four minutes behind Bobach. Sweden are third, just under another minute back, with Norway and Switzlerand fairly close behind.

15:07 – Ida Bobach:

I had a really good race. I only got confused once, but I stopped and worked it out. The Danish team is very strong in this kind of terrain - it's very good for us.

15:05 – And Emma Klingenberg is out on third leg for Denmark with a massive. This same Danish team took the silver medal last year, but the gold really is Klingenberg's to lose here.

15:02 – We think Svetlana Mironova is in second place, although she is not showing up on the live results or the tracking. Billstam for Sweden and Indrakova for the Czech Republic are battling for thrid.

15:00 – Ida Bobach has stretched her lead to over 4 minutes! This is another fantastic run – the Danes are really dominating this relay.

14:53 – It looks as if yesterday's Middle champion, Annika Billstam of Sweden, has lost some time with a mistake on control 10:

14:51 – At control 10 Bobach has a lead of over three and a half minutes from last year's Long champion Svetlana Mironova of Russia, with the Czech runner close behind. There's then a 30 second gap to Sweden and Switzerland.

14:45 – Here's a close up of that complicated middle gaffle. There are six different routes here, D to I: starting at control 5(/11), each runner will run one of variations through to control 8(/14), then the small loop back to control 11(/5), and then a different one of the variations, ending up at control 14(/8), from where the continue their course. The three runners on each team will run all six variations between them. So I hope that's clear.

14:39 – It looks like Bobach has extended her lead to over that pack of Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland and the Czech Republic to two and a half minutes at control 4. We're not sure what has happened to Russia.

14:37 – Ida Bobach is running second leg for Denmark. She came fourth yesterday, when was one of the faster runners in the race but made a few mistakes. Can she hold it together to maintain this lead?

14:31 – Alm finished in a time of 35:40 for the 6 km course. What a fantastic World Championships she is having! Russia go out 1m09s down in second place, with a small pack of Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland and the Czech Republic about another minute behind. Alm said:

My run was perfect – it was like running in a Danish forest so I was feeling very good.I felt in good shape from the start so I could run very fast. Now I'm crossing my fingers for another gold for Denmark.

14:25 – 61 seconds! Alm is having a storming run on first leg here for Denmark. Russia, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Hungary and the Czech Republic are still in the chasing pack.

14:24 – Alm is through control 17 in the lead. How big will the gap be?

14:22 – ...and if you refresh the GPS tracking now, the map should have been corrected.

14:21 – Maja Alm is through control 15 with a lead of just under a minute from the pack of Russia, Finland, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Sweden and Hungary,

14:18 – Apologies, it looks like there's a mistake in the image of the map used on the GPS tracking. Control 10 is shown in the wrong place: it should be in the round depression to the south-south-west. We are working on getting this fixed, but the key thing is that they haven't all mispunched!

14:12 – Maja Alm of Denmark, who has already won two gold medals this week is through control 10 in the lead. Countries within a minute of her include Sweden, Hungard, Norway, Czech Republic, Spain, Russia, Finland, Switzerland and France.

14:08 – We believe the five TV controls are numbers 4, 10, 15, 17, and 20.

14:05 – Unfortunately the signal for the GPS tracking isn't very good in this block of forest, so we may have to wait for them to come through the next TV control (control 10) to see who's in the lead.

14:02 – The runners have a two-sided map, so it shouldn't be too confusing for them to read, although they may not realise there's a loop until they turn over to the second side...

14:00 – The gaffling system for today's races takes a little while to get your head around – it should certainly do a good job of splitting up the pack.

13:55 – And the women are off! Even without the injured Tove Alexandersson, Sweden are probably the favourites for this race, with both Billstam and Johansson having excellent runs in this terrain yesterday. Switzerland will be boosted by the result of Judith Wyder and could definitely challenge for gold as well.

13:50 – Pre-runners have been finishing, and they've all been really complimentary about the courses.

Jo Shepherd:

It was really nice – a lot faster than yesterday!

Duncan Archer:

It's going to be very fast (but I wasn't!). There are lots of short legs and direction changes. I think people will make mistakes.

Mark Nixon:

The perfect combination of high-speed running and technical orienteering.

13:40 – As ever, several teams have changed their runenrs and/or running order since the initial team declarations yesterday afternoon. Here are the some of changes from the original declarations that we're aware of – this may not be complete, but we believe the teams listed in the live results will be correct:

  • Lithuania Women: Kutaite, Rybakovaite, Razaityte
  • Czech Republic Women: Kosova, Indrakova, Knapova
  • Great Britain Women: Ward, Taylor, Tullie
  • Denmark Women: Alm, Bobach, Klingenberg
  • Norway Men: Kvaal Østerbø, Godager Kaas, Dæhlie
  • Russia Men: Kozyrev, Novikov, Tsvetkov
  • France Men: Coupat, Basset, Tranchand
  • Lithuania Men: Aleliunas, Krepsta, Gvildys

12:45 – Good afternoon from Darnaway! We're back in this spectacular setting in front of Darnaway castle. The women's race starts at 13:55 BST, so here are a few things to keep you amused in the meantime:

  • Our report on how yesterday's Middle race in Darnaway unfolded – some big mistakes from some top runners!
  • World of O's preview of today's race – Jan is tipping the Swiss men and the Swedish women for the win
  • A video of Great Britain's Ralph Street leading the field at the start of this year's Jukola – can we expect a similarly agressive race from him today?
  • And, for those of a more academic inclination, some papers published by today's planner Graeme Ackland on the issue of "pack formation" in orienteering