Latest news and information from the World Orienteering Championships 2015

Opening Ceremony

Tonight in Nairn

The 2015 World Orienteering Championships Opening Ceremony begins at 16:45 tonight with the Nairn Pipe Band leading the parade of national teams into the Nairn Arena. When they are all in position in front of the podium everyone will be welcomed by Martin Ward, Chair of British Orienteering. He will introduce Councillor Laurie Fraser, Provost of Nairn, who will give his own welcome on behalf of Highland Council. The event will then be opened by International Orienteering Federation President Brian Porteous, after which the IOF flag will be raised as the pipe band plays.

The Opening Ceremony is scheduled to finish at 17:30, with Sprint Relay starting at 18:05.

01st Aug

Sprint Qualification – Report

Michiels and Alexandersson impress

Yannick Michiels impressed with a big win in his heatThe World Orienteering Championships began this evening in Forres with the Sprint Qualification race. There were big victories for some of the pre-race favourites, with Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) and Yannick Michiels (Belgium) winning by significant margins, while two previous Sprint bronze medallists – Lena Eliasson (Sweden) and Venla Niemi (Finland) – missed out on a place in the Final. Last year’s gold medallists Judith Wyder (Switzerland) and Søren Bobach (Denmark) finished 2nd and 4th respectively in their heats.

01st Aug  


Bulletin 4 cover

Bulletin 4 now available

We, the organisers of WOC 2015 – the highlight of the orienteering festival Highland 2015 – welcome you to Scotland.
Bulletin 4, which athletes, team officials, IOF personnel, media representatives and event guests will receive in magazine form at registration, and is now available online.

Download Bulletin 4 as a PDF.

30th Jul  

Watch the World Championships Live on BBC Alba!

2015 World Orienteering Championship athletes, Hollie Orr and Murray Strain with BBC ALBA programme , Credit:BBC ALBA

We're thrilled to confirm that BBC Alba will be broadcasting live coverage of the Sprint Relay, Sprint Final, and Relay races at the 2015 World Orienteering Championships.

28th Jul  

Get It On… With Bryan Burnett

Orienteering-Themed Edition on Wednesday!

Bryan Burnett's request show on BBC Radio Scotland this Wednesday (29 August) will have an orienteering theme in celebration of the World Orienteering Championships coming to Scotland. Send in your suggestions for songs with an orienteering connection: Go Your Own Way, Keep On Running, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, You and Me...

You can listen to the show online via BBC iPlayer, and text your suggestions to 80295 or email

28th Jul

The world is coming to Scotland!

With entries having closed, we are delighted to confirm that 353 athletes from 49 countries will be coming to Scotland from as far afield as Japan, Colombia and Australia to compete in the 2015 World Orienteering Championships.

Four countries will be making their World Championships debut in Scotland: Cameroon, Egypt, Nepal and Uganda.

The full list of entries for the World Championships can be found on the IOF Eventor website.

A further 5,200 competitors will be taking part in the Scottish 6 Days public races that will run alongside the World Championships.

22nd Jul

Alasdair McLeod interview

Featured on BBC Adventure Show

Show on BBC Scotland television Sunday 19th July

20th Jul

How can I follow the World Championships at home?

Remote spectating WOC2015

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.

20th Jul  

GB Team announced

Graham Gristwood, Credit:Philip Baxter

For home World Orienteering Championships

The final selections have been made to the British Team for The 2015 IOF World Orienteering Championships (WOC2015) being staged in the Highlands and Moray from Friday 31 July to Friday 7 August.
Full list of athletes, disciplines and race dates below.

17th Jul  

Road Closures

Road closures

During the World Championships

With athletes racing at speed through towns and forests, some road closures and temporary speed restrictions will be necessary to ensure their safety. The organisers are very keen to make sure the local community are made aware of these road closures so they can plan ahead and avoid any problems.

17th Jul  

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