A fantastic long distance course in Scottish wilderness takes the honors as “Orienteering Course of the Year 2015″, in a vote by more than 1000 individuals in the orienteering community. Congratulations go to the course setter team Steve Nicholson and Brian Bullen and to everybody else involved in designing the courses.
Latest news and information from the World Orienteering Championships 2015
Long Distance Report
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.
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.
A 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.
Middle Distance Report
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.
Sprint Final Report
Maja Alm of Denmark picked up her second gold medal in two days with an emphatic win in the Sprint Final. Ukraine's Nadiya Volynska took silver and Galina Vinogradova of Russia bronze.
In the men's race, Jonas Leandersson of Sweden won the gold medal, with Martin Hubmann of Switzerland in second place and Leandersson's Swedish teammate Jerker Lysell taking the bronze.
Jonas Leandersson and Jerker Lysell, the gold and bronze medallists from yesterday's Sprint Final, delighted the local crowd at this afternoon's medal ceremony by collecting their medals wearing traditional Scottish kilts.
Volunteer Manager Linda Cairns reflects on the huge volunteer effort behind the World Orienteering Championships
You probably remember the success of the London 2012 Games Makers and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Clydesiders. You might have even heard of volunteers who paid to help at the Ryder Cup! The World Orienteering Championships also relies on a volunteer workforce, and in fact all but a handful of the 650-strong Event Team are volunteers.
Local resident Richie Main used a drone to film the race from above
Nairn resident Richie Main, whose garden the Sprint Relay courses passed through, used a drone to capture some fantastic aerial footage of athletes racing around the town on Saturday.
Sunday 2nd August, Forres
Sprint Relay Report
Superb run from Maja Alm on last lap to take the gold medal
Denmark secured the first gold medal of the 2015 World Orienteering Championships in a thrilling Sprint Relay in Nairn this evening, with Norway in second place and Russia third, while Switzerland, the pre-race favourites, had to settle for fourth.