Relay – Darnaway
Wednesday 5th August
The Relay was staged in the complex glacial terrain of Darnaway, seat of the Earls of Moray for many centuries. The forest has a wealth of subtle contour detail, with many small lumps and bumps which will require careful map reading at high speed.
The current Earl of Moray (the 2015 World Championships Patron) was present at the 1976 World Championships in Darnaway, where athletes battled it out in the Long race. The Relay arena will be in sight of Darnaway Castle.
What is the Relay?
There are separate men’s and women’s relay races, each for teams of three athletes.
Each team member races their course individually before handing over to the next runner, with the first team to cross the finish line being the winner. To stop athletes forming a pack and following one another, there are several slight variations to the courses. To keep it fair, each team runs all the different variations, just not necessarily in the same order.
The drama of the head-to-head racing makes it tense and exciting for fans as well as for competitors.
Maja Møller Alm
Øystein Kvaal Østerbø
Carl Godager Kaas
Heidi Østlid Bagstevold
Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg
Darnaway is an area of former glacial moraine, with numerous small hills and depressions making for tricky navigation.
The forest has a mixture of woodland types: open pine wood with ground cover of heather and dwarf shrub, denser pine and areas of broadleaves, especially beech. Both runnability and visibility will vary throughout the courses.
|Map Scale||1:10 000|
|Contour Interval||5 m|
|Previous Map||Download as PDF|
|Men||Laps 1 & 2||6.90 km||180 m||23-24||34 min|
|Lap 3||7.05 km||180 m||24-25||35 min|
|Women||Laps 1 & 2||6.00 km||140 m||20-21||34 min|
|Lap 3||6.15 km||140 m||21-22||35 min|
All course details are given per lap.
|Mass Start||Flower Ceremony|
All times are in British Summer Time (BST).
Extended Start Lists
Provided by Jan Kocbach, World of O
Subject to change when final team declarations are made.
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|Women||HTML (no photos)||HTML (with photos)|
Maja Møller Alm
Live GPS Tracking
|Start Time||13:40 BST|
|Ticket for this Race||€10|
|Ticket for all Races||€18|
|United Kingdom||BBC Alba||16:00-18:10|
All times are in the local time of the broadcaster.
Travel Directions – Public Transport
Stagecoach bus routes 10 (between Aberdeen and Inverness) and 11 (between Inverness and Elgin) both stop at Barleymill Road End, approximately 1.5 km by road from the entrance to Darnaway. See Stagecoach for full details of routes and timetables.
The entrance to Darnaway is approximately 4 km by road from Forres railway station, which is on the Aberdeen to Inverness line. See National Rail for details of train times and connections.
Travel Directions – By Road
Follow the A96 east from Inverness through Nairn towards Forres. Beyond the village of Brodie (50 miles per hour limit), turn right at the junction signposted “Whitemire and Conicavel”. After 1 km turn left – do not go straight on at the “Moray Estates Development Company” sign – and after 400 m turn right through impressive ‘golden gates’ at East Lodge (IV36 2ST). Follow WOC signs to parking on estate roads 500 m north-east of Darnaway Castle (IV36 2SW).
Competitors at the Scottish 6 Days and spectators at the World Championships must approach Darnway from the north and follow the race signs to the arena. The entrance from the south via Redstone, on roads signposted as private, must not be used. Do not rely on a satnav if travelling from the south – follow routes around to Forres or Nairn and approach Darnaway from the north.
There will be a one-way system in operation covering the last section of track to the parking field. All traffic must be in the field by 14:00. From 12:30 until 14:00 the direction of traffic flow will change every 15 minutes, so there may be a short delay in getting in to the parking field. Departure from the field after the Relay is expected to be slow.
Typical travel time from Inverness: 45 minutes.
|Course Planner||Graeme Ackland|
|Course Controller||Stephen McKinley|
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