Spectator Info

Information relating to spectating at the World Orienteering Championships 2015

How can I follow the World Championships at the races?

The action for every race will be centred on the race arenas. From the furious mass starts of the relays to the tension of individual races with the lead changing hands when the top seeds cross the finish line, this will be the place to be to keep up to speed with the key moments as they happen.

26th Jul  

Orienteering? What’s that?

Orienteering Control, Credit:ActivNorth

Orienteering is a sport that combines map reading and running. Competitors have to find their way between a series of checkpoints, called controls, as quickly as possible. There’s no set route between the controls, so you have to decide which way to go and then find your way there without getting lost.

22nd 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  


Depending on the subject of your enguiry use the following addresses. Also see the Event Team page for more details of who is doing what.

01st Jul  

Public / Spectator Races

Highland 2015 logo

Scottish 6 Days, Highland 2015

If you are not a WOC elite athlete, there is a full programme of races for you to challenge yourself on the same areas. The Scottish 6 Days is being run in parallel with WOC 2015. Widely recognised as one of the world’s top multiday events, this will bring 5000 competitors and spectators to what will be a true festival of orienteering. Details on the Scottish 6 Days Highland 2015 website

28th Aug  


Glen Affric view, Credit:Colin Matheson


British Orienteering has a long tradition of competing in and staging successful international events. The World Championships have been staged in Great Britain twice: in 1976 and 1999. Once again British Orienteering is excited and pleased to welcome international orienteering to the challenging, inspiring and unique terrain found in the Highlands of Scotland.

Martin Ward
Chair, British Orienteering

01st Sep  

Highland 2015

Highland 2015 was “launched” at this year’s Scottish 6 Days Moray 2013. Further information about WOC 2015 areas can now be released:
You can also watch the launch video on YouTube

01st Aug  

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