Sprint Final – Forres

Sunday 2nd August

The Sprint Final will be staged in the former Royal Burgh of Forres. This small town is renowned for impressive parks and gardens with their floral structures, and these can be appreciated from the main race arena near the centre of town. Athletes will have to adapt their navigational and running styles to a variety of different terrains, from the narrow lanes of the old town and complex housing estates to areas of parkland.

Last edited: 09th Aug  

What is the Sprint Final?

The shortest of the individual disciplines, the Sprint race takes place in an urban setting, presenting athletes with a different set of challenges. The fastest fifteen athletes from each of the three qualification races take part in the Sprint Final.

With the leading times sometimes separated by mere fractions of a second, competitors need to make lightning-fast decisions and execute their chosen routes without hesitation, all while running as quickly as they can.

The fastest athletes in the sprint competition have recorded track 5,000 m times of under 14 minutes, so high-speed racing is guaranteed.



 Jonas Leandersson
Sweden 13:12.1

 Martin Hubmann
Switzerland 13:14.0

 Jerker Lysell
Sweden 13:16.6

 Maja Møller Alm
Denmark 13:32.5

 Nadiya Volynska
Ukraine 14:12.3

 Galina Vinogradova

Russia 14:24.5

Weather Forecast

Temperature 17°C
Humidity 67%
Weather Cloudy


The competitions will include a range of types of terrain from housing estate with extensive path networks to complex old town with many “vennels” (small lanes and minor roads). There are also several areas of parkland with an extensive path network.

Map Scale 1:4 000
Contour Interval 2.5 m
Previous Map Download as PDF

Course Details

  Length Climb Controls Winning Time
Men 4.1 km 25 m 23 15 min
Women 3.8 km 25 m 21 15 min


  First Start Last Start Start Interval Flower Ceremony
Men 17:56 18:40 1 min 18:50
Women 16:51 17:35

All times are in British Summer Time (BST).

The start order is determined by the qualification race results, with the fastest qualifiers starting later.

Extended Start Lists

Provided by Jan Kocbach, World of O

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Athletes to Watch – Men

Søren Bobach | Qualification result: 4th
Age: 26 | World Ranking: 6th | Best WOC Sprint: Gold (2014) | Start: 19:11

Denmark’s Søren Bobach is the defending champion, having won last year’s race in Venice with a decisive route choice to the penultimate control.

Daniel Hubmann | Qualification result: 4th
Age: 32 | World Ranking: 1st | Best WOC Sprint: Gold (2011)

With six World Championship Sprint medals, including gold in 2011 and silver last year, Swiss athlete Daniel Hubmann has a pedigree that few can match. He has performed strongly at both World Cup Sprints this year, and once again goes into the World Championships as one of the favourites.

Scott Fraser | Qualification result: 7th=
Age: 29 | World Ranking: 21st | Best WOC Sprint: Silver (2013)

Scott Fraser is perhaps Scotland’s best hope of claiming a World Championship title on home soil, and will be looking to go one better than the silver medal he won in the Sprint at the 2013 World Championships.

Yannick Michiels | Qualification result: 1st
Age: 24 | World Ranking: 5th | Best WOC Sprint: 7th (2014)

No Belgian has ever won a World Championship medal, but Yannick Michiels will be hoping to change that in Forres. One of the fastest track runners in international orienteering – with a PB of 13min 47sec for 5,000 m – Michiels came 7th in the World Championship Sprint in 2014, and will be looking to build on his impressive performance in the voided World Cup Sprint in Sweden earlier this season, where he had the fastest time.

Athletes to Watch – Women

Judith Wyder | Qualification result: 2nd
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 1st | Best WOC Sprint: Gold (2014)

Switzerland’s defending champion, Judith Wyder, dominated women's orienteering in 2014, with four medals in the World Championships and three in the Europeans. She has struggled so far in 2015, but if she produces the same form this year it will be difficult for anyone to beat her.

Wyder came 2nd behind Maja Møller Alm in her qualification heat on Friday, and also helped the Swiss team to 4th position in the Sprint Relay on Saturday. However, she looked to be tiring towards the end of the Sprint Relay – we'll have to wait and see whether the two days of racing have taken their toll.

Tove Alexandersson | Qualification result: 1st
Age: 22 | World Ranking: 2nd | Best WOC Sprint: Silver (2014)

Tove Alexandersson of Sweden, last year’s silver medallist, has won five individual silver World Championship before 2015 medals without taking gold. She has been in imperious form this season, winning the World Cup Sprint in Tasmania by over a minute. She'll also be relatively fresh, having not run the Sprint Relay on Saturday. Could this be her year for gold?

Maja Møller Alm | Qualification result: 1st
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 3rd | Best WOC Sprint: Silver (2012)

Denmark’s Maja Alm has an excellent Sprint record, with numerous strong performances in World Cup Sprint races. She will be hoping for a gold World Championship Sprint medal to go with her bronze from 2014 and silver from 2012.

Alm ran superbly in the Sprint Relay on Saturday to bring Denmark home with the gold medal, 1m21s ahead of silver. She'll surely be elated with her Sprint Relay performance, but may also be tired from two days of hard racing.

Minna Kauppi | Qualification result: 1st
Age: 32 | World Ranking: 160 | Best WOC Sprint: Silver (2012)

Minna Kauppi of Finland hasn't been active in sprint racing recently but has two silver medals in the discipline, from 2007 and 2008. Her last individual World Championship medals in any discipline came in 2012, but after a difficult 2014 she has returned to form this year, winning three of four days ahead of a strong field at the Portugal O Meet in February.

Despite her lack of results in international sprint races over the year, Kauppi won her heat in the qualification race on Friday, establishing her as one of the favourites for the today's Sprint Final.

2014 Medallists

Men Women

 Søren Bobach

 Judith Wyder

 Daniel Hubmann

 Tove Alexandersson

 Tue Lassen

 Maja Møller Alm

IOF LiveCenter


Live Video

Live Commentary

Live GPS Tracking

Start Time 16:00 BST
Ticket for this Race €10
Ticket for all Races €18
Link livecenter.orienteering.org

GPS tracking can be unreliable in urban areas when athletes are running between buildings, so although live tracking will available for the Sprint Final, it may not always be completely accurate.

TV Coverage

Country Channel Time
United Kingdon BBC Alba 16:45-19:10
Norway NRK2 19:00-20:00
Sweden SVT2 18:00-20:00

Yle Fem

Yle Areena



All times are in the local time of the broadcaster.

Travel Directions – Public Transport

Forres railway station 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 to Forres (44 km). Follow event signage for the Orienteering Race Arena from the A96 Roundabout (turn right) then straight on (B9011) past the Tesco Roundabout to the next roundabout (A940), distance 600 m. Turn right at this roundabout. Do not travel straight on across the bridge into Bridge Street (competition area). Follow the A940 (St Catherine’s Road) for 200 m, then turn left onto Orchard Road. Follow the Orienteering Race Arena signs along Orchard Road to the next roundabout and straight on to South Street (650 m) before turning right into parking area at Grant Park (IV36 1DF).

For spectators there is no access to the main parking area in Grant Park after 16:00 (due to road closures). Overflow parking will be available at Roysvale after 16:00. This will be signposted from the roundabout at South Street (near Grant Park) along Sanquhar Road. 

To ensure the fairness of the race, spectators and team officials must not park in other locations, including Tesco and town car parks.

Typical travel time from Inverness: 50 minutes


Course Planner Tim Sands
Course Controller Steve Smirthwaite
Mapper Steve Smirthwaite


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Forres Arena Gardens, Credit:Colin Matheson

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Men Sprint Final map

Men Sprint Final map (Full size)

Women Sprint Final map

Women Sprint Final map (Full size)