Sprint Qualification – Forres

Friday 31st July

The Sprint Qualification 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 Qualification?

The shortest of the individual disciplines, the Sprint race takes place in an urban setting, presenting athletes with a different set of challenges.

Each country is allowed to enter three men and three women, one in each qualification race, and the reigning world and regional champions are also entitled to a place. The fastest fifteen athletes from each of three parallel qualification races go through to the 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.

Leading Results

Men – Heat 1 Men – Heat 2 Men – Heat 3
1 Yannick Michiels 11:48 1 Kris Jones 11:44 =1 Jerker Lysell 12:28
2 Andreas Kyburz 12:05 2

Øystein Kvaal Østerbø

11:53 =1 Mårten Boström 12:28
3 Jonas Gvildys 12:11 3 Martin Hubmann 11:57 3

Jan Petržela

Women – Heat 1 Women – Heat 2 Women – Heat 3
1 Maja Alm 12:44 1 Tove Alexandersson 13:31 1 Minna Kauppi 13:45
2 Judith Wyder 12:58 2 Cecilie Friberg Klysner 13:54 2 Silje Ekroll Jahren 13:47

Sara Lüscher

13:03 3 Galina Vinogradova 13:55 3 Charlotte Ward 13:49

Weather Forecast

Temperature 13°C
Humidity 82%
Weather Heavy showers


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 3.7 km 10 m 16-17 13 min
Women 3.5-3.6 km 10 m 15 14 min


  First Start Last Start Start Interval
Men 19:01 19:39 1 min
Women 18:01 18:34

All times are in British Summer Time (BST).

Extended Start Lists

Provided by Jan Kocbach, World of O

Men HTML (no photos) HTML (with photos) PDF
Women HTML (no photos) HTML (with photos) PDF

Athletes to Watch – Men

Søren Bobach
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
Age: 32 | World Ranking: 1st | Best WOC Sprint: Gold (2011) | Start: 19:35
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
Age: 29 | World Ranking: 21st | Best WOC Sprint: Silver (2013) | Start: 19:35
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
Age: 24 | World Ranking: 5th | Best WOC Sprint: 7th (2014) | Start: 19:27
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
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 1st | Best WOC Sprint: Gold (2014) | Start: 18:25
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.

Tove Alexandersson
Age: 22 | World Ranking: 2nd | Best WOC Sprint: Silver (2014) | Start: 18:10
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. Could this be her year?

Maja Møller Alm
Age: 27 | World Ranking: 3rd | Best WOC Sprint: Silver (2012) | Start: 18:13
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.

Emma Klingenberg
Age: 23 | World Ranking: 4th | Best WOC Sprint: 6th (2011) | Start: 18:30
Alm’s Danish teammate Emma Klingenberg is also an exceptional sprinter. She recorded some excellent results as a junior, and is still looking for her first individual medal as a senior athlete.

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 17:45 BST
Ticket for this Race Free
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 Qualification, it may not always be completely accurate.

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).

Spectators and team officials must park in this location only, and then follow the marked route to the race arena at Pilmuir Primary School. Route maps will be available at the parking area. 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

Forres Arena Gardens (Full size)

Forres map (old version)

Forres map (old version) (Full size)

Sprint Qualification Map Men

Sprint Qualification Map Men (Full size)

Sprint Qualification Map Women

Sprint Qualification Map Women (Full size)