Middle – Darnaway

Tuesday 4th August

Last edited: 09th Aug

The Middle 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 Middle arena will be in sight of Darnaway Castle. 

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What is the Middle?

The Middle race tests accurate navigation through complex terrain. The controls are generally closer together than in the Long race, with frequent changes of direction, and total concentration is required to avoid making costly navigational errors.

Each country is allowed to enter up to three men and three women, depending on the country's performance in previous World Championships, and the reigning world and regional champions are also entitled to a place.



 Daniel Hubmann
Switzerland 34:23

 Lucas Basset
France 34:26

 Olle Boström
Sweden 34:36

 Annika Billstam
Sweden 35:46

 Merja Rantanen
Finland 35:36

 Emma Johansson

Sweden 37:04

Weather Forecast

Temperature 17°C
Humidity 71%
Weather Sunny intervals


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

Course Details

  Length Climb Controls Winning Time
Men 6.2 km 240 m 25 33 min
Women 5.3 km 200 m 21 33 min


  First Start Last Start Start Interval Flower Ceremony
Men 14:18 16:18 90 sec 16:50
Women 12:00 13:48 14:20

All times are in British Summer Time (BST).

Start order is determined by athletes' world rankings.

Extended Start Lists

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Athletes to Watch – Men

Olav Lundanes | Age: 27 | World Ranking: 1st | Best WOC Middle: Gold (2014)
The defending champion is Olav Lundanes of Norway, an extremely strong runner and currently the top-ranked forest orienteer in the world. Lundanes has had a tough season in 2015 and has suffered from overtraining issues in recent months. Will he be back on top form for the World Championships?

Daniel Hubmann | Age: 32 | World Ranking: 2nd | Best WOC Middle: Silver (2009)
Switzerland’s Daniel Hubmann is searching for a World Championships Middle gold medal to go with his previous Sprint and Long titles, and will be looking to maintain the form that saw him take a comfortable win in the World Cup Middle race in Tasmania earlier this season.

Oleksandr Kratov | Age: 30 | World Ranking: 6th | Best WOC Middle: Bronze (2014)
A technically excellent navigator and consistent performer, Ukraine's Oleksandr Kratov has finished inside the top eleven at the last five World Championship Middle races, winning his first individual medal with bronze last year.

Gustav Bergman | Age: 24 | World Ranking: 8th | Best WOC Middle: Bronze (2013)
Bronze medallist in the Middle in 2013 and a member of last year's winning Swedish Relay team, Gustav Bergman has a good track record in World Cup Middle races and will be hoping to challenge for a medal at Darnaway.

Thierry Gueorgiou | Age: 36 | World Ranking: 4th | Best WOC Middle: Gold (x 7)
Few sportsmen have dominated an event in the way that Frenchman Thierry Gueorgiou dominated Middle distance orienteering, winning seven of the nine World Championship Middle titles between 2003 and 2011. However, despite repeated success in the Long, Gueorgiou hasn't won a Middle medal since 2011. He goes into this World Championships on excellent form, but with hints that he may be considering retiring at the end of this season, could this be his final chance to add one more to his tally?

Athletes to Watch – Women

Annika Billstam | Age: 39 | World Ranking: 12th | Best WOC Middle: Gold (2014)
The experienced Swede Annika Billstam took her first World Championship Middle title last year at the age of 38, and will be looking to add to her grand total of ten World Championship medals.

Tove Alexandersson | Age: 22 | World Ranking: 1st | Best WOC Middle: Silver (x 2)
It's been confirmed that Tove Alexandersson of Sweden, last year's silver medallist and one of the big favourites for this race, is still suffering from the foot injury that she picked up during the O-Ringen and won't be running the Middle.

Ida Bobach | Age: 24 | World Ranking: 2nd | Best WOC Middle: Silver (x 2)
Denmark’s Ida Bobach is another athlete still hunting for a gold medal to go with her collection of World Championship silvers, the first of which she claimed in 2011 while still a junior. She will be keen to improve on her second place in the Middle last year.

Helena Jansson | Age: 29 | World Ranking: 4th | Best WOC Middle: Gold (2011)
Sweden's Helena Jansson has been in good form in 2015, winning the World Cup Middle in Sweden by over 90 seconds, and will be looking to add to the gold medal she won in the Middle at the 2011 World Championships.

Minna Kauppi | Age: 32 | World Ranking: 26th | Best WOC Middle: Gold (x 3)
Minna Kauppi of Finland has an excellent record in the Middle, having won four World Championship medals including three golds. Her last individual medals 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.

2014 Medallists

Men Women

 Olav Lundanes

 Annika Billstam

 Fabian Hertner

 Ida Bobach

 Oleksandr Kratov

 Tove Alexandersson

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Start Time 11:30 BST
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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).

Typical travel time from Inverness: 45 minutes.


Course Planners Graeme Ackland
Course Controller Rob Hickling
Mapper Jon Musgrave