WOC 2015 Inverness, Scotland.
The 2015 World Orienteering Championships get underway on Friday evening (31st July) and conclude the following Friday (7th August).
Australia will be represented by it’s largest team for many years as we have qualified to have two runners in the middle distance and the long distance, both men and women. With the unavailability of Julian Dent and Oscar McNulty (injury) there are two men making their WOC debuts- Ian Lawford and Brodie Nankervis. Also in the women’s team we have two sisters, Krystal and Laurina Neumann making their WOC debuts.
Womens Team: Sprint– Hanny Allston, Rachel Effeney, Krystal Neumann
Middle-Hanny Allston, Anna Sheldon
Long– Hanny Allston, Laurina Neumann, Vanessa Round.
Relay– Laurina Neumann, Hanny Allston, Anna Sheldon
Mens Team: Sprint-Bryan Keely, Ian Lawford, Brodie Nankervis
Middle-Lachlan Dow, Simon Uppill.
Long– Bryan Keely, Simon Uppill.
Relay-Simon Uppill, Lachlan Dow, Brodie Nankervis (sorry previous entry incorrect)
Mixed Sprint– Hanny Allston, Rachel Effeney, Lachlan Dow, Simon Uppill
Coaches: Tom Quayle, Wendy Read.
Sprint Qualification: Friday 31st July (3:00am AEST)
Sprint Relay: Saturday 1st August (3:05am AEST)
Sprint Final: Sunday 2nd August (1:51am AEST)
Middle Distance: Tuesday 4th (8:54pm AEST)
Relay: Wednesday 5th (11:00pm AEST)
Long Distance: Friday 7th August (7:00pm AEST)
The Sprint Qualification and 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 will be appreciated from the main race arena near the centre of town. 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.
The Sprint Relay will take place in the attractive seaside town of Nairn on the Moray Firth. The competition terrain will include complex old town with areas of parkland and dunes ensuring fast running, together with many options in route choice.
The Middle Distance and Relay will both be staged in Darnaway, seat of the Earls of Moray for many centuries. The current Earl (the WOC 2015 Patron) was present at WOC 1976 in Darnaway, where Men and Women battled out the Long Distance. The race arena will be in sight of Darnaway Castle. This extensive well-managed 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. There are multi-tiered levels of vegetation, particularly in the beech wood, and both runnability and visibility will vary throughout the courses. The terrain is rolling, with steep slopes above the River Findhorn. There are complex contours due to glacial moraine features. There are some rough open areas (felled a few years ago), some open fields, and a non-linear track network.
The Long Distance will take place in Glen Affric, by common consent the finest of all of Scotland’s glens (valleys). The race arena is set within a few kilometres of the picturesque conservation village of Tomich, allowing access to what the Forestry Commission Scotland describe as “a classic landscape of perfectly-placed lochs, mountains and a wonderful mix of pine, birch and oak trees. The woodland is one the best examples of the Caledonian Forest that once covered much of Scotland. The rich environment is an important haven for wildlife, so the whole glen is protected as a National Nature Reserve”. The terrain is hilly but generally there is good runnability throughout the area. There is localised deep heather, very little bracken and few paths or tracks in the area.
There are 49 countries participating in these World Championships and this includes three countries from Africa- Egypt, Uganda, Cameroon. There are about 80 Australian orienteers competing in the Scottish 6 Days event which is being held in conjunction with WOC.
Live results, commentary and GPS tracking will be available- check WOC website.
Detailed reports and analysis will be provided after each event on this link. As well the World of O will have very detailed reports and analysis after each event.
From all Australian Orienteers- those in Australia as well as those who will be spectating in Scotland, we wish the team all the best for the events and we will be following your performances with interest.