Scottish success at World Champs
The 2013 World Orienteering Championships came to a close today with a hard fought 8th place for GB women’s team in the relay. The team consisted Scots Hollie Orr and Claire Ward, along with former Edinburgh University runner Cat Taylor. Just prior to that Murray Strain, Hector Haines and Ralph Street finished a creditable 11th in the men’s race.
Earlier in the week, Scott Fraser took silver in the sprint event at the World Orienteering Championships in his best ever result at this level. It was also an excellent result for Murray Strain in 9th position.
You can read Murray’s account of the sprint and the lead up to it, on his blog “murraystraining”
8 July 2013 (Vuokatti, Finland)
Top Scottish orienteer Scott Fraser (27) from Midlothian this afternoon took the silver medal for Great Britain in the sprint event at the World Orienteering Championships in Kainuu, Finland. Scott ran a great race in the 3.9km sprint distance final through the streets of Hiukka, finishing 17 seconds down on Finnish athlete, Marten Bostrom.
Scott, originally from Mayfield, and a member of Edinburgh Club Interlopers, has been living and training in Sweden for the past year to improve his fitness and orienteering technique, competing regularly against high quality Scandinavian athletes.
Scott’s Silver medal is the first individual medal for Great Britain at World Championship level since Jamie Stevenson’s Bronze medal in 2006. The relay team of Graham Gristwood, Jon Duncan, Jamie Stevenson won Gold for GB in 2008.
Scott Fraser is also a top class 10000m runner, holding the best time by a Scot over this distance in 2012 at 29:38
Result Men’s final
- Marten Bostrom (Fin) 14:19.6
- Scott Fraser (GB) 14:36.7
- Jonas Leanderson (Swe) 14:37.6
Scott Fraser said after the race – “I feel brilliant. I have been slightly injured since April and wasn’t sure whether I was going to run in the World Championships, so this result is a pleasant surprise for me”.
More information about Scott Fraser including pictures, can be found here:
About the World Orienteering Championships (WOC)
The World Orienteering Championships 2013 are being held in Finland, in and around the region of Kainuu in the east of the country around 570km north of Helsinki. www.woc2013.fi
The World Orienteering Championships were first held in 1966. They were held biennially up to 2003 (with the exception of 1977 and 1978). Since 2003, competitions have been held annually.
Originally there were only two competitions: an individual race and a relay. In 1991 a short distance race (roughly 25 minutes) was added and a sprint race was added in 2001.
The current championship events are therefore:
- Relay - for three-person teams
- Long distance - previously called classic distance
- Middle distance - previously called short distance
In 2015 the World Orienteering Championships will be held in Scotland, in Moray and Inverness-shire. More information about WOC 2015 can be found at www.woc2015.org