World Orienteering Championships

Based around the Inverness area

The World Orienteering Championships are now on, and there is live coverage on BBC ALBA TV
Sat 1st, Sprint Relay 18:00-19:25
Sun 2nd, Sprint Final 16:45-19:10
Wed 5th, Relay 16:00-18:10
The television coverage will be presented by Derek Mackay with expert analysis provided by orienteering coach, and former GBR Orienteering team member, Lorna Eades.
Watch a BBC regional news feature about the event.

01st Aug 15

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Profile features with some of the top athletes participating in the championships will also form part of BBC ALBA’s coverage including interviews with several athletes representing team GB from debutant Charlotte Ward to the experienced Murray Strain, talking about the rise in the sport’s popularity and their own ambitions for the event.

BBC ALBA will also hear from athletes including Ruth Holmes, Kris Jones, Hollie Orr and Hector Haines, as well as from Development and Performance Coach Liz Campbell.

Alan Esslemont, head of content for BBC ALBA, said: “Live sports coverage is a popular genre on our channel and we are extremely excited to be presenting an exclusive package of programmes from the World Orienteering Championships 2015, one of the most prestigious sporting festivals in the world.

“BBC ALBA is a great fit for showcasing this spectacular event live from the Scottish Highlands and bringing the action as it happens to a world-wide audience and helping to generate great exposure through our exclusive television coverage will be a great boost for the sport.”

Paul McGreal, WOC2015 Event Director, said: “WOC2015 is a fantastic chance for us to show orienteering as the exciting, athletic and adventurous sport it really is. BBC ALBA’s great coverage of the event will really help bring the sport alive, and bring it to new audiences. We’re thrilled to be working with BBC ALBA on this project.

“Scotland will host athletes from over 50 nations, and WOC will be one of the biggest sporting events held in the country this year. As a spectacle, it will be impressive, both in the Arenas and live on BBC ALBA.”

The WOC2015 courses will test the sport’s most experienced elite athletes. The long, middle distance and relay races are being staged in the forest and mountain areas of Darnaway and Glen Affric with their rugged hilly ancient Caledonian Forest, semi open terrain and intricate ground features. Nairn and Forres, offering the mixed urban landscape of roads and small alleyways mixed with parkland, ornamental gardens and community woodlands, are the perfect locations for the extremely spectator friendly urban sprint races.

Amongst the athletes competing on home soil will be Hollie Orr and Murray Strain who came out to support BBC ALBA’s television coverage along with BBC ALBA’s WOC2015 presenter Derek Mackay. 


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2015 World Orienteering Championship athletes, Hollie Orr and Murray Strain with BBC ALBA programme presenter Derek Mackay, Credit:BBC Alba

2015 World Orienteering Championship athletes, Hollie Orr and Murray Strain with BBC ALBA programme presenter Derek Mackay (Full size)

WOC 2015

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by Paul Frost