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Come and race alongside the world’s best in Edinburgh this summer as part of the WOC Tour

If you are currently working out your summer orienteering plans, don’t forget you can race alongside the world’s best orienteers as part of the WOC Tour in Edinburgh this summer (11th-16th July), and entry fees are still at Early Bird prices – until 15th April. 

The WOC Tour offers a diverse range of orienteering races for all ages (from under 10 upwards*), which are fully integrated with the official Sprint World Orienteering Championships 2024 and use several WOC 2024 competition areas. The WOC Tour races are also planned so you won’t miss out on any of the elite racing action – either as a spectator or a volunteer

WOC Tour will feature six races, starting with a Warm-up Race on the open grassy terrain of Holyrood Park on Thursday 11th July. The following day (Friday 12th July) there will be an Urban Sprint Race in Leith, a historic port with an asymmetric street plan. On Saturday 13th July there is an Indoor Race at Edinburgh University’s Kings Buildings Campus and Sunday 14th July is the Urban and Campus Middle Race at Heriot-Watt University, which is also a Scottish Orienteering Urban League 2024 counter. 

Monday 15th July sees the Long Distance Urban Race, which is UK Urban League 2024 counter, come to the streets of Edinburgh Old Town, with its maze of narrow closes and wynds providing a navigation challenge throughout. The WOC Tour concludes with an Urban Sprint Race on Tuesday 16th July, which will use the WOC Arena at Wester Hailes, a residential area which has the Edinburgh and Glasgow Union Canal running through it. 

A trip to the Capital for WOC 2024 promises to deliver a long weekend of fun – both in terms of spectating and racing. To find out more about WOC 2024 and the WOC Tour, including estimated course distances for all the WOC Tour races, visit the official website. https://www.woc2024.org/woc-tour/

Entries are now open on SiEntries and Early Bird rates for the WOC Tour end on 15th April – so don’t forget to sign up! You can enter your age class or one of the 10 Open courses, the choice is yours.  

*Parents must check the daily notes for children under the age of 16 and 12 on the day of each race – there are some safety restrictions.

New Event Director for WOC 2024 appointed

We are delighted to announce that Andy Mitchelmore has been appointed as the new Event Director for WOC 2024.

“I’m excited to take on the Event Director role for WOC 2024 and to be working with key stakeholders and the passionate and knowledgeable members of the Orienteering community to deliver another world-class event in Scotland.    

Having held strategic and operational roles in the planning and delivery of major sporting events within the UK, Ireland and the Middle East for more than 20 years; I have successfully worked with National and International Federations from a range of sports, broadcasters, funding partners and sponsors.      

As an Edinburgh resident for most of my life, I am proud to have previously led the delivery of major elite and mass participation sporting events in my home city.  I am looking forward to continuing my relationships with City of Edinburgh Council, Historic Environment Scotland and EventScotland, and engaging trusted local suppliers to ensure the success of WOC 2024 in the Scottish Capital.”  

New opportunity for WOC 2024 Project Lead

Come join our team and help us truly capitalise on the unique opportunity that hosting the World Orienteering Championships in Edinburgh in 2024 presents. We are looking for a self-motivated professional to lead on a 6month scoping project to create a project plan which outlines what could be accomplished and reflects the aspirations of the sport in creating an exciting development plan linked to WOC 2024. Join us as our WOC2024 Project Manager!

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