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    Balmoral Castle

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    Edinburgh Castle map

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    Stirling Castle map

Edinburgh, Sat Oct 11

A sunny day in Edinburgh, and the world ranking course split into three distinct parts: intricate closes around the royal mile, big route choice over Castle Rock, and traps for the unwary in the churchyards.
The elite women were first. Scot Hollie Orr set the pace on the first 8 legs through the closes, but a 15 sec hesitation at 9 is to much at this level, and the flying Danes Maja Alm and Emma Klingenberg kicked in over the final section to finish 1-2.  Austria’s Ursula Kadan, pulled into third as Hollie faded to fourth in the final section.

The men proved far more error prone. World Relay Champion Martin Hubmann and British Sprint Champion Murray Strain were among those who came to grief taking the wrong alley to 2.  Coming out of the closes, Daniel Hubmann 4:06 held a small lead over Yannick Michiels, with Brits Scott Fraser, Kris Jones and Chris Galloway making up the top-5. But all that changed on the dramatic over-or-round legs 7-8 and 11-12 and the unusual up and back vs round choice on 8-9.  Reigning world Champion Soren Bobach had hauled himself back into contention before taking the wrong close, while an illegal route took Daniel Hubmann out of contention, and Kris Jones blundered on the spectator leg.  All this left Michiels with a 30sec lead, and strong running from Rasmus Hansen and Martin Hubmann brought them past the Brits to round out the top-3

At the end of the days racing, the Danish girls had proved once again that they lead the world.  Belgium's Michiels, winner of the London City Race recently, had achieved a first victory over a world class field.  Scotland had a healthy lead in the Home Internationals. But Denmark's WOC medallist men were missing in action - Bobach and Lassen both beaten by a couple of Edinburgh juniors Chris Galloway (M20) and Alex Carcas (M16).  Memorable for the boys, but the Danes were getting  ready to kick on in Stirling.


Note from the Controller, Colin Eades
Firstly my apologies to all who were affected by the following issue. Unfortunately two controls nos 134 and 145 for the urban event after the World Ranking Event were on similar features with not sufficient separation to conform to the rules for Urban orienteering. A number of competitors mispunched at these two controls however as the controls sites did not fully comply with the rules. In order to try to comply with the spirit of the competition the controller has decided to take the following action. The leg  into and out of these controls has been removed from the overall results. Competitors who had been disqualified by punching the alternate control have been reinstated. It is suggested that this is the fairest course of action within the spirit of the competition.

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Edinburgh Castle, The elite race is a World Ranking Event & Park World, and the Open Race is part of the inaugural European City Race Tour. Based in the world-famous Princes St Gardens in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, you watch the world’s top athletes race on the hillside above. Then take the challenge of Edinburgh's Old Town and Royal Mile yourself. Can you negotiate the closes and alleys of Scotland’s Capital?

City race for standard entrants, 40 minute winning time, shorter for juniors.
Sprint (12-15 minute winning time) World Ranking Event race for elite runners (M/W21E).

Bulletin 2 / Final Details

Bulletin 2 / Final Details for Edinburgh only PDF contains everything you need to know.
start times see fabian4


UK Sprint Senior Home Internationals

Teams of three men and three women representing England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will compete at Edinburgh and Stirling. Selection for these races lies with the National Team managers.
The fastest two runners count at each race, with the overall result decided by adding the eight times together.

Location:  Princes St Gardens
Parking: no official parking, use public carparks or public transport
Quarantine: elite competitors must be in quarantine by 9:45
Punching:  Timed starts.  SI air for WRE; Regular SI for others
Startlist: start interval 9:45-11 (WRE), 11:30-13:45 (City Race);  start times see fabian4
Walk to start:  approx 1.2km
Map: ISSOM 1:4000, 2.5m contours
Terrain:  Mixed tarmac and grass.  Steep and slippery in places, grippy footwear recommended

Routegadget link to the 2013 Edinburgh City Race to see part of the map.

Day organizer

Alasdair McLeod (Edinburgh University OC)

Jury Members

Ted Finch (FVO) IOF EA
Andy Lewsley (BL)
Terry O'Brien (STAG)
IOF Event Adviser: Dick Carmichael


A TempO competition will be staged at the event. Registration for the TempO will be available in the arena. The competition will take place in Princes Street Gardens East.

Last edited: 13th Oct 14