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Stirling, Sun Oct 12

Stirling, and the Park World Tour race featured the unique setting of the first few controls inside the castle.  Any idea that this was a tourist gimmick was soon dispelled as the courses twisted through the intricate detail of the halls and battlements.  There was no let up in town, with two critical route choice legs and some intricate control picking at the end.

Ladies first again at the second WRE, with Alm and Klingenberg renewing their rivalry.  Running within a few seconds of each other, finishing two minutes clear of the field as the lead changed hands repeatedly.  With three to go Klingenberg seemed to have the edge, then, to gasps from the spectators watching on the screen, she ran into the gaol rather than the youth hostel where she'd stayed the previous night. Alm was taking no prisoners, grabbing her second victory by an ultimtely comfortable 30 sec.  Hollie Orr was comfortably  "best of the rest", collecting Britain's only medal over the weekend.    

Once again, the men were more error prone. By the first control Oystein Kvaal Osterbo, winner of the previous PWT in Perth, Hector Haines and Rasmus Hansen had already lost 30sec.  Leg 3 was a classic. One super-fast route along the battlement, one slower route through the halls, and two promising looking options which led to dead ends. Edinburgh winner Michiels lost over a minute here, and of the top athletes, only Danes Soren Bobach and Andreas Boesen, along with England's Dave Schorah nailed it, the three of them leading until the final Castle control where careful mapreading was required to identify the battlement location.  Schorah fell back here, and the two Danes led out into the town. Behind then, Swiss megastar Daniel Hubmann was on a charge, clawing back those 30sec lost at 3, and on the long route choice over the castle hill he grabbed 15sec to pass Boesen and get within 9 sec of Bobach.  Then oxygen debt kicked in, two small Hubmann hesitations, but the 15 sec lost is an eterniity in elite sprint racing, and Bobach was away for the win.  Boesen just held off fast-finishing Austrian Gernot Kerschbaumer, with top Scots Fraser  and Strain completing the top 6.

Scotland SHI Sprint winners 2014Results

Scotland were the winners of the Senior Sprint Home International competition

IOF WRE logoUK Urban League logo

Stirling Castle, World Ranking Event, Park World Tour, UK Sprint Senior Home Internationals and Open urban race. Race around the courtyards and battlements of Stirling Castle, then out into the streets and wynds of the ancient Burgh. Can you follow the footsteps of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce to win victory in this historic city?

The elite race is a World Ranking Event and Park World Tour.
The Open Race is the final of the UK Urban League and part of the UK Orienteering League.
Urban 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 Stirling only PDF contains all the details you need to know.

start times see fabian4


Spectators should note that the top seeded group of men are not the final start group. This is for the benefit of the arena presentation, so that they finish before the 10am commentary shutdown

Location:  Registration Hall is at Stirling Boys Club opposite the YHA and Old Town Jail, the Finish Arena is very close by at Cowane's Hospital adjacent to the Church of the Holy Rude
Punching:  Timed starts.  SI air for WRE; Regular SI for others
Startlist: 0830-1000 for elite and 1015-1215 for others  start times see fabian4
Map: ISSOM 1:4000, 2.5m contours
Terrain:  Mixed tarmac and grass.  Steep and slippery in places, grippy footwear recommended

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.


The competition takes place in mixed hilly terrain including Stirling Castle as well as a variety of urban terrain and parkland including a graveyard.


Surveyed by Graham Gristwood in 2014 to ISSOM 2007 standard.
Map scale 1:4,000 for all courses, with a 2.5m contour interval. The maps will be A3 in size and printed on waterproof paper. The longer courses have back-to-back maps. The map shows a partial legend only. A full legend will be on display in the Registration Hall and copies will be available at Enquiries on request.

Routegadget link to the 2008 Scottish Sprint Champs to see a map sample

Main Officials

Day organiser: Jon Cross (FVO)
Planner: Ross McLennan (FVO)
Controller: Clive Masson (BAOC/ESOC)
IOF Adviser: Dick Carmichael (TINTO)

Jury Members

Philip Gristwood (MV) IOF EA
Tony Carlyle (AIRE)
Andy Lewsley (BL)
IOF Event Adviser: Dick Carmichael

Courses set according to British Orienteering 2014 Event guidelines PDF, section 11


Last edited: 14th Oct 14