World Trail Orienteering Championships this week in Scotland

Posted on | June 5, 2012 | Category: News

36 athletes in the Paralympic Class and 61 in the Open class, representing 23 nations in all, will be competing in the World Trail Orienteering Championships in Scotland this week.

The event is based on the coastal town of Dundee, and three days of high-quality competition are promised by the British hosts. The event starts on Wednesday with a non-championship competition: the World TempO Trophy, where all decisions are made against the clock. Competitors visit eight different ‘decision stations’ where they are suddenly faced with an intricate block of terrain with 6 kites on different features, and using three successive small pieces of map each with a control circle and description, have to decide which of the kites (if any) is at the centre of the circle. The time is measured from when they see the terrain and maps until they have made their third decision. Wrong answers carry penalty points.

This competition will be held in an edge-of-town country park which includes a wildlife centre, small zoo and a golf course.

On Thursday there is a Model Event and then the two Championship days of ‘standard’ trail orienteering are on Friday and Saturday. These take place in Tentsmuir, a large coastal forest with intricate sand dunes, some big and others small. Both days start with timed controls and continue with a maximum 132-minute course with 20 controls on day1 and 23 on Day 2; concentration skills will be stretched to the limit! So will actual TrailO skills, as the course planner is Brian Parker, writer of IOF’s technical Guidelines for TrailO, who will be guaranteed to squeeze every possible piece of decision-making practice out of the terrain, with many subtle problems.

Orienteers not selected for the Championships will have the chance to pit their skills against the ‘experts’ on the same courses after the main competitions are over.

The event is based on a conference centre in Dundee where all competitors will be accommodated, and one thing is certain: there will be a distinct Scottish flavour to the proceedings – and to the food, drink and music at the Championships banquet when the competition is over!

Leading results and reports will be posted on this website after each day of competition.

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