Glen Affric wins another 'World's Best' title

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The men’s long distance course from this year’s World Orienteering Championships held in Glen Affric, has been voted “Orienteering Course of the Year 2015”. 

The accolade, from international orienteering website ‘World of O’, put the Glen Affric course (on the national forest estate) above courses from events staged around the world – with nearly three times as many votes as the second place course in Tasmania.

Jack Mackay, from the Forest Enterprise team in Inverness Ross & Skye that helped organisers stage the long distance event, said;

“This is another fantastic promotion for what is one of Scotland’s most beautiful and well known locations.

“The course designers, Steve Nicholson and Brian Bullen, started developing the course in autumn 2012 and it wasn’t completely finalized until this year.

“They created a course that offered the very best challenges to the competitors but one which also offered the very best of backdrops – and one which was televised to a world-wide audience.

“It’s great news that their efforts and skill have been rewarded and that Glen Affric has yet another string to its bow.”

Glen Affric was one of the Highland sites that hosted this year’s World Orienteering Championships (31 July - 7 August), which this year coincided with the Scottish 6 Days Orienteering event (“the 6-Days”).

French competitor, Lucas Basset, who ran the Glen Affric course, said;

“The terrain was wilder than almost every other forest I’ve been running in. The feeling I experienced when I ran out of the start corridor and had a brief look at the surroundings was unbelievable.”

Colin Matheson, Professional Officer for the Scottish Orienteering Association and Assistant Event Director commented:

“Following an extensive evaluation, Glen Affric, including the area of Caledonian Forest above Loch Beinn a’Mheadhoin, showed the greatest potential for staging this blue riband event. 

"Forest Enterprise Scotland was hugely supportive, including holding back planned forest operations including the development of new access tracks till after the event.”

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  4. Competitors from all over the World, including from the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway, France, Switzerland, Belgium took part in WOC and Scottish 6-days events throughout the week at or near Inverness, Forres, Nairn, Glen Strathfarrar, Darnaway and Glen Affric.
  5. An independent economic impact assessment calculated that the combined event brought in £9.5 million to the Scottish economy.
  6. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.