With the WOC 2015 only four days away in the areas around Inverness, the British sprinters are carrying out their final preparations before they take on the World on home ground.
The Sprint Team have now all arrived at their accommodation, close to Inverness and are settling in well. Today they took part in a warm-up sprint event organised by Team Coach, Liz Campbell and Team Manager, Dave Rollins. A new area was identified and mapped for this event so that the athletes could sharpen up before the Sprint qualifier on Friday and the Mixed Sprint Relay on Saturday.
Although the event was organised for the British team, many other countries took the opportunity to join them and this added an extra element that has helped the British sprinters get 'into the zone' and 'on top of their game'.
Thanks to INVOC and MOR for their help and support in facilitating this event and to Graham Gristwood who mapped this new area.
Picture - Ruth Holmes at the Sprint event today.
The first event at WOC 2015 is the Sprint Qualifier that will take place in Forres from 1800hrs on Friday evening with the final scheduled for Sunday afternoon. The Mixed Sprint Relay will get underway in Nairn on Saturday afternoon, after the Opening Ceremony that begins at 1645hrs. The Mixed Sprint Relay is still in its infancy after being held for the first time last year. The teams consist of two men and two women and the event makes for a thrilling spectacle as positions chop and change but runners tend to stay packed together.
The 2015 WOC sprint team is:
Individual Sprint - Men
- Scott Fraser (INT) - Scott won the silver medal in the sprint at the 2013 World Orienteering Championships, ready to go one better this year.
- Kris Jones (SBOC) - Kris had a good year in 2014 finishing 18th in the sprint at the World Orienteering Championships and 6th at the European Championships. Kris feels that he has now perfected his technique to produce a World Class Performance.
- Murray Strain (INT) - Murray finished 13th in last year's WOC and 9th in 2013. After years of consistent high quality training, Murray is in the best shape of his life and has recently run a personal best for the 5000m in 14:26.
Individual Sprint - Women
- Ruth Holmes (SN) - Ruth represented Great Britain at the 2014 World Orienteering Championships and is looking to build upon that experience.
- Alice Leake (SN) - Alice is having a great year. After making her senior international debut at the World Cup Round 2 this year, she is now looking forward to her debut at the World Championships.
- Charlotte Ward (HALO) - Charlotte is also enjoying a break-through year and made her debut at the World Cup Round 2. She was selected for WOC 2015 off the back of it.
Mixed Sprint Relay (MSR)
- Hollie Orr (LOC) - Hollie is better known as a forest athlete but ran herself into this team with a strong performance on 1st leg in the MSR at the World Cup Round 2 last month. Hollie will also be competing in the forest later in the week.
- Dave Schorah (DEE) - After representing Great Britain over the past few years, at the World University Orienteering Championships and European Championships, Dave is now making his WOC debut for Great Britain.
- Chris Smithard (DEE) - 2013 was a break-through year for Chris when he finished 4th in the World Cup in Norway but this was followed by a long spell of injury that put him out for the whole of 2014. He is now making his WOC debut after a determined period of rehab and cross training that has enabled him to reach the required level to be a part of this team.
- Catherine Taylor (CLOK) - Cat was part of the MSR that achieved 6th place last year. Cat is an incredibly versatile athlete who is as 'at home' on the tarmac as she is in the forest where we will see her later in the week.
We wish the sprinters all the very best as they put in their final preparations.
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