Today marks the two-year countdown to the 2015 World Orienteering Championships (WOC) in the Scottish Highlands. To celebrate, former world champion orienteers Graham Gristwood, Jon Duncan and Jamie Stevenson are joining the Earl of Moray as he is officially announced as the patron of the event.
The milestone is being marked at the biennial Scottish 6 Days event in Moray, taking place this week with 3500 competitors participating. In two years time the 6 Day event will be held in collaboration with WOC under the banner of Highland 2015. 5,000 competitors and spectators from around the world are expected to attend the event.
Race areas are to be kept under wraps until nearer the time, but visitors will be guaranteed some spectacular settings. WOC has been based in and around Inverness on two previous occasions, with intricate forests and stunning coastlines providing an ideal stage for the action.
WOC 2013 silver medallist Scott Fraser (pictured) spoke of his experience at this year's event: "Winning silver in Finland was incredible and I am determined to continue the hard work with the aim of going one better at Highland 2015. Seeing the support the home athletes had out there was amazing and I know how much of a difference it can make when you're competing."
WOC 2008 gold medallist Jamie Stevenson also spoke of his excitement: "The World Championships is the pinnacle of competitive orienteering and I am proud to have competed and won gold with Jon and Graham. The feeling of competing on home ground when the champs were in Scotland in 1999 was fantastic, and I am sure that the British athletes be inspired to perform in 2015."
For more information, visit the WOC 2015 website