Britain’s Orienteering team places grabs in Culbin Forest as athletes chase World Cup
Elite athletes in the sport of orienteering will travel to Moray this weekend to chase a place in the UK international team.
Culbin Forest will host selection trials on Saturday with athletes chasing a place on GB’s Orientation team ahead of two top-flight events.
Around 30 athletes are vying for selection to represent the UK at this year’s World Cup events in Estonia and Switzerland. The Estonia races, originally scheduled for 2020, also hold European Championship status.
The selection trials were due to take place elsewhere in Scotland, but last-minute access issues and storm damage meant organizers had to find another location to match Estonian terrain.
Fiona Keir of the Scottish Orienteering Association said: “UK Orienteering is in a very strong position at the moment and is looking to field a strong field of competitors in the final World Cup races of this year.
“Finding the right conditions for the team selection test gives each of the contenders the chance to really show what they can do and how they are likely to cope with the Estonian test.
“Culbin Forest is an ideal venue for this selection run, and we really appreciate that FLS (Forestry and Land Scotland) can help Team GB in this way.”
The British athletes taking part are those with strong recent national and international form, who have demonstrated that they are on a level to compete for a place in the British team.
They will set off on a carefully mapped timed course to avoid ecologically sensitive areas.
Neil Theodoreson, FLS Visitor Service Ranger added, “We have had experience running orientation events, which are very popular and are a great low-impact way to learn about our forests.
“It’s great to know that we are helping to increase the chances of these elite athletes
“It will also help us prepare for next year when some of our Moray and Highland forests host the six-day national orienteering competition, which is expected to be attended by over 3,000 competitors from across Europe. . ”