Some of the World’s best orienteers took to the streets of Perth City Centre on Sunday for the 2010 Park World Tour (PWT) final. Athletes from over 17 nations and domestic runners who qualified in yesterday’s race in Scone Palace competed for a share of the €5000 prize fund.
This year's Park World Tour final topped the world championships, so said women’s winner Helena Jansson, current world sprint silver medallist and former world champion. The Swedish number one showed her class in Perth, taking on startled shoppers and the traffic as well as the technical course. “It was a really tough course, with all the little streets and back alleys” Helena said. “This is just the way it should be. It’s a whole different level than the world championships.”
The PWT is classed as a sprint orienteering race, where competitors run round a set course finding controls by navigating the quickest possible route. Before his race today Gristwood said: “Sprint orienteering requires maximum speed and intense concentration. Errors are severely punished and complex decisions have to be made very quickly. I can't wait to test myself on the course round Perth today.”
Scott Fraser, professional officer with the Scottish Orienteering Association and organiser of the event said: “This weekend has been an excellent showcase for the sport as well as for Perth. We’ve been supported throughout by Perth and Kinross Council along with our sponsors local firm I&H Brown and also EventScotland. The driving force behind this weekend is to act as a springboard towards our ultimate aim to host the 2015 World Orienteering Championships and to demonstrate that Scotland remains a world class orienteering venue.”