Two of the leading nations taking part in the World Orienteering Championships in the Scottish Highlands this summer have taken the opportunity to acclimatise at the Scottish Championships.
Norwegian and Swiss male and female stars were competing at the championships at Ardnaskie near Taynuilt in Argyll on Saturday, where the men’s race was won by Switzerland’s Daniel Hubmann and the women’s by Norway’s Silje Ekroll Jahren, a former world championship bronze medal winner.
Hubmann, a four-time world championship gold medal winner, finished ahead of three Norwegian athletes with Scotland’s Alasdair McLeod fishing in fifth place 5.33min behind the winner.
In the Women’s event Scotland’s Hollie Orr was just 0.02sec behind her Norwegian opponent with another home athlete, Jessica Tullie, finishing in third place 2.48min off the winning pace.
While Hubmann took control of the men’s event before the half-way mark and retained it to the end, the women’s race was a much more tightly contested event. Swiss athlete Judith Wyder was the early leader before Orr took over through two control points – however, she lost just over a minute at the 5th control and dropped back to 7th place.
Orr recovered by the control 23 of the 25 to take the lead – only for her Swiss opponent to edge ahead at the final control to snatch victory.