World Champs 1999 – Entry Info


Wednesday 11th to Sunday 15th November 2020 – (Can’t make it? Then sign up to our newsletter on our homepage).

What’s involved?

There’ll be ten stages across the weekend. All available from 19:00 on Wednesday until 16:00 on Sunday.

Based on feedback from our previous events most people take take about 2 hours to complete the competition, though it does depend on how much you practice beforehand! The non-Catching Features stages will test different elements of your orienteering technique. You can have a go at stages from previous competitions to get an idea of what might be involved.

We’ll also have some interviews, hopefully with some of those who won medals in 1999!

Plus on Sunday evening we’ll do a live video with discussion on the stages and live races in Catching Features.

World Champs 1999?

Took place in Scotland 21 years ago. It was the first time Great Britain won a gold medal – Yvette Baker in the Short Distance.

It also included a long distance on Glen Affric, an area so good that it was used again for the long distance at the World Champs 2015.

Plus the relay was on Loch Vaa, many British orienteers favourite area.

We’ll be using maps from 1999, look back at what happened in the races and hopefully have some insight from competitors!

The stages

We call each challenge a stage. In total there will be 10 stages and the following are so far confirmed:

  • Photo Memory O
  • The Maze!
  • Matching Maps
  • Up or Down?
  • 3 x Catching Feature stages (optional)


For each stage you get a score based on your ranking. We then add up your best scores to find the overall winner!

What do I need?

We recommend using a desktop computer or laptop for most stages, rather than a phone or tablet. Having a separate mouse is also a good idea.

If you want to take part in all ten stages, you’ll need to have Catching Features.

Will there be prizes?

Yes for the best female and male competitor overall. Each stage has its own scoring system which involves both time and accuracy (like in real orienteering). You’ll be awarded points for each stage based on how your performance compares to everyone else’s. For the overall results, you’ll be able to drop your points from at least one stage.

How do I enter?

Please enter through this link.

  • Early: £9 Seniors/£4.50 Juniors/Students before 23:59 UK Time on Monday 2nd November
  • Standard: £10 Seniors/£5 Juniors/Students before 23:59 UK Time on Tuesday 10th November
  • Late: £12 Seniors/£6 Juniors/Students before 16:00 UK Time on Friday 13th November

Who’s behind Orienteering Unlocked?

The competition is coordinated by Chris Smithard.

Part of your entry fee will go to the GB Squad and Inverness Orienteering Club.


CompassSport – Britain’s National Orienteering Magazine