World Champs 1999 Report

11th-15th November 2020

We’re back! Lockdown Orienteering returned with a brand new name for Winter 2020 – Orienteering Unlocked.

This time we went back in time to World Champs 1999 hosted in Scotland. Most famous for being the first place a British athlete ever became a World Champion! Yvette Baker on the Short Course. For this competition we went back to the use the same maps and courses from 1999.

Most of the stages used courses from the World Champs:
Stage 1: Up or Down – Classic (Long) Distance
Stage 2: Matching Maps – Classic Distance
Stage 4: Jigsaw – Relay
Stage 6: Contour Game – Short Distance
Stage 7: Photo Memory O – Women’s Short Distance 
Stage 8: Catching Features – Women’s Short Distance 
Stage 9: Catching Features – Men’s Classic Distance Part 1
Stage 10: Catching Features – Men’s Classic Distance Part 2
Bonus Stage: Catching Features – Men’s Classic Distance Part 3

The Maps from 1999
Short – Women – Qualifier
Short – Men
Short – Women
Classic – Women – Qualifier
Classic – Women
Classic – Men
Relay – All Controls
Relay – Codes

The Grand Final
Again saw a men’s and a women’s race. In the women’s it was Anna Todd from South Yorkshire Orienteers who claimed top spot again! In the men’s it was multiple Lockdown Orienteering champion Joe Sunley who again claimed the top spot. He led the pack all the way round. You can watch the final here!

The Winners

Grand Final
Men – Joe Sunley
Women – Anna Todd

7 Stage:
Women – Sarah Rollins
Men – Rune De Clercq

Full results can be found here.
(Combined Catching Features time for the Classic race here)

For further information on the stages please visit the competitor information for each day here. In some of the stages you still have a go yourself to see how you would have got on (or to try again 😉 😉 ).

Thank you to those people who made it happen. Ben Brown for game creation and management. Simon and James Errington for results. Color for the awesome Catching Features maps. Hector, Katherine and Craig for their livestream work. Plus Scottish Orienteering, Inverness Orienteering Club and Badenoch and Strathspey Orienteering Club for letting us use the WOC99 maps. Lorna Eades for sending us copies of the courses. 

The competition was donating some of the proceeds to the development of orienteering in British Team and Inverness Orienteering Club.

What next? The Christmas Event 2020!