World Orienteering Championship

Competition areas and Course Planners

Not far from Aarhus you will find some of the best orienteering terrain in Denmark, situated in mid-Jutland close to or within the distinctive "Danish lake district". Here many major orienteering events have been staged, most recently the highly acclaimed 1999 World Masters Orienteering Championships. The region includes some terrain of the highest quality which has rarely been used for orienteering, if at all. This is the best of "continental" terrain – internationally neutral but both technically and physically challenging – fair for all comers.

The forests in the region are mostly mixed coniferous with varying runnability. Some have significant areas of very runnable mature beech or ancient oak woodland. In certain areas some open heath land or heather-covered moorland can be found. Undergrowth such as bracken and brambles tends to be sparse, and rock is limited to occasional boulders.

Quite dense track and path networks are found in parts of the forests but there are also areas with fewer tracks and paths and a touch of wilderness.

The terrain can be generally characterised as hilly, with complex patterns of spurs and re-entrants in the best parts. There are also areas of gently undulating land with more subtle contour detail.

Our best course planners, well versed in the latest thinking on how to bring an orienteering race ‘out into the open’ whilst maintaining the highest quality of competition, have been hard at work seeking out the terrain and event arenas which will be used to make a really memorable WOC.

Middle Distance Qualification - Hjortsballe Krat

Erik Bobach, Dorthe Hansen
Last used for orienteering event: C-competition, August 22, 2001

The Middle Distance Final - Gjern Bakker

Erik Bobach, Dorthe Hansen
Last used for orienteering event: World Cup event, May 1990 and B-competition August 19, 1990

Long Distance Qualification - Linå Vesterskov

Flemming Jørgensen, Kent Lodbjerg
Last used for orienteering event: Euromeeting, Nov. 2000

The Long Distance Final - Løndal / Addit

Flemming Jørgensen, Kent Lodbjerg
Never used for orienteering.

Sprint - Aarhus

Torbjørn Gasbjerg
Marselisborg Nord (Mindeparken) last used for orienteering event: Open training event, May 20, 2004. No elite runners participated

Relay - Himmelbjerget

Ivan Christensen
Last used for orienteering: B-competition, April 22, 2001

Maps

 

Competition (qualification and final)

Scale

Contour interval

 

Long Distance

1:15,000

5 metres

 

Middle Distance

1:10,000

5 metres

 

Sprint

1:4,000

2 metres

 

Relay

1:10,000

5 metres

Maps are drawn according to the International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM 2000) and the International Specification for Sprint Orienteering Maps (ISSOM 2005).

Courses

Competion

Length

Climb

Controls

Winning Time

Refreshment Stations

Map Scale

Contour Interval

Course Planners

Middle Distance Qualification - Hjortsballe Krat

 

 

 

 

Women A

4.6

210

15

25 min

-

1:10,000

5 m

Erik Bobach /

Women B

4.5

220

14

25 min

-

1:10,000

5 m

Dorthe Hansen

Women C

4.6

220

14

25 min

-

1:10,000

5 m

 

Men A

5.2

225

15

25 min

-

1:10,000

5 m

 

Men B

5.1

225

16

25 min

-

1:10,000

5 m

 

Men C

5.1

210

15

25 min

-

1:10,000

5 m

 

Long Distance Qualification - Linå Vesterskov

 

 

 

 

Women A

6.9

365

15

46 min

1

1:15,000

5 m

Kent Lodberg /

Women B

7.0

375

15

47 min

1

1:15,000

5 m

Fl. Jørgensen

Women C

6.9

365

16

46 min

1

1:15,000

5 m

 

Men A

10.7

495

21

58 min

2

1:15,000

5 m

 

Men B

10.8

510

22

59 min

2

1:15,000

5 m

 

Men C

10.8

485

22

59 min

2

1:15,000

5 m

 

Sprint Qualification - Mindeparken

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women A

2.6

42

14

14 min

-

1:4,000

2 m

Torbjørn Gasbjerg

Women B

2.6

44

15

14 min

-

1:4,000

2 m

 

Women C

2.6

44

14

14 min

-

1:4,000

2 m

 

Men A

3.0

48

18

13 min

-

1:4,000

2 m

 

Men B

3.0

48

19

13 min

-

1:4,000

2 m

 

Men C

3.0

46

18

13 min

-

1:4,000

2 m

 

Sprint Final - Mindeparken

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women

2.7

30

15

14 min

-

1:4,000

2 m

Torbjørn Gasbjerg

Men

3.1

42

21

14 min

-

1:4,000

2 m

 

Long Distance Final - Addit and Løndal Skov

 

 

 

 

Women

11.7

595

24

80 min

3

1:15,000

5 m

Kent Lodberg /

Men

17.5

880

32

100 min

4

1:15,000

5 m

Fl. Jørgensen

Middle Distance Final - Gjern Bakker

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women

5.2

200

22

35 min

1

1:10,000

5 m

Erik Bobach /

Men

6.3

240

23

35 min

1

1:10,000

5 m

Dorthe Hansen

Relay Final - Himmelbjerget

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women leg 1

5.1-5.3 km

305-320 m

14

36 min

1

1:10,000

5 m

Ivan Christensen

Women leg 2

6.4-6.9 km

400-410 m

19

46 min

2

1:10,000

5 m

 

Women leg 3

6.4-6.9 km

400-410 m

19

46 min

2

1:10,000

5 m

 

Women total

 

 

 

128 min

 

 

 

 

Men leg 1

6.8-7.1 km

405-425 m

20

42 min

2

1:10,000

5 m

 

Men leg 2

7.6-8.0 km

460-470 m

22

48 min

3

1:10,000

5 m

 

Men leg 3

7.6-8.0 km

460-470 m

22

48 min

3

1:10,000

5 m

 

Men total

 

 

 

138 min

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terrain Descriptions

Hjortsballe Krat, Gjern Bakker

A mixture of natural and planted deciduous and coniferous forest with many contour details and few paths. Mature coniferous forest with paths and rides is also present. The runnability is mostly good. Visibility is restricted in natural forest. There are only a few rock features.

 

Linå Vesterskov, Løndal/Addit, Himmelbjerget

Planted deciduous and coniferous forest of different ages with a well-developed road and path net. The ground is firm and clear in old forest with the exception of a few areas with brackens. The visibility and runnability is generally very good. There are only a few rock features. The areas are very hilly with up to 120 metres height difference and with much contour detail.

Long Distance Qualification, Long Distance Final and Relay

Land form

The terrain areas are located 20-140 m above sea level and are overall quite hilly. Some areas have a lot of contour detail.

Vegetation

A mixture of coniferous and deciduous woodland. Additionally there is some open land and areas with scattered trees. There are a few blocks of closely-planted conifer.

Ground

Many areas of good runnability. Other forest areas have variable amounts of brashings and light undergrowth. There are a few small areas with bracken cover. Open areas are mainly covered in grass and heather. The area is mainly dry underfoot, but there are some ditches, streams and marshy areas.

Visibility

Mostly good. Reduced in areas of closely-planted conifer.

Roads and paths

Developed network of paths and forest roads.

Middle Distance Qualification, Middle Distance Final

Land form

Terrain areas are located 40-140 m above sea level.
Hilly terrain with a lot of contour detail.

Vegetation

Mixed forest together with some open heather areas.

Ground

Generally good runnability. The forest floor is mainly covered with heather and bilberry. In a few areas there is some dense bracken. Very few water features.

Visibility

Mainly good.

Roads and paths

Developed network of paths and forest roads.

Sprint Qualification and Final

Land form

Terrain area is located about 25 m above sea level. The area is not hilly, but there are a few steep slopes and embankments. Some areas are very detailed, others have relatively few details.

Vegetation

Open grass areas with scattered vegetation, large building complexes connected with a number of sports arenas, and areas of open coniferous forest.

Ground

Dry and mainly level underfoot, therefore good runnability.

Visibility

Generally good.

Roads and paths

Developed network of paths and roads in the whole area, including surfaced roads, gravel tracks and small paths. A few paths made for horse-riding can be sandy and uneven.

Event Arenas

The locations of the event arenas are indicated on the maps below.