Map Runs

10/6/20 – MapRun Summer League

Whilst we cannot compete in ‘proper’ orienteering courses until further notice, an informal series of ‘events’ has been set up by Wimborne OC using the many MapRun courses that have now been established by both clubs. All the necessary details can be found in this document. 

Results/table after week 1 at Upton.

Week 2 Results – Verwood;   League Table – Week 2

Week 3 Results – Blandford;    League Table – Week 3

Week 4 Results – By the Way;  League Table – Week 4

Week 5 Results – Poole Town;  League Table – Week 5

Week 6 Results – Boscombe;  League Table – Week 6


Instructions on how to access these courses can be found lower down this page. Important: you must have the latest MapRunF app.

General: Wimborne, and other clubs, like NGOC, have been setting up training courses using MapRun in recent weeks. Locally, Wimborne have been publishing a series of urban MapRun training courses covering areas around Dorset. Initially, these courses have covered Blandford, Verwood, Wimborne, Shillingstone & Sturminster Newton, with Bridport and others having followed. 

WSX have since added a number of  courses as follows:

Christchurch – a lovely line (i.e. not a score) event around some of the older parts of the town, as well as some residential areas. The optimum route distance is approximately 7.3k. The Start is at Wick slipway.  The map is here: Christchurch

Boscombe & Seafront – a choice of Straight or Odds/Evens score events, starting in Shelley Park. Bracing sea air along the clifftop and promenade. Straight Score is about 6k and the Odds/Evens approx. 9k. Maps: Boscombe Straight Score, Boscombe Odds/Evens Score

Canford Heath – a technical urban Straight Score course, with the Start in the Asda car park. Distance is between 7.7 and 8.5 k, depending on your route choice. Canford Heath Control Descriptions (not on the map) Canford Heath Map

Queens/Kings Parks – a lovely mix of parkland, woods and residential streets, well-known to Night League competitors! There’s a Straight Score  – distance about 9.75k – and Odds/Evens, approx. 11.5k.  The Start is in the Queens Park Golf Club. PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER USERS, PARTICULARLY GOLFERS, ESPECIALLY WHEN CROSSING FAIRWAYS.  Control descriptions are not on the map so are provided separately. Map: Kings/QueensPark; Kings/Queens Park Control Descriptions 

Tisbury – courtesy of a Sarum map, this Straight Score has been set up in the lovely Wiltshire town. The start is by the war memorial in the square and the finish by the free parking. Please park in the free car park and not on the High Street. The optimum distance is approximately 7.5-8k. Map: Tisbury

Upton – a 1:10000 based on an Open Orienteering Map and includes some of Upton Country Park and the urban area of Upton itself. The points system is different to our others, so please check the details. Start is in Upton Country Park car park (charges apply). Map, control descriptions and information. Optimum distance is about 11.8k.  Map: Upton.

Poole Town – this is based on the original map (used for our Night League events etc) but with a lot less detail. A choice of Straight and Odds/Evens Score with the distances being about 5.5k and 8k. No control descriptions on the map. Start/Finish is in Baiter Car park (charges apply).

For those of you planning to do the Poole MapRun from this weekend on (July 4th), could I just remind you that this map is not as detailed as the original (Gavin Clegg) version – so many fences, walls, trees, canopies etc are unmapped. (I’ve only mapped a couple of trees where I’ve used them for controls!) However, this should not affect your navigation/route choices.
I have added a couple of areas of OOB: the one in the NW corner has been added because the road layout has changed and I haven’t had time to remap it. But you can run along the SE edge of this, (from 5-21). The other aree is in the NE corner, on the edge of Poole Park where they’ve been doing a load of reconstruction.

Map: Poole Town; Control Descriptions

Greenberry – the first non-urban course that we’ve tried, so this is a bit of a trial. The sensitivity of the controls has been set to 30m (instead of the usual 15m in urban areas) as the precise location of some of the mapped features is less accurate. So don’t be surprised if the control is picked up on your phone when you are not quite there! Parking is in the Holmsley Car Park (NOT Holmsley Walk CP near the campsite) at the NW corner of Holmsley Inclosure in the New Forest. It is unlikely that anyone will collect all the controls in the allowed 60mins as the optimum route is about 12.5-12.75k – hats off to anyone who does! IMPORTANT NOTE: This course MUST NOT be run during March – July due to the presence of ground-nesting birds, in line with national British Orienteering Guidelines. Also please ensure you do not cross the sensitive marsh areas marked as OOB. Control Descriptions are not on the map, so these are provided separately. Map: Greenberry; Control Descriptions


The courses have been loaded onto the MapRun server, and pdf files of all the maps produced by both WIM and WSX can be downloaded and printed from here. Some of the maps are A4 sections of  existing orienteering maps and some are street maps generated using the Open Orienteering Map project. 

These are open training courses and no code or pin number is needed to access them. 

We must emphasise that you must follow the Government advice on travel at all times and only run on areas within a short jog, drive or cycle ride from your home. These courses are not registered with British Orienteering as events or activities and so you are not covered by BOF public liability insurance: you are simply going for a private run.

For now they are training courses as you take your permitted daily exercise. You can post your results over the weeks: try the courses several times and see if you can beat your previous scores and times.
Later in the year, once the travel restrictions are eased but before ordinary orienteering resumes, you will have plenty opportunity to run more of the courses to aid your training.

To run the courses you will need a smartphone and  the latest MapRunF app which is gradually being phased in to replace the older version: both apps work with our courses.
If you have not used MapRun before, (and to save re-inventing the wheel and your webmaster lots of time compiling more pages) please look at the advice on its use on the MapRun page of the NGOC website.

When you are ready:-

  1. Start the app.
  2. Tap Select Event. You’ll need to scroll down to the UK folder, and then into Dorset. Within the Dorset folder select the course you wish to run.
  3. Select the course you want to run. The course names are a bit convoluted, but look for the course name as described on the MapRun Dorset website.
  4. Wait for the course and map files to download, and then tap Go to StartThe course is now live, and will start logging your track and time when you pass through the Start. Before you pass through and record the Start, your location and track are shown on the screen so that you can see if your GPS is working. These will disappear as you start.

    Also, in the footer of the screen is shown:
    GPS accuracy, and
    A button to centre the screen on the current location

    Remember that you need to pass through the Finish to stop the timer.

    Your results should be uploaded automatically to the maprun server. If they are, you will see a prompt on the screen to allow you optionally to upload to strava. If not, you should see a prompt simply to upload results.
    Finally, you can compare your results with others on the same course, and view the route you took.

    You’ll very quickly get the hang of the technology. Here are a few tips for getting the best out of your run, and maximising your points haul….

    1) Knowing how far you can run in 60 minutes and planning a route that is shorter than this!
    2) Picking a good order to visit checkpoints that is efficient and avoids running back past locations you’ve already been to
    3) Counting how many contours your route will cross – these mean going up or downhill and the direction of slope may not be obvious from the map.
    4) Spotting the fastest (normally the shortest) route between individual checkpoints
    5) Looking where the higher scoring checkpoints are, and if they are concentrated close together
    6) All of these will get easier with experience, and you may find you score better the second time you run a course!

Many Thanks to Pat Macleod and NGOC for these instructions.

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