The courses have been loaded onto the MapRun server, and pdf files of all the maps produced by WSX can be found at the foot of the page. Those for 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.
Winter MapRun League
“Following the announcement that BCP will enter Tier 4 and Dorset will enter Tier 3 tomorrow, it is with regret that the Winter MapRun League will be suspended, effective as of midnight today.
The suspension is necessary as a significant number of our participants and some of our forthcoming events are in BCP and under Tier 4 restrictions, travel in and out of a Tier 4 area is prohibited except for specified reasons.
It is our intention to complete all planned league events as soon as circumstances allow. In the meantime, participants may utilize the existing MapRun courses for training within their Tier area as long they comply with the pertinent CV-19 regulations.
We look forward to resuming the league as soon as we are able but in the meantime, stay safe.”
Individual event results are below.
Week 1: 31-8 October/November – Upton Country Park (Upton Winter League 2020)
Upton MapRun Map This is the same course as the Night League event but on an A4 1:10000 scale.
Week 2: 7-15 November – Boscombe (Boscombe MapRun Winter League)
Note: Control 8 can only be approached from the SW.
Control 16 is inside a church gate. If gate is locked, just run on and alter your run afterwards using HITMO.
Control 18-25 cannot be run using the shopping centre service road.
Week 3: 14-22 November – St Ives, nr Ringwood (St Ives) Map on WIM website
St Ives Results
Week 4: 21-29 November – West Moors. Map available on WIM website.
Week 6: 5-13 December – Ringwood
Week 7: 12-3 December/January – Christmas/New Year Special – Moors Valley
Moors Valley Christmas 60min Score MapRun The Xmas special rules are that you can run the course as many times as you want in the period 12th Dec-3rd Jan, with your best score/time counting. As always however you should not look at other competitors routes during the competition period. Parking at Moors Valley: see below for parking charges (Alternatively park for free at Potterne Park, Verwood and walk/run or cycle into Moors Valley!)
Week 8: 2-10 January – Poole
Poole Map; Poole Control Descriptions
Week 9: 9-17 January – Blandford St Marys – Sprint format
Week 10: 16-24 January – Hyde & Gorley
Week 11: 23-31 January – Canford Heath
Week 12: 30-7 January/February – Christchurch
Week 13: 6-14 February – Canford/Merley Estate
Week 14: 13-21 February – Tisbury
Week 15: 20-28 February – Broadstone & Hillbourne
Hope this makes sense. All questions, queries or suggestions re the competition and league to myself at [email protected].
Finally, a very big thank you to all the people behind the scenes at both WIM & WSX that have made these leagues possible through their dedication and hard work. This includes all our mappers and planners, Dick Keighley for maintaining and updating the WIM website and last but not least Chris Branford, who has pioneered and championed MapRun in the club and who continues to bear the brunt of the IT & admin load.
Good luck, stay safe and have fun!
WSX have a number of courses – available at any time – as follows:
Broadstone/Creekmoor – based around the streets and Creekmoor Lakes. Park in Soper’s Lane near Siemen’s. Map and Control Descriptions
Christchurch Town – 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
Friar’s Cliff, Christchurch – used for a Night League event so trickier than most! The map is A3 so will need to be printed on 2 pages.
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
Boscombe Overcliff and Town – no running up and down the zig-zags as in the previous version! Start is again at Shelley park where there is plenty of parking (unless you decide to do it at the height of the summer!) Map; Control Descriptions.
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).
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