We have published a series of urban MapRun training courses covering areas around Dorset. The latest of these are shorter courses around Blandford Milldown and Blandford Stour Meadows suitable for novices and juniors.
The WIM courses now cover Blandford, Bridport, Gillingham, Verwood, Wimborne, Shillingstone & Sturminster Newton, with possibly others to follow. Gillingham and Bridport are the latest areas. At Bridport, there are two courses, one a conventional MapRun course and the other a 'Wayfarers' course, an easier course with a longer time limit, aimed at non regular orienteers and novices.
In addition to their new training courses around Boscombe, Christchurch, Poole, Upton, Canford Heath, & Queens & Kings Parks, we will also add any WSX courses to our download page. Moving into S Wilts, there is now a course for Tisbury.
We've also added a course for Shaftesbury, using the Open Orienteering street map system: this map is at 1:10 000 in order to fit the whole map onto A4, and another OOM map of Blandford based on the various post boxes around the town.
The courses will be loaded onto the MapRun server, and pdf files of the map can be downloaded and printed from this page of the website. Initially, some of the maps will be A4 sections of our existing orienteering maps, later there will also be street maps generated using the Open Orienteering Map project, as at Shaftesbury.
We strongly recommend that you download the course onto your phone and print out the map at home before you set off to run a course. Mobile reception isn't always guaranteed out in the field.
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 . 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.
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, as travel restrictions are eased but before ordinary orienteering resumes, you will have plenty opportunity to run more of the courses to aid your training and you can also compete in the MapRun League: you don't have to be a regular orienteer to do this, its open to all.
To run the courses you will need a smartphone and the latest MapRunF app which has now replaced the older version. If you are still using the original MapRun app you need to replace it with the newer MapRunF app: 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 or visit the MapRunners website run by the software developer. Note it is MapRunners, not Maprunner, which is the Errington family's useful website.
When you are ready:-
- Start the app.
- 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.
- 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.
- Wait for the course and map files to download, and then tap Go to Start
The 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.