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On the Yellow course, Ocknell

Sept 22 Long serving members of WIM, WSX and former members of WEYOR may remember Meriel Gibson, mapper extraordinaire and one of the founder members of WEYOR. One of the early days of the sport's great characters, although we'd not seen her at events for the last ten years or so. Sadly, Julie Astin of WSX has had word that Meriel passed away in her nursing home this weekend at the age of 97.

Sept 20 Results for the closed event at Hincheslea are now available. Many thanks to SOC for allowing us to share the event.

Sept 08 Mike Kite has put up a couple of virtual permanent courses on the map of Langdon Hill & Golden Cap using the UsynligO app. See the Permanent Courses pages of the website.

Sept 07 For information purposes, we've published a set of photographs and videos taken at last week's army event at Minley. They show the current procedures used for post-Covid orienteering events as laid down by British Orienteering.

Sept 07 Permanent Course news. We're currently installing three new permanent orienteering courses, at Gillingham, Littlemoor (Weymouth) & Portland Underhill. The control markers are all in place, we just await the Start/Finish map boards being installed. Meanwhile there is a temporary Start/Finish post in place at  Portland, and maps and instructions for all three are available for download from the Permanent Course section of our website and are being added to the Oriento app (  All should be finally installed by the end of this month. Thanks to Jason Falconer (WSX)  & Di Tilsley for driving this project forward and to Active Dorset for funding for the last two. Those of you who ran the enjoyable Gillingham MapRun course in August will have visited many of the POC control sites.

Meanwhile, after recent felling, the courses In Moors Valley (and Avon Heath to a lesser extent, where a couple of control sites on Veg boundaries have disappeared) are being updated. Both areas have been re-mapped by John Warren, and we hope that both will be finalised by the end of this month. Check with the Visitor Centre for more information.

Sept 05 Forest orienteering resumes on Sept 20 when we have a closed event shared with SOC, at Hincheslea. Entry is limited to 30, entry by ballot only. Please see Sept 5th MailChimp for details. 

Sept 05 The new Autumn Maprun League begins next weekend from Sept 12 with a new map of Gillingham South, parking near the very new Aldi (not Lidl) supermarket on the edge of town. Full details on the Maprun League page.

Aug 31 The final Summer MapRun League results are available after the Bridport round. Our thanks go to Rob Mills for administering the league and all those who planned events for it. A new league, using the similar rules, covering the months of September & October starts shortly once we've finalised details. We also hope to hold a couple of small forest based events by the end of the month. There are more details in the latest MailChimp.

Aug 23 MapRun League results after week 11  (Sturminster) are now published. This coming week's competition at Bridport is the last round of the current league. We are still experiencing difficulties in gaining permission to use forest areas. Meanwhile we hope to give details shortly of a new urban MapRun league to cover September & October, by which time, perhaps we might be able to get back to the forest.

Aug 22 Another OOM MapRun course from Chris, aimed at the Run Blanford runners and local WIM members - Blandford Bridges and Play areas.

Aug 13 Due to some forestry work and the vandalisation of a permanent coursemarker, a couple of the permanent courses at Thorncombe Wood don't work on the OrientO app at the moment. As a temporary fix until we can sort this, Mike Kite has put the courses up as virtual orienteering courses using Usynligo, which is the Norwegian alternative app to MapRun . He's also put the NT Stonebarrow permanent courses on it as well, so members now have a chance to compare the different apps. Details on the permanent course section of the WIM website.

Aug 09 Many WIM members will remember Geraldine Gould of DEVON, a former SWOA Chair, who DEVON report  has recently died. Geraldine with her husband Noel and the rest of her family ran the SW branch of Ultrasport from the back of their car or van for many years. Geraldine had a severe stroke a few years ago and had recently been living in a care home. Our thoughts go to Noel and the rest of the Gould family at this sad time.

July 26 There is now a long 90 min FootO MapRun course at Moors Valley CP to go with the separate MTBO course. Both courses use OOM mapping.

July 23 At the committee meetiing last night we decided that although we are allowed to resume orienteering events under strict guidance issued from British Orienteering, we wouldn't try running any conventional orienteering events until September. At the moment gaining permissions to hold conventional events is difficult (so many FC & NT staff have been away on furlough and are only just now returning to work) but we hope to be able to resume in the autumn. Meanwhile, we will continue to add to our existing MapRun areas, so there is plenty of choice locally in Dorset during August.

July 23 We've just added a new 6.0k line course covering Bridport & West Bay to our list of MapRun courses

July 22 There is a now a 90 minute MTBO course for Moors Valley CP available for download from the MapRun pages, with a FootO course to follow shortly. Both of these use OOM mapping. There was extensive forestry work carried out in Moors Valley in the early months of this year. As a result, John Warren's O- map is undergoing thorough revision and the permanent course will also need revamping.

July 19 MapRun League results after Week 6 now published

July 14 For those  having problems with their GPS on MapRun courses, I''ve posted links to a couple of pieces of advice about how to fine tune your phone on our MapRun page.

July 12  MapRun League results (week 5) published

June 25 There is a new short course for juniors & old crocks like me, around Stour Meadows in Blandford, parking & Start/Finish in the free car park behind Tesco.

June 19 WIM & WSX have decided to cancel the Caddihoe Chase weekend advertised in the latest edition of CompassSport magazine. We hope to be able to re-stage it next year. If circumstances allow the resumption of our sport by then, we hope to be able to hold low key event(s) over the Oct 03/04 weekend this year.

June 08 (updated June 10)Weekly MapRun Competition and League We've decided to start a weekly Maprun competition & League over the Summer. Our Club Captain, Rob Mills, explains below;-"  
Given we now have quite a number of MapRun courses up and running, we thought we would try to encourage participation by introducing a fun weekly competition and league open to all.
Every week, we will nominate a MapRun course for the competition.  The courses and pertinent dates are detailed below.  All the courses selected are a 60 min score format.  Please ensure you load the correct course detailed below as some areas have a number of different MapRun courses.  Please also read any pertinent courses notes re car parking, missing control features etc that can be found on the WIM MapRun page where you download and print out your maps. 

Apart from the first week, you will have 9 days (note change from earlier guidance) from Saturday morning until the following week Sunday night to run the course.  We have modified the duration and introduced an overlap to help full-time workers have two full weekends to complete any course and enable competitors to run two different courses on the same weekend.

The highest score for the week will be awarded 50 points, the second highest score 49 points etc with equal scores being ranked on time taken.  Your result will be as recorded by the MapRun App.  We will publish results on a weekly basis including a cumulative league table.  Your highest 6 scores out of the 12 events will count towards your final league position.

At all times, please respect social distancing and any other pertinent regulations/guidance for your safety and the safety of others.  You may run the course more than once in the week but only your first run will count for the competition.  Given the maps and courses we will be using are already available on MapRun and some people will have run the courses already, please feel free to study the map and routes used previously via MapRun but to make it fair, please do not look at any routes used by other competitors during the competition week before you have undertaken your run.

Week 1: 8-14 June – Upton 60min Score     Week2: 13-21 June - Verwood North Short
Week 3: 20-28 June – Blandford Stour Meadows Short  Week 4: 27-5 July – Wimborne By the Way Short
Week 5: 4-12 July – Poole Town Score      Week 6: 11-19 July - Boscombe Short
Week 7: 18-26 July - Shillingstone Short   Week 8: 25-2 August - Gillingham Score
Week 9: 1-9 August - Canford Heath Short     Week 10: 8-16 August - Shaftesbury OOM Test
eek 11: 15-23 August - Sturminster Newton Short   Week 12: 22-30 August - Bridport MapRun Short

Hope this makes sense.  All questions, queries or suggestions re the competition and league to myself at  Please see WIM website for guidance on MapRun if you have not yet used it.
Good luck, stay safe and have fun!

Best regards

June 08 There is now a new shorter course suitable for Juniors, Novices (and old crocks like me!) around the Blandford Milldown. Parking and start/finish at the Milldown car park.

June 06 There is a new MapRun course for Gillingham uploaded,courtesy Chris Branford & Jason Falconer, parking adn Start near the Library/Waitrose, and Julie Astin has just produced a course for Poole Town (parking and Start/Finish at the Baiter car park).

June 05 Alan Blanchflower of WWX has produced a MapRun course for Upton, starting in the Country Park. This replaces the WIM/WSX Club Evening scheduled for Mon June 8th. More information on the WSX website and on our Facebook Public page.

June 04 There is a new course for Blandford, using an Open Street Map, with post boxes as controls. The challenge: to visit all 15 on them inside the hour.

May 30 There are now a Score course and an Odds/Evens courses around Queens & Kings Parks, Bournemouth, parking in the usual car park at the Queens Park golf club.

May 21 We've just uploaded a MapRun course for Shaftesbury which has been made at 1:10 000 using the Open Orienteering street map system. This is a Test course but we aren't anticipating any problems.

May 20  Courtesy of Jolyon & Lyra Medlock (WSX)  there is now a MapRun course for Tisbury.

May 10 We've added an extra MapRun course around the southern part of Bridport. This is a Wayfarers course, an easier course with a 90 minute time limit, aimed at walkers, newcomers and complete beginners.

May 08 Courtesy Julie Astin & WSX, there are now MapRun courses around Boscombe.

May 03 There is a new WSX MapRun course around Canford Heath, courtesy Dale Paget, downloadable from the WSX website or our MapRun page.

April 26 There is now a MapRun training course for Bridport. Many thanks to Mike Kite for planning this.

April 21 Courtesy of Ian Sayer & WSX, we've added a course in Christchurch. This map will also appear shortly on the WSX website. Unlike the rest of the courses so far, which are Score courses, this is a 5.3k line course. Shortly, for our members in W Dorset, we hope to have a course around Bridport, courtesy of Mike Kite.

April 02 We've now added Sturminster Newton and Wimborne BytheWay to our MapRun courses. Any suggestions or requests for other WIM areas? 

Mar 30  We've now published the first of our series of individual MapRun training courses, initially covering maps of Blandford, Verwood & Shillingstone. Sturminster Newton follows shortly as does a course for Wimborne. The club emphasises that these courses are only for use by people who can reach them whilst still obeying the government directives on travel and excercise. If you have any suggestions for other areas to be addded, please contact Chris Branford or the Webmaster. 
Once, eventually, travel restrictions are eased, the courses will then be available for club training until regular orienteering events can be held again.

Mar 30 British Orienteering have asked all clubs to cancel all event fixtures, . Consequently the projected events in Wimborne on April 7, the SEOUL event on April 18, and the Dorset Schools Champs   & World Orienteering Day events are all cancelled.
 we have planned a number of MapRun courses which are now available for individual use. More areas will be added in the next few weeks
The club's permanent courses are presumably still available if you live within walking distance of them  Meanwhile, stay safe and watch this space for further updates.

Older pre-Covid news:-

Mar 15 Provisional Results for the CompassSport Cup & Trophy heat at Cranham today show that WIM have won the Trophy competition. Well done and thanks to everyone who ran for the club today.

Feb 29  Thanks to everyone who helped today at the TrailO day. Results now up on website

Feb 17 We've decided to refund  entry fees for Ocknell and try again in January next year: given that we only get limited access to the New Forest, there are no other suitable slots in the fixture list this year. More details shortly.

Feb 16 The conditions out in the woods on the Yellow & Orange courses, and the parking at Ocknell this morning! (photos-Kirsty Staunton)

Feb 13  The Ocknell event on Sunday 16th Feb has had to be postponed.The event officials state "Unfortunately, on safety grounds, we have reluctantly had to take the decision to postpone the event to another day. Our planner, an experienced weather forecaster, states that the ‘current forecast is heavy rain and 60mph gusts on Sunday morning ‘ and that all available forecasts, from the Met Office, BBC and the European weather services are agreed on this. Heavy rain is expected for the 24 hours before hand on land which is still saturated from the storms last weekend, meaning most of the major streams on the area will probably be uncrossable by Sunday as well. There are streams to cross on all the courses. Decisions on when/if we can rearrange the event, and refunds etc will be taken at a later date, but we felt we needed to make and publish the decision to cancel promptly rather than leaving things until the last minute.    Michelle Spillar, Planner    Kirsty Staunton Organiser      Ian Sayer (WSX) Controller"

Jan 13   Provisional Results for the Fordingbridge Night League event are now available

Jan07    Fordingbridge Night League event - flyer updated, rules for event added, Menu for pub aftweards added.

Jan 03     A Happy New Year to all our readers.