Map Runs

Autumn MapRun League

Current League Table

(Results for each event shown in list of event dates below)

After the success of our recent Summer MapRun League, we thought we would give you a new MapRun challenge whilst we hopefully get traditional orienteering back up and running.  Our Autumn MapRun League will run through September & October using 6 areas we did not use for the previous league.

To keep things simple, the rules will mirror the previous MapRun league.  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 potentially 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.  Please see WIM website for guidance on MapRun if you have not yet used it.  Also, on the WIM MapRun page are links to helpful advice and guidance on all things MapRun including recommended phone settings etc.  We have also added guidance based on experience from the previous league at the end of this note.

You will have 9 days from Saturday morning until the following week Sunday night to run the course.  The duration and introducing an overlap between weeks are 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 4 scores out of the 6 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 that some of 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.  Please also refrain from running the courses ahead of the competition week if you have not done so already.

Week 1: 12-20 September – Gillingham South – see WIM website

Week 1 Results (revised 22/9/20)Reasons for revision of results from Rob Mills: The revision is to include Adam Bettiss – he had to self-isolate last Friday awaiting an immediate family member to get CV-19 tested.  It came back negative late on Sunday night but too late for him to run as planned – he ran the course yesterday and asked very politely whether there was any chance of some flexibility given the circumstances.  I am happy to oblige even though it cost us all very valuable league points!
Week 2: 19-27 September – Wimborne Town – see WIM website

Week 2 Results
Week 3: 26-4 October – Broadstone and Hilbourne –The Start is at the junction of Kitchener Crescent and Soper’s Lane. Optimum distance for all controls is about 10.5k. The points system is as before: 1-10 are 10pts; 11-20 are 20pts; 21-30 are 30pts. There are sometimes links between paths and roads which are not indicated on the Open Orienteering Map – these must not be used otherwise people may be disqualified. There are a couple of busy roads which need to be crossed – please take care. – here’s the map and control descriptions
Week 4: 3-11 October – Verwood South – see WIM website
Week 5: 10-18 October Queens/Kings Parka lovely mix of parkland, woods and residential streets, well-known to Night League competitors! It’s  a Straight Score  – distance about 9.75k. 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. Queens/Kings Map; Control Descriptions

Week 6: 17-25 October Avon Heath Country Park – see WIM website


Hope this makes sense.  All questions, queries or suggestions re the competition and league to myself at [email protected].  Good luck, stay safe and have fun!

MapRun Guidance based on recent experience

Before you run:

  1. It is recommended that once you have downloaded the course that you turn off both WiFi and Cellular Data before you start. Although counter-intuitive (or at least to me), this apparently improves the accuracy of your GPS tracking on your device.  You will need to switch your data etc back on after your run to download your result.
  2. It is believed that how and where you carry your device impacts the accuracy of GPS tracking on your device. It is preferable to carry your device using a running arm band vs in a bum bag if possible.
  3. It is likely that the age of your device (and hence the vintage of the GPS chip in it) may be a significant factor – newer devices are likely be more accurate than older models. Bit extreme to buy a new phone based on this but perhaps the excuse you have just been looking for!

When you are running:

  1. Whilst we all like to hear the reassuring ping of a control being recorded, we strongly recommend that on reaching a control site and if your device does not ping, after ensuring you are in the correct location, you move on immediately as you can manual amend your result after your run (see “After you have run” section below)
  2. Unfortunately, the above guidance does not work if the Finish does not record – sorry! The best advice in such circumstances is to run 20m or so through the Finish and then run back.  If still no luck, only hope is the headless chicken routine, heading out in different directions from the Finish and back until the Finish registers.  You need to get the Finish to record to save your run.
  3. If you have a Garmin device, it is possible to download your run from Garmin into MapRun and from past experience, the GPS tracking is much more accurate using your Garmin – see instructions in “After you have run” section below.

After you have run:

  1. If your MapRun initial result has not recorded all the controls you have visited you need to do the following: Press on the 3 horizontal bars on the top right of the screen which shows you your completed route.  On the menu that appears select “Review Results (HITMO)”.  If you do this, you will see a tolerance on the left that you can alter (essentially how far from the control you have to be to get it to register).  Start with this on 30 and scroll down the controls listed on the right.  Any control that has registered is in green.  Any control that has not registered is in red with a box beside it.  If this is the control that you are missing, click on the box and a tick will appear in the box.  Continue down to get all the controls you are missing then press “Submit a Revised Result”.  You only need to click on the controls you are missing as otherwise you end up with a lot of duplicate controls.  If you are not offered a control you visited, increase the tolerance and repeat. The system obviously works on trust so please ensure you only “claim” controls that you are confident you actually visited
  2. To download your run from a Garmin device onto MapRun you need to do the following:

First of all, you have to have the ability to download your Garmin device onto a laptop/computer.  Plug your Garmin device into your computer using the charger lead and log on to Garmin Connect.  Find your MapRun activity and open the activity.  Now click on the little cog symbol on the right and you will access a menu will offer an option to “Export to GPX”

Select this option and it will generate a GPX file – this is likely to appear in your Downloads folder on your computer.

Now you need go to the MapRun website – the link is


Click on the “GPS Track Upload” option on left hand side and then fill in the requested details.  You will need to choose the GPX file you have just created and select the event i.e. MapRun course you read using the search function.  Select “Start and Finish times determined automatically from the GPS Track (Appropriate Timings)”.


Then click “Analyse Track” and it will upload controls – you then need to check sequence and if necessary, tick or untick any as necessary


Now click “Confirm Results Table”.  Calculate and enter your net score i.e. after any time penalties.  


Then click “Submit Results” and it should then appear in MapRun results for that event/course.


  1. If you are still struggling on any of the above or have a different issue, please do not hesitate to contact Rob Mills at the e-mail above and we will endeavour to help you get your individual result properly reflected overall results

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

Week 7 Results – Shillingstone;   League Table – Week 7

Week 8 Results – Gillingham;   League Table Week 8

Week 9 Results – Canford Heath;   League Table Week 9

Week 10 Results – Shaftesbury;  League Table Week 10

Week 11 Results – Sturminster Newton;   League Table Week 11

Week 12 Results – Bridport;    Final League Table


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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