MapRun, a simple phone app which allows you to create and manage orienteering courses with minimal effort, no ground infrastructure etc that has to be set out and collected up, and almost no effort on the ground to plan courses.
Originally demonstrated to Victorians in 2015 at Westerfolds Park by its developer Peter Effiney, Maprun was trialled during the last Geelong and Surf Coast Summer Series. Initially events were run in parallel with the conventional punched card/control plates events. After the initial 6 weeks of experience the Maprun app has been significantly revised to provide a robust and reliable tracking tool. The final 6 weeks of the Geelong Series were exclusively Maprun events and this format has proved a huge success. The idea now is to develop a programme of MapRun events to run alongside our other events, targeted at non-orienteers, and those of us looking for something different to do on training runs or whatever.
We are presently running MapRun events in the Western Autumn Night Series coincident with conventional punched card/light pole controls courses.
It is a tool for urban and suburban environments – it is less reliable in the forest – but for those it brings a number of advantages over our current street series events: It doesn’t require special maps, courses can be planned almost wholly from your desk; and the phone app handles timing, scoring and results processing, so the planner/organiser has very little to do on the day.
We are going to look at the best way to exploit MapRun as a means of attracting active people who are looking for something new to try. Meanwhile, as taster of a new way of orienteering, the header picture for this post, and these images, show part of my run last night in Newport.
Post run reports include a RouteGadget report whereby other competitors’ routes can be compared and the event can even be rerun with graphical display of competitors moving around the course.
A great new area, West of Redesdale. Discovered by Rex Niven and mapped by Alex Tarr.
The event was a great success thanks in particular to : Course setter Rex Niven
Event adviser Russell Bulman and Organiser Ron Frederick.
IT team : Geoff Hudson, Rob Edmonds and Don Fell.
Registration team, headed by Laurie Niven.
Toilet and trailer towers Ron and Rob.
Another 10 or so NE members who helped with parking, pre start, finish, control collection and general pack up.
The area is generally runnable, spur gully with isolated rock and some thicker bush in the South, well away from the shorter courses.
Weather unpleasant on the Saturday, when we were setting up. However, on the event day, we only had a very small amount of rain, with patches of sunshine.
Rex negotiated with an adjoining land owner to use one of her paddocks for parking.
Most participants gave favourable feedback. It was suggested that the area would be suitable for school groups and/or relays, as it is relatively small and surrounded by open farm land.
Information Flyer has travel directions
Course setter – David Prentice
Organiser – Laurie Niven
Any questions, call or text Laurie on 0434 291 248
Please contact Laurie if you can assist on the day. Club members to meet at 8:30am
Parking and assembly: Hawkestowe Picnic Area, near the brick and bluestone Le Page Homestead
This will be the first time we have been based in this Picnic Area, and it is the first time Parks Victoria has allowed orienteering access to the Morang Wetlands section of this map, for which we say a big thank you – it’s lovely up there. Come and see!
Four courses available – something for everyone
A Long Hard 6.4 km
B Short Hard 5.0 km
C Moderate 3.7 km
D Easy 2.4 km
Start any time from 10am – 11.30am
Course planner and Organiser Don Fell
The Western Sunset Series event will be based from the Delahey Community Centre on a new map which is quite a-maze-ing. Come on out to Delahey tomorrow (Tuesday 10 January) for a run or walk on a great new map in the Western Summer Series. Take advantage of the school holidays’ lighter traffic too.
Start is at the Delahey recreation reserve, with access from Copperfield Dr, Delahey. Melways 13 D5. Very accessible (graded “A”) for prams, kids on little bikes and scooters etc. Usual mass start time of 7 pm.
The event start will be adjacent to the car park between the Delahey Community Centre and the Copperfield Senior College.
The Copperfield Rocks event is an a-maze-ing new area for park-street orienteering. The pattern of curved streets linked by frequent small reserves linked by access paths could make navigation more challenging than in most park-street events.
Toilets will be available at the Community Centre.
This is the only new map produced for this seasons summer series events.
Archived Entry: Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Night Orienteering “Champs”, Mia Mia
Saturday, 22 November 2014
3 Hour or 90 minutes Mass start at 9:00 PM
Come early and bring your BBQ! (subject to fire restrictions)
- Overnight camping is available at the assembly area
- We’re using control cards for manual punching so you may like to bring a card holder.
- You’ll need a head torch.
- Free soup and refreshments at finish
2 Hour “Morning After” Score Event
Sunday, 23 November 2014
Mass starts at 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM
To enter one or both events, either enter online using Eventor or contact organiser or enter on the day
Entries are due by Wednesday, 19th November.
Organiser: Ron Frederick, 0418 994 841 firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry fees: If you have entered the Night Champs, no further payment is required for the ‘Morning After’ event.
OV Members: $20 adults; $10 juniors; $50 family maximum
Non-members: $30 adults; $15 juniors; $75 family maximum
Travel Directions: From Castlemaine take B180 towards Maryborough and Newstead. 2km after passing through Green Gully and approx 1km before Newstead turn right (north) onto Mia Mia Rd and follow O-signs north to assembly area.