MapRun street series
& new permanent course
NEW: get in practice for QO's forthcoming series...Devon OC have a fixture at Exwick, Exeter on Sunday 3 November - more details here
For our permanent course, click here: Longrun POC
For more about MapRun, see below and on our MapRun information pages
The apps back! Have you been missing our GPS-driven virtual courses?
After two successful mini series, we're extending to a full series this season.
These exciting events run entirely off GPS signals, with your smartphone (or a hired one) recording your times and your route.
If you'd like to contribute an event to the series, please contact Jeff Pakes.
See each event page for more details:
|Date / [Event page]||Area||Meeting place (pub/ restaurants)|
|Thurs 14 November 2019||Wellington East||Wellington School.|
The the Iron Duke (or the Green Dragon)
|Weds 4 December||Yeovil North East||Great Lyde pub or Tesco Express (TBC)|
|Thurs 2 January 2020||Cheddar East||Cliff Street Car Park. |
Then Riverside Inn
|Weds 5 February 2020||Tiverton||TBA|
|Thurs 5 March 2020||TBA||TBA|
What's it all about?
I thought that it would be an interesting novelty event but wasn't sure about there being nothing to see at the control site. But as soon as I heard the first beep as my phone registered the start, it became strangely addictive!
- Jenny West (at our Maprun trial, 2018)
- A first-time MapRunner relives the experience- article
- Review by the I Need to Train blogspot
- Wimborne's Dick Keighley describes his first MapRun
Each event is conveniently centred on a pub/ restaurant or shopping parade, with parking onsite or nearby. Instruction will be given on how to get started, but please ensure you have prepared- see each event page.
You can start anytime between 17.00 and 19.00, meaning you choose whether you take your run in daylight or not.
Afterwards, why not stay behind to compare your routes and watch the leaderboard take shape as each runner gets back? Your route is automatically recorded on Routegadget.
To facilitate this, we try to assemble at or near pubs with WiFi signals.
With our basic "score" course, you can take the controls in any order you like. Just remember to get back within 50 minutes, or you get time penalities.
If you want a real challenge, you can try the "blocks score", where the controls are divided into two groups, which must be tackled separately. For the fit and confident!
This is what MapRun looks like in action. It's a little bit misleading because runners should normally carry a map. It is possible to navigate just by phone but its not recommended. You phone serves as your electronic timing device and is best worn on your arm in a holster.
Improvements to the app
A significantly new version of MapRun app has been released called MapRun F, with additional features. You are encouraged to use it so the developer can check how it is working.
It is a complete rebuild, in a new tool for Android and iOS.
It will take a few iterations to become fully mature.
You can run both versions (MapRun and MapRunF) on the one phone.
See the Release Notes here.
Please send any comments to email@example.com
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