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Holway & Blackbrook


Wed 20 February, 2019

Near: Taunton
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race, Urban, Night

Results are provisional.

Three peoples' scores to be amended for the troublesome control no. 20 and their penalties removed.


Results- Long
Results - Short

The Black Brook

The Black Brook
Credit: Derek Harper

Paths galore on the newly mapped southern part of Holway

Paths galore on the newly mapped southern part of Holway
Credit: OpenOrienteeringMaps

Roger Craddock appears in the results but it was John Carter's run.

Pre Event Info

MapRun Series Info

MapRun doesn't need kites, control units or dibbers. All users need is the smartphone app.

Immediately after your run, you can upload your score and time to the web and compare how you did with others.

Series Contacts

Organiser: Roger & Judy Craddock 01823 323850

Planner: Jeff Pakes 01823 321900 website@

Read more about MapRun and the app in our dedicated section here.

Spring 2019 series

DateTownAreaMeeting place (pub/ restaurants)
Wednesday 20 FebruaryTaunton (SE)Holway & BlackbrookThe Master Thatcher
Thursday 28 FebruaryYeovil (NW)Abbey ManorThe Arrow
Friday 8 MarchTaunton (N)Lyngford & PriorswoodThe Waggon or The O'Bridge


Please ensure the smartphone you intend to use has:

  • GPS capability
  • A fully charged battery, ideally (the app might use half of this charge)
  • The latest version of the MapRun app installed
  • The course you intend to run pre-loaded
  • The GPS facility activated

The final version of the courses will be available to download onto the app 48 hours before the event at:

Event / MR UK / MR Quantock Orienteers / Spring 19 series / (event name & name i.e. Long or Short)

We'd be really grateful if you could let us know if you're coming, to help us determine map numbers.


Please wear or try to bring:

  • a smartphone, preferably in an arm holster
  • running shoes with decent grip (for grassy slopes and areas with light mud)

And if you're running after dusk:

  • a headtorch plus a spare, or spare batteries
  • clothing with a hi-viz element or flourescent panels or trim


Produced from Open Orienteering Maps. See map excerpt above. It contains more detail than a basic 'stick' map of the streets, but less detail than OCAD maps.

Link: read more about the technical aspects of the map


The priority for all entrants should be to return safely.

Please show courteousy and understanding towards those you encounter on your run.

You must take a paper map with you and should not rely on the onscreen map, which not be the most up-to-date version of the map.

All participants must return to the assembly point before course closure time of 8pm, even if they have not completed their run. Results must be uploaded to the server at that point.


Under 16s taking part must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the course.

After event

Each event starts from a pub/restaurant, giving you the option of unwinding after your run.

Directions / Parking

Parking at the Master Thatcher pub, Liseux Way, Taunton TA1 2PD (pictured).

The pub have kindly allocated us parking at the far end of the car park to the rear, where we also anticipate basing our welcome/registration- look out for the yellow QO banner.

Please do not use any other part of the car park.

Should we run out of parking spaces at the pub, the shopping parade (with a Tesco Express) opposite has plenty of free spaces for customers' use.

Course Information

Two courses are offered, Long and Short, using exactly the same controls.

Both are "Score" courses, meaning there isn't a set order to the controls you visit.

Short Score- the order of the controls you want to visit is entirely up to you.

Long Score- there are two sets of controls, one set tackled after the other. Once you switch to the second set, you cannot go back to the first set.

The optimum route would typically measure as follows but might vary 1km either side of these figures:

CourseStraight lineReal route
Short5 k7 k
Long7.5 k10 k

Each course has a time limit of 50 minutes.

Points will be deducted at a rate of 30 points per minute for each minute or part minute you're late back.

Points values for controls are variable and denoted by the first number of the control, e.g. 62 scores 60 points.

The control circles on the map are coloured red on one set and blue on the other- the colours are meaningful only for the Long score.

For those who took part in our QOADs series, the Long score uses essentially the same scoring system.

Link: more on the scoring systems

Control locations/ descriptions

Your phone should beep when you get within 10m of the "control".

Occasionally, your GPS signal may drift- you may have to wait a few moments for it to 'catch up'.

Our GPS controls tend to be located on lamp posts where the GPS controls work well. Wooden telegraph poles, signs and other street furniture, fences, bridges and play or sports equipment in parks may also be used. Those controls that are not on lamp posts will be listed on the map and on control description sheets.

Entry Details


Please print off and fill in our standard registration form in advance (or email it to us) as we are trying to keep the event organisation low key.

Filling out a Registration form (link)

Ignore the boxes about 'SI' unless you are hiring a club phone, in which case fill in the details we usually request off those hiring SI dibbers.

Entry fees

Juniors (accompanied)£2

On payment you will be given a PIN code which will activate the course on the app.

Hire of equipment

We have four tried and tested Alcatel club smartphones available for hire on a first come, first served basis. Please contact the organiser in advance to reserve one.

Smartphone hire- £1

Headtorch hire- £1

Charge for lost/ broken Smartphone- £40 (replacement cost)

Registration & Start Times

Evening event.

Start times from 17.00 to 19.00.

You effectively have a choice between running in partial daylight or in the dark.

Courses close at 20.00.

Terrain Description

Suburb of Taunton with good variation in terrain, featuring maze-like estates with excellent path networks and open green space as well as parks, scrub and a sports ground. The car speed limit does not exceed 30mph throughout the area.

Map scale


Safety - specific to this event

There are some busy main roads, particularly the one running past the pub which continues in a vaguely north-south direction and the road running past the sports centre to the east. Please take extra care crossing these roads and consider using the crossing points marked on the map.

For those who enjoy getting off the paths and taking direct routes across the ubiquitous grass, please note there are steep unmapped banks alongside parts of Chestnut Drive, the main road bisecting the southern half of the map N-S.

The are to the south has several unmapped flights of steps.

The areas of scrub to the south of the sports centre (Blackbrook Pavilion, to the east) can feel quite isolated in darkness, some of the paths can be muddy and there is undergrowth in the open areas. You may wish to avoid it. You will only miss out on one control (worth 20 points) if so.

Slippy, grassy slopes are a common feature. There is potentially a small ditch to jump that forms the eastern border of the Sports centre grounds.

The Finish control is in the middle of the pub car park. It is most safely accessed by a path (mapped) running alongside the pub.


The Master Thatcher advertises itself as being child and dog friendly.

It has toilets for customer use only plus free WiFi.

Photo Gallery

MapRun screenshot

MapRun screenshot



The Poundbury-esque Hillyfields area

The Poundbury-esque Hillyfields area
Credit: Jeff Pakes

Chestnut Drive - landscaped estate

Chestnut Drive - landscaped estate
Credit: Jeff Pakes

Important Event Information

Safety and Risk: A comprehensive risk assessment will have been carried out by the organiser, but participants take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety during the event.

Insurance: Please note that if you have participated in three orienteering events/activities you need to join British Orienteering (BOF). After this point, you not covered by BOF's public liability insurance and risk invalidating the insurance cover for the entire event. Read more about joining BOF and QO here.

Privacy: when participating in our events/activities your name may appear in the results section of this website or in newspaper reports. Read our data protection page to see how we look after your personal data.

Photography: QO has an agreed policy on the taking of photographs at events, based on national guidance. This provides a sensible balance between the benefits and risks associated with the taking and use of images. If you are unsure about acceptable practice, please speak to the event organiser.

Safeguarding: QO is aware of it's responsibilities in safeguarding and child protection. To comply with The Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Relevant Agency (England) Regulations 2018, we now provide an email address for individuals to report concerns to the Lead Safeguarding Officer. This address is