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Holway & Blackbrook


Wed 20 February, 2019

Near: Taunton
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race, Urban, Night

Using a new map, which extends southwards beyond the area we've used several times before for urban events.

Event base: Master Thatcher pub, Lisieux Way, Holway.

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

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: Karen Lewis or Roger & Judy Craddock (TBC)

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

Spring 2019 series

DateTownAreaMeeting place
Wednesday 20 FebruaryTauntonHolway & BlackbrookThe Master Thatcher pub
Thursday 28 FebruaryYeovilAbbey ManorThe Arrow pub
Friday 8 MarchWellingtonTBATBA


Scale is typically 1:5000 or 1:7500. The maps are produced from Open Orienteering Maps.


Please ensure the smartphone you intend to use has:

  • GPS capability
  • The GPS facility activated
  • A fully charged battery (the app may use half of this charge)
  • The latest version of the MapRun app installed

The club has a limited number of smartphones available to borrow. Please let the organiser know in advance if you need one.


Please wear or bring:

a headtorch plus a spare, or spare batteries

clothing with a hi-viz element or flourescent panels or trim

the smartphone, preferably in an arm holster

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:

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.

The control circles on the map are coloured red on one set and blue on the other.

(for those who took part in our QOADs series, the Long Score uses essentially the same scoring system).

Entry Details

CategoryMembers (of BOF)Non-members

Registration & Start Times

Evening event.

Start times from 17.00 to 19.00.

Courses close at 20.00.

Photo Gallery

MapRun screenshot

MapRun screenshot



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