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Taunton North


Fri 8 Mar

Near: Taunton
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race, Social, Urban, Night

Routes are now visible (example)

Photos (Dropbox)

League tables


Results- Long
Results- Short

Stephen ready for action

Stephen ready for action
Credit: JC

Visitors from Devon OC the Reynolds join regular MapRunner Graham H

Visitors from Devon OC the Reynolds join regular MapRunner Graham H
Credit: JC

Gavin regains the Night Owl trophy (Roger doing the presenting)

Gavin regains the Night Owl trophy (Roger doing the presenting)
Credit: JC

Pre Event Info

MapRun 2018/19 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.


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.

Latest versions: as at 23 Feb: Android- v50.9, Apple v 10.0.06


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. Please note the blue used in rivers and streams doesn't look too different to the green used for woods.

Forbidden routes will be marked by a purple cross or a series of these, most obviously for safety and access reasons.

They are occasionally used to exclude from your route choice an option which doesn't present a technical challenge i.e. a long straight road.

Link: read more about the technical aspects of the map


The priority for all entrants should be to return safely.

We are using predominantly residential areas with 30mph speed limits. These areas are sometimes bounded by faster roads, which there should be no need to cross.

Suggested (but not compulsory) crossing points (the symbol is two purple curved lines) are marked on the map.

Forbidden routes are marked with purple crosses.

The above two symbols can look similar- take care!

Barriers - public fences and walls should not be crossed unless they can be without climbing and danger of injury to competitor or damage to the barrier.

Please show courtesy and understanding towards those you encounter on your run. A friendly 'hello' can often smooth the way.

You must take a paper map with you and should not rely on the onscreen map, which may 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

Directions - easily accessed from the A38 to the south.

Parking- at Priorswood Place public car park, which offers 3 hours' free parking. The car park is usually only half full on Friday evenings but there are also spaces on adjoining residential roads.

O'Bridge pub afterwards

Follow Eastwick Road south (not west), bringing you to the O'Bridge roundabout. There's usually plenty of parking spaces behind the Premier Inn next door.

There will be free WiFi for the all-important analysis of routes and results.

Course Information

There is no free WiFi at this week's Start. Please aim to upload the courses onto your phone before you turn up.

Look for: Taunton N long a3.4 and Taunton N short a3.4.

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

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 routes are quite short, roughly the same length as for the Yeovil courses at 6.5km for the Short and 8.7km for the long.

The long course has already been test run by NGOC's John Miklausic, who took just over 50mins to score the maximum points.

Each course has a time limit of 50 minutes.

The app will deduct 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.

There are 11 of each colour this evening but each red (total = 600) is generally worth more than a blue (total =400) because the reds are the outlying controls.

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

Link: more on the scoring systems

League scoring

If you score maximum points, when we calculate the league scores you will earn a 20 points bonus for each full minute you take under the time limit.

A factor (tonight: 70%) will be applied to the short course to equate it with the long course, this factors in the course lengths and difficulty level.

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.


There are three controls (30, 37 and 48) which have not been shown precisely on the map. Just run to the nearby feature in your control descriptions in each case!

If you're sure you've been at the control without getting a 'buzz', move on quickly to the next one. "Near misses" are easily detectable on Routegadget and we will award you the points afterwards. The exception is if you're running the Long course, both when you start and you're 'telling' the app which colour you're selecting and when you move to the next colour you need to string two together.

Further details provided at the start.

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

£5 - for both adults and juniors with accompanying adult.

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 (and gradient) and a good path network, plenty of open green space, three parks and a couple of country lanes and footpaths.


Scale is 1:7500.

Featuring the suburbs of Priorswood and Pyrland.


There are busy main roads bounding the area but there should be no need to cross them.

Within the area being used, there are some moderately busy roads, Cheddon Road to the west and Eastwick Road in the middle. Please take extra care crossing these roads and consider using the crossing points marked on the map.

Priorswood Road (A3259) is a busy road with a 40mph limit to the east. It is marked out of bounds, and that includes the grass verges and bits of pavement alongside it.

The area is hilly to the north. There is an abundance of steps, steep grassy banks and raised walkways, all to be negotiated carefully. Victory Road to the west of and adjacent to Lyngford Park (near the Start) has some particularly steep drops.

Lyngford Lane, running north from the shopping precinct, is a single track country road with some blind corners and high hedge sides. Use with care.

The brook in Lyngford Park (that lies across the road from the start/finish) is unmapped. A control lies nearby. Please take care.

One possible route to the NE uses a public footpath through and alongside farm land. It is muddy and slippy in parts.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Jeff Pakes 01823 321900 website@

Photo Gallery

Priorswood Place

Priorswood Place
Credit: Derek Harper



MapRun screenshot

MapRun screenshot

St Theresa's, Priorswood

St Theresa's, Priorswood
Credit: Roger Cornfoot

Handy cut through, Priorswood

Handy cut through, Priorswood
Credit: JP

Garage block, enabling a quick cut-through

Garage block, enabling a quick cut-through
Credit: JP

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. All participants must report to download whether they finish their course or not.

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