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Wellington East

MapRun 1

Thu 14 Nov

Near: Wellington
Level of event: Local

Type of event: Race, Social, Urban, Night

This was possibly our first ever event in Wellington, a small attractive town south of Taunton on the Somerset/ Devon border. It featured a brand new map developed by our planner Alasdair Shaw from open source mapping.

Photos (Dropbox)

Now available as a permanent orienteering course.


Results- Short
Results- Long

Long course results

Long course results

Miffy- excellent run on Long course

Miffy- excellent run on Long course

Well done to Miffy Trehere for heading the leaderboard on the Long course. Conspicuous by his absence from that table is our former QOFL champion Chris Philip. Chris' first foray into hi tech orienteering was surprisingly low-tech... because his phone wasn't recording controls from the get-go! Undeterred by the lack of initial response from his borrowed phone (i.e. the emphatic 'bleep' you get at the start), Chris set off on his aim to visit all 38 controls, which of course didn't bleep either.

Back at the event centre at the school sports hall, Chris retraced his route on his paper map, concluding that he'd bagged the lot. Then some scratching of heads before general agreement that he must have done all this within the 50 minute time limit!

Chris retraces his route

Chris retraces his route
Credit: Judy Craddock

Perhaps next time we should take the hint and rewind back to the old format, runners clutching pens to note down the lamp post numbers?

Chris said, "We will always be in the dark about my MapRun route, as I can't remember it as well as I do normal orienteering. Perhaps because it was dark, perhaps because of the mixed terrain, who knows?"

Welcome to the Twilight Zone, Chris.

Kirk and Dawn unwinding, post run

Kirk and Dawn unwinding, post run

There was less drama on the short course, though a few runners struggled with those phone settings before eventually recording a run. Don't forget MapRunners, there's now a permanent course available at Taunton's Longrun Meadow, set up to help you get used to the format and experiment with your phone settings. More about settings are here (link).

Local boy Martin Lewis took first place from pre-race favourite Graham Hartley, who's lack of arm holster proved crucual, Graham having to extract his phone out his pocket at each control to register a 'beep'.

Excellent to see three others making their MapRun debuts, with Parkrun ambassador Kirk Shepherd registering a very impressive third place.

Results- short course

Results- short course

A drone's eye view of the action

Showing roughly the route taken by one runner!

Honestly, there was no trespassing! The GPS signal tends to stray from the route actually taken.

MapRun 2019/20 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.

Further information about this and all other events in the current series - please read before competing

New to MapRun or need a refresher? Read our guide.

Series Contacts

Series organiser: Jeff Pakes 01823 321900 website@

Other contact: Roger & Judy Craddock 01823 323850

Directions / Parking

Parking - at Wellington School. The event will not be signposted, other than a possibly a sign from South Street. Look out for the club banner.

Please note there will be a large amount of traffic in and out of the car park until around 17.15.

Course Information

The course files are under the folder MR UK/ MR Quantock Orienteers / Future events. You may not get a WiFi signal at the event, so please pre-load the courses before then.

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 routes are roughly 7 to 7.5 km for the short and 8.5 to 9 km for the long.

Each course has a time limit of 50 minutes. There are 38 controls in all (maximum score = 1090).

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

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.

Headtorch hire (if required)- £1

Registration & Start Times

Evening event.

Start times from 17.30 to 19.00.

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

Courses close at 20.00.


Please come prepared for heavy rain. Bring a cagoule, as these may be made compulsory at short notice.

Specific hazards for this event are some small streams and a couple of shallow ponds in the area. Courses will be planned to avoid having to take risky routes. Expect footpaths through fields to be slippery. There should be no need to cross walls or fences.


The toilets in the school's sports centre should be available to use (TBC).

Social afterwards

Probably at the Iron Duke (a Weatherspoons about three minutes' walk away). The alternative is the Green Dragon, also nearby.

Contacts / Officials

Planner: Alasdair Shaw chair@

Photo Gallery

Nath And Graham

Nath And Graham



Alasdair With Angus

Alasdair With Angus

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