2019/20 series details
Please read before competing!
This information is common to all future planned MapRun evening events.
Only the bare facts and details specific to any one event are shown on its event page.
Therefore, please read the details that follow before competing. This applies particularly to newcomers.
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 / 2019-20 series / (event name & name i.e. Long or Short)
There will not necessarily be free WiFi at the assembly of every event. Please aim to upload the courses onto your phone before you turn up.
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:
- an arm holster for the smartphone
- 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
Visiting a control
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.
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.
Unless the event details say otherwise, it is produced from Open Orienteering Maps (OOM) at a scale of 1:5000.
An OOM map 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.
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.
Afterwards - social
Each event starts from a pub/restaurant, giving you the option of unwinding after your run.
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.
In order to compete for QO's night owl trophy you would need to run the Long course as only that course will be used to determine the series winner.
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.
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