Orienteering during Lockdown

Whilst regular orienteering events are still few and far between, there are still opportunities to get out there and enjoy the essence of the sport, whether you're a seasoned orienteer looking to hone their skills, a runner seeking an alternative to that cancelled race, or a family looking for something to keep the children entertained.

Permanent Courses 

Permanent Course controlThe club has five permanent courses spread throughout our area. Each has a selection of pre-planned courses making use of the permanent marker posts that you can tackle at a time of your choosing. For most, maps can now be downloaded for you to print at home. See the individual page for each area for more details.


MapRun screenshotMapRun is a free mobile phone app which, having selected a course, will notify you when you're in the correct location for each control (unlike a permanent course, there is no marker on the ground). The club has a back catalogue of MapRun courses available which you can participate in at any time. Most use urban areas with a simplified map which you can either view on your phone or download to print out. Once completed, you can compare your time and route with other participants.

Whether you choose a permanent course or MapRun, please be courteous to other users of the area and make sure you follow the government guidelines, particularly with regard to social distancing.

Planning Competition Results

Apologies for the delay but it is with great pleasure that I can announce the results of the planning competition on the Bramshaw map. There were a total of twelve entries, five in the experienced category and seven novices. It was a close call but Ian Moran judged Alastair Moir the winner in the former and Mark Light the winner in the latter. Congratulations Alastair and Mark!

All of the entries, along with general comments and feedback for each entry can be found in the members' area, Many thanks to Ian for judging and for all of those who took the time to submit an entry - I hope you found it both enjoyable and instructive!

Ray Massey

I'm very sorry to say Ray died on Wednesday. Dave Bonser will be posting a tribute in due course but in the meantime our thoughts are with Susie and their sons.