MapRun is an app that enables you to do timed orienteering courses without the need for physical controls. “MapRunF” can be downloaded on most smartphones and uses GPS to track your progress; just download your course, press “Start” and your phone will notify you when you reach each control. Oh, and all the courses are FREE!
MapRunF is available for download from both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. When you open the app for the first time you will be asked to enter some details (and accept T&Cs) before you go to the main menu. To get orienteering you can choose:
This will show the closest events to your current location
Take your pick of courses from all over the world! It might be easier to choose one in Oxford though so pick the folders UK > Thames Valley > OUOC. Thames Valley Orienteering Club (TVOC) have lots of other courses in the Thames Valley folder so feel free to give them a try too. Once you have picked your event select go to start and it will show you a map with your location and the start triangle to help you get to the start. Once you get there your time starts and away you go!
If you have any questions please do get in contact with the club through the emails on our committee page.
In the OUOC folder on the MapRun app you will find four courses set in University Parks. These courses visit various posts of our permanent orienteering course. If you would prefer a printable and more up to date map then you can download the courses through the links below. In the most recent survey of the course we have discovered that several of the control points are missing markers, posts, or both. Some are also well hidden by plants or trees. If you are using the MapRun app then this will not pose a problem. However if you are seeking the physical posts then please take note of the following:
The course was constructed before the creation of MapRun which we recommend you use instead - there are currently no plans to repair the course
Controls missing plates are Start, 35, 38, 45 and 50
Controls missing posts are 40 and 41 - If you search you can still find the metal bases!
The controls that are tricky to spot due to vegetation are 37, 39, 41, 43 and 44