Ever get the urge to go Orienteering but there just isn’t an event on that week? Want to get a bit of practice on your own? Just want to liven up a routine training run?
Then you’ve come to the right place!
MapRun is an app that displays maps, orienteering and otherwise, on your phone screen and uses its GPS capability to track and time you.
It automatically uploads your results and splits RouteGadget too so you can play it back and see what went right or what went a bit wrong and compare yourself with others who have completed the course.
Sarah Dunn of Scottish Orienteering is championing the use of MapRun and has been busy making up courses for us to try out. We hope to add to the stash as we go along so there’s a growing library of courses available at any time.
It’s strongly recommended that you download the pdf version of the map to carry with you and just use your phone for timing – there’s a list of the Gramp courses at the end of this page. Although this seems to defeat the spirit of doing it all electronically this is because Sprint scale maps are sometimes a little subjective to try and cram all the detail in, so features on the map are sometimes offset a bit compared to the real life GPS coordinates used by the app. Take a look at Rachel’s trace from Duthie Park without a paper map and you’ll see she had to run round in very small circles in a couple of places second guessing what the feature should be in order to hit the spot.
Most courses are TD3 (medium difficulty) urban style and some do involve road crossings so please take care. Remember olive green is Our of Bounds and don’t jump any thick black lined walls or fences. Have fun!