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West Anglian Orienteering Club

MapRunSolo Orienteering using a Smartphone

Last Updated: Sat 12 Sep 2020

MapRun is a way for you to enjoy orienteering in your own time, which has expanded greatly in popularity in the absence of organised events earlier in 2020.

MapRun works using an app (called MapRunF) on a smartphone. You download a course map and print it out so you have a paper map as for normal orienteering, and you choose your own day and time to run the course.

The app uses GPS to detect when you have reached a control site and your phone will "beep" when you get there, to mimic punching a control. There will not actually be any orienteering control on the ground, but the app will check you have visited each control and you will be able to see your result once you have finished, and compare your time with others who have already run the course, and with those who run it subsequently.

WAOC is setting up MapRun courses on our territory. You can find MapRun courses using the MapRunF app. To find WAOC's courses you will need to select "UK" and then "West Anglia". The app does not provide a link to the course map, so WAOC is providing a resource for searching for events, courses, maps and results for all MapRun events created by ourselves and other clubs. You can find this really useful utility at: All events in the UK can be found here, but not all clubs have uploaded maps yet.