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West Anglian Orienteering Club

TrainingFen DittonWed 17 July, 2019

Near: Cambridge
Level of event: Activity
Type of event: Coaching, Training


Pre Event Info

Location Info

* Postcodes are not very precise in some areas, so don't rely on them for an exact location.

Score course (see how many controls you can find) in either 40 or 60 minutes.

Club Training Nights Series Info

Training nights run on Wednesday evenings during university terms and in the summer, except when there is an orienteering league event. The evenings involve a variety of activities aimed at improving fitness while honing orienteering skills. Each week the training is held in a different location in or near Cambridge. We join forces with CUOC, the university club, so during the University terms the training tends to be in Cambridge, and further afield in the summer.

Read more about this series

Directions / Parking

The Plough Inn, Fen Ditton, Cambridge CB5 8SX  Google map

Course Information

Score course (see how many controls you can find) in either 40 or 60 minutes.  If you choose to go to village and meadow controls only, the direct line distance between controls goes up to 3km, and the maximum direct line distance (estimated shortest route around all the controls) is approximately 10km. 

Run with a pen and answer quick questions or run with the MapRun app:

You can choose between answering a quick question (e.g. writing down a lamp post no.) at each of the check points or using your phone as this will be a MapRun event.   

How MapRun app works: 

To take part in the MapRun bring a GPS-enabled smartphone (Android or Apple) with you.  To save time, please download the free MapRun app onto your phone (Android or Apple) beforehand and configure your personal details within it (use M/F for Male/Female). If you have mobile data on your phone, you can download the course on the day just before starting. If you do not have mobile data you will need to download the course in advance (it is PIN protected until 6.00 p.m.). You do NOT need data enabled (or even a SIM) to actually run the course, but to upload your results you will need to use data/wifi.

The course should be available to download from Sunday evening before the training session.  To download the course, click on Event List, then pick UK, then West Anglia. In there you will see the Fen Ditton event. The course is now available to download and is called Fen Ditton PZ1717072019, or you can download the course when you arrive at the Plough.   

When you reach a control, your phone will beep/vibrate. See here for guidance on carrying your phone. The Start/Finish are also detected using GPS, so you must NOT approach the start before you are ready. Nor must you run near the Finish mid-course. Courses are planned so you shouldn’t be tempted to.

N.B. You will get a conventional printed map (based on OpenOrienteeringMap), you do not need to look at your phone while running. 

Entry Details

Regular training costs: £1 per Adult, 50p per Junior or Student.

Registration and Start Times

Starts between 6.30 and 7.00 p.m.

Terrain and map details

Courses starting at The Plough Inn, where there is car and cycle parking.  Map is A4 size printed on non-waterproof paper. 

Accompanied under-16s welcome but as all routes include running along the road in Fen Ditton, unsuitable for unaccompanied under-16s.

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