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SmartPhone Orienteering Courses

SmartPhone Orienteering uses a smart phone's GPS instead of a dibber.

There are normally no control kites or punching units, although existing POC marker posts may be used. Instead, the phone beeps when you are close enough to the virtual 'control site'.

You follow the course either by using an on-screen map or a paper map you have printed from a downloaded PDF. Start and Finish are likewise at virtual locations.

You can run a course at any time. Just arrive, prepare and go! However, probably best not to go running around villages and towns at hours that might concern residents.

The free application is called "MapRunF" and can provide some great orienteering action.

Download from your phone app store, install it and then choose a course you wish to do!

You can upload the results and compare them with anyone else who has completed the courses.

During the Covid19 pandemic, using the app means that you can orienteer in a socially distanced way whilst obeying any current restrictions on group size.

As with Permanent Orienteering Courses, there are no event officials present, so you are responsible for your own safety.

There is a full guide on the British Orienteering Federation website.


Some courses are marked Start Anywhere. This means you can select any control as the 'Start'. To finish you return to that control. Choose one you won't run past on the way to others as this will finish your run!

Beeston (Urban) Link to StreetMap
The postbox challenge. Every control on the map is a postbox! Do you know an area with this many postboxes? Start Anywhere. 20 points for every one you find. 10 points lost for every minute you are late. You won't be late as you have 3 hours.
Bestwood Village Link to StreetMap
A great course to trial your first MapRunF experience. Easy Stroll under an hour in duration. Discover the winding house, the architecture of the cottages in the village, the mill lakes and Hucknall recycling centre! Parking available at the Winding House
Bevercotes Pit Wood Link to StreetMap
Super area, for a great score course, optimum route is 6k Score Course (90 minutes, 20 points for every one you find. 10 points lost for every minute late) Ample parking on the roadside and a 200m walk to the entrance of the area, where the start and finish are. No Access from Bevercotes Village (the South)
Blidworth Woods Link to StreetMap
A lovely 5k walk, jog or sprint through the forest. Nice surface underfoot, park at South or North car parks. Escape to the wood and listen to the birds following this Blue trail route. Do both loops for a 10k. Start Anywhere Food van (in normal circumstances) found at South Carpark along with picnic tables.

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Bramcote Hills and The Hemlockstone Link to StreetMap
Popular parkland and woodland. Long Course Score Course (90 minutes, Start Anywhere, 20 points for every one you find. 10 points lost for every minute late)
Cauldwell Dam Link to StreetMap
Simple route choice but still lovely to get out in the woods. Under 4k route, walk, jog, sprint. Undulating area. Follow the route to explore nearly every notable path. Parking at the dead end Cauldwell Road.
Compton Acres / Rushcliffe Arena Link to StreetMap
Start and finish close to the West Bridgford Asda petrol station. Cafe in Asda (in normal circumstances) Short, Long and Score Course (90 minutes, Start Anywhere, 20 points for every one you find. 10 points lost for every minute late)

Short Long Score
East Markham (Urban) Link to StreetMap
Historic small village, population 1160 at 2011 census Fast times expected in this village, Start Anywhere 20 points for every one you find. 10 points lost for every minute you are late. You won't be late as you have 3 hours.
Ordsall Link to StreetMap
Near Retford, 75 minutes score course. 20 points for every one you find. 10 points lost for every minute you are late. Start and Finish near the Clumber Inn. Pass through the finish by accident and your timed run will stop! Roadside parking available for a small number of cars.
Portland Park Link to StreetMap
On the south west outskirts of Kirkby-In-Ashfield. Parking has height barrier (start and finish near the notice board at opposite end of the car park from the barrier) Over-sized vehicles can use the car park near the cafe. Lane from level crossing approach has many potholes! So super slow along this lane.

Short Medium Long
Ravenshead (Urban) Link to StreetMap
Some tricky route choices in this village. Start Anywhere 20 points for every one you find. 10 points lost for every minute you are late. You won't be late as you have 3 hours.
Rushcliffe Country Park Link to StreetMap
The park is set in beautiful countryside just south of Ruddington signed from the A60. It has excellent facilities and a range of activities. Follow signs to the main car park and visitor centre.

The free permanent course map is available for download from the British Orienteering website and can be used with the MapRun courses. Note that there is no marker post at the Start-Finish location.

Score Start Anywhere: Long (posts 1 to 21 in order):
Stoke Bardolph Link to StreetMap
Super flat training run of about 7k, fantastic views of the Trent. Start just north of the Ferry Boat Inn, off road parking and Severn Trent car park available. Pancake flat course! "The joy of running with map in hand"
Walesby Village Link to StreetMap
Sprint style traditional score course. 60 minutes maximum. 20 points for every one you find. 10 points lost for every minute you are late. Careful consideration to route choice, as start and finish in the same place. Pass through the finish by accident and your timed run will stop!
West Bridgford (Urban) Link to StreetMap
Popular residential area to the South of the river Trent Start at junction of Musters Road and Chaworth Road Parking probably easiest on Musters Road

Short Long
Wollaton Park Link to StreetMap
A popular park surrounding the historic Elizabethan hall.
Score Course is 20 points for every one you find. Start Anywhere Easy: Medium: Hard:
You can also use the same map with MapRun to explore the original Permanent Orienteering Course.
9 Apr 2017