Orienteering alternatives

With orienteering once again on hold, there are still other opportunities to get out there and enjoy the essence of the sport, whether you're a seasoned orienteer looking to hone their skills, a runner seeking an alternative to that cancelled race, or a family looking for something to keep the children entertained.

Permanent Courses 

Permanent Course controlThe club has five permanent courses spread throughout our area. Each has a selection of pre-planned courses making use of the permanent marker posts that you can tackle at a time of your choosing. For most, maps can now be downloaded for you to print at home. See the individual page for each area for more details.


MapRun screenshotMapRun is a free mobile phone app which, having selected a course, will notify you when you're in the correct location for each control (unlike a permanent course, there is no marker on the ground). The club has a back catalogue of MapRun courses available which you can participate in at any time. Most use urban areas with a simplified map which you can either view on your phone or download to print out. Once completed, you can compare your time and route with other participants.

Whether you choose a permanent course or MapRun, please be courteous to other users of the area and make sure you follow the government guidelines, particularly with regard to social distancing.

Compass Sport Trophy Final:Update

The Compass Sport Trophy Final was to be held at Chatsworth but the latest news is that the final is now in the hands of Octavian Droobers and likely to be held at Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. We will keep you informed!


So much for booking my holiday cottage at Chatsworth. Still - it's not far from Sutton Coldfield....

Zoom Social on Mountain Marathons Thursday 18th Feb 20:00

John will be giving us a talk on his experience competing in Mountain Marathons this Thursday 18th Feb 20:00.

Same meeting details as last time. Accessible on this members page (log in right hand side) here: https://socweb.org/zoom

It should be a really good evening, especially hearing about the challenges of mountain marathons from the comfort of our homes! For those who don't know, mountain marathons are usually a two day event with a mix of orienteering, fell running and a camp overnight. Orienteering can take us lots of different places and mountain marathons are one area where we can definitely use our skills. If you've done one yourself, bring a map or a tale for the chat after. 

Last social, Helen showed us how to use the Running Wild tool for route choice decision making and practice. Tamsin and I have added a couple more SOC ones for you to have a go at: Bramshaw (using route choices from the course planning competition), Rusland Beeches in the Lakes (technical) and a Southampton urban course. 

http://3drerun.worldofo.com/2d/runningwild.php (search for SOC)