Orienteering during Lockdown

Whilst regular orienteering events are still few and far between, there are still 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.

Bramshaw, 6th December - Officials required

We will be putting on a Level D event at Bramshaw in The New Forest on 6th December in a similar format to the recent events at Matley Heath and Hincheslea - 2 courses limited to 30 runners.

An Organiser and a Planner are required to enable the event to go ahead. Offers to undertake either of these roles will be gratefully received. Assistance/advice can be provided where required.

Please respond to terry[dot]sankey[at]ntlworld[dot]com

Matley Heath results

The results are available on race-results.info: here

And the lovely Routegadget is here

Jacky Pett did not clear at the Start control. I've guessed at a 10 minute leg to control 1.



Thank you to all who took part, helped on the day, mentored (Colin) and organised (Julian) for making this such an enjoyable event to plan. The results suggest the Blue in particular was a challenging course. In hindsight a few of the controls and sites could have been more generous, especially on a map which is showing its age, but I think most people had an enjoyable run.

Matley Heath's history as a WW1 training site can be seen in the trenches and bomb craters on the map. For those who are interested, brief histories can be found at https://bit.ly/3o3Lg3x and, at the risk of self-publicity, here: https://bbc.in/3k8xASv

I hope you enjoyed a run in the Forest.
I wanted to keep the organisation as light as possible and off site computing was part of that but another time I’d probably use the battery operated equipment to provide printouts. 
Thanks to Marcus for some challenging courses and to Colin and Pete for support.

Thanks to you all for a nice run a round Matley Heath. Marcus, thanks for the BBC Sounds programme on the army training on Matley Heath. It was also interesting to read about the messenger dog school.