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

The Compass Sport magazine has published a date for the Compass Sport Trophy Final. The Final for the 2020 event is scheduled to  take place at Chatsworth in the Peak District on 17th October 2021.

There are no cast iron guarantees that this event will take place but given that a vaccination programme is about to start, we can certainly hope that things will have improved sufficiently by then for this event to be a real possibility.

For those that are new to the Compass Sport event, we need as many SOC members to take part as possible, as  long as you are able to complete a course at technical difficulty 5. Juniors competing at M/W14-(orange)  and M/W18-(green) will be particularly welcome.

Chatsworth looks like a very attractive, if rather undulating area. Please see the routegadget  link below for a look at the map of the 2018 JIRCS competition in 2018.


The area is described as beautiful, combining heather-covered moorland, coniferous plantation, a steep escarpment and an ornamental ruined aqueduct!

Please put the date in your diary. If anyone has run at Chatsworth that would be good to know. Contact me on helenamandaaa [at] gmail.com if you would like further information or some help on progressing from orange to green level.

PS: Does anyone know the control description for an ornamental ruined aqueduct?


Happy New Year






Zoom socials for 2021 - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!
With tier 4 restrictions for the majority of our members, it unfortunately looks like we are unable to put on events again. Who knows how long this will last for. But there is something we can do... Zoom socials!

7th January 20:00 virtual pub social
Come with a top orienteering memory or highlight of 2020, your new orienteering Christmas presents or maybe any top tips on how you coped during the previous years restrictions. It would be great to meet some of our new members as well. 
We have been having 15+ members attend each social, so this time we'll give the breakout rooms a try (so we can talk in smaller groups). As if we were sat on different tables in the pub!

I will continue to put on fortnightly socials
21st January
4th February
18th February

Topic: SOC Zoom Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 952 5359 3900
Passcode: In members area.