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.

Zoom social Thursday 21st January 20:00 - the Map Special


This Thursday 21st January 20:00, we have our regular Zoom social. Last time, we tried out the breakout rooms which went really well and allow us a chance to talk and catch up in smaller groups.

This time we will have a focus on maps with some interesting international maps. We all love maps, right? Tamsin Moran will be the main host as she takes us orienteering around the world (from the comfort of our lounges).

As there's not really much on that moment, why don't you come along? Hopefully see you there! 

Next socials:
4th February - Helen Wheelwright (one of our Club Coaches) with some virtual coaching
18th February
4th March etc


Hi all

I've located a map of Chatsworth, which we talked about last time.  Also the one in Switzerland which was the first leg of a French 5 days, but it's Jura (Vaud) rather than Alps.

If anyone has an A3 scanner, it would help if we wanted to circulate the Chatsworth map. It's from the British Relays 1997!

North Baddesley MapRun

For those local to North Baddesley, we have a new MapRun. Many thanks for Helen for putting this one together. For details on MapRun, and to see the back catalogue of other courses the club has, see the SOC website. Given the current emphasis on keeping exercise local, if anyone else would like to plan one in their neighbourhood, or even if you'd like someone else to plan one for you, drop me an webmaster [at] socweb.org (email).