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.

Results - Hincheslea and Yewtree Bottom

Organisers comments

Today's collaboration with Wimborne Orienteers worked really well, enabling 60 orienteers to get back to orienteering in the New Forest. We were privileged to be able to use the Setthorns campsite to practice social distance parking, and use of the Emit touchscreen punching system meant no dibbing required in the control units, and the unlikely chance of cross contamination. Thanks to all who volunteered to help from both clubs. Particularly to Pete Davis doing all the computing and Allan Farrington (Emit UK) for the loan of the kit. Particular mention to Mark Light our SOC novice planner on an excellent job, well done. Thanks also to Kevin Bracher SOC for controlling the event, and keeping Mark and myself on the right lines, with constructive comment and help. 



November Classic 2020 cancelled

It is with a heavy heart that we cancel this year's November Classic. The club committee and event officials took the decision after considering all factors, the limit on participant numbers imposed by Forestry England being the major one. British Orienteering are making representations and we may see the restriction eased in the coming weeks. Even so the likelihood is that numbers allowed will not support a decent November Classic.

Discussions are continuing on a replacement event.