Training using MapRunF

Orienteering Training Courses with MapRunF
First Use under the Initial COVID-19 lockdown

Street Navigation   and   Park Navigation

In the first few months of 2020 the Club has been evaluating the use of “MapRunF” (a phone based app designed for orienteering - details here) to enhance our regular Night Street Events and other urban events.  We’re pleased to announce the launch of MapRunF for this year’s courses.  While our regular events won’t be able to get under way until the Government announces further relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions (at the earliest Level-2), we are releasing some courses during autumn that you can use under Level-3 for training, and so you can try out the new software!


Opportunity to try it out

To give you an opportunity to get out for a run with a map in hand, while at the same time making sure we are not encouraging you to behave in a manner contrary to the Covid 19 restrictions, this year instead of our normal Autumn Night Street series we are releasing a series of MapRunF training courses.  The courses will be published on the Club’s website. 

Where and when?
There will be a number of courses available in different locations in Auckland so you can choose to run the course(s) close to you.  Beside each location there will be a link to a course map that you can download and print out.  You will need to install the MapRunF app on your phone (see below for details).  The different courses will remain available for the foreseeable future and we will add more locations over time.  Unlike our planned Autumn Night Series, which you could only run on a Tuesday night, the courses will be available for you to run anytime you choose.

What is the format?
There will be 20 control sites marked on the map. To make it a better challenge we suggest you do not study your map until you are about to start. Give yourself 5 minutes to decide which ones you will visit and plan your route. You can choose the number you select to do, depending on how long you wish to be out. As a training exercise it is important that you make this decision before you start. We suggest that you plan to visit any 6, 10, 14 or 18.  The setters of the courses have attempted to make different choices available for these numbers of controls and therefore make it a better challenge to you. To give you a feel of how many you should select to do, within about an hour you can visit 6 controls walking, 10 slow running, 14 running at a good pace and 18 going very fast!   If you visit all 20 it reduces the challenge as you don’t have to select which controls to miss out.