Smartphone OrienteeringUsing the MapRunF app
MapRunF is an app which allows you to use your smartphone to enjoy orienteering without needing to set up physical control points on the ground. There are now MapRunF courses set up all across Glasgow which you can go and run right now, with more new ones being added.
Using MapRunF, you can run an orienteering course using either the map on your phone screen or a paper version; the only difference from a “traditional” course is that there are no physical markers on the ground. Instead, the phone tracks your location as you run and vibrates or buzzes to confirm when you’ve reached each control point on the course.
Once you have downloaded the MapRunF app to your phone open the app and either select "Events Near Me" or "Select Event" and scroll down the list of folders to UK > Scotland > STAG.
You can usually download a PDF of the map so you can print it out and use that to navigate by rather than looking at your phone screen. See the table below for links to the PDFs.
As with other modern orienteering punching and timing systems, you can compare your times between controls and around the whole course with other runners, and with MapRun you can take part whenever you want.
Our original motivation for setting up MapRun courses was partly as a complementary orienteering opportunity for our members and others visiting Glasgow outside our usual programme of events, and, if we are lucky, also a possible method to attract new members. With the partial easing of lockdown, MapRun has made it possible for STAG to still offer some informal orienteering courses during the Covid-19 situation. We are lucky in that we already have many maps of eg open parkland, which are quite suitable for planning courses “by satellite”. We are tempted to convert our permanent courses to MapRun to cut down on the need for permanent post maintenance.
Fredrik Nordvall Forsberg
|Download PDF of map||Distance||Terrain||Current results|
|Cuningar Orange 1||1.7km||Park & Woodland||Leaderboard, Routes|
|Cuningar Orange 2||1.7km||Park & Woodland||Leaderboard, Routes|
|Cuningar Yellow 1||1.2km||Park & Woodland||Leaderboard, Routes|
|Cuningar Yellow 2||1.6km||Park & Woodland|
|Emirates Arena Orange 1||3.6km||Urban|
|Emirates Arena Orange 2||4.3km||Urban|
|Emirates Arena Short Orange 3||2.3km||Urban|
|Emirates Arena Red 1||10.6km||Urban & Park||Leaderboard, Routes|
|Glasgow Green Orange 1||3.5km||Park & Urban||Leaderboard, Routes|
|Glasgow Green Orange 2||5.4km||Park & Urban|
|Glasgow Green Yellow 1||2.3km||Park|
|Queen’s Park Orange 1||3.4km||Park||Leaderboard, Routes|
|Queen’s Park Orange 2||3.0km||Park||Leaderboard, Routes|
|Queen’s Park Yellow 1||2.2km||Park||Leaderboard, Routes|
|Tollcross Orange 1||3.1km||Park|
|Tollcross Orange 2||3.0km||Park|
|Tollcross Yellow 1||1.7km||Park|
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