Southampton Sports Centre - Virtual Challenge and MapRun

Missed getting out Orienteering? Want a new challenge in "lockdown"? Want a competitive race again? Want to explore somewhere new? Have a go at our new Virtual Orienteering Challenge. 

We have converted our Permanent Orienteering Course at the Outdoor Sports Centre to be Smartphone compatible. The Permanent Course consists of a number of posts or plaques attached to features. They have an orienteering symbol on (orange and white triangles in a square) with a distinct number and letter on. The aim of the game is to go around the course as fast as possible. 

The Outdoor Sports Centre in Southampton (just off the Avenue) has 3 colour coded courses and a Score now available. They have all been converted to be smart and use the MapRunF app and your phone's GPS to record where you have been. The 3 colour coded maps are currently available from the BOF portal if you want to download and print a copy (Score to follow shortly). 

If you do not have a SmartPhone, you can time yourself and record the letters at each control and submit them after using this form:

Please follow all relevant Government advice at the time. Take part individually, maintain social distancing (the area is predominately open with a few narrower paths) and avoid contact with the controls. This is not an official event.

More info here on the Permanent Course and how to download a map here: 

More info on MapRun here:

You have from now until the end of June (30th) to take part and challenge yourself. We will then do a debrief and chat through the challenge at one of our Club Zoom sessions.

Hope you enjoy them!


Reminder: Next members' chat

A reminder that the next virtual meeting for members takes place on Thursday at 8:30pm. Julian will give a quick update on the club's current position with regard to orienteering in lockdown and then Tamsin is going to talk about her experiences living, coaching, mapping, and orienteering in Australia. Login details for the meeting can be found in the member's area or the Facebook event in the private members' group.

Members' Zoom!

The club's first online meeting was a great success. Eight members met in an Zoom meeting for a chat. Rob Finch gave us a run-down on his Trail-O experiences during lockdown which have taken him (virtually) to areas all over the world - from Finland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to Mozambique and Playmobil World! If you fancy giving it a try, take a look at Stage 3 of Lockdown Orienteering's World Orienteering Day event, try one of the many training events, or compete against Rob and others in the T.O.R.U.S. Cup. Oh, and if like me, you don't know your PreO from your TempO, look at the information on the British Orienteering website.

The plan is to repeat the format with another meeting at 8:30pm on 11 June. Members can find the login details for the event here. If you have any problems, or have something you'd like to share (doesn't have to be orienteering related - just likely of interest to orienteers) then drop me an webmaster [at] (email).

Tamsin Moran will be doing the talk next Thursday (11th June) on her experience of orienteering in Australia. Tamsin did an exchange out there a couple of years ago and assisted with coaching and mapping. A few top British orienteers do this every year.