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.

Thank You, SCOA!

We are very pleased that the South Central Orienteering Association has agreed to award us a grant of £1,520 to help us build up our offer to our Junior members and attract new Juniors and their families.

We look forward to telling you more about our plans as soon as possible.

March Zoom Social

A mixed evening for March Zoom Social. 

Rob Finch (me!) will talk through the first day of the Virtual Trail Orienteering League and encourage you to take part! More info here: https://socweb.org/news/2021/02/28/virtual-trail-orienteering-torus-lea…

Urban route choices and a discussion on how you tackle urban orienteering differently to Forest orienteering. 

And our usual opportunity to have a chat and catch up using the Breakout Rooms. 

Usual time and usual place of Thursday 4th March at 20:00 on Zoom. See the Members area for the Zoom details and password (same as before).