The next event in the MapRun League has now been published and takes the competition to Chandler's Ford. With a change in map scale to 1:10,000, there should be plenty to keep everyone busy for 45 minutes around the streets and woods of Valley Park, Knightwood, and North Millers Dale. You have until the end of the month to take part. As the fourth out of eight events in the series, it's not too late to make this your first and still have the full five to count!
As with Lordswood, if you aim to start between 6 and 7pm on Thursday 29th April, that will maximise your chances of seeing your fellow competitors. There's a large open playing field adjacent to the car park so plenty of space to discuss your routes with others afterward in a socially distant manner.
Here are a couple more tips for those struggling with the technology:
- If you get to a control, you know you're in the right place, but you still don't get a notification from the app - just run on. Then, when you've finished and the app is showing your result, click the three-line icon in the top-right to bring up a menu and select "Review Results (HITMO)". HITMO stands for "Hey, I Think the GPS Missed One"! You can check the box next to any controls that you visited but failed to punch and then click "Submit a Revised Result". I can then approve the revision.
- If, for whatever reason, you can't even get the event to start, try recording the GPS track in another app (e.g. Strava, RunKeeper, My Tracks, ...) or on your watch if you have one. If you can then export the GPX file, you can use the "GPS Track Upload" option here and it will automatically calculate your result.
And finally, a reminder that you still have Sunday to get in a run at Lordswood and have it count towards the league.