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2021/2022 Winter Maprun League

Details for all rounds

You have 60 minutes, and a map with 25 checkpoints to visit. Your goal is to score points by visiting checkpoints. Score as many points as you can, and get back to the start within the time limit.

You can choose which checkpoints to visit, in any order, via any route. Speed is an advantage, but the fastest runner won’t necessarily come out on top. It’ll take smart planning to find the shortest route worth the most points.

Download the MapRun6 app to your phone to use as your timing chip and record your checkpoint visits, load the event using the app. We will provide you with the specially prepared map at the start.


DateAreaStart locationNotes
15/9/21Cardiff BayNorwegian Church
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Parking free after 6pm
20/10/21RhiwbinaTBC
17/11/21Newport WestTBC
15/12/21TBC
19/01/22Heath
16/2/22Llandaf
16/3/22Canton
20/4/21TBC

Mass start at 7 pm, there will be a briefing from the organiser at 6.55 however if you are new we recommend arriving early to ask any questions.

ENTRIES: Online at Fabian4. You can enter up until 6.55pm on the night (through fabian4) subject to map availability.

FEES – £3 Adults, (+£2 non-British Orienteering members), £1 U16 . U16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times who will also have to enter the event.

Enter Online

BRING – phone, torch, pen and hi viz to wear. Some paths may be muddy and slippery.

You will need a smartphone with the Maprun6 app or Garmin watch with Maprun6 installed, this is best done at home.

You will need to register with simple details. Then open the app and download the event. SWOC winter mapruns are in the folder UK/Wales/South Wales/2021. All you have to do on the night is identify yourself to the organiser, collect your map and start.

There is a guide to using MapRun here.

SAFETY- You take part at your own risk, you will be running/walking on public streets/paths with traffic. You MUST use crossing points where available to cross roads and stop, look and listen! Please be mindful of personal space/social distancing particularly at the start/finish of your run.

ACCESSIBILITY – We have previously had competitors enjoy these events using wheelchair/mobility scooter. Send us a message in advance and we can provide an annotated map with key obstacles (stairs/narrow gates) highlighted.


Detailed instructions:

You have 60 minutes, and a map with 30 checkpoints to visit.
Your goal: to score points by visiting checkpoints. Score as many points as you can, and get back to the start within the time limit.
You can choose which checkpoints to visit, in any order, via any route.
Checkpoints are mixture of road junctions and path junctions and have between 10 and 30 points awarded. Controls 1 – 10 are worth 10 pts, 11 – 20, 20 pts , 21 – 30 are 30pts . Penalties for being late back are 10pts per minute !!!
The event is timed and checkpoint visits recorded using the MapRun6 app. It helps to download the app and the event beforehand but we can provide full instructions before you start.

Park Series 6 Bute Park Results

Results

Splits

80 competitors took part in the final round of the Park Series on some fun courses in the park despite having to avoid the dinosaurs who have invaded the park! Congratulations to everyone who ran it has been fantastic to see the improvement of some of the newer members throughout the series.

Thank-you to all of the SWOC members who have volunteered their time to organise/plan/help on the day and also Cardiff Council and Rhondda Cynon Taf Council for permission to use the Parks.

Orienteering continues! Our next events are:

September 11/12th Welsh Championships Weekend near Merthyr (short and junior courses available).

September 15th evening MapRuns resume! An evening 1 hour challenge around the streets, starting off with Cardiff Bay.

October 23rd Saturday, Mynydd Y Gaer nr Bridgend, a great event if you have enjoyed the Park races. Courses for novices/improvers and juniors

Full details of all of the above will be posted up on facebook and the website

Ynysangharad Park Results

Results

SplitTimes

We headed north for a slightly soggy round of the park series in Pontypridd. The compact nature of the park meant that there was quite a bit of twisting to get the medium distance in the traffic-free area. Sorry to anyone who got confused by 119 and 120 being the wrong way round, I need to double check the control codes! The long course ventured out into the town and common with some tricky route choices, congratulations to Marcus who was fastest and only two minutes behind the computer optimum time. Finally, penblwydd hapus Dafydd, who decided to celebrate his birthday Orienteering!

Thank you to Mark and Caroline for helping with registration etc and Andrew, Mark, Alice, Marcus, and Mark for collecting the controls and ensuring we didn’t get locked in!

The final round of the Park Series is in a fortnight at Bute Park, Cardiff or if you want to try a non-urban event there is a one hour score on the moorland of Clydach Terrace near Brynmawr on Saturday 21st August entries for both on fabian4

Clare

Mynydd Llangynidr Results 24th July 2021

Thank you to everyone who decided to travel to the event despite the uncertain forecast. Some very impressive runs on a challenging area.

Thank you to Laurence, Pete, Tom, Caroline, Nick and Mark for helping. Thanks also to the Commoners and Duke of Beaufort Estate for permission to use this fantastic area. Race photos to follow.

Clare (Planner/Organiser)

Results

Splits

Park Series 2021

We are excited to finally release the dates for this years fun evening race series. Thank-you to all who have volunteered to plan/organise.

Entries are now open and adhere to the current Government limits in place. Updates and full details can be found on the event page here

16th June Roath Park

30th June Forest Farm

14th July Hailey Park

28th July Heath Park

11th August Ynysangharad Park

25th August Bute Park

Get out & go orienteering How-to videos

‘Get Out & Go‘ is a series of short films to take beginners through all the basics to confidently try orienteering. All the skills and techniques shown in the films are easy to practice using our Anytime MapRun Courses.

The four films are titled Getting Started, Getting Going, Getting Confident and Getting Faster.

  1. Getting Started gives information on orienteering maps, useful symbols to note, how courses are drawn, and what to look for at checkpoints or controls.  It also shows how to line up the map with features nearby, a key skill to help the novice orienteer set off in the right direction.
  2. Getting Going covers more detail on the map, shows how to use a compass, simple route choices, how to use features other than paths as handrails, and when to cut corners.
  3. Getting Confident gives tips on techniques that help build more confidence in navigational decisions. These include learning to take a sure route into a checkpoint, finding a safety net if you overshoot and using control descriptions to visualise the checkpoint.
  4. Getting Faster demonstrates where to plan ahead, where to speed up and slow down and gives some tips on reading the map on the run.

Thank-you to Manchester and District Orienteering Club and GMOA for creating this fantastic resource

Insport Ribbon Award

South Wales Orienteering Club is currently working towards the InSport ribbon, a standard which reflects the Clubs commitment to broadening opportunities for those with disabilities to access orienteering.

The InSport standards are a part of the broader InSport project, which aims to support physical activity, sport and leisure organisations to deliver provision inclusively of disabled people. SWOC is working on the first stage of the InSport journey, the ribbon.

The ribbon demonstrates that a club is monitoring for equal opportunities, that it has appropriate welfare and equality policies and that it is inclusive and equitable in its communications. It also requires a statement of inclusion which should articulate the organisation’s commitment to inclusivity.

The ribbon marks the first phase of a commitment to inclusivity, with the bronze, silver and gold standards following on from that.

You can find SWOC’s welfare policy here

You can find out more about InSport here