MapRun Challenge 2020

MapRun Challenge is an exciting challenge that we have developed to enable everyone, regardless of ability to get fit and active in 2020!

Sadly, we all know that due to Covid19 exercising in groups is not possible, however thanks to the wonders of technology and the amazing MapRunF mobile application this does not have to stop the fun of running, exploring and orienteering in the local parks around Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.

The MapRun Challenge series is all about enabling everyone regardless or age, ability or experience to have fun to experience orienteering in the local parks near to them. Simply download the MapRunF app to your iPhone or Andriod device and then follow the instructions below to get active and having fun.

How it works?

Each week we will publish a new a new course on our website (the list will be published on this page) and we will encourage you to complete the course over the next 7 days. You can either follow the digital map that is on your phone, or you can print off a paper copy of the map and take it with you. The MapRunF app will do all the smart work, as it will track the root that you will run and it will "beep" every time that you get to one of the controls (the circles that you will see on the map).

At the end when you get back to the finish the MapRunF app will show you the route you have ran, how many controls you visited and the amount of time that it has taken you to complete the course. You can also then find a leader-board overall for the course and compare your route and times to others, if you want to add that element of competition. We will also produce our own fun leader board - more details on that below.

Isn't MapRun Challange going to be complicated?

NO! Some people like to make out that it's difficult, however we have loads of newbies who try the sport and love the sense of fun and challenge that it brings. The maps for the local parts are really straight forward to use, as paths are clearly marked as are all the objects that you may typically see as you walk around the park. It may seem a little weird at first because of the colours used, however very quickly you learn that the open grassland is orange on the map!

It is all explained in the video below.

MapRun ChallengePosted by POTOC Potteries Orienteering Club on Sunday, 10 May 2020

What is the purpose of MapRun Challenge?

Simply to get to all the controls in the quickest time possible, whilst ensuring that you are having fun and enjoying yourself.


Each week we will publish different courses below that will be the challenge for you to complete. You can do this at anytime / date that you please in the set week.

Click on the course name to download a printable map that is in PDF format. (Opens in a new window a file that is located in Google Drive).

Week Course Course Type How to Find
1 Central Forest Park  60 Min Score  Link
 2 Westport Lake  Linear  Link

MapRun Challenge Fun League

In addition to the results that you will get on the MapRunF app we will be publishing our own fun league table. This has been designed to reward participation and also personal self improvement.

Everyone who completes a MapRun Challenge will be awarded 500 points.

However in addition to this, points will be awarded for personal self improvement. Once you have completed one challenge we will calculate your average pace per KM. If then complete the next challenge at a faster average pace then we will be awarding you additional points. This will be calculated by taking your improvement time and multiplying it by 100 to provide additional improvement points.

An example if provided below of how we would calculate the score for each participant:

Course Time KM Average Improvement Improvement Points Overall Points
Event 1 12:28:00 5 5.6039     500
Event 2 12:28:10 5.4 5.1888 0.4151 42 542
Event 3 12:31:10 6.2 4.5196 06692 67 567


Remember that 500 points will always be added for successful completion of the challenge.



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Permanent Courses

Why not try out orienteering at one of our permanent courses?

We have courses at:

  • Apedale
  • Bathpool Park
  • Biddulph Grange
  • Brough Park
  • Downs Banks
  • Ladderedge
  • Hanley Forest Park
  • Tunstall Park
  • Westport Lake

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