Smartphone Orienteering

Smartphone Orienteering

GPS orienteering has no infrastructure on the ground;  it’s a time trial rather than a race so you can run any course, any time you want. There are courses all over the Midlands and beyond – all you need is a smartphone and we’d recommend a printed copy of the map, though you can just use the map on the phone.  Harlequins uses the MapRun app and there is a beginners guide on how to use it.

Urban areas offer a run with a difference and less challenging navigation, with the emphasis on good route choice.  They usually use maps produced using OpenOrienteering street map format.

 VenueInfo. ResultsPlanner
ScoreBirmingham – BillesleyDetailsMapResultsJohn Leeson
ScoreBirmingham – BournvilleDetails
Control descriptions
MapResultsDavid Williams
ScoreBirmingham – HawkesleyDetailsMapResultsJohn Leeson
ScoreRedditch – Church HillDetails
Control Descriptions
MapResultsPeter Rose
ScoreRedditch – WalkwoodDetails
Control Descriptions
Map*ResultsDave Aldridge
ScoreWorcester – St PetersDetails
Control descriptions
MapResultsRob Atkins

The areas below are not urban, and all use traditional orienteering maps. To comply with OS copyright the maps are stored on the British Orienteering website and will be sent to you via email – follow the links in the table.

 VenueInfo.Map ResultsPlanner
Line coursesMorton Stanley Park (Redditch)DetailsMaps
Charlie Nelson
ScoreBurlish TopDetailsMapResultsAndy Hemsted
ScoreSandwell ValleyDetails
Control descriptions
MapResultsAndy White

City of Birmingham Orienteering have set up the following Find Your Way courses. Once you have downloaded the MapRun6 app these map files and courses can be found by selecting Events>UK>Find Your Way>FYW Birmingham.

Maps Available:

CourseVenue MapResults
ShortAston ParkMapResults
ShortBillesley CommonMapResults
ShortBirmingham City Centre CanalsMapResults
LomgLickey Hills (Rednal)MapResults
LongPerry HallMapResults
LongRectory Park (Sutton Coldfield)MapResults
ShortSmall Heath Park (Yardley)MapResults
LongSutton Park Banners GateMapResults
ShortSutton Park South EastMapResults
ShortVictoria Common (Northfield)MapResults
MediumWitton LakesMapResults

Participants undertake these courses at their own risk, as if they were going out training on their own. Neither British Orienteering or Harlequins OC accepts any liability for participants’ use of the course or map. Please use them safely, looking out for yourself and other members of the public who may be in the area.