Go orienteering anytime! Use MapRun...

Virtual Orienteering Courses (VOC's) use smartphone apps to help you - either individually or as a family - to physically go orienteering and explore the outdoors at a time convenient to you. The MapRun app allows you to complete an orienteering course - without real controls on the ground - making it perfect for improving individual fitness or for orienteering technique training. Just download a course in the app and then run, jog or walk at your own pace to the control points - choosing your own route - and using your smartphone GPS the app will notifiy you when you reach the correct locations! When you have completed the course you can compare your result with others on the same course and view the route that you took..


Getting Started

MapRun is FREE and easy to use. To install the 'MapRun6' app for iOS or Android use these links below...

     MapRun6 for iOS   There is also a new MapRun (v7) for Apple devices here (iOS 12 or later)

    MapRun6 for Android There is also a new MapRun (v7) for Android devices here

Or you can search for the app called MapRun6, by FNE Enterprises.

For more info on using MapRun6 - and the companion MapRunG app for some Garmin smart watches - go to http://maprunners.weebly.com/

Details about how MapRun6 works and a few useful tips can be found here

Details of MapRun v7 here


MapRun Permanent Courses

Whilst it is possible to use just the app, most of the time - and for the authentic orienteering experience - you will also want a printed map which makes it much easier to get an overview of the course, decide on the best routes and allows your phone to be carried in a more convenient way such as inside a bum-bag or arm pouch... 

Most Octavian Droobers Permanent Orienteering Courses (POC's) are available to download for free as both a printable map (pdf file) and as a course to use with MapRun. Permanent orienteering courses that are also available as a MapRun course can be found at these locations below.:

To download a pdf map from the British Orienteering website click on the names...

The permanent courses below are available only as MapRun permanent courses - they are "virtual" courses with no physical posts.:

  • Miners Welfare Park, Bedworth This permanent course is not currently available due to works in the park in preparation for the construction of a new leisure centre - construction is due to start next Summer (2022) with completion in Spring 2024...    

To download the MapRun course in MapRunF, tap Select Event, scroll down to the UK, select Coventry and Warwickshire and Permanent Orienteering Courses. Tap on the course that you want to download.


MapRun Virtual Courses

The MapRun app also makes it easy to put on a course with no physical controls of any sort. Whilst proper orienteering events weren't possible, OD put on a weekly Summer Series of courses and a new monthly Autumn / Winter Series has now opened. These virtual courses use many areas without a permanent course and they have also allowed orienteering on some areas where a proper orienteering event is not practical.


MapRun for Running Training

A series of MapRun courses aimed at running training are being added to OD MapRun. These urban courses use Post boxes as control locations and use the much simplified OOMaps rather than proper orienteering maps making these courses more accessible to less experienced orienteers and runners.. 

More details here.



Please remember that you take part in any MapRun courses as an individual activity and are not covered by British Orienteering’s public liability insurance. Neither British Orienteering or Octavian Droobers accept any liability for your use of the course or map. 
You are responsible for your own safety, please take care crossing any roads and if you go alone, please let someone know the details. Please be courteous to any member of the public you come across, observe social distancing and please give them right of way. Always follow the latest government COVID-19 advice and observe the British Orienteering Participant Code of Conduct

Enjoy!        If you have any questions email: maprun@octavian-droobers.org