What are MapRun courses?
They're GPS or 'virtual' orienteering courses which you can take part in using an app on your smartphone*. You choose & download a course then run or walk it - you won't see any control flags but your phone will be tracking you using your GPS signal & will bleep each time you reach the correct spot. After you've completed your course the phone will upload your results to the MapRun website.
* Since mid-July 2020 it has also been possible to use an app on certain Garmin devices in conjunction with the app on your phone. It sounds complicated, but it enables you to run with your Garmin & a printed map & just use your phone to transfer the course initially & then the track after your run.
MapRun courses have been used for small events & training by some clubs and have really come into their own in this time of crisis when we're unable to hold mass events. The courses enable you to explore, exercise & have fun on your own or with your family group - & you can compare your results with others later if you wish, even sync your track to Strava, so you won't feel totally alone!
"Run Routes" - these are fairly straightforward routes which we've started developing as an introduction to MapRun (no complicated route planning required). They're usually about 5Km so may help to fill the gap while your local parkrun is suspended!