November – December DVO Derby Headtorch MapRun series

Eight Smartphone orienteering events across Derby

What: This series of smartphone-based events was centred on the Derby parks! Here are the results, photos and maps from the series. We used a Score format, so competitors received points for each control site visited. These training sessions accessible for all running and navigation abilities.
You can navigate with your phone and/or use our free printed map!

When: These will take place on Thursday evenings from mid-November at the four locations shown on the flier below. Each session has a nominated social venue for post-run catch up and chat.

We’ve been delighted to see that the events have been enjoyed by so many from local running clubs. This series was so successful that we started another!

What do I need: A fully charged smartphone with downloaded MapRun app (clickable links below), suitable high vis clothing for pounding the parks and roads and a headtorch.

Add your profile details to the app, and download the course in advance if you can, from the Derby Night Series folder in Derbyshire / Derwent Valley.

Print your map at home option – You can navigate using the MapRun map on your smartphone, but if you prefer to print out the map and plan your route – use these links.

Newcomers welcome: Why not take on a new challenge? Or invite your friends and relatives to get involved with the series. Help will be on-hand as the club has plenty of experienced MapRunners to get you started!

Unable to get to an event? The benefit of these smartphone-based events is that all courses will remain open 24/7 for completion as part of your own training schedule. But do drop us a line if you enjoy one of our courses!

How does MapRun orienteering work?

With MapRun there are no markers in place, but as you go round your course, your phone GPS will confirm each site you visit with a beep. We will explain how to use the MapRun app at the events, but to learn more, here is a quick start guide.

It’s best if you download the MapRun app (Version 7 recommended) before you go to the event and fill in your profile:

Please email Chris Millard () if you have any questions.

Future events

Saturday 24 August 2024
Bradford Dale

Sunday 25 August 2024

Monday 26 August 2024
Matlock MapRun

Recent results

Sunday 14 July 2024

Saturday 22 June 2024
Allestree Park

Wednesday 12 June 2024

Routegadget (view routes)

MapRun Results

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We’re supported by the Orienteering Foundation

Thanks to a grant from the Orienteering Foundation, our Club is focusing on offering training courses for newcomers and help at local events in the Derby Area and beyond, but open to people from across Derbyshire.