Smartphone orienteering now in Kent

Mon 4 May 2020

We now have the first few MapRun courses in Kent, more to follow shortly.

MapRun is a free app that allows you to run a course without any physical infrastructure on the ground (e.g. orienteering timing units) instead your position is recorded by the phones’ GPS. You can run solo anytime and your results can be compared with others.

**During Covid-19 lockdown MapRun courses may be suitable for solo running but it is essential that everybody follows current social distancing and travel rules. We are not planning any group sessions at this time. Please ensure that any venue (especially a public park) is open for recreational running.**

To do a MapRun simply load the app, select a local course, print a paper map (you can use the map on the phone screen but this is not ideal) and go to the start. When the GPS detects that you have reached the start it bleeps and your time has started. Continue round the course (usually 60 min score course) passing though each control location where it bleeps and back to the finish. The GPS bleep is often instantaneous but you may have to pause for 5-10 secs (longer under trees or other cover). Once completed your results and route are automatically loaded to the results table and can be compared with others.

For more information see this MapRun Guide

Below is a list of MapRun courses. Because of GPS limitations these are best in urban or parkland locations. If you want a MapRun close to your home contact with suggestions.

Note, the long course name (....PXAS ScoreV60) is as shown on the app, the extra items define the scoring rules (e.g. 60 min score).


MapRun courses
Course Location Map


and route


Mote Park and Shepway

MoteParkandShepway PXAS ScoreV60


ME15 8DU

Map Results

60 min score course, 20 controls.

Course covers Mote Park (avoiding the building work on the dam) and Shepway estate. Start at south edge of School Lane car park.

Milton Creek

MiltonCreek PXAS ScoreV60


ME10 2HA

Map Results

60 min score course, 20 controls

Best run with proper orienteering map available from BO POC portal. NB this does not shown start/finish location so need both maps

Dunorlan Park

Dunorlan PXAS ScoreV60

Tunbridge Wells


Map Results

60 min score course, 20 controls

Best run with proper orienteering map available on request from


Kingsdown PXAS ScoreV60

Near Deal

CT14 8AH

Map Results 60 min score course, 20 controls

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