Foots Cray

Where: Foots Cray Meadows & Bexley streets. Start and Finish is near the lay-by in Leafield Lane DA14 5EB.
Parking: In Leafield Lane. If parking is tight, another lay-by is further along North Cray Road towards Kelsey’s Farm Shop.
When: At any time you choose.
Options available

1 Score event in Foots Cray Meadows and Bexley streets

A 60 minute score event.
Print the map of the course. This is a detailed Orienteering map using an updated map of the meadows, combined with a Street O map.
Download the App MapRunF to your mobile phone then within the App, go to UK, then London South East and select Bexley and the event called Foots Cray & Bexley. Once done, press Go to Start and the map should appear. Click here for Guidance on how to use the App.
There are ten controls inside the Meadows. All controls in the urban area are either post boxes or path ends. The control descriptions are here. There are 30 controls of 20 points each. There is a penalty of 10 points for each minute or part of a minute late back.

2 Line course in Foots Cray Meadows

Print the map of the course.
This option also uses a detailed Orienteering map. It is a line course approx. 3.3km, also on the MaprunF App. The course is called Foots Cray Junior. Start and finish are in the same place as the Score Course, near to Leafield Lane. Please download the App as above.

In line with current Government guidance, members are to complete these courses alone, within a household group, or with one person from outside their household and ensure social distancing is maintained at all times.
The Score event crosses busy roads hence must not be attempted by anyone under the age of 16, even if they would be accompanied by an adult.
As with all street orienteering events please take care crossing roads. There are many suitable crossing points on all the major roads in the area.

Note the start and finish this week are separated, on both courses, as a few competitors have had problems getting the App to start. The finish is at the eastern end of the same vegetation where the start is at the western end.

Please use recognised crossing points (bridges) to cross the river/stream in Foots Cray Meadows and be aware of possible horse riders on bridle paths.

This Challenge is not an organised event or activity, so it is not registered with British Orienteering and you are not covered by British Orienteering's insurance. You do the Challenge as an individual for personal training and you are responsible for both your own safety and the safety of others around you.

Questions: please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Problems identified: please also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I do hope that you enjoy this challenge. Any feedback would be welcome to the above email.

All the best
Keith Parkes

Weekly Challenge 7 Clapton

We are north of the river, in a delightful and little known part of London with a bit of everything, pleasant parkland, open heathland, attractive housing, canals and railway lines. I thoroughly enjoyed my run checking the control sites and I am sure you will enjoy it too.
But are you up for the training challenge? Click here for further details.

Andrew Evans

Clapton

Where: Clapton and Walthamstow Marsh. The Start and Finish is at a path crossing just inside the northern boundary of Springfield Park, Clapton. Nearest postcode is E5 9BL.
Parking: There are often a few spaces on Spring Hill E5 9BL but if these are full, then there are likely to be spaces on Lingwood Road (E5 9BN) and Ashtead Road (E5 9BE). All parking is unrestricted and free of charge.
When: At any time you choose.

Options available

1. A 60 minute Score course around Clapton, Walthamstow Marsh and neighbouring areas
2. A line course entirely within Springfield Park.
Details of each option are below. You can do either (or both!). Both courses use the MapRun App. For Guidance on how to use the App click here.We have updated our Guidance on how to use the App to show how you can use the HITMO function! This is an acronym of Hey, I think the GPS Missed One! (or it could be two or three). You can use HITMO to amend easily any of your previous results where you know you went to the control but frustratingly the GPS did not register. The Guidance notes also set out how you can use a GPS track from your watch to upload your result if you have problems at the Start or Finish.

Questions: please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Problems identified: please also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I do hope that you enjoy this challenge. Any feedback would be welcome to the above email.
All the best
Andrew Evans

Details of each option

1 60 minute Score course Clapton and Walthamstow Marsh

Print the map of the course. Can you spot an oddity (which our alert Controller picked up!). There is an obviously missing part of a line feature near the centre of the map. This is due to there being too many things on the map for each feature to print at 1;10,000 scale - the feature is on Open Street Map at a higher map scale.
Download the App MapRunF to your mobile phone then within the App, go to UK, then London North and the event called Clapton. Once done, press Go to Start and the map should appear.
Most of the controls in the urban area are postboxes but the course will also have you exploring several open spaces including the expansive vistas of Walthamstow March, not previously used for orienteering training. Controls on the open areas are on paths, usually  bends or junctions. The control descriptions are here
There is a penalty of 10 points for each minute or part of a minute late back.
Thanks to David Lefevre for the initial idea of a Challenge north of the river, for selecting an appropriate area for us to use and for doing the initial checking of possible control sites.
This event crosses busy roads hence the area outside the park must not be attempted by anyone under the age of 16, even if they would be accompanied by an adult.

2 Line course in Springfield Park

This course is offered with thanks to David LeFevre for making available for club use the orienteering map of the park managed by the Hackney Schools Athletic Association. Some map updating has been done for this event. Print the map of the course. The map contains the control descriptions.
Download the App MapRunF to your mobile phone then within the App, go to UK, then London North and the event called Springfield Park. Once done, press Go to Start and the map should appear. Visit the controls in order. The course is 2.3km.

In line with current Government guidance, members are to complete these courses alone, within a household group, or with one person from outside their household and ensure social distancing is maintained at all times.

The canal towpath and one of the bridges on the Score course may be noticeably busier with pedestrians than most other places, so be aware of others. Springfield Park was not overly busy when I visited.

This Challenge is not an organised event or activity, so it is not registered with British Orienteering and you are not covered by British Orienteering's insurance. You do the Challenge as an individual for personal training and you are responsible for both your own safety and the safety of others around you.

TIPS ON USING MAPRUN

MapRun

To do a MapRun activity, print a map of the course of your choice from the DFOK website and load the MapRun App. Whilst there is a map on the App itself, it will often be a more simplified map than the maps from our website and hence using the map on the App is not recommended.

Tips

A)    Before you leave home

•    Visit: www.maprunners.weebly.com and download the MapRun App to your smart phone. Either version is ok, but we recommend MapRunF.

•    Using the App does not use a lot of battery power but it makes sense to make sure your phone is fully charged before coming to an event.

•    Download the App

•    Make sure your 'Location Services' is turned on for when using the App. To do this on iphone go to 'Settings' then 'Privacy' where you will find 'Location Services' (Android phones may be slightly different).

•    Click on Select Event/UK/ and the geographical folder specified in the instructions for each activity to download the event you want to run.

•    Check it now shows under Select Event on the front screen of the App.

•    Click on Go to Start, check that the map appears and that you can see where the Start and Finish are.

•    Exit the App

Following the above steps means that you are able to use the App even if the MapRun server is undergoing maintenance at the time you want to run.

B) During the event

•    Close other Apps

•    Turn off notifications (otherwise you may get bleeps at the wrong time)

•    Turn up your volume so that you can hear the phone beep. The phone does not need to be held in the hand; it can be strapped to your arm. It can also be kept out of sight e.g. in a bumbag but having the phone tucked away close to your body will reduce the abil-ity to pick up GPS signals which could delay you at controls whilst GPS catches up with you!

•    Switch off 'Auto-lock' for your screen. To do this on iphone go to 'Settings' then 'Display & Brightness' then switch 'Auto-Lock' to 'Never' (Android phones may be slightly differ-ent). For security reasons make sure you remember to change this back to your usual setting after the event!

•    When you are ready to go, proceed to the start. When you click on Go to Start, the App should automatically pick up your Start. Your time will have commenced.

•    The same will happen at every control. You will get a bleep/vibration to tell you that you have successfully collect the control. The App shows you what your last control number was so you can always check that your visit has been registered.

•    If you are in the right place but do not get the bleep, pause for a few moments to allow the GPS signal to catch up with you

•    If you get a Low Battery Charge message, do not accept the Low Power Mode option as GPS may then be turned off to conserve the remaining battery.

•    You must go to the Finish at the end of your run. This is the double circle on the map. It will often be the same place as the Start. When your Finish presence is recognised, your result will be automatically uploaded to the Results website if you have WiFi ac-cess. If this does not happen, click on the menu top right in the App and select Upload (Manual). This should work but see below if you still do not appear in the results.

•    If you prefer not to be showing in the Results website, you can run the event in Aero-plane Mode (you still get the bleeps) but the automatic upload at the finish will not be triggered.

C) After you have finished

Missing controls where you know you went close?

Occasionally you may find that the App does not record your visit to one or more controls. The results can be corrected by tapping the three-bars symbol on upper right of the screen, this opens the menu. Tap "Review Results (HITMO)” which means Hey I Think the GPS Missed One! This displays your results showing credited controls in green and near-misses in red. There is also a Tolerance setting; the default setting for this function is 30m. Tick the check-box beside a near miss that you want to claim and increase the tolerance to 40 or 50m until that control is accepted (turns green). For a Score event, the Gross and Net score after any time penalty should increase accordingly. Tap "Submit re-vised result" at the bottom of the screen. The original result remains visible along with the Revised result which has Rev against it and the tolerance level that you set.

Can’t upload your results
We are aware of some instances where the Results cannot be uploaded because there is no recognised Start or Finish punch. All is not lost! If you have a GPS trace from your watch, download this in the computer portal that your watch uses to create a .gpx file. Go to the MapRun Console App on your computer and use the Search facility at the top to type in the first few letters of the event to locate it. Follow the rest of the questions adding your name, email, year of birth, gender and then click to upload your track. The App should calculate the points correctly. Check you appear in the results.