Training Courses and MapRun

A set of courses is being developed around Edinburgh for local orienteers to use for their own training.  You can run them with or without using MapRunF - a mobile phone app that allows you to run pre-planned courses and register the controls without needing a dibber.

In particular, temporary courses have been planned to make the most of current public access opportunities for exercise during Covid19 lockdown.  Map users must heed the read-first notes, and any changes to the current situation (in particular, re-starting of golfing).  These courses are ONLY for individual training use and are NOT related to any club events (and so usage is at your own risk; BOF insurance does not apply). 

These courses have been put into MapRunF as part of piloting and developing the use of this app for orienteering.  Using the MapRunF app can enhance your run by tracking your run and alerting you to when you have reached controls, with times then recorded.  However, the technology is still in development, and it is no substitute to SI.  In addition, technical issues mean that the course may not show accurately on your phone, so take a paper copy of the pdf, and just use your phone for tracking.  Download the App onto your phone, then the course map you want to run.  More information on MapRunF can be found on the SOA website here

Suggestions and improvements would be very welcome: it’d be really helpful if you could fill out this short form after you’ve run.

Get in touch with Katherine if you have any queries (


Courses currently available on a TEMPORARY basis via the 'CHECK SITES' option in the app (click on green menu button bottom right in app homepage, then 2nd bottom green icon): pdfs and MaprunF 'Check Sites' codes:

Course (click for PDF) Distance MapRunF code RouteGadget Info
Braids Long 5.9km 058392 Long Currently to 31 May. Do not use this course if golf has resumed
Braids Routechoice 1 3.3km 026332 Routechoice 1 Currently to 31 May. Do not use this course if golf has resumed
Braids Long #2 6.3km 103502   Currently to 31 May. Do not use this course if golf has resumed
Craigmillar Castle Course 1 4.1km 108091   Currently to 31 May.
Craigmillar Golf Course (short) 3.0km 414773   Currently to 31 May. Do not use this course if golf has resumed
Craigmillar Golf Course 4.2km 620556 (updated)   Currently to 31 May. Do not use this course if golf has resumed
Prestonfield Golf Course (18 holes) 4.0km 942573   Currently to 31 May. Do not use this course if golf has resumed

Prestonfield Golf Course (Short #1)

(NB: PDF has 2 courses)

1.4km 247122   Currently to 31 May. Do not use this course if golf has resumed

Prestonfield Golf Course (Short #2)

(NB:PDF has 2 courses)

2.0km 241773   Currently to 31 May. Do not use this course if golf has resumed



Installing and Using MapRunF

Download MaprunF and enter your details to get set up.  Then, before you go out, download your course map. See instructions on the SOA website for more details.

Some courses are being made publicly available on an on-going basis via the SOA website. 

However, courses that have been planned for the unusual access circumstances during Covid19 lockdown – particularly on golf courses - are ONLY available on a temporary, ‘test’ basis.  For these, go to the green menu button (rather than ‘select event’)  and ‘check sites’.  This will prompt you to enter the code above (you might need to repeat ‘okay’ a couple of times to enter it), which should then download your map.  Then hit ‘go to start’ when ready.  Please heed all of the cautions on the map, about avoiding areas such as tees, greens and bunkers, and respecting any operations going on as well as other members of the public.

Judy Bell has produced this useful introductory guide to MaprunF, with pictures to guide first-time users through using the app

Important Information and User Tips

If the underlying map isn't perfectly geo-referenced (as is the case for areas with older map bases), it won't look quite right on your phone in MaprunF, so take a paper copy.  If you don't have a printer, get the PDF file onto your phone (download / email it to yourself / even take a photo of a laptop screen) and use that.

Sometimes downloading appears to suffer some glitches.  You may well need to hit 'okay' several times when entering six digit Check Site codes.  You should then see the course downloading, and be able to 'go to start' (if you're not actually ready to run, just hit then home button').  'If your screen then goes black, jut shut the app or maybe your phone, then restart and it should be there.  If you get a list of log details, just hit the 'home' button in the top left of the screen.

Make sure your phone has plenty of charge, to avoid disappointment with it dying half-way round your course!  Avoid using low-power modes in areas with tree cover.  If you don't need it for navigation, you should be able to carry your phone in a holder or pocket, and let it go to sleep - so long as it has registered the start, it should continue to track (you may get a buzz rather than a beep, depending on your settings).

Your phone should beep when you pass each control.  Sometimes controls may not register at all: this could be due to a range of factors (phone, weather, satellite position etc etc - and of course the potential for human error in setting up the course).  Just run as you would normally and enjoy yourself!

Given its dependence on satellite signals, MaprunF isn't very precise so can beep within 5m or so anyway.    You can change the settings within the MaprunF App and so adjust tolerance (i.e., how close you need to be).  The default seems to be 15m; probably worth leaving it as this given all the other factors that can effect controls registering. It's also possible to inadvertently pick up other controls out of order if you pass close to them so just be aware of that risk.  However, so long as you still complete the course with all the controls in the right order, it should still register as 'okay'.

The 'Start anywhere' function might be useful if you want to access the course area at a different point at some distance to the start (particularly to avoid extra travel during lockdown, or perhaps to avoid WOC embargoed areas).  Go to settings in the MaprunF app and scroll down to 'event allows runners to start at any control' (nb some constraints may be imposed by the course organiser, e.g., if it forms part of a competition).