Run or walk, compete against yourself or others, or just for a family day out. The bush series caters for all in the great outdoors. (April-Nov)
Run, walk or push a pram to a 45 minute time limit. How many points can you get? (Oct-Mar)
Preparation for the Bush. Try out bush style orienteering in local parks before stepping out into the bush. Also includes a night event for the adventurous. (Feb-April)
Grab your mountain bike and ride around bush tracks in either a street style event, bush style event or a combination of the two. (Oct-Mar)



  Instructions For Using MapRun

    Before You Go To Run The Event

If you haven’t already done so, download (from the Apple App Store or from Google Play) and install the free app “MapRun6”. (The latest version is MapRun6 v6.4.2)
Note: Make sure that you get the MapRun6 app and not the MapRun app, which is an older version of the app that is no longer being developed.


  • Open the app and “register” by filling in the personal details as requested.

  • Select the event that you want to run. If you have a GPS signal you can simply scan the QR code on the Control Description to open MapRun6 app and open the Event. Alternatively if you are near the start of the Event, use the “Events Near Me” button to find the current Event.  You can also search for the Event - click "Select Event" then "NSW", "Newcastle" then "2021-22 Summer Series" and select the required Event.

  • Go to the Newcastle Orienteering club’s website and download the map and control descriptions for the event.
    Note: A map of the course actually appears in the MapRun6 app but that map is different to the printed one that you will download from the club’s website. The course in the app does not have the controls colour coded.

At the Event

  • Go to the start area but don’t go to the actual start/finish location initially.

  • Open MapRun. The event you selected earlier should still be showing. Press the “Go To Start” button. A map with the course should appear on the screen. Once your phone has GPS signals your location should also show on the app. You can now put your phone in your armband, pocket, backpack or where-ever you choose to carry your phone since you shouldn’t need to look at it again until you have finished.

  • When you are ready go to the actual start/finish location. When you get within 10m of the location your phone should beep. This means that your time has started.

  • Run your route. As you pass within 10m of each control your phone should beep. Timing will stop automatically as you pass back through the start/finish location.

  • As is standard in our Street Orienteering events you have 45 minutes to collect as many controls as you can. However, the value of each control is the control number rounded down to the nearest multiple of 10. For example, control 33 is worth 30 points and control 67 is worth 60 points. The penalty for being late is 30 points per minute (or part thereof).
  • Once you have finished your result should be automatically uploaded to the web. If it hasn’t, use the option to upload your run manually.

Warning: You participate at your own risk and are responsible for your safety. Take care crossing roads, use pedestrian crossings and lights if available. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

More information about using MapRun can be found on the MapRun website: http://maprunners.weebly.com/quick-guide.html