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Edinburgh-O Midday Map Runs postponed

In light of the constantly changing coronavirus situation, Scottish Orienteering has made the difficult decision to postpone the Edinburgh-O Midday Map Runs which were scheduled to be held across six weeks, starting on Wednesday 18 March.

Though other orienteering events are continuing with extra risk management precautions in place, precautions such as discouraging people from gathering together could detract from the enjoyment of the Midday Map Runs – and the warmth of the welcome we could give to newcomers.

Festival Square, Edinburgh
Festival Square, Edinburgh

This – combined with the fact many offices are reducing the number of people coming into Edinburgh – means postponing the events should give us a better chance of showing as many people as possible how to enjoy a different, fun way to run at lunchtime.

We’d like to thank everyone for the hugely positive reception the series has had from existing orienteers and beginners, and reassure you all that Midday Map Runs will happen – just at a later date.

Scottish Orienteering will assess the situation with in the coming weeks and determine the best time to re-launch the series later in 2020.

Thank you to everyone for the hard work in setting this up and spreading the word; you’ve shown us how there’s a great amount of interest in this series and we look forward to bringing it to you – and your friends and colleagues – later in 2020.

What are Midday Map Runs?

Midday Map runs are a new series of events, created to make your usual lunchtime exercise more fun – and help you explore new corners of Scotland’s capital.

To join in, all you need to do is come to Festival Square in Edinburgh’s West End on Wednesday lunchtimes, where you’ll get a map of checkpoints to visit as you run, roll or walk around at your own pace.

You can arrive and start at ANY time from 12pm – 1:30pm and each week there will be new courses to enjoy.

Next event: To Be Confirmed.

How do Midday Map Runs work?

Urban orienteering

Edinburgh-O Midday Map Runs use simple orienteering – you choose your route between a series of checkpoints, going at whatever pace you want.

Courses are designed for complete beginners – you need no orienteering knowledge or experience and there will be people on hand to explain everything and help you get started.

You can choose a flatter, longer route or go for the straight line every time! It’s up to you and it’s designed to help you find new corners of the city and give you new pavements to pound.

How do I join in?

  • Once you’ve registered above, download the app “MapRun” onto your smartphone from the App store or Google play, and enter your details in the app.
  • Then come to Festival Square on Lothian Road on Wednesdays at any time between 12pm and 1:30pm ready to jog, walk or shuffle at any pace you want.

What should I wear?

You just need to come along in the clothing you’d wear to go for a typical run or walk around Edinburgh.

Also bring your iPhone or Android smartphone (and an armband for it if you have one), and we recommend you download the app “MapRun” in advance.

How long and how fast are the courses?

So you can fit them in a lunch break, courses start at 2.5km with two distance options every week. You can walk, run, jog or roll at whatever pace you want.

For an average runner a short course should take around 20 minutes. For beginners, it should act like interval sessions – you slow down as you figure where you’re going and then speed up towards the next control.

How much does it cost?

It’s only £2, you pay cash on the day, and you’ll get a printed map and all the guidance you need to get going.

As Edinburgh-O was set up by the Scottish Orienteering Association – a registered charity – our aim is to get people to enjoy orienteering, and all proceeds go towards running costs of the event.

Do I need to be there every week?

No and you’re welcome however often you can make it but we encourage you to get into a regular habit!

Once you’ve come to an event and been shown how it works, you’ll be able to “catch up” on weeks you missed in your own time, but there’s absolutely no obligation to do every week.

What if I can’t make Wednesdays at all?

No bother – while it’ll be slightly easier on Wednesdays, as there will be visible markers at the checkpoints and people on hand to help you get started, the courses are set up online so you can run them on your own at another time – you’ll just need to register with us in advance.

If you can’t make Wednesdays, or you’ve got a group you’d like to get together, please contact us through edinburgh@scottish-orienteering.org and we’ll get you involved.

We’ll also introduce you to local orienteering clubs who run orienteering events you can get involved with on weekends.

Can I get my running club involved?

Absolutely! Please get in touch through edinburgh@scottish-orienteering.org and let us know how you’d like to get involved. Whatever your club, we’d love to work with you on this and any future activity.

If it’s orienteering, do I need a compass?

No – this is urban orienteering where there are so many buildings, streets and paths, you should always be able to figure out where you are. If you’re not confident with maps, let us know at the start and we’ll happily show you how to match your map to the ground without a compass.

Do I need to know Edinburgh well?

Not at all – this is a fantastic way to find hidden corners of the city you never knew existed, so it’s ideal if you want to get to know your city better.

How accessible are the courses?

The start, finish and all controls are accessible without stairs, and the most challenging surface you should come across is some of Edinburgh’s cobbles.

Please get in touch on edinburgh@scottish-orienteering.org if you have any questions about accessibility.

Are Midday Map Runs suitable for experienced orienteers?

If you’ve ever wanted to get friends or colleagues into orienteering, this is a great way to do it. There are two courses at each Map Run and you might prefer the longer course while beginners do the shorter one.

Bring people along and help show them what a great sport orienteering is!

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Register now and we’ll email you with a reminder of each event before it happens.