MapLink and DIY Orienteering

Big news – orienteering is on the way back!  Read all about our Return to Sport Plan, and our Park Street Pre-Season Reboot.

Find out more

In the meantime, Maplink and DIY will remain active and available until further notice.

Welcome to Orienteering Victoria’s digital map library; the perfect way to exercise outdoors with a map near you, any time you like, to stay physically and mentally fit and healthy while other options are unavailable.

You’ll find links to hundreds of maps of all types, with new and previous courses and training sessions. Maps may be downloaded for printing, for individual or small group training at any time of your choosing. There are no physical controls in place, and no maps of closed locations or private property where landowner permission has not been obtained. A number of courses are also set up in Maprun.

If exercising on your own, always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

Exercise Safely and Keep Your Distance

Follow these simple but vital rules to keep yourself and others safe and healthy:

  • If you’re feeling unwell, stay home
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before leaving home and as soon as you return
  • Train individually or with a small group as permitted under health directives
  • No carpooling
  • Avoid contact with others.  Stay at least 2 metres away
  • Avoid touching surfaces such as fences, gates etc. There is no need to touch the object where the control is located
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Note that most parks are now open.  However,  some parks, and public facilities within parks, may remain CLOSED.  Check the websites for Parks Victoria and your local council before using a park based map.

MAPLINK – DIY with new Park Street courses

MapLink will offer a library of Park Street maps with new courses, to print and use any time you like, then share your routes and times, stories and photos. Maps will be added as soon as they are received and ready.

  • Help Maplink grow – anyone is welcome to set a course on a map of their choice – see instructions below.
  • Share your results – use our Virtual PAS scoring system to tell everyone how you went.  Instructions below
  • Share your comments, routes, selfies etc on our MapLink Facebook page – be social but at a safe distance!
  • See where Maplink courses are: check the Maplink Map in the library. Pink = Maplink; blue = waiting for a Maplink

MapLink Library - Find A Map

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MapLink for Participants

How to use MapLink for training

Choose a map near home from the MapLink library. Each Maplink course is a new course on a Park Street map in Melbourne. There is no set time or day to complete MapLink courses, and they don’t expire. The Maplink Library has an index and a map to show/tell you which suburbs are covered.

  • Make sure to follow the current health instructions for outdoor exercise
  • Download and print a map
  • Head to the start location any time
  • Decide on your course – Run60, Run45, or PW65. All courses are Score format
  • Record your start and finish time, and which controls you visited

Find out which maps are where

Diagram of northern, eastern and southern Melbourne Park Street maps

MapLink for Course Setters

How to Set a MapLink Course

Anyone – Any Map – Any Time!

  • Email [email protected]and tell us which map/s and/or suburb/s you would like to set a course on
  • Set as many courses on as many maps as you like; multiple people can set courses on the same map.  The more maps we have, the better! Check the Maplink Map in the library, to see which suburbs (blue ones) still need a course set.
  • If you don’t already have one, we will forward a base map in your preferred format – Ocad 8 or 9, jpg or pdf, along with some simple instructions
  • For consistency, all controls should be set in Score format (which is also easier to set). Locate 20 or 25 control circles and numbers, and a start triangle, on the map.
  • If you are planning the course to be on Maprun, the controls must be on light poles Otherwise use control locations of your choice but make sure they are in obvious locations.  If your course includes a park, highlight that it is a Saturday style event on the map.
  • Add a few simple extras as per the Maplink course setting guide below.
  • Send your completed map back to us for a quick check before publishing.
  • If you’d like to have your map set up for MapRun, let us know.  Follow the additional instructions in the guide, and we’ll put you in contact with the right person to assist.
  • All of this can be done from home – an easy, fun, and different activity!

Maplink Course Setting Guide

 

Virtual PAS Scoring

Virtual PAS Scoring – Entering your results

This is an honesty system – please enter correct results! You may enter a result for any Park Street course completed as exercise.

PLEASE DO NOT ALTER ANYONE ELSE’S RESULTS.

To enter your results, click on this anonymous link, which gives you Edit access to a Google Sheet.

Virtual PAS Scoring

Go to the next available row, and either select from the Dropdown menus or enter text/numbers.

Do not enter data into any Green (protected) cells.

First cell (column A): Select CLAIMED.  The line you are using will turn BLUE, and flag to anyone else currently using the sheet that your line is in use.

  • Date course completed:  enter the date you completed the course
  • Map: type in the name of the map you completed the course on
  • First name: type  in
  • Last name: type in
  • Course: select as applicable. Options are A, B, PW.
  • Start time: enter text in HH:MM:SS 24 hour format
  • End time: enter text in HH:MM:SS 24 hour format
  • Completed time: automatically calculated when Start and End times are entered
  • Number of controls: enter the number of controls you visited
  • Points: enter the number of controls for each points value, and any late penalty (be honest!)   Your total score will auto calculate

MapLink and MapRun

Many MapLink courses will also be set up in MapRun. Here’s how to use MapRun with MapLink:

MapRunF Instructions for MapRun and DIY – Updated 24 March 2020

Before you start

Charge your phone. You will get poor GPS accuracy when your phone tries to conserve a dwindling battery.

Download MapRunF app from the App Store (Iphone) or PlayStore(Android)

MapRunF replaces MapRun, with simpler menus and better handling of the Mass Start.

Accept the prompts for notifications and location when they pop up

Enter your details into the MapRun app (NAME etc). All details are required, and only used for event administration. The email address will only be used for essential communications.

Head to your selected start location with your printed map, after the designated start time advised with the Map Link (eg 12 pm).

Open the App and:

  • click EVENTS NEAR ME (it may take a minute or two to turn on your GPS and get a fix)
  • select your course out of the available Maprun events, ie Run60, Run45, PW
  • press GOTO START, and move to the centre of the Start Triangle to detect the Start which is the beginning of your Competition timing.
  • the map will be visible on your phone.

Your phone will record the controls that you visit with an audible beep, without any further action.

Occasionally your GPS is less accurate, and a particular control won’t be automatically registered. Just continue on till the Finish, when MapRunF will stop tracking your route.  Ensure the Finish is registered, ie beeps, and turns green

Results

If you have internet connectivity the results will automatically upload to the MapRun server.  If the phone is still asking you to upload Results, check your connection to the Internet (Data Allowance), and upload results when you have internet connectivity.

You can then view all scores and/or My Results (tracking, splits, rate, distance, etc.)

MapRun results can also be found at maprunners.weebly.com/results

MapRun QuickStart is an easy way to create your own personal MapRun course.  Simply print a map, and replicate the course within the App (follow instructions at the link)

More about MapLink - FAQs

Do MapLink courses expire?

No. Once released, they remain available for use at any time.

Is there a set “competition” period?

No. You can use the virtual scoring system to self score, any time you like.

Are all MapLink courses also in MapRun?

We have a wide selection of MapLink courses set up in Maprun.  The list of MapLink courses indicates which are in MapRun.

When and where are new MapLink courses released?

As soon as a MapLink course is ready, we’ll publish it in the MapLink library for everyone to use.

How do I know where the start is?

The start location will be noted in the list, and shown on the maps.

When should I do my course?

On any day or time that works for you.

Should I record my results?

Yes – not only does it gives all something to talk about, but it gives us valuable info into where and when you prefer to orienteer. The process is very quick and easy; and Saving is automatic.

Will MapLink include other types of orienteering such as MelbushO?

No – MapLink is being used to create new Park Street courses.

What other orienteering activities are there?

This is a great time to learn new skills like mapping or course setting, or try some virtual training.  Check the upcoming weekly O News bulletins for ideas.

Will MapLink continue once orienteering returns to normal?

We expect MapLink to play a role in a staged return to orienteering events in coming weeks.

DIY WITH PREVIOUS MAPS

Choose from hundreds of previous bush, park street, sprint and MTBO maps. Find a course near you, and print the map. to go for a walk, run or ride close to home.

Got maps to add?  Please email [email protected], and we’ll let you know how you can contribute.

Can’t find a map?  Just ask! Email [email protected] and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Park Street - maps from Winter 2019 and Summer 2019-20

Northern Summer Series 2019-20 – Maprun

Use Maprun to track your route and time

Eastern and Southern Summer Series 2019-20

A wide selection of courses from the most recent Park Street Summer Series.

Winter 2019 Series

Over 50 maps from Monday, Wednesday and Saturday Series 2019.  Monday maps are also available in Maprun

 

 

 

 

 

 

Park Street - DROC Map Archive

DROC Map Archive

Some of these maps are very old! They were correct at the time, but may not be an accurate representation now – use at own risk!

This archive has at least one copy of almost all DROC maps, with a focus on eastern, outer eastern and south eastern suburbs, as far out as Lilydale to the east, and Cranbourne to the southeast.

There are no associated Maprun events set up for these maps.

Park Street - Bayside Kangaroos Maprun Library

Bayside Kangaroos Maprun Library (Western and Surf Coast Series) – you can use the Maprun app to track your route and record your time

Park Street - more StreetO Maps

Enjoy some nostalgia! here’s a huge library of maps and courses going all the way back to 1995!

StreetO Maps

Where are the Park Street maps located?

DIY IN BALLARAT AND BENDIGO

Ballarat Maprun - for Ballarat Locals

Bendigo Maprun - for Bendigo locals

ANYTIME ORIENTEERING – BALLARAT

For Ballarat based members, Roch has prepared some courses at Enfield as an option to keep you fit and healthy.
Three courses are available, or build your own course from the all controls map.
Tapes have been put out at the control sites so you have reassurance you have reached the correct feature.

Remember, if exercising on your own, always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

Enfield Maps - Week One

The Start Point is HERE
The tracks on google are not that clear so it is best to get to the start point by turning into Clarkes Rd and then turning left on to Monmouth Rd.

Course 1

Course 2

Course 3

All Controls – Week One

Enfield Maps - Week Two

Another 50 controls sites have been taped.
A couple of more courses have been set for you to practice on – or draw up your own course from the all controls map.

The Starting Point this week is HERE

Course 4

Course 5

All Controls – Week Two

VIRTUAL CITY RACES

Race around the world from home, using competition maps, question sheets, and Google Street View. Navigate your way through the streets and enjoy the sights of Barcelona, London, Liverpool and Melbourne.  New maps are added weekly.

Virtual City Race Maps and Questions

PERMANENT COURSES

Victorian clubs have made their permanent course maps available as a service to OV members.  Unlike other maps in this library, these maps have permanent markers in place.

Please complete the request form below to order a digital (pdf) permanent course map for printing.  For non members, you can order printed permanent course maps, or use Maprun.  Find out more here

Please send me a Permanent Course Map

This is a service for current Orienteering Victoria members ONLY. It is made available while COVID 19 restrictions are in place. NOTE: While most parks are still open for individuals to use for exercise following social distancing rules, all bbqs, picnic shelters, toilets, campgrounds, playgrounds, viewing platforms etc are CLOSED in all Parks Victoria managed locations. You Yangs Regional Park is one of several parks that are completely CLOSED. Permanent course maps are now withheld for You Yangs. Check the Parks Victoria website www.parks.vic.gov.au for a list of current park restrictions and closures.

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    Only current members of Victorian orienteering clubs can use this form to request free access to permanent course maps. Please select your club.

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