Set, Send, Share – Anyone, Any Map, Any Time


New Park Street courses now available:

New this week (26 May onwards):  Ascot Vale, Academy Hill, Jells West, Nortons Park.

Park Street Pre-Season Reboot maps will be added to Maplink the day after each session. Look out for Wantirna South, Colchester, and Princes Park this week!

Find them here: Maplink library

New feature: check the Maplink Map in the Library, which shows the suburbs which have a course set (pink) and the ones that are still waiting (blue).

Invitation to set courses for anyone, any map, any time

Everything is changing fast, including Maplink.  The web page looks a little different, but you’ll now find everything you need for DIY orienteering on a single page:  Maplink and DIY Orienteering

In order to fast track new Park Street courses, and get as many published as quickly as possible, we need your help!  We’re encouraging everyone to set courses from the comfort of home, send them to us, and we’ll share them as soon as they’re ready, rather than in line with the planned Park Street fixture.  With one link, anyone will be able to see and choose from all available options, without having to wait for a scheduled release.  The more courses we have, the easier it is for people to find a map near home for exercise. Some courses will also be made available in Maprun.

Here’s how it works:

  • 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!
  • 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

Other news

We’ve just added about 80 previous maps to the DIY Map Library, from the 2019 Winter series, and the 2019-20 Summer Series. Many of these are also in Maprun – look for Monday Winter and Northern Summer Series maps if you want to use the app with your map.  If you can’t find a map near you, let us know and we’ll track some down.

Virtual scoring – the spreadsheet has been simplified to accommodate results from any Park Street map – new or old.  Keep adding them!

Maprun Quickstart – here’s how to easily set up a personal Maprun course on your phone – simply print the map, then replicate the control locations within the app.  Thanks to David and BK for the tip!

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