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[EurekaO] Delacombe Ballarat Map Run Sunday 20th at 5:00pm

 Posted by at 9:49 am  Quicknews  Comments Off on [EurekaO] Delacombe Ballarat Map Run Sunday 20th at 5:00pm
Jan 172019
 
Just a suggestion that with the upcoming events, would it be possible to have an event created on Facebook?  That would allow the event to be shared on other Facebook pages for the Ballarat area.

Aaron 

On Wed, 16 Jan 2019 14:19 All Members of Eureka <allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au wrote:
Hi all
This Sunday the 20th of January at 5:00 pm is our second installment of the Ballarat Map Run.

The event is a mass start from the picnic area on Royale St Delacombe.  Find as many of the 20 possible points on the map as you want within a 45min time frame.

Your results and the points you have visited is recorded on your smart phone using the Maprun app.  The app runs on both Android and Apple phones and id easy to install and run. Look for MapRun by FNE Enterprises and install it before you arrive.  If you need help to use it there will be many willing helpers at the event.

Please bring a picnic dinner and some drinks.  Have a chat, enjoy some good company and analyse your run after the event.  Bread, plastic plates and a cold chicken will be supplied.  All you need is drinks and a salad.

Roch Prendergast (President) 


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[EurekaO] Delacombe Ballarat Map Run Sunday 20th at 5:00pm

 Posted by at 2:18 pm  Quicknews  Comments Off on [EurekaO] Delacombe Ballarat Map Run Sunday 20th at 5:00pm
Jan 162019
 
Hi all
This Sunday the 20th of January at 5:00 pm is our second installment of the Ballarat Map Run.

The event is a mass start from the picnic area on Royale St Delacombe.  Find as many of the 20 possible points on the map as you want within a 45min time frame.

Your results and the points you have visited is recorded on your smart phone using the Maprun app.  The app runs on both Android and Apple phones and id easy to install and run. Look for MapRun by FNE Enterprises and install it before you arrive.  If you need help to use it there will be many willing helpers at the event.

Please bring a picnic dinner and some drinks.  Have a chat, enjoy some good company and analyse your run after the event.  Bread, plastic plates and a cold chicken will be supplied.  All you need is drinks and a salad.

Roch Prendergast (President) 


[EurekaO] Ballarat Maprun

 Posted by at 5:20 pm  Results  Comments Off on [EurekaO] Ballarat Maprun
Jan 052019
 
Will depend on cycling finish time for me
Mark 

Sent from my iPhone

On 5 Jan 2019, at 5:12 pm, All Members of Eureka <allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> wrote:

We are all set to go for the Maprun at Victoria Park tomorrow. We’ve tested the app and course and all is good. And we’ve printed maps.

Now we need to see you there, ready to start at 5pm.

As per my earlier email, download the app before you come (or we can help you when you arrive). Make sure your phone is charged as running the app does use some battery power.

As mentioned, the course is “open” for use at any time, but it would be great if you could come at 5pm tomorrow (Sunday) as we’d like to make it a social occasion as well. There is a BBQ nearby so we plan to have a picnic dinner after the run.

Hope to see many of you there.

Cheers

Jenny

 

 

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[EurekaO] Ballarat Maprun

 Posted by at 5:11 pm  Quicknews  Comments Off on [EurekaO] Ballarat Maprun
Jan 052019
 

We are all set to go for the Maprun at Victoria Park tomorrow. We’ve tested the app and course and all is good. And we’ve printed maps.

Now we need to see you there, ready to start at 5pm.

As per my earlier email, download the app before you come (or we can help you when you arrive). Make sure your phone is charged as running the app does use some battery power.

As mentioned, the course is “open” for use at any time, but it would be great if you could come at 5pm tomorrow (Sunday) as we’d like to make it a social occasion as well. There is a BBQ nearby so we plan to have a picnic dinner after the run.

Hope to see many of you there.

Cheers

Jenny

 

 

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[EurekaO] Ballarat Map Run

 Posted by at 3:23 pm  Quicknews  Comments Off on [EurekaO] Ballarat Map Run
Jan 032019
 

The first event of our Ballarat Map Run series (formerly our BUNS Series) will be held this Sunday 6 January, brought to you by Geoff.

 

The venue is Victoria Park and the start time is 5pm. We will meet at the North end of the Park, just off Sturt St, near the toilet block. Look for the Eureka banner.

 

The format will be the same as previously- 20 checkpoints to visit in 45 mins, 10 points per checkpoint, 10 penalty points deducted for each minute or part thereof you are late returning.

 

We have, however, moved to using the Maprun smartphone application. For those of you unfamiliar with this technology, your smartphone is used to record your visits to the checkpoints and for timing. No markers are placed at the checkpoints. Instead your phone will beep and buzz when you reach the location, confirming that you are at the correct place. The map, showing the checkpoints will show on your phone but we will also provide a paper copy of the map and course. An advantage of using this technology is that, since no markers are put out,  the course can remain open for an extended period. So if you are unable to come at 5pm on Sunday, it is possible to still do the course at some other time that suits you.

 

You need to download the MapRun app before the event (or come to the event early and get some assistance with this).

 

So, before reading on, grab your smartphone and install the Maprun app from the Apple Store or Google Play! You will be asked to enter your basic personal details when you first run the app.

More details about when the event is open/ map will be available/event name etc will be sent out soon.

We hope to make the event a social occasion too so have chosen a venue with a BBQ nearby, hoping people will be able to stay after their run and have a picnic dinner.

So we hope to see you on Sunday at 5pm. Meanwhile download the app,  charge your phone and grab some snags for the barbie.

(If you have any questions about the app and how it all works, email Ian Chennell ian@chennell.com    He’ll be able to help!) 

See you then

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[EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 Posted by at 11:36 am  Results  Comments Off on [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available
Dec 192018
 
I did the full course on my bike today.
Here are some more observations:

-I passed one control at 35km/hr and it registered.
-I had my phone’s silent button on at the start and my earphones in – the beeps didn’t happen – took me a bit to work that one out
-the total course distance seems to include the distance from when the GPS is started rather than from the Start control – I might contact the developer – I would call this a bug rather than a feature.

Regards,

Tony



On 12 Dec 2018, at 08:42, All Members of Eureka <allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> wrote:

People,

 

I ran this course yesterday evening, and have a few observations:

 

  • Maprun recorded me getting to each of the controls, no problem.
  • It only beeped if the phone was active.  It did not register audibly when the phone was asleep.  You can probably keep the phone awake if you explore its option settings.
  • Without having actual controls to see, I think we should be using explicit point features as controls – “pole outside no.32” or “bus stop sign”, for example.  Controls that are just mid-block are difficult to know when you have reached them.  This is particularly a problem when you want to get to the control and then go back the way you came.  Alternatively, we could continue to put up a bit of the red and white tape as we have been doing.  A few of Ian’s tapes are still out, although very faded.  It was reassuring to see these.
  • It is great to be able to run an event afterwards that you might not have been able to get to at the time, and compare your results to those of others as well.

 

All told, I think that Maprun is a really good initiative.

 

Regards,

 

Warwick.

 

From: allmembers <allmembers-bounces@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> On Behalf Of All Members of Eureka
Sent: Monday, 10 December 2018 7:15 PM
To: allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au
Subject: Re: [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 

 

Hi everyone,

I just drove around (slack, I know, but not enough time to do a full run today!) past 10 controls on my test event, to make sure Maprun is ok, and it all worked perfectly!

Maprun picks up each control when you get within about 10m of it, and there seems to be a short delay of 1 to 2 seconds before it registers. That may have been more noticeable because I was driving, I expect it wouldn’t be so much on foot.

Didn’t hear any beeps or vibration at each control, but I wasn’t holding the phone, so might have missed that.

Cheap smartphones for loan are a good idea, and I think a wifi hotspot at the meeting point so people can connect to Maprun and download the event data is also a good idea.

Excellent fun!

Cheers, Ian

On 10 Dec. 2018, at 15:41, All Members of Eureka <allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> wrote:

If Eureka decide to go ahead with this…then it would be best if the club buys 5 or 6 cheap phones that can be loaned out.

Craig Feu… had some simple ones he used at the OA conference for this purpose.

Perhaps talk to him

Kay

 

From: allmembers <allmembers-bounces@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> On Behalf Of All Members of Eureka

Sent: Monday, December 10, 2018 2:42 PM

Subject: Re: [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 

Excellent work and very now technology. What if some people do not have a smart phone though, can they still compete?

 

Jonesy

 

From: allmembers <allmembers-bounces@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> on behalf of All Members of Eureka <allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au>

Date: Monday, 10 December 2018 1:35 pm

Subject: [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 

Hi all,

At the planning meeting yesterday at the Prendergast’s, we decided that Eureka should adopt the Maprun smartphone application to conduct the next series of BUNS.

So, before reading on, grab your smartphone and install the Maprun app from the Apple Store or Google Play! You will be asked to enter your basic personal details when you first run the app.

With that in mind, we’ve also decided to change the name of the next series to the “Ballarat Map Run”, which we feel is easier for new participants to understand readily than “BUNS”, which we almost always had to explain…

Before we start doing Maprun events with publicity in place, we decided to use one of our past BUNS events as a test Maprun event, to prove we can get it working before adding the pressure of a live calendar and new participants.

Last night, I took a couple of hours to work through Peter Effeney’s excellent instructions about setting up an event, and sent him the required files for last year’s event I set at Don Lead. Only a handful of people made it to that one, as many of the usual attendees were away in Europe at the time. It was a very gusty morning as well, and not very pleasant.

Very pleased to say that setting up a Maprun event is fairly straightforward, using Google Earth.

The test event is available now in Maprun, so anyone who wants to go and try it out, you’re very welcome to. We will be meeting at the Fidelity Club Kindergarten in Ripon Street next Sunday at 5pm to run as a group, if you want to run with company, or need help setting up Maprun on your smartphone. Otherwise, the event is open now and has no expiry date, so you can go and try it out at your convenience if you’re comfortable with using Maprun and how to start your run yourself.

The event is called “Eureka Test Don Lead”, and it’s under the Victoria>Ballarat folder. Usually it will also appear in Events Near Me.

The exact Start point is the streetsign on the Northwestern corner of Ripon and Urquhart Streets. The Finish point is the southeastern fence corner of the Fidelity Club Kindergarten, about 30m north of the Start point.

Important: Once you Start the course in the app, and you’ve visited one or more checkpoints, don’t come near the Finish point until you’re ready to finish! Otherwise Maprun will end your run.

I’ve used the “Victorian Street-O Score” format in the event, so its 20 points per checkpoint, with 10 points off per minute or part of late after 45 minutes. That’s the closest one to our usual, but we can configure our own score format as well if we want to be different.

Maprun does allow you to read the map on your screen in the app. However, if you’re like me, trying to run while reading a small phone screen in bright sunlight is no fun, and a recipe for a very short run with a painful ending…! I’ve attached a PDF copy of the map to print out. Theres also a couple of screenshots to assist with setting up Maprun, and where the Start and Finish are.

Enjoy, these are exciting times, and Maprun will add a new dimension to our urban orienteering!

Regards, Ian

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[EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 Posted by at 11:22 am  Results  Comments Off on [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available
Dec 182018
 
Hi all,

I didn’t make it Sunday as the Birthday party I was attending ended later than I expected. Instead I went out yesterday, and after a slow start (my printer ran out of red ink so I had to add the missing controls by hand and (of course!) mis-marked the first control I visited!) I found it worked really well. When my phone had shut down, I still received a message on my iWatch when I reached the control, so I didn’t need to have the phone out (except for ensuring I had marked the control in the right spot!)  I’d say this is the way to go for the future.

Cheers
BJ



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Sent: Monday, December 10, 2018 1:36 PM
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Subject: [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available
 

Hi all,

At the planning meeting yesterday at the Prendergast’s, we decided that Eureka should adopt the Maprun smartphone application to conduct the next series of BUNS.

So, before reading on, grab your smartphone and install the Maprun app from the Apple Store or Google Play! You will be asked to enter your basic personal details when you first run the app.

With that in mind, we’ve also decided to change the name of the next series to the “Ballarat Map Run”, which we feel is easier for new participants to understand readily than “BUNS”, which we almost always had to explain…

Before we start doing Maprun events with publicity in place, we decided to use one of our past BUNS events as a test Maprun event, to prove we can get it working before adding the pressure of a live calendar and new participants.

Last night, I took a couple of hours to work through Peter Effeney’s excellent instructions about setting up an event, and sent him the required files for last year’s event I set at Don Lead. Only a handful of people made it to that one, as many of the usual attendees were away in Europe at the time. It was a very gusty morning as well, and not very pleasant.

Very pleased to say that setting up a Maprun event is fairly straightforward, using Google Earth.

The test event is available now in Maprun, so anyone who wants to go and try it out, you’re very welcome to. We will be meeting at the Fidelity Club Kindergarten in Ripon Street next Sunday at 5pm to run as a group, if you want to run with company, or need help setting up Maprun on your smartphone. Otherwise, the event is open now and has no expiry date, so you can go and try it out at your convenience if you’re comfortable with using Maprun and how to start your run yourself.

The event is called “Eureka Test Don Lead”, and it’s under the Victoria>Ballarat folder. Usually it will also appear in Events Near Me.

The exact Start point is the streetsign on the Northwestern corner of Ripon and Urquhart Streets. The Finish point is the southeastern fence corner of the Fidelity Club Kindergarten, about 30m north of the Start point.

Important: Once you Start the course in the app, and you’ve visited one or more checkpoints, don’t come near the Finish point until you’re ready to finish! Otherwise Maprun will end your run.

I’ve used the “Victorian Street-O Score” format in the event, so its 20 points per checkpoint, with 10 points off per minute or part of late after 45 minutes. That’s the closest one to our usual, but we can configure our own score format as well if we want to be different.

Maprun does allow you to read the map on your screen in the app. However, if you’re like me, trying to run while reading a small phone screen in bright sunlight is no fun, and a recipe for a very short run with a painful ending…! I’ve attached a PDF copy of the map to print out. Theres also a couple of screenshots to assist with setting up Maprun, and where the Start and Finish are.

Enjoy, these are exciting times, and Maprun will add a new dimension to our urban orienteering!

Regards, Ian

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[EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 Posted by at 3:31 pm  Results  Comments Off on [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available
Dec 162018
 
Hi Everyone,

I just did the part of the course on foot with the dog and the weather threatening.

It was fantastic. 

My phone was in my pocket (iPhone 8) and wireless headphones on. 

I could hear the beeping at each control and it worked despite the phone screen locking.

I will try out the complete course during the week on my bike (to see how fast I can pass controls and still register)

Tony

On 12 Dec 2018, at 08:42, All Members of Eureka <allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> wrote:

People,

 

I ran this course yesterday evening, and have a few observations:

 

  • Maprun recorded me getting to each of the controls, no problem.
  • It only beeped if the phone was active.  It did not register audibly when the phone was asleep.  You can probably keep the phone awake if you explore its option settings.
  • Without having actual controls to see, I think we should be using explicit point features as controls – “pole outside no.32” or “bus stop sign”, for example.  Controls that are just mid-block are difficult to know when you have reached them.  This is particularly a problem when you want to get to the control and then go back the way you came.  Alternatively, we could continue to put up a bit of the red and white tape as we have been doing.  A few of Ian’s tapes are still out, although very faded.  It was reassuring to see these.
  • It is great to be able to run an event afterwards that you might not have been able to get to at the time, and compare your results to those of others as well.

 

All told, I think that Maprun is a really good initiative.

 

Regards,

 

Warwick.

 

From: allmembers <allmembers-bounces@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> On Behalf Of All Members of Eureka
Sent: Monday, 10 December 2018 7:15 PM
To: allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au
Subject: Re: [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 

 

Hi everyone,

I just drove around (slack, I know, but not enough time to do a full run today!) past 10 controls on my test event, to make sure Maprun is ok, and it all worked perfectly!

Maprun picks up each control when you get within about 10m of it, and there seems to be a short delay of 1 to 2 seconds before it registers. That may have been more noticeable because I was driving, I expect it wouldn’t be so much on foot.

Didn’t hear any beeps or vibration at each control, but I wasn’t holding the phone, so might have missed that.

Cheap smartphones for loan are a good idea, and I think a wifi hotspot at the meeting point so people can connect to Maprun and download the event data is also a good idea.

Excellent fun!

Cheers, Ian

On 10 Dec. 2018, at 15:41, All Members of Eureka <allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> wrote:

If Eureka decide to go ahead with this…then it would be best if the club buys 5 or 6 cheap phones that can be loaned out.

Craig Feu… had some simple ones he used at the OA conference for this purpose.

Perhaps talk to him

Kay

 

From: allmembers <allmembers-bounces@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> On Behalf Of All Members of Eureka

Sent: Monday, December 10, 2018 2:42 PM

Subject: Re: [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 

Excellent work and very now technology. What if some people do not have a smart phone though, can they still compete?

 

Jonesy

 

From: allmembers <allmembers-bounces@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> on behalf of All Members of Eureka <allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au>

Date: Monday, 10 December 2018 1:35 pm

Subject: [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 

Hi all,

At the planning meeting yesterday at the Prendergast’s, we decided that Eureka should adopt the Maprun smartphone application to conduct the next series of BUNS.

So, before reading on, grab your smartphone and install the Maprun app from the Apple Store or Google Play! You will be asked to enter your basic personal details when you first run the app.

With that in mind, we’ve also decided to change the name of the next series to the “Ballarat Map Run”, which we feel is easier for new participants to understand readily than “BUNS”, which we almost always had to explain…

Before we start doing Maprun events with publicity in place, we decided to use one of our past BUNS events as a test Maprun event, to prove we can get it working before adding the pressure of a live calendar and new participants.

Last night, I took a couple of hours to work through Peter Effeney’s excellent instructions about setting up an event, and sent him the required files for last year’s event I set at Don Lead. Only a handful of people made it to that one, as many of the usual attendees were away in Europe at the time. It was a very gusty morning as well, and not very pleasant.

Very pleased to say that setting up a Maprun event is fairly straightforward, using Google Earth.

The test event is available now in Maprun, so anyone who wants to go and try it out, you’re very welcome to. We will be meeting at the Fidelity Club Kindergarten in Ripon Street next Sunday at 5pm to run as a group, if you want to run with company, or need help setting up Maprun on your smartphone. Otherwise, the event is open now and has no expiry date, so you can go and try it out at your convenience if you’re comfortable with using Maprun and how to start your run yourself.

The event is called “Eureka Test Don Lead”, and it’s under the Victoria>Ballarat folder. Usually it will also appear in Events Near Me.

The exact Start point is the streetsign on the Northwestern corner of Ripon and Urquhart Streets. The Finish point is the southeastern fence corner of the Fidelity Club Kindergarten, about 30m north of the Start point.

Important: Once you Start the course in the app, and you’ve visited one or more checkpoints, don’t come near the Finish point until you’re ready to finish! Otherwise Maprun will end your run.

I’ve used the “Victorian Street-O Score” format in the event, so its 20 points per checkpoint, with 10 points off per minute or part of late after 45 minutes. That’s the closest one to our usual, but we can configure our own score format as well if we want to be different.

Maprun does allow you to read the map on your screen in the app. However, if you’re like me, trying to run while reading a small phone screen in bright sunlight is no fun, and a recipe for a very short run with a painful ending…! I’ve attached a PDF copy of the map to print out. Theres also a couple of screenshots to assist with setting up Maprun, and where the Start and Finish are.

Enjoy, these are exciting times, and Maprun will add a new dimension to our urban orienteering!

Regards, Ian

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[EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 Posted by at 8:42 am  Results  Comments Off on [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available
Dec 122018
 

People,

 

I ran this course yesterday evening, and have a few observations:

 

  • Maprun recorded me getting to each of the controls, no problem.
  • It only beeped if the phone was active.  It did not register audibly when the phone was asleep.  You can probably keep the phone awake if you explore its option settings.
  • Without having actual controls to see, I think we should be using explicit point features as controls – “pole outside no.32” or “bus stop sign”, for example.  Controls that are just mid-block are difficult to know when you have reached them.  This is particularly a problem when you want to get to the control and then go back the way you came.  Alternatively, we could continue to put up a bit of the red and white tape as we have been doing.  A few of Ian’s tapes are still out, although very faded.  It was reassuring to see these.
  • It is great to be able to run an event afterwards that you might not have been able to get to at the time, and compare your results to those of others as well.

 

All told, I think that Maprun is a really good initiative.

 

Regards,

 

Warwick.

 

From: allmembers <allmembers-bounces@eurekaorienteers.asn.au&gt; On Behalf Of All Members of Eureka
Sent: Monday, 10 December 2018 7:15 PM
To: allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au
Subject: Re: [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 

 

Hi everyone,

I just drove around (slack, I know, but not enough time to do a full run today!) past 10 controls on my test event, to make sure Maprun is ok, and it all worked perfectly!

Maprun picks up each control when you get within about 10m of it, and there seems to be a short delay of 1 to 2 seconds before it registers. That may have been more noticeable because I was driving, I expect it wouldn’t be so much on foot.

Didn’t hear any beeps or vibration at each control, but I wasn’t holding the phone, so might have missed that.

Cheap smartphones for loan are a good idea, and I think a wifi hotspot at the meeting point so people can connect to Maprun and download the event data is also a good idea.

Excellent fun!

Cheers, Ian

On 10 Dec. 2018, at 15:41, All Members of Eureka <allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> wrote:

If Eureka decide to go ahead with this…then it would be best if the club buys 5 or 6 cheap phones that can be loaned out.

Craig Feu… had some simple ones he used at the OA conference for this purpose.

Perhaps talk to him

Kay

 

From: allmembers <allmembers-bounces@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> On Behalf Of All Members of Eureka

Sent: Monday, December 10, 2018 2:42 PM

Subject: Re: [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 

Excellent work and very now technology. What if some people do not have a smart phone though, can they still compete?

 

Jonesy

 

From: allmembers <allmembers-bounces@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> on behalf of All Members of Eureka <allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au>

Date: Monday, 10 December 2018 1:35 pm

Subject: [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 

Hi all,

At the planning meeting yesterday at the Prendergast’s, we decided that Eureka should adopt the Maprun smartphone application to conduct the next series of BUNS.

So, before reading on, grab your smartphone and install the Maprun app from the Apple Store or Google Play! You will be asked to enter your basic personal details when you first run the app.

With that in mind, we’ve also decided to change the name of the next series to the "Ballarat Map Run", which we feel is easier for new participants to understand readily than "BUNS", which we almost always had to explain…

Before we start doing Maprun events with publicity in place, we decided to use one of our past BUNS events as a test Maprun event, to prove we can get it working before adding the pressure of a live calendar and new participants.

Last night, I took a couple of hours to work through Peter Effeney’s excellent instructions about setting up an event, and sent him the required files for last year’s event I set at Don Lead. Only a handful of people made it to that one, as many of the usual attendees were away in Europe at the time. It was a very gusty morning as well, and not very pleasant.

Very pleased to say that setting up a Maprun event is fairly straightforward, using Google Earth.

The test event is available now in Maprun, so anyone who wants to go and try it out, you’re very welcome to. We will be meeting at the Fidelity Club Kindergarten in Ripon Street next Sunday at 5pm to run as a group, if you want to run with company, or need help setting up Maprun on your smartphone. Otherwise, the event is open now and has no expiry date, so you can go and try it out at your convenience if you’re comfortable with using Maprun and how to start your run yourself.

The event is called "Eureka Test Don Lead", and it’s under the Victoria>Ballarat folder. Usually it will also appear in Events Near Me.

The exact Start point is the streetsign on the Northwestern corner of Ripon and Urquhart Streets. The Finish point is the southeastern fence corner of the Fidelity Club Kindergarten, about 30m north of the Start point.

Important: Once you Start the course in the app, and you’ve visited one or more checkpoints, don’t come near the Finish point until you’re ready to finish! Otherwise Maprun will end your run.

I’ve used the "Victorian Street-O Score" format in the event, so its 20 points per checkpoint, with 10 points off per minute or part of late after 45 minutes. That’s the closest one to our usual, but we can configure our own score format as well if we want to be different.

Maprun does allow you to read the map on your screen in the app. However, if you’re like me, trying to run while reading a small phone screen in bright sunlight is no fun, and a recipe for a very short run with a painful ending…! I’ve attached a PDF copy of the map to print out. Theres also a couple of screenshots to assist with setting up Maprun, and where the Start and Finish are.

Enjoy, these are exciting times, and Maprun will add a new dimension to our urban orienteering!

Regards, Ian

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[EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

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Dec 102018
 

Hi everyone,

I just drove around (slack, I know, but not enough time to do a full run today!) past 10 controls on my test event, to make sure Maprun is ok, and it all worked perfectly!

Maprun picks up each control when you get within about 10m of it, and there seems to be a short delay of 1 to 2 seconds before it registers. That may have been more noticeable because I was driving, I expect it wouldn’t be so much on foot.

Didn’t hear any beeps or vibration at each control, but I wasn’t holding the phone, so might have missed that.

Cheap smartphones for loan are a good idea, and I think a wifi hotspot at the meeting point so people can connect to Maprun and download the event data is also a good idea.

Excellent fun!

Cheers, Ian


On 10 Dec. 2018, at 15:41, All Members of Eureka <allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> wrote:

If Eureka decide to go ahead with this…then it would be best if the club buys 5 or 6 cheap phones that can be loaned out.

Craig Feu… had some simple ones he used at the OA conference for this purpose.

Perhaps talk to him

Kay

 

From: allmembers <allmembers-bounces@eurekaorienteers.asn.au&gt; On Behalf Of All Members of Eureka
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2018 2:42 PM
Subject: Re: [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 

Excellent work and very now technology. What if some people do not have a smart phone though, can they still compete?

 

Jonesy

 

From: allmembers <allmembers-bounces@eurekaorienteers.asn.au> on behalf of All Members of Eureka <allmembers@eurekaorienteers.asn.au>
Date: Monday, 10 December 2018 1:35 pm
Subject: [EurekaO] First Maprun Test Event is Available

 

Hi all,

At the planning meeting yesterday at the Prendergast’s, we decided that Eureka should adopt the Maprun smartphone application to conduct the next series of BUNS.

So, before reading on, grab your smartphone and install the Maprun app from the Apple Store or Google Play! You will be asked to enter your basic personal details when you first run the app.

With that in mind, we’ve also decided to change the name of the next series to the “Ballarat Map Run”, which we feel is easier for new participants to understand readily than “BUNS”, which we almost always had to explain…

Before we start doing Maprun events with publicity in place, we decided to use one of our past BUNS events as a test Maprun event, to prove we can get it working before adding the pressure of a live calendar and new participants.

Last night, I took a couple of hours to work through Peter Effeney’s excellent instructions about setting up an event, and sent him the required files for last year’s event I set at Don Lead. Only a handful of people made it to that one, as many of the usual attendees were away in Europe at the time. It was a very gusty morning as well, and not very pleasant.

Very pleased to say that setting up a Maprun event is fairly straightforward, using Google Earth.

The test event is available now in Maprun, so anyone who wants to go and try it out, you’re very welcome to. We will be meeting at the Fidelity Club Kindergarten in Ripon Street next Sunday at 5pm to run as a group, if you want to run with company, or need help setting up Maprun on your smartphone. Otherwise, the event is open now and has no expiry date, so you can go and try it out at your convenience if you’re comfortable with using Maprun and how to start your run yourself.

The event is called “Eureka Test Don Lead”, and it’s under the Victoria>Ballarat folder. Usually it will also appear in Events Near Me.

The exact Start point is the streetsign on the Northwestern corner of Ripon and Urquhart Streets. The Finish point is the southeastern fence corner of the Fidelity Club Kindergarten, about 30m north of the Start point.

Important: Once you Start the course in the app, and you’ve visited one or more checkpoints, don’t come near the Finish point until you’re ready to finish! Otherwise Maprun will end your run.

I’ve used the “Victorian Street-O Score” format in the event, so its 20 points per checkpoint, with 10 points off per minute or part of late after 45 minutes. That’s the closest one to our usual, but we can configure our own score format as well if we want to be different.

Maprun does allow you to read the map on your screen in the app. However, if you’re like me, trying to run while reading a small phone screen in bright sunlight is no fun, and a recipe for a very short run with a painful ending…! I’ve attached a PDF copy of the map to print out. Theres also a couple of screenshots to assist with setting up Maprun, and where the Start and Finish are.

Enjoy, these are exciting times, and Maprun will add a new dimension to our urban orienteering!

Regards, Ian

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