It’s May again and time for more MapRun Mayhem
After the success of the Mount Rogers and Queanbeyan/Jerrabombera virtual rogaines, it’s time for the Ainslie Majura 4 hour virtual rogaine.
This rogaine uses MapRun software to record your visits to the controls. Here’s what you need to know:
Electronic Punching with MapRun
This event uses electronic punching with the MapRun6 or MapRunF app on your phone, or the MapRunG app on your GPS watch. There are no flags at control sites. Instead, you just need to get within about 10 metres of the control site, at which point the app will beep to register the control.
The start point is the gate at the south end of Phillip Avenue, Hackett, near the junction with Kellaway Street (triangle on the map). Approach the start point with the MapRun app to get a beep that indicates you've started. When you return, you need to visit the start point to complete your course with a final beep.
Because there are no control flags, you'll need to navigate carefully and pay attention to the control descriptions, which give precise locations. When reading the control descriptions, remember that rogaine descriptions use the word 'the' to refer to something that is shown on the map, and 'a' or 'an' to refer to something that isn't. So "The path at intersection with a wooden fence" means the control is on the path shown on the map, but that the fence isn't shown on the map.
The map scale is 1:25,000 (4 cm = 1 km), with a 10 m contour interval. The grid lines are aligned to magnetic north.
The map size is A4, which makes it easier for you to print at home if you wish. We suggest you put your map in a poly bag so it won’t get wet or torn.
Apart from your phone or watch running the MapRun App, GPS instruments, altimeters and pedometers are not allowed. You may only use the map provided and your compass.
The map includes major vehicle and foot tracks, but there are many smaller tracks that are not shown. Only the main powerlines are included.
The course area takes in Mount Majura and Mount Ainslie, and there are also a number of controls in adjoining suburbs. Most controls are easily accessible, but there are a few that are harder to reach or harder to find. In particular:
Out of bounds areas
Scoring and Duration
You score points for each control site you visit. The number of points is the control number rounded down to the nearest multiple of ten – for example, you score 50 points for control 57, 60 points for control 61, and 100 points for control 100.
This is a 4 hour event. This means that you have up to 4 hours to visit control sites to maximize your score, and to return to the start point. If you return late, 30 points are subtracted from your score for each minute you are late.
MapRun records your control visits and calculates your final score.
Distances and Course Suggestions
To clear the course and claim the maximum 1750 points, you will need to travel at least 30 km. The 4 hour duration should allow some faster competitors to clear the course, while slower competitors should have time to complete a circuit of Mount Ainslie.
Some suggestions for easier options are:
There are no water drops on the course, so carry what you need. There are some public drinking fountains, including at Mount Ainslie Lookout and in Remembrance Park, on the north side of Treloar Crescent, near control 82.
You’re responsible for your own safety. There is no ACTRA first aid available. If you have a serious accident, call for an ambulance as you would if you were out for a walk.
|Setters and Vetters||Jon Glanville|