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Martinshaw Woods - Groby

RegionEast Midlands
ClubLeicestershire Orienteering Club
Nearest townGroby, Leicestershire
PostcodeLE6 0BN
Carpark locationOn street in Woodbank Road, Groby

Available Maps

Traditional & Smartphone Virtual orienteering courses here

The courses were initially installed by the owners; the Woodland Trust website

Groups: should obtain permission from the Woodland Trust. The Trust expects you to complete a risk assessment and to take care of the woodland.

Terrain: The extensive path network makes it suitable for beginners.

The coniferous woodland is being removed and replaced by native Deciduous trees, so there can be quite a lot of brambles on cross country routes.

The area is split in two by the M1 is fairly flat but there are some small water features.

Score Course: the 45-minute course is where you choose your own route to find as many as you can in 45 minutes. (The British Schools Score Championship time limit).

Other courses: there are further courses starting in the centre (near the M1 bridge) and in the West of Ratby Woodlands on Burroughs Lane (Including a Blue course).

Safety: Do not walk on any Log piles left from forestry workings.

Groups: Group Leaders wanting to introduce Orienteering should download the Youth Leader Guide.  This suggests a series of steps to introduce beginners to orienteering navigation.  Ask the POC Coordinator for the latest Star/ Loop maps as these are not based on the current map.  Also download the risk assessment aid, which will give you advice on hazards and the mitigation you should consider.

For further information and known issues relating to controls, please see the Leicestershire Orienteering Club website

Map updated: Winter 2019

Traditional Courses

Course

Controls

Length
(km)

Suitable for Groby

Estimated
Time (mins)

Start

White

12

2.0

Beginner children probably followed by parents 

10-25

Groby

Yellow

8

1.8

A child with some experience

15-40

Ratby

Yellow

10

2.5

 

 

Orange

12

3.5

Adult beginner confident junior

25-50

Ratby

Orange

12

3.2

Adult beginner confident junior

25-50

Groby

Light Green

16

3.9

Confident Adult experienced Junior

30-70

Ratby

Light Green

16

3.7

 

30-70

Groby

Light Green (international symbols)

16

3.7

uses international control description symbols instead of text 

30-70

Groby

Green

13

3.7

Confident Adult experienced Junior

Involved road crossings.

40-80

Ratby

Score

20

 

Adult or children

Some controls are too hard for beginners

45

Ratby

Score

20

 

Some controls are too hard for beginners

45

Groby

and

Ratby

Lengths of courses shown are in straight lines between controls, and the estimate of times are for someone running to someone walking. Both will vary depending on your route choice and ability.

VOC Details

Alternatively, you can use the Maprun6 app. Maprun6 App  Garmin watch owners may wish to use the sister app MaprunG.

Your phone (watch) beeps when you get close to the feature (a virtual control detected by your GPS signal). Upload your results to see your position on the leader board.

We suggest you download a MAPRUN map from here but you can just use the one on your smartphone.

Courses Available
Courses

Length

(km)

Controls Suitable for

Expected time

(minutes)

Results
Yellow 2.1 9 Beginner 20-40 Yellow
Green 5.0 15 Experienced orienteer 40-90 Green
Score   25 Some are too hard for beginners 60 minutes, 20 points per control less 10 points per minute or part minute late. Score
Race Map      

A blank map for training under race conditions. Use after starting your course. You will need the "control descriptions" (below) also.

 
Control Descriptions       A list of the control sites for all the Maprun courses, for those using a smart phone only or with a Race map  

To use the Maprun app when in the car park, start the Maprun6 app

Click 'Events near me' or click 'Select Event' and go to the UK/Leicestershire/Martinshaw folder to find the courses. Click the one you want. Click ‘go to Start’ when you are ready.  When you get near the start your time begins once your phone beeps. Avoid going through the finish as you leave the start!

Beginners there are a couple of features to help you navigate: Before the start, the location and track are always shown. Once you pass the start the location and track disappear ... unless you have enabled 'show track' or 'show location'. These features can be enabled in 'Options and settings' before you start. For some courses, we had added a ‘show me’ feature. Where it's available there is a button on the screen but you can only use it a few times.

A number of orienteers have found 34 and the finish to be slow responding.  As a guide to the finish location see the image of the Maprun finish.

Further Information

  • Loops and stars exercises available for groups
  • White and/or yellow standard controls suitable for beginners
  • Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience
  • Green colour standard or above controls available for experienced orienteers