|Club||North Gloucestershire Orienteering Club|
|Carpark location||Small layby off the lane that runs East-West across the common past the cemetery|
Suitable as training for intermediate or experienced orienteers only*, three of the courses from the event held here in October 2019 are available to run as "virtual" courses, in your own time and at your own risk. The MapRunF app is used to record control visits and timings using your phone's GPS, after which you can compare your results to others online.
*If you're looking for something better suited to beginner orienteers, or haven't yet done many non-urban courses, you might like the permanent courses at Crickley Hill Country Park (just south of Cheltenham), Pittville Park (Cheltenham), Gloucester Park (Gloucester) or High Meadow (Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean). There are also lots of "MapRun courses" which are mostly in urban areas and involve visiting as many checkpoints as you can in 1 hour - these are all listed on the MapRun Gloucestershire website
Painswick in 2019 was a Middle Distance race, so these courses are short and sharp, with plenty of controls to test your fine navigation at speed, and your ability to orientate yourself quickly out of controls to get going in the right direction for the next one. While the Green and Blue courses are at the hardest level and only suitable for experienced orienteers, the Orange course is at intermediate level and should be accessible to those with some forest/rural orienteering experience.
For full details, including the exact location and where to find the courses in the MapRunF app, see the Painswick Beacon 2019 courses page on MapRun Gloucestershire (or from the "Courses" page, you can find these courses in the Forest Orienteering Training section).
For more information, especially if you've not used the MapRunF app before, check out the rest of the MapRun Gloucestershire website... Here you'll find a Getting Started guide, the leaderboard for these courses and details of any upcoming events on nearby MapRunF courses.
Maps Available From
Painswick Beacon 2019 courses page on MapRun Gloucestershire
- Orange and/or light green standard controls suitable for people with some experience
- Green colour standard or above controls available for experienced orienteers