Is there a substitute for parkrun?Well yes, we think so

Control on boulder

Control on boulder

Posted: Wed 18 Mar 2020

Many of us will miss our weekly parkrun fix over the next few weeks, so BASOC are offering a substitute - a collection of downloadable maps showing enjoyable 5km runs in lovely forests, which require only basic navigation skills. HOWEVER, YOU MUST OBEY ALL CURRENT REGULATIONS IN PLACE AT THE TIME YOU INTEND TO RUN. Currently this includes NO UNNECESSARY TRAVEL, so you must not drive to these forests. You may go as a family group (same household) or alone.

YOU MUST CHECK THE REGULATIONS BEFORE YOU GO - THEY MAY CHANGE AND WE CAN'T GUARANTEE THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO UPDATE THIS PAGE IMMEDIATELY.

IF YOU FEEL UNWELL, STAY SAFE INDOORS.

For anyone wanting a measured 5km run, but not sure where to go, here are a few maps of local orienteering areas with a route shown that gives you a nice run of that distance.

Start at the triangle, go along the obvious track or path route to each numbered circle in turn, and finish at the double circle. In a normal orienteering event there would be a control marker at each circle but of course there aren't any.

These routes are all very easy. The most important technique to use is SET YOUR MAP - turn it so the way you're going is always straight ahead. Get it right before you start running, and turn it each time you turn a corner, and you won't need a compass. Watch for minor landmarks to "tick off" as you pass them so you know how far you've gone - if you're not used to maps at this scale, you might easily go too far. It also helps if you fold the map so you can focus on the bit where you are. Re-fold as you progress.

On each map there are brief instructions on where to park and how to get to the start. There's also a (separate) legend which applies to all of the maps.

If you meet anyone else out there, remember to remain at least 2m apart, no high-fives and definitely no kissing! Otherwise it's like any run, be sensible, tell someone where you're going. Please stay on paths and tracks and watch for forestry vehicles, bikes etc.. BASOC are supplying these maps and guidance in good faith but we take no responsibility for condition of paths or your navigational ability. Use the short walk to the start to warm up and familiarise yourself with the map.

Access to all areas is covered by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

Follow the advice of the Scottish Government and NHS Inform.

Feedback please to Hilary Quick via our Contacts page.

Enjoy!