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This page lists the TVOC MapRun events other than the Oxford Street Series (OSS) and Thames Valley Street Series (TVSS) events, which may be found on a separate page.
Please note that many of these events involve road crossings and, as such, are not suitable for unaccompanied under-16s.
These events are intended for training or just for a bit of fun. They do not form part of any competition. However, you may want to see which routes other runners took and you may do that by clicking here and typing TVOC into the box. This will bring up results for all these events.
To access these events in the MapRun app, go to Select Event > UK > Thames Valley > Other Events. (Note that some early events are in their own folders, with obvious names.)
PDF maps to print take on your run are linked from the text below.
Marlow (March 2021, planned by Bob Beresford)
Two line courses on the original Marlow Street O map, with the start and finish moved to the north of town, where there is free parking. The start for both courses is at the western junction of Hillside Road/Woodland Way, and parking on the residential Hillside Road is not a problem. The cemetery in Marlow remains OOB, but the High Street is now not OOB, and care should be taken if crossing the Railway. Course 1 is 5.4km and Course 2 5.1km.
Marlow North and Marlow Bottom (March 2021, planned by Bob Beresford)Two line courses on the original Marlow North and Marlow Bottom Street O map, with new starts and finishes for each one. There is free parking near both of the starts. The Wycombe road is OOB but the courses do not go near there. Course 1 is 3.6km and Course 2 is 4.6km. Both courses have some climb.
Shotover Permanent Courses (published February 2021). Simon Ross of TVOC has put our permanent course at Shotover into MapRun. There are 19 controls, numbered 1 to 21 with 4 and 15 missing. For all except number 1, you will find a physical marker post on the ground. Challenge 1: Shotover Linear-O (a.k.a. The Neville Baker Challenge). Visit all the controls in numeric order (note as above there is no number 4 or 15 on the map). This is not for the faint-hearted measuring in at 8.4 km with a whopping 400m of climb. You will feel the pain when you get to control 20 beside the finish and have to head right back to the bottom of the hill again to get number 21! Finishing times likely to be 60-90 minutes. Challenge 2: Shotover Scatter-O. Similar to a score event format but you must visit all 19 controls (in any order) before heading to the finish. Optimal route is probably somewhere around 4.5-5km with 150-200m of climb. Estimated finishing time of 30-60 minutes. The same map works for both challenges. Whilst these could be done mostly sticking to the paths, one or two controls are not near paths, and more experienced orienteers can gain time by going across the terrain. Full leg cover is recommended, and running these earlier in the year is likely to be helpful.
Headington Linear (published February 2021): a linear course (6.4k straight line distance, more on the ground) with 14 controls starting in Bury Knowle Park, Headington, and finishing nearby. Planned by Neville Baker, TVOC.
Widmer End and Holmer Green (published February 2021): a 45 minute score event in the adjoining villages of Widmer End and Holmer Green (2miles NE of High Wycombe), planned by Alun Jones. Control descriptions on the map. Mainly tarmac, but a few off-road bits. Start and Finish in Cherry Way, nearest postcode HP15 7HD. Parking in Southfield Drive or in the car park at Cosy Corner shopping parade HP15 7AA. In MapRun the event is found at UK >> Thames Valley >> Hazlemere Runners >> TVOC Widmer End Holmer Green
Penn and Tylers Green (published December 2020): a 45 minute score event in the adjoining villages of Penn and Tylers Green (2miles NE of High Wycombe), planned by Alun Jones. Control descriptions on the map. Mainly tarmac, but some off-road bits which are quite wet currently – trail shoes advised. Start and Finish in a small car park on Tylers Green common, nearest postcode HP10 8LR. Parking in that car park, or in the village hall car park HP10 8LN. In MapRun the event is found at UK >> Thames Valley >> Hazlemere Runners >> TVOC Penn and Tylers Green Dec20
Wood Farm and Shotover (published November 2020, planned by Neville Baker, TVOC). We have a 6.4k long course with 16 controls and a 3.9k short course with 10 controls. These are linear courses, taking in urban streets and Shotover Country Park woodland paths. There are steep climbs and descents in Shotover on the long course; the short course is relatively flat. Limited free parking at Homebase/Aldi, adjacent to the Oxford Eastern Bypass. Postcode: OX3 7JN
Manor Farm estate and Tylers Green (published November 2020): a 45 minute score event in the northern outskirts of High Wycombe, planned by Alun Jones. Control descriptions on the map. Start and Finish in Oaktree Close, postcode HP10 8BW. On-street parking on nearby roads. In MapRun the event is found at UK >> Thames Valley >> Hazlemere Runners >> TVOC Hazlemere PennTylersGreen
Blackbird Leys (published October 2020, planned by Neville Baker, TVOC): A long course (6.8k, 13 controls) and a short course (3.8k, 7 controls) are available. Control descriptions on the map. Start and Finish is adjacent to Grenoble Road, just off the roundabout with the B480. Nearest postcode: OX4 7UY. Free on-street parking on Grenoble Road, between the Start and Finish
Wendover Town (published June 2020): two urban line courses (visit all controls in the right order) planned by Dawn and Dave Figg. The short course is 3km long (optimal route 4.4km on the ground) and the long course is 6.8k long (optimal route around 9.5km on the ground). Both courses start and finish in the centre of Wendover.
King’s Wood, High Wycombe (published May 2020): two forest line courses planned by Alun Jones. These courses have a separate page here.
Harwell courses (published May 2020): a linear course and score course in Harwell (near Didcot), planned by Richard and Carys Sharp. These courses have a separate page here.
Wendover Woods (published May 2020): 6 line courses in the forest, planned by Heidi Lloyd. These have a separate page here.
Didcot Ladygrove Sprints (published May 2020): 6 sprint courses in urban terrain, planned by Roger Thetford. These have a separate page here.