Postbox Challenge

Do you know where your local postbox is? How about the closest five postboxes to your house? Have a go at our latest challenge in your home town and discover the exciting challenge that is orienteering

Please join us and download the fantastic App MapRunF and enjoy doing some local exercise in one of our East Lothian beautiful towns. We have created an orienteering course in every town that you are able to do at anytime and as many times as you wish. Lots of different possible varieties of route and course. Explore your town with a great map and find new pathways and interesting bits of your local urban environment. Click below to have a step by step to using MapRunF. Once you have downloaded map at home then no data is used in completing the course. Compete remotely with others across East Lothian. See your name appear in online results.

The App gives access to orienteering courses that exists without infrastructure – no physical controls have been placed around your town – your smartphone will beep when you are at the correct location on the map. You can navigate straight from a smartphone but you can download and perhaps print a paper copy of the map from the images at the bottom of this page. Paper copies of the maps will hopefully soon be available at every hub

Sometimes you may notice that the phone beeps before you are exactly at the location of the control shown on the map – or you may need to go past the location. The accuracy of system is related to the accuracy of the GPS and the environment will affect this – for example in steep valleys, or beside tall buildings or with dense tree cover the satellite signal for the GPS may not work as well. The signal is also affected by external factors, such as the number of overhead satellites at that time and weather and atmospheric conditions.

Normally you should expect the phone to detect the control and beep if you are somewhere within the control circle drawn on the map (somewhere within a radius of about 10m from the location of the feature – in these maps that feature is a postbox)

These courses are fully accesible – if you can get to a postbox in your town you can have a go at a course. You are timed but just having a go is what is important. You may want to observe: all the different designs of postboxes – on a pole, built into wall, hidden by a hedge, traditional cylinder; the age of the postbox – ER or GR; what is the most efficient way around your chosen 5 postboxes – is the quickest the shortest, what distance did you cover, how long did it take, what was your average speed. What if you were to visit all the postboxes in the town – how long might that take you based on your visit to 5? Please enjoy and share your experience on social media mentioning @eloutdoored or with the hashtag #virtualOEL

Thanks to amazing work from our local volunteer DR for putting these courses together.

For more orienteering information and details of local club please see East Lothian Orienteers website



Musselburgh West
Musselburgh East
North Berwick
Cockenzie and Port Seton
East Linton

2 Replies to “Postbox Challenge”

  1. Still waiting for map for Cockenzie and Port Seton as indicated by East Lothian Orienteers.

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