The BAOC web site will be down during the afternoon and evening of Saturday 28th December 2019 while the webmaster updates the site. I hope this is while all are making merry.

Please let me know if this will cause a problem to any stakeholders and I will try to reschedule.

Tim Booth, BAOC Webmaster

The Inter Services Orienteering match will take place on Sun 19 Jan 20 in the Forest of Dean on Lightening Tree Hill hosted by NGOC.

Congratulations to the Army Men's and Ladies Team and Reserve runners on their selection:

Army Men

Maj Rob Ashton, Maj Richard Barratt, Maj Jason Buchanan, Sgt Dan Cope, Maj Ed Dickins, SSgt Des Dickinson (New Cap), Capt Al Finlay (New Cap),2Lt Paddy Jones (New Cap), Lt Col Rich Mawer (Captain), SSgt Calvin Routledge

Reserves Capt Rob Gardner, 2Lt Huw Stradling, Lt Col John Owens

This year’s Inter Corps Orienteering Championships took place over two days on the evening of Sat 30 Nov 19 and Sun 1 Dec 19.  Day 1 was a night event on Caerwent Training Area as part of the Southern Night Champs organised by the British Army Orienteering Club (BAOC).  Some 360 competitors took out into the night, of which more than 150 of these were soldiers.  Day 2 was part of the Southern Champs weekend, held in the Forest of Dean, at Churchill Inclosure and Cannop Ponds and organised by Bristol Orienteering Club (BOK) with some 450 competitors of which c.165 were soldiers.  It was a...

Places on all three AOA skills courses at Longmoor in Jan over the period 27-30th. All three levels are being offered Basic, Intermediate and Advanced O skills. These courses are ours and not ASPT ones so bid to direct. Joining instructions and application forms on the events page

Corps Team Captains please note the AOA needs to give BOK numbers of competitors on each course for the 1 Dec event in FOD by Sun 24 Nov so they can order maps for printing on Mon 25th. In order to do that we need to know how many teams each Corps plans to enter.

The admin order for these championships is now available on the events page. Direct Link is:

If you wish to enter, get in touch with your Corps secretary whose details can be found on the AOA page. Individuals who do not expect to make their corps teams can enter direct via Fabian4.



from the

Army Orienteering Association

to celebrate a

magnificent relationship


18th December 2019


A good friend is cheaper than therapy” 

For clarity Rule 22 has been amended and will read as follows:

Age Grouping. For the purposes of the MLS League, Individual championships, Team Harris and Team Relay competitions, individuals will compete in the BO age category that they will hold at the beginning of the year for the current MLS season (ie. 2019/2020 season, age category as at 31 Dec 2019).



SSgt Dickinson (MLS Secretary)

If you cheat, do not be too successful:

The UK does not participate in any CISM sports, so do not even think of asking!  Historical politics and financial explanations.


Congratulations to Lt Col Charles Bromley Gardner on receiving an Army Sports Control Board Lifetime Achievement Award for his Services to Army Sports.

Col Charles has had an active role across skiing, rugby, athletics and of course, orienteering throughout his regular and reserve service both in terms of personal performance and officiating.

The awards ceremony will take place at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Thursday 21st November 2019, to celebrate with the winners and other sportsmen and women from across the British Army.

The Cyprus International Orienteering Festival participants will have exclusive use of the HylatioHoliday Village during the dates 10-15 March 2020. This will also be the Event Centre.

Events at: Kourion, Lophou Village, Kouris Dam, Melanda North and Melanda South

Flyer available from the Coaching Officer facebook page

Unless otherwise stated all Army orienteering events have a no dogs on the course policy.

Competitors are discouraged from bringing dogs, but they are allowed in the carparks when on a lead. Dogs are not welcome at Registration, on courses, or at the catering stand. 

This is to comply with Range Standing Orders and the DIO Licence for non-entitled civilians.

Thank you for your support in this matter.

AOA Chair

Army competitors claimed podium places at the British Sprint and the Middle Distance Orienteering Championships over the weekend of Sat 14 and Sun 15 Sep 19.  Congratulations to double Silver medallist Maj Rob Ashton (M35) and Bronze Medallists, SSgt Vicky McCreadie (W35) in the Sprint and Lt Col Rich Mawer (M45) in the Middle distance.  Commiserations to Maj Rich Barrett (M45) who was on route to a medal in the Sprint before injury struck.

Note the RLC Corps Champs will be held as below, this is the weekend before the Inter Corps Champs at Caerwent/FOD:

Sat 23 Nov RLC Champs (DFOK, South East Night Champs) – AI & Entries Sec (tbc)

Sun 24 Nov RLC Champs (SLOW, Regional, Hankley) – AI Entries Sec (tbc)

The Entries Instruction for these events is now on this web site (see the Event details)

With the start of a new season I thought that this is a good opportunity to request Units to volunteer to Organise an event. There are still a number of dates available this year.

Besides the League points being awarded to the Organiser, Planner, Controller and Unit it helps to ensure that we can get as many possible events on throughout the year.

Any volunteers or questions regarding organising an event please contact myself.



SSgt Dickinson (MLS Secretary)

The Army Orienteering Association (AOA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lt Col Richard Mawer AAC as Captain of the Men’s Army Orienteering Team. He takes on the role from Maj Emmit Andrews who we thank for his sterling contribution to the Men’s Team and maintaining our unbeaten record at InterService level. 

AOA has agreed to include a Veteran category in future Inter Corps Competitions and the attached draft document is enclosed for consultation.

Should you wish to comment, please forward any observations to Maj Andy Johnson, AOA Secretary (Via the link on the AOA page) by the end of October 2019.


Is this the year to miss the JK? - No, as the event is now in 2021, and after the JK!

Good Morning

It will be mandatory for all competitors to carry a whistle from the start of the 2019/2020 MLS Season. The competitor will not be allowed to start without a whistle. For those who do not have a whistle they will be available for purchase at registration for a £1.



SSgt Dickinson (MLS Secretary)

The Battle Back Centre at Lilleshall operates to support wounded, injured and sick personnel. The centre's goal is to help these people to achieve the best possible recovery so that, they can either return to service duty or to help with the transition back into a civilian life. The Battle Back centre is part of the MoD Recovery Capability Programme which helps to provide sports and adventurous activities for injured and sick personnel across the armed forces.