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

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?

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.

The Orienteering Foundation is pleased to announce support for another coaching day in the Lakes on Saturday 23rd November 2019. They are particularly keen to promote coaching of adult orienteers, who are often under-served, but also welcome groups with their own coaches. There will be a limit of 120 individual and group participants, given the limited size of the area, and to preserve a quality coaching experience. First come, first served. 

Date – Saturday 23rd Nov 2019.

With immediate effect no AOA sponsored orienteering event and or activity utilising the AOA DIO Licence has authority for Mountain Bike Orienteering:

- That no Service Person is to organise or participate in Mountain Bike Orienteering under the banner of an AOA event or activity; and,

- That the AOA considered Mountain Bike Orienteering to be an adventure training activity outwith its remit to organise or govern.

AOA Chair

The Army Orienteering Association presented a cloth plaque to recognise the support of Brig James Woodham CBE MC in his role as AOA President between 2013 and 2019 outside Main Building, Whitehall recently.

We wish Brig James many more years of successful cunning running as he hands over the AOA reins to Col Ed Heal.

In the photograph, Brig Woodham receives his plaque from AOA Secretary, Maj Andy Johnson.

The Adventure Show broadcasted this year’s JOK Chasing Sprint on BBC Scotland.The show is now available to view ...


Anyone who is acting as a planner/organiser/controller at an event or running a coaching session for a club (unless they are a licenced coach) need to have attended an Event Safety Workshop in order for them to be covered by the BOF insurance. It is a one-time 4 hour interactive session.  Katy Stubbs (BKO) runs these within SCOA, as and when required by sufficient people.  Contact BAOC Secretary (secretary@baoc.info) for your details to be passed on.

Lt Col Charles Bromley Gardner has been competing for the British Trail Orienteering team this week in the World Championships near Monsanto in Portugal.  (You may remember that he planned both days of TrailO at JK19.)  After a disastrous start in the individual competition, he was still selected for the British team of three in the Relay Championship (with John Kewley MDOC and Tom Dobra BOK).  All came good on the day, with none making any errors (one of only two of the 21 Open teams so do to) in the PreO stage; a steady TempO stage allowed Spain to come past to take the Silver medal...


Morning all,

We are yet to have a volunteer come forward to act as MLS Secretary.  We think we have someone lined up to take over next summer, but to we NEED someone to cover the next 12 months.  A Regular/ Reservist/ FTRS individual above the rank of Sgt is what we are looking for.

Please volunteer if you can, the committee roles are vital to keep the league running and moving forward; a league that is enjoyed by more than 1000 runners each year.

Get in touch as soon as possible,



Mon 8 July- Further update on Ian's 500 Mile “Battle Back” Grand Prix 3-7 July 2019

Ian has now completed the ride and done over 500 miles, although he had to walk the last 100m as he got a puncture as he came around the last corner.  He is now up to £6005 on his Just Giving page, so thanks to all who have donated. You can still give, just go to the page from the flyer. Ian travels hundreds of miles to attend MLS and other military events, and even though he is ex-RAF, we still look forward to seeing his tents at O events.

Apologies for the recent failure of the BAOC web site. It is now back up and running, although not yet at full strength.

If you have any problems or failure with the web site, please let me know, with full details of the problem.

Tim Booth, BAOC Webmaster, webmaster@baoc.info

The Army Inter Corps Champs will be held towards the end of the year as follows;

  • Sat 30 Nov 19 Night Champs at Caerwent, organised by BAOC

  • Sun 01 Dec 19 Classic Day Event & Individual Champs Forest of Dean (Nr Coleford), organised by BOK

This year will see the introduction of a veteran competition into the format - so former serving personnel, start seeking out cap badged colleagues to be in with a chance! 

RLC is the organising corps for military participation in the event.

Many congratulations to Duncan Francis, Axel Blomquist and Colin Dickson who won the M60 class at today's British Relay Championships in Yorkshire.  They finished just 6 seconds ahead of South Ribble, in a time of 1:44:17.

Congratulations too, to ex-BAOC member Dane Blomquist, back on a visit from his athletics scholarship in USA, whose AIRE team won the Men's Open.  A successful family weekend!

The AOA Executive Committee is pleased to announce that with effect Wed 15 May 19, Colonel Ed Heal will be the newly appointed AOA President, vice Brigadier James Woodham.

The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank Brigadier James for his stalwart support since 2013 and wish him many more years of successful cunning running.  We welcome Colonel Ed and look forward to his future contribution as President.

It is with regret that the MLN-O team have had to cancel The Harris Team Champs. We couldn't secure an alternative venue what with people still on Easter leave and the upcoming Bank Holiday Weekend. We would be interested to know if units/competitors would like the event to be held towards or beyond the end of the season please?

Long Valley North is Out Of Bounds for orienteering until after the Major orienteering event hosted by BKO on the 26 Jan 2020.  This will also be the Southern Champs 2020.