The Army has permitted military Orienteering to resume in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with effect from Fri 4 Sep 20.  Orienteering in England had been permitted to resume from 1 Aug 20.

The Army Briefing Note (ABN) is copied to:

Hello fellow orienteers,

We're writing to let you know that you can now listen to over 30 episodes of our podcast, The Run In.

It's made with club orienteers in mind, and gives you a fun and chatty insight into the experiences of orienteers from the UK and beyond.

As a member of the GB team, Will brings his international experience, and as a journalist and commentator, Katherine gets to the heart of the guest's story.

Recent highlights include:

- Georgia Jones (OROX) on pitching orienteering to newcomers whilst setting up the University of Exeter club

The AOA's organising working group today confirmed that, in order to provide COVID-19 assurance, this year's Inter Corps Orienteering Championships would be split across two separate days:

Saturday 28 November: Night Event (Inter Corps & Army Individual) on Long Valley North, based on Tweseldown Racecourse. Military only.

Wednesday 2 December:  Day Event (Inter Corps & Army Individual) also on Long Valley North, with only 30 civilian entries permitted as per the new norm for a Wednesday event.

There is now an Army Orienteering Group on Facebook, with the primary intent to gain more exposure within the Army sport community.  Membership of the Private Group is open to all BAOC Members and military orienteers, but it will be Public so that any-one can find it and read on Facebook.  However only Members can post.

The Army Orienteering Association (AOA) President, Col Ed Heal would like to congratulate WO2 Mark Robson for volunteering to replace Maj Andy Johnson as the AOA Secretary with effect 1 Sep 20.

The AOA is certain that the Army Orienteering community would also like to pass on their appreciation to WO2 Mark for his selfless commitment to Army Orienteering.

Notice to Corps Orienteering Team Captains – Inter Corps Orienteering Champs 2020:

The planning assumption for the AOA sponsored Inter Corps Orienteering Champs 2020 scheduled for Sat 28 Nov and Sun 29 Nov 20 is that should the event not be able to take place under business as usual arrangements with BAOC / BKO outputs and civilian participation, then every effort will be made to hold the competition as a ‘closed-event’ with participation by Service Personnel only iaw Army policy on Individual Military Training.    Chairman Army Orienteering Association (AOA)

The AOA Roll of Honour on the Documents page has been updated. Some information has yet to be found - please could anyone who can assist from their map files, results or memory banks contact Richard Barrett on the email at the end of the document.  It lists the known information on:

Inter Service Championships - Service & Individual Champions & Venues, 1978-2019

Inter Corps Championships - Men, Women, Men Short/Small Corps, U25/21 winners, Venues & Hosts, 1974-2019

A couple of new documents have been uploaded to "Documents - Army Orienteering Teams":  

(1)  A list of all those known to have represented the Army in the Inter Service Championships, from the first official event in 1978 through to this last season.  Some (recent) official results have not been seen, so the list of team members are based on the civilian event results.

Due to the AOA decision to suspend all orienteering activities for the foreseeable future, the MLN management team have decided to finish the league now.

The draft results will be made final in a month to allow any challenges to be reviewed.  They are available at:

Once the national situation is stable we will announce a date for a prize giving score event.

Please note that for a Team to be eligible for a MLS league/Relay/Harris prize, that unit or club must have organised at least one event at any point over the summer and Winter League prior to the prize giving.

There are still a couple of events in the season which require an organiser if you think you are not yet eligible for a prize.

SSgt Dickinson, MLS Secretary

A beautiful crisp and sunny day greeted competitors as they arrived at Cinderford in the Forest of Dean to contest the 2019 edition of the Inter Services Orienteering Championships.  The competition area presented terrain typical of the region - runnable sections of woodland interspersed with dense forestry blocks, numerous tracks and steep valleys.  Recent heavy rainfall made for very slippery conditions and the going underfoot was tough.  The men would compete over a 10.4km classic course, with 275m of climb; for the women the distance was 6.1km with 150m gain in height. 

Please note that if you went up an age gp on 1 Jan 2020, this will not be reflected in your results until the end of the League in May 2020. Competitors remain in the age gp they started the league season in, so an M21 remains as M21 until end of the league season, even though they became M35 on 1 Jan 2020 under BOF age gp rules. The only exception is anyone starting in the league after 1 Jan 2020 who can run in their new age gp.  This ensures consistency and those in the older age gp are not disadvantaged by having people use scores in their class from a younger age gp. 

The current and historical list of AOA/IS Champions has been updated again after January's Inter-Services Championships, it can be found here.

If you spot any errors or have any suggested amendments, please contact Maj Richard Barrett.

Nick Bateson> 1958-2007> When Nick was killed in a tragic road traffic accident in Iraq on 01 May 07 he left behind his loving, supportive wife Angela. > Brought up in Kent, Nick went to school in Tonbridge. After Uni Nick joined the Army and was commmisioned into the Royal Signals.> Nick was a gifted athlete taking part in all things running and triathlon. Arguably he was lucky to serve when he did, a time when purse strings were not so tight and Army numbers high.

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.

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

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.