Army Orienteers leaned in to support and participate in the annual national level Jan Kjellstrom Orienteering Festival, held this year in the West Midlands.


Over 2500 civilian and military orienteers, some from abroad, took part in the four day competition which takes place over the Easter weekend each year.


The first event of the weekend was a Sprint around MOD Stafford with members of the Royal Signals Orienteering Club and local Army Cadets delivering the manpower support under the Maj Sally Calland, who was joint Organiser for the Sprint event.

Historically, attendance at the Army Individual Orienteering Championships has been particularly low each year. Had the event taken place this year, only 18 runners would have competed, which included only 1 female and no novices. There were a few late attendance requests but this would only have grown numbers by 3.


As a result, at a recent meeting of the AOA Executive Committee, it was decided to incorporate the individual championships into the Inter Corps competition each November and a proposal that develops this strand is attached.

Maj James Ballard hopes to attempt the Bob Graham Round in Aug 18 and has asked whether there are any military orienteers who have done it before and if so, would be pleased to hear from you.


Any admin instructions or contacts would also be very useful.


Please contact James directly at 2MERC-BCOY-OC at mod.uk


A BAOC member, Maj (Retd) Rob Shenton, will be running the North Pole Marathon on 8 April, raising funds for Help for Heroes. Anyone wishing to support him can do so through www.runningrob.com


The AOA have decided to swap from teaching map making using OCAD 9 to the open source OpenOrienteeringMapper software. The current version 8 (available at https://github.com/OpenOrienteering/mapper/releases/tag/v0.8.0) has functionality way beyond OCAD 9 and is completely free. The only major feature that it lacks from OCAD 11 & 12 (at £600+) is the ability to render Lidar data into contours.

Ex ASTUTE RUNNER, the Army Individual Orienteering Championships, will now be held on Sun 18 Mar 18 within the Midlands Championships event at Belvoir Castle near Grantham.


Further details are now available on the events page and online entries are open. Guidance is also now available to support ease of entry on the events page


Please ensure you enter the Army classes at the bottom of the Fabian4 site.


ENTRIES CLOSE 03 MAR WITH NO EOD FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP COURSES


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The Army Sport Control Board will soon be 100 years old and to  mark the occasion it will be  publishing a commemorative book to celebrate a century of sport in the Army.


The book cover all sports, with a small section on orienteering, which will comprise a combination of text and photographs.


Given the 1 page constraint, the article will consist of a nutshell summary of the sport’s role and history in the Army, how the club has progressed since it was founded and how many participants today.

Entries should be in no later than 8th March.


Dear Planners, Controllers and Organisers,


Firstly I would like to say thank you for your continued support to the MLS; without you it would not be possible for the MLS to cater for around 6000 entries each year during the winter season alone. A truly impressive statistic!

There is an opportunity for a Unit to gain either 600 or 400 MLS league points by just supplying manpower for access control and car parking at Longmoor on the 24th Jan 18. Bonus, if you have a controller she/he can have 100 indicidual points! If you are intereseted contact Phill Batts on either coaching@armyorienteering.com or 07733047634


The Army gets a mention on the BOF site again wrt the recent Night Champs;

Congratulations to the RLC for retaining the Inter Corps Trophy and to the R Sigs ladies for also retaining the Women’s Class Trophy.  There were new winning teams on the Men’s Short and U25.


Army Team Inter Corps Orienteering Results:


Men’s Long Class:


1st         RLC      9.20.21


2nd        RE        9.39.56


3rd         RA        10.43.00


 


Women’s Class:


1st         R Sigs  5.34.41


2nd        AGC     5.48.54


3rd         RLC      6.01.57


 

Thank you all for submitting your returns. There are a few points to emphasize before we congregate on Saturday Night:

Collated scores for the MLS as at 10 Nov are available at http://www.baoc.info/league_results/MLS/2017/MLS.


Please have a thorough look at your individual and unit scores and direct any issues to the results secretary.


Following the retirement of Jamie Ransom, Maj Andy Brett has taken over as MLS Secretary (with Lt Col Oates as a temporary replacement - thank you). When you have new fixtures or updates to existing fixtures, please contact him to make the changes on the web site. See AOA panel for contact details.


The admin instruction for the Inter Corps Champs on 2/3 December is now available and attached here (updated 13/11/17) and on the event notice, updated 19th October to incude an entry form - entries are now being accepted.


A thumb compass was left at download at this Saturday's (14th) SOC event at Buskett's Lawn. If it's yours, please claim it via the organiser, whose contact details are on the results page at the SOC web site.


The Orienteering Foundation is pleased to announce that we have arranged a coaching day on Saturday 10 February 2018.  The day will be held in the South Lakes (exact venue TBC) and will run from 10:00 to 15:00.

The BAOC AGM will take place on Wed 1 Nov 17 at 1230 hours at Sandhurst in tandem with the MLS event being hosted by the Royal Military Academy.  Confirmatory details tbc.


Please do endeavour do come along and voice your opinions on how we take the Club forward.


The web site suffered a major failure today, Friday 29th September. As far as I can tell, it has been restored correctly, but if you notice anything missing or incorrect, please contact the webmaster. Tim.


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