As at 0900hrs this morning today's MLS Summer Series will go ahead as planned.  Due to the extremely high temperatures the WGBT reading is being constantly monitored.  If the reading exceeds the permissable limit the event will be cancelled.  A final decision will be made at 1100hrs before the first runner is sent out on the course.  For up to date information contact MLS Secretary on 0790012642. 


The next Inter Services Match will take place on 15 Jan 17 and the venue will be Braunton Burrows.


More details to follow from the team captains after summer leave. Prospective Army Team runners are requetsed to put the date in the diary.


32 redoubtable BAOC members competed in SEOA League events during 2015/16 season, contributing to a valliant last place in Div 1.  After one season we rightly return to Div 2, in which we will be far more competitive next season.  However we did (again) TOP the individual average score per run - so that is a veritable victory.  Scores have been emailed to all competitors, but the the highlights were:


Top Scorer                           Axel Blomquist             675  from 6 events


Best Average Score             Axel Blomquist             112.6 over 6 events

Congratulations to Jamie Ranson on taking on the role of MLS Secretary (wef 24 Jun 16) from Stu Greening.  Jamie can be contacted by emailing MLS Secretary.  Stu will now move into a new and more sedentary role as MLS Treasurer, with responsibilities for the finances and MLS equipment.


For those considering taking a coaching qualification but put off by the high fees I have negotiated with BAOC to secure some sponsorship.


The level 2 orienteering coaching course costs are variable dependent on the number students but will be no more than £420. BAOC will offer funding up to £175. The cost of the course can be further reduced by claiming your SLC of £175. This reduces the cost to each student to a maximum of £70.


In order to qualify for this sponsorship each student needs to commit to the following:

Find attached the minutes of the MLS Meeting held at Basingstoke War Memorial Park on Wed 25 May 16.


The Harvester Trophy is fast approaching and at present (3rd June), there are no BAOC Teams. The organisers, NGOC, point out that the first closing date is on Sunday, 5th June, so get your skates on if you want to enter. See the web site at http://www.ngocweb.com/harvester2016/ or contact the organiser directly if you have any questions  - Harvester@ngoc.org.uk


The Events list has been updated with all the fixture dates of both the MLS Summer Series and new MLS League season up to end of the 2016/2017 season.

Ths Basic Skill course in June is now full.


The next one is 12-15 Sep, booked via the ASPT; lnik to Susan's email address on events page. Planners and Intermediate Skills also on that week.


The MLS Prize Giving was held on Basingstoke War Memorial Park, Old Common and Crabtree Plantation on Wed 25 May 16, with Champion status going to Army HQ (retaining League Major Units), Upavon Stn (League Minor Units) and BAOC (retaining the League Guest Team).  SSgt Jamie Ranson (Upavon Stn) was the League Men's Champion and Lt Col Woo Allen (RMAS) retained League Ladies Champion.  Also presented were the MLS Individual Champs prizes, with Capt Paul Pickering (22 Engr Regt) winning Individual Championships Men's Champion and Lt Col Woo Allen (RMAS) winning Individual Championships Ladies...

The following areas are Out of Bounds to Orienteering until after the dates delow, this is due to major events.


Long Valley North - SN Trophy 11 Dec 2016


Hawley - Concorde Chase 29 Jan 2017


POC Colin Dickson - courses@armyorienteering.com


The current MLS Secretary, WO1 Stu Greening, is leaving the Army shortly (as announced at the MLS Meeting in May 2015).  Therefore the position will become vacant post the MLS Prize Giving event on Wednesday 25 May 2016 (handover prior to Fri 24 Jun 16).  A copy of the duties and responsibilities are attached.  Anyone interested in taking on this very rewarding and challenging position should contact the MLS Secretary by email or telephone (military 94344 8098 or civilian number 01980 618098).


Follow link for a good number of photos, kindly taken by Andy Johnson, from Day 2 (the Relay) of the Army Inter-Unit Team Championships


Find attached the results for the MLS Individual Championships, held at Long Valley South on Wed 20 Apr 16.  Any discrepancies to the MLS O Sec in the first instance.  Prize will be presented at the Prize Giving Ceremony event on Wed 25 May 16 at Basingstoke.  Thanks to Colin Dickson for a wonderfully planned course and in particular to all the O Minions who helped out on the day; THANK YOU!


The current South Central Orienteering Association (SCOA) Treasurer, Jerry Newcombe, has decided to stand down after umpteen years in post. A new Treasurer will be required by the Annual General Meeting on 2 June 2016.

The responsibility for loading the ASPT Orienteering Skills courses delivered by the AOA at Longmoor camp has changed as follows: Susan Meadows|Distributed Training Clk|ASPT|Fox Lines|Queens Avenue|ALDERSHOT|GU11 2LB.  Mil: 94222 7246|Civ: 01252 787246|DII(F) ASPT-DT-CLK|aspt-dt-clk@mod.uk


Bids already made should have been forwarded to Susan but all new enquiries about place should be directed to this new Email address


The new AOA Coaching Officer, Phill Batts, is trying to guage interest in putting on one or more British Orenteering coaching courses.   Venues and dates are not set and will depend on the interest shown. Please send in individual indications of interest to coaching@armyorienteering.com to include the level of the course, rough geographic area for the course and preferred period. i.e. Level 2, SE, Summer 16


Congratulations to the new Army Individual Championships prize winners.  The Army Individual Championships took place yesterday 28 Feb 16 in Sherwood Forest.  Courses were physical and well planned producing great competition within a regional championship setting.  Some runners also had a go at the British Night Champs the night before, another very tricky event.  This is the 3rd time that this event has used this national event format and entries were up 3 fold from 3 years ago.  The AOA is very grateful to Nottingham Orienteering Club for allowing us to use their event...

At the MLS Harris Team Championships held at Sidbury Hill on Wed 24 Feb 16, the Army Media Comms team were out taking pictures during the event.  These can be found on the MOD Imagery site (and, of course, on our own web site) along with an article.  Due to the interest generated by this event and military orienteering as a whole, a media piece, with photo images from the event, has been sent to...

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Serious night orienteering racing open to all, with events on during February and March 2016.  See the poster attached or for further details either go to http://www.wessex-oc.org or http://www.wimborne-orienteers.org.uk.


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