League scores from MLS event No 1 now posted, sorry for the delay had to do a fix in the software. 

The post code for Bramshott is

GU30 7SY

You have to be travelling north on the A3 to access the area

Up to 08:00hrs on the 4th there have been almost no military entries for this event.  I realsie this is not normal practice for MLS but this event is trying to raise money to support the orienteering school at Longmoor. Huge amounts of volunteer time are given to support the courses and reductions in funding make this fund raising essential to support their efforts. Please use the spreasheet on the event organisation page to register unit teams. Please enter in advance or risk having to ask finishers to have their map.


Came across this article on Orienteering which I thought I would share, enjoy watching the accompanying video, it is under 3 mins, make a brew and relax and watch it http://www.windsweptwriting.com/10-reasons-orienteering-best-sport-ever/

This event may be attractive to members, try orienteer on dartmoor rather than route marching!

The Administration Instruction has now been uploaded to the Events page for this years Inter Corps Orienteering Championships on 26 - 27 Nov 16. POC is Lt Col Fitchett MBE RHA 94631 3330. MLS Sec


For those who would like to try out some civilian orienteering at the weekend the OK Nuts Trophy is being held near Dorking on Sun 25 Sep, a rarely used area in Glovers Wood. Full details at this link.http://slow.org.uk/events/oknuts2016/

Then there is the BKO double event on 29/30 Oct at Greenham Common (Night event on the Sat). Full details here http://www.bko.org.uk/ The night event will be good practice for the Inter Corps Champs in late Nov.

The Planner for the MLS SS Event at Tweseldown on Weds 07 Sept 16 has changed the map scale to 1:5,000 to improve clarity of map detail.  He is offering a Score course as well as Brown, Blue, Green, and Light Green courses.  See you in the woods.


The New Forest Marathon which is a full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and is on Sunday 11 Sept 16. Any serving Military personnel who wish to enter can use the code UKSERVICES to receive 10% discount on entry. Staff Sergeant Stuart Southwick is also in need marshals for the event, Anyone interested in helping out will be paid in return for their time. For more information contact him on 94273 8448 or 07883090985.  www.newforestmarathon.co.uk

The event on Wed 24 Aug 16, will be managed in accordance with JSP 539 CLIMATIC ILLNESS AND INJURY IN THE ARMED FORCES: FORCE PROTECTION AND INITIAL MEDICAL TREATMENT: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/521886/20160505_JSP_539_PART_1_V2.5_MAY_16_FINAL_SO2_PREV_MED.pdf 

The OCAD user course has been moved to Saturday the 17th. Course content is on the events page.

An orienteering map surveying course has been asked for by BKO but is open to other orienteers both military and civilian. A sound use of OCAD software is need to make the most of this very practical course. It will be held on the 12th of Nov. It is being facilitated by Roger Maher, Mike Elliot and Phill Batts. Details are on the events page.

Any questions should be directed to Phill Batts coaching@armyorienteering.com

A level 2 coaching course is confirmed for 08-10 Nov 16. The venue is Longmoor Camp and the course tutor is Derek Allison.

Entry requirements are a level one qualification OR some coaching experience and a pre course study pack.

The cost of the course can be offset by standard learning credits and a grant from BAOC.

Full details from Phill Batts coaching@armyorienteering.com

This guide has been provided by Hilary Quick of the SOA and is based on the original by Graham Neilson.

Well worth a download as a refresher for all mil league planners

Several weeks ago a proposal for a revised format to the Army Team Champs was posted. After very little feedback a further revision is attached for comment or suggestions.

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: