This year’s Inter Corps Orienteering Championships took place over two days on the evening of Sat 30 Nov 19 and Sun 1 Dec 19.  Day 1 was a night event on Caerwent Training Area as part of the Southern Night Champs organised by the British Army Orienteering Club (BAOC).  Some 360 competitors took out into the night, of which more than 150 of these were soldiers.  Day 2 was part of the Southern Champs weekend, held in the Forest of Dean, at Churchill Inclosure and Cannop Ponds and organised by Bristol Orienteering Club (BOK) with some 450 competitors of which c.165 were soldiers.  It was a beautiful but cold day for the competitors, now into their second day of racing.

Last year’s Inter Corps was dominated by the Royal Engineers in both premier classes.  However, after two days of competition the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) won the Men’s Long Class in a time of 9 hrs 52 mins; second was the Royal Engineers (RE) in 10 hrs and a very close third the Royal Artillery (RA) in 10 hrs and 2 mins.  The Women’s Class was won comfortably by the Adjutant Generals Corps (AGC) in 4 hrs 32 mins; second the RLC in 4 hrs 49 mins and third place was the Army Medical Services (AMS) in 5 hrs 5 mins (full results available on the BAOC website).

The Army Orienteering Association (AOA) would like to thank the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) orienteering club for organising this year’s Inter Corps and we look forward to another superb competition in November 2020 this time organised by the Royal Artillery (RA).  Should you wish to get involved with orienteering in the Army, classed as Individual Military Training (IMT) please visit the BAOC website

Congratulations to Major Rob Ashton REME who dominated the Men’s individual results over the weekend regaining the titles that he lost last year.  Rob is now the reigning Army Night and Army Individual (Day) Champion, winning the historic trophies for the second time; he defends his Inter-service title in the New year – go Rob!.

Many congratulations to Major Victoria Deakin RA (Army Women’s Day Champion) and Capt Jillie Tovey REME the Army Night Champion; both are first time winners of these prestigious titles and also likely to be competing for the Inter Service title in the New Year.   The date of the Inter Service Championships is Sunday the 19 January at Lightning Tree Hill, again in the Forest of Dean.

Photos in the Picture Gallery