Good afternoon everyone!
This is a message to update you all on a few changes that will occur for this coming MLS season.
Courses. The courses available have altered slightly. We have added a course "Long Yellow" which will be TD2 and 3 - 3.5km in length to provide an appropriate starting course for adult beginners.
Andrew Hensman came across a memorial display in the Imperial Museum in London and found the attached pictures of Maj Nick Bateson Royal Signals who had been a stalwart of BAOC throughout his career before his tragic demise in Iraq and after whom we have named the BAOC Long-O.
Lt Col Chris Huthwaite is organising the 'Nick Bateson' Trophy Long Orienteering event on Wed 2 Jan 19. Bulford ranges is no longer a possible but it is hoped to move the event to Ash ranges instead.. Full event details will follow, but Chris is currently seeking volunteer assistants for the following roles:
- Standby Search & Rescue Team / First Aid
Contact details: huthwaite.chris at gmail.com or Christopher.Huthwaite463 at mod.gov.uk
Between Sunday 29th July and Friday 3rd August 2018, over 70 Army personnel from a wide range of Corps participated in the Lakes 5 Days Competition, occurring every 4th year.
The event comprised five individual national level events with one rest / activity day which included an urban orienteering event. Courses were challenging, given the technical nature of the terrain and the changeable weather: whilst the rest of the UK baked in a heatwave, for at least 2 days competitors were required to wear cagoules, given the heavy rain.
The Orienteering Foundation is a registered UK charity (No: 1118793) to promote innovation and to support people and projects in orienteering through fund-raising activities; it is independent of British Orienteering. Many grants have been made, for example supporting national teams, regional squads training at home and abroad, and enabling and enhancing other projects. The current project is to support the GB team at this year's World Championships in Latvia from 4-11 August.
The criteria for selection for the Army Orienteering have been refreshed and are available in the documents page here
Please note that Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) is not classified as Individual Military Training (IMT) by the AOA.
Any Service Person wishing to enter the MTBO Score Course at Stoke Park Woods on Wed 01 Aug 18 will need to enter as a civilian.
Dear MLS competitor,
Please note that due to the hot weather we must highlight the potential dangers to participants at MLS events. We are trying to mitigate the risk as much as possible, but we ask that you consider the following to help us reduce the likelihood of potential heath issues:
After a break in attendance of some years, BAOC managed to field not just one but two teams in the annual Harvester Relay competition, held at Tilgate Forest on 23-24 Jun 18. This national level race, now in its 40th year, is the UK’s equivalent to the internationally renowned Tiomila and Jukola mass relay events from Scandinavia - though on a much smaller scale! The A team, comprising 7 Army-capped runners, won the Small Club category and were placed third overall on the A Course. Running the B Course, the 5-man B team, finished 11th of 23 teams.
The new BAOC O Tops have been selling very well, so much so that we have had to re-order in all sizes med & above. They are available from Allan Farrington, email firstname.lastname@example.org, see attached sheet for details. Cost is only £25. Tight fit so order one size above your normal. Allan will also have them at all MLS events.
Further guidance on GDPR and what it means for Army Orienteering is now available in the Document section of this site - http://www.baoc.info/sites/default/files/GDPR%20Note-Jul%2018.pdf
The Army Orienteering Association (AOA) will expect AOA sponsored event organisers and other responsible officials to comply with the terms of the Data Protection Act 2018, which encompassed the EU General Data Protection Regulation on 25 May.
The Six Principles of the Data Protection Act
To allow units to plan urban courses in barrack areas where there is currently no O map the use of Google Earth sat images is possible. this simple user guide shows how to achieve this and produce scaled course maps. Version 1 dated 20 Jun 18. Error notifications to Phill Batts via email@example.com.
At the MLS AGM on Wed 13 Jun it was agreed that an extra course would be added, the Short Green course would be provided at all events and is designed for the experienced orienteer who is injured and cannot run a full cse our those who want a technical challenge but not up to a full blue cse, also the Red/Long Orange course would now become an Orange cse approximately the same length as the Short Green cse (just over 3Km) but of mainly TD2 with some TD3 controls if appropriate, basically a long yellow designed for the Novice soldier orienteer to get them started on orienteering before they...
The DRAFT MLN-O League results for the 2017-2018 season are here: http://www.baoc.info/league_results/MLN/2017/MLN-2
The format of the Inter Unit Championships has been revised following the recent event and is attached . Your feedback is requested and any comments or observations should be forwarded to the AOA Chairman, Christopher.Huthwaite463@mod.gov.uk NLT Fri 29 Jun 18
A report on Army participation in World Orienteering Day on Day 1 of the Inter Unit Championships can be found here.
Photos from day 1 are available on the Pictures Page.
The administrative instruction for the above EX is now available on the Events page.
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