Brian Pilling 1948-2022 Further details for Brian Pilling's funeral:The Service will be held in the Royal Garrison Church, Farnborough Road, Aldershot GU11 1QA - at 11.00 am on the 15th NovemberThe Wake is at The Princess Royal, Guildford Road, Runfold, Farnham GU10 1NXDonations raised will go to the Airborne Gunner Trust:-  It's with real sadness that we have to let you know that we have lost a close friend, a long term orienteer and a real gentleman.  Brian died last Saturday while...


The AOA are examining the provision of a novice category in the inter-corps for future years, maybe in replacement of the current <25 category or in addition.It would apply to those of any age in their first season of orienteering. For this year's ICC a non-competitive novice category will be trialled to gauge interest. Please note that they would not count towards the corps team prize at this year's ICC.Team Captains are asked to encourage this.

Attached are the QR codes for the 5 new POC courses available to all on Hogmoor. You can just turn up anytime and run them, parking is free and there is a cafe and toilets there.

Why not challenge your friends next Wed 28 Sep as there is no MLS event. All controls are marked with a control plate. The courses are available through Maprun6, they are listed under UK/Other/AOA/Hogmoor so don't try Hampshire or Events near me. 

If anyone wants a copy of a particular course or just a blank map then email and I will send you a pdf.

The MLS strives to hold high quality events on a weekly basis and, with the League season fast approaching, it is a great opportunity to host/organise an event or two. Not only does the unit/team benefit by scoring the maximum number of league points available for the event, it is also a requirement for a unit/team to be eligible for a team position at the end of the season.

Because of the period of national mourning we have postponed the event scheduled for the 14th until the 12 Oct 22. All entries to date will be carried forward

With this evening's sad news of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's peaceful death, there will be a period of National Mourning, during which there will be some restrictions on MOD non-essential activities. Please do not be surprised if this affects military orienteering for the next two weeks.  Instructions will be issued through the Army chain of command and are to be complied with.

Sun 11 Sep: It has been confirmed that military sport can continue except on the day of the funeral, whilst accepting that it may be impacted by other priority commitments.

God Save The King!

The new POC/VOCs on Hogmoor in Bordon are now open to all, at the moment you can either do them via MapRun6, go to MapRun6 and Select Event, Choose UK/Other/AOA/Hogmoor and you will get the 5 course, select whichever one you want to do and run it, if you click on Go to Start you can see the map.  At the moment paper copies of the map are not yet printed, but if you email I can send you a pdf of any, or all courses.

Congratulations to 3 Regt AAC Men's team and and 11 Sig Regt Women's team on their respective wins at the Army Team Championships 2022 which were held at Longmoor on 25 & 26 May 22.  In the build up to the competition, two coaching sessions were held Hogmoor and Longmoor which were attended by over 50 competitors, the majority of whom were novices.  These sessions undoutedly helped those who participated with the technical challenges posed by the planner, Colin Dickson controlled by Colin Metcalfe.  On Day 1 over 180 personnel from 30 Unit teams tackled the Spanish Score on the west of...

 The AOA Coaching courses for 2022/23 have been confirmed as follows:

  - Planners Course: 13-16 Jun 22, 19 - 22 Sep 22 and 23 - 26 Jan 23.

  - Basic Skills Courses: 19 - 22 Sep 22, 7 - 10 Nov 22, 13 - 16 Mar 23.

 - Intermediate Skills Course: 7 - 10 Nov 22 and 23 - 26 Jan 23.

 - Advanced Skills Course: 7 - 10 Nov 22 and 23 - 26 Jan 23.

Level 2 Coaching course 19 - 22 Sep 22. Further details and the application process will be available via the calendar page.


The British Long championships were held on a new area for orienteering at Cognor Wood in Surrey on a cool and sunny late March weekend.  The physically demanding area tested all competitors with steep climbs and descents with plenty of contour detail, varying runnability and good route choice options.

Eight BAOC orienteers ran at the British Middle Championships on 6 March at Rushmere Country park, near Leightoiin Buzzard, hosted by East Anglia OA. Many Congratulation to Richard Barrett, who produced the only podium placing, 3rd on M50 (5.5km 175m in 37:53), but other top results were Paul Lane (5th on M65), Colin Dickson (6th on M65) and Elisabeth Dickson (7th on W60) all achieving Championship standard times. Close behind were Carol Prosser (9th on W60), Tamla Short (10th on W21), Richard Bonnett (25th on M65) and Ian Prosser (37th on M65).  Well done all.

Team Captains are kindly requested to take note of the following within the MLS rules regards Novice runners. Please also note that there is Novice Prize Category within the League.

Please see below for the definition of a Novice from MLS rules:

Richard Barrett is now taking over the duties of AOA Coaching Officer from Phill Batts. Richard's new email address is and his phone number is 07891091579.

The Joining Instructions for future courses will be updated to reflect these changes soon.

If you want to apply for a place on an AOA course, or are enquiring about your place on the Nov Inters course, please use Richard's contact details.

As temperatures rise during the summer, it is necessary to assess the impact of heat on military orienteering activities in line with JSP 375.

As many of you will be aware, Lt Col Chris Huthwaite has recently stepped-down from the role of AOA Chairman, handing over to Lt Col Richard Mawer. Chris has given over six years to the role and has achieved an enormous amount. All of us involved in Army orienteering owe a huge debt of thanks to him. A formal vote of appreciation is planned for when we next meet as a community (on current planning, likely to be the MLS end of season prize giving).

MLS Unit Reps,

I am looking at updating the Contacts list which I currently have for the MLS unit reps. If you are the unit rep or team captain and have not received an email from myself recently in regards to MLS AGM or FOE than please send your details to myself via the AOA details tab.


SSgt Des Dickinson

MLS Secretary

'Soldiers must not forget how to read maps ... Commander of the Field Army has said' according to The Daily Telegraph Defence Correspondent in an article on Saturday 5 December. "The big 'what if' is, if we lose that satellite, lose that geo-locating device, if we lose our communication system, how do we operate?"  'Other senior commanders are ...

There is now an Army Orienteering Group on Facebook, with the primary intent to gain more exposure within the Army sport community.  Membership of the Private Group is open to all BAOC Members and military orienteers, but it will be Public so that any-one can find it and read on Facebook.  However only Members can post.

With immediate effect no AOA sponsored orienteering event and or activity utilising the AOA DIO Licence has authority for Mountain Bike Orienteering:

- That no Service Person is to organise or participate in Mountain Bike Orienteering under the banner of an AOA event or activity; and,

- That the AOA considered Mountain Bike Orienteering to be an adventure training activity outwith its remit to organise or govern.

AOA Chair

The AOA Executive Committee is pleased to announce that with effect Wed 15 May 19, Colonel Ed Heal will be the newly appointed AOA President, vice Brigadier James Woodham.

The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank Brigadier James for his stalwart support since 2013 and wish him many more years of successful cunning running.  We welcome Colonel Ed and look forward to his future contribution as President.