You might have seen the large Viking sculpture being made and gifted on Channel 4's Woodland Workshop program? This relates to the Community Interest Company it was presented to. The Viking Boat Co. is a not-for-profit community enterprise situated in the heart of Darlington. Their purpose is to help ex-military personnel develop mental resilience and coping strategies to counter the effects of PTSD, anxiety, stress, loneliness, and isolation to help them lead active and fulfilling lives in their community.

Congratulations to all members of the Army Team for a convincing victory over the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy this weekend. The match, hosted by Southampton Orienteering Club, was held on Sunday 19 February 2023 in glorious sunshine at Long Beech, New Forest.

With the RN and RAF unfortunately unable to field sufficient female runners to make a team, the Army Women’s Team, racing on the Blue course, were assured victory in the team competition but nevertheless dominated, with four runners in the top six.

The course in Apr at Catterick is now full. There is interest in a course further south but we need to establish the demand. Would potential delegates please let Phill know via coaching@armyorienteering which part of the country they would be willing to travel to , the month they wish to attend and if a weekday or weekend course is their preference please.

BAOC compete in the SE O League and the attached page shows the club scores from the SN event on LVS on 13 Nov. As it was Armistice Sunday obviously not many BAOC members were able to run. The remaining events are as follows:

27-Nov-22  SAX  Hindleap  4-Dec-22 CHIG  Epping E (SE Long Champs)  22-Jan-23  DFOK  Chelwood  5-Feb-23   GO  Waggoners Wells    

19-Feb-23  LOK Holmbury   05-Mar-23   HH  Burnham & Egypt   19-Mar-23  MV  Balcombe   14-May-23   SO  Eartham Wood

Please find the information you need for this weekend at the link below.!Aks0VLFuYo9NkpQk-g5WFkluWzYCmg?e=nYYYwp Your loan dibbers will be in a Corps team bag at the Army results vehicle (Allan's usual EMIT one), Identified by a white feather, on Sat afternoon.

CLARO have kindly made this map available for teams to train on. It is at 1:4,000 and by the same mapping team as Brimham Rocks but it doesn't have the rock features. Access can be found at SE300698 or 


The final details from CLARO have been released for the night element on Brimham Rocks. Team Captains are asked to ensure that all competitors are aware of the details, especially the safety requirements.

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.