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.

BAOC Members – this message calls on your support to join the BAOC relay teams at the following events.  Once we have an indication of interest, I will confirm details (classes, relay teams etc). 

Entries will be subsidised (amount tbc by Exec Committee).

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:

Army Team Selection 20/21

Congratulations to the following personnel have been selected to represent the Army at the Inter Services Championship on Sun 30 Jan 22 - Sherwood Forest.

Male Team:

Lt Col Mawer AAC, Maj Ashton REME, Maj Barrett RLC, Maj Brett RE, Maj Dickins RE, Maj Pickering RE (New Cap), Capt Gardner RL, OCdt Blomquist (New Cap), SSgt Dickinson REME, SSgt Routledge AGC

Travelling Reserves: Sgt Cope RA, Capt Finlay RA

Female Team:

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.

The warning order for the delayed Army Inter Unit Team Championships on 13/14 October 2021 has been issued - see Calendar.

Entries are open online at

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

On Wed 7 July at the Bulford Ridge MLS Prizegiving event, the AOA President, Col Ed Heal, was delighted to be able to publicly thank Chris Huthwaite for his years of excellent service to the Army Orienteering Association, particularly for the last 7 years as the AOA Chairman. His diplomatic engagement with Army HQ was integral to the resumption (twice!) of military orienteering after the COVID Lockdowns.  Attached is the presentation of thanks.

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 POC 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 Army Orienteering Association presented a cloth plaque to recognise the support of Brig James Woodham CBE MC in his role as AOA President between 2013 and 2019 outside Main Building, Whitehall recently.

We wish Brig James many more years of successful cunning running as he hands over the AOA reins to Col Ed Heal.

In the photograph, Brig Woodham receives his plaque from AOA Secretary, Maj Andy Johnson.

Mon 8 July- Further update on Ian's 500 Mile “Battle Back” Grand Prix 3-7 July 2019

Ian has now completed the ride and done over 500 miles, although he had to walk the last 100m as he got a puncture as he came around the last corner.  He is now up to £6005 on his Just Giving page, so thanks to all who have donated. You can still give, just go to the page from the flyer. Ian travels hundreds of miles to attend MLS and other military events, and even though he is ex-RAF, we still look forward to seeing his tents at O events.

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.

Long Valley North is Out Of Bounds for orienteering until after the Major orienteering event hosted by BKO on the 26 Jan 2020.  This will also be the Southern Champs 2020.

The Admin instruction and application annex for EX SMART RUNNER, The Army Inter Unit Championships is now available via the Events tab

It is proposed to hold a course to achieve the understanding phase for a level 2 certificate in coaching orienteering over the period 12-14 Nov 19 at Longmoor. There is a practical assessment phase after this course to achieve the qualification. This is not an AOA funded course but one paid for from SLC and personal contributions.

More details are available from Phill Batts