Orienteering Inter-Corps Championships
Over a wet weekend in Dec 17 The RLC Orienteering Team were in action at the annual Inter-Corps Championships that took place in Penn Wood near High Wycombe.
Illustrating the Corps’ depth in the sport the 22 person strong squad were able to enter a female team, male senior long team, two male senior short teams and a male under 25 team.
The championships consisted of a challenging night event followed by a day event the next morning on the same area.
The hilly and intricate area of Penn Wood was made all the more technically challenging by the complete darkness of an overcast evening and a low lying mist.
With four results to count from the six man team in the Men’s Senior Long category, top runs from Cpl Dan Cox and Maj Richard Barrett left the overall standings tightly contested with the team in second just 30 seconds of accumulated time behind the RE.
Overnight, the women sat in fourth position and the Senior Short A team in second in their respective categories.
The following morning was just as wet, but now in daylight runners tackled longer and more technical courses.
Another fast run from Maj Barrett lead a collective strong performance from all of the Men’s Senior Long team, seeing them finish first on the day and in the whole championships by a margin of 19 minutes.
A great result for the Corps team. They won the Men’s Inter Corps Trophy for only the fourth time, it also being the first time The RLC have retained it.
There was success across the other teams as well with Lt Col Lucy Giles leading the women to finish second on the day event and third overall. The Men’s Short team defended their overnight second position and the Under 25 team finished in third.
If you as an individual or potential team captain are interested in finding out more about orienteering, then please visit the British Army Orienteering Club website for event information (www.baoc.info) or contact the Secretary for Corps Orienteering Capt Joe Begley (13AASP-RHQ-Ops Offr).