This year the annual RLC orienteering training camp, organised by Capt Emmit Andrews, took place in South Wales utilising some of the best terrain that the region has to offer from complex contour detail at the Merthyr Mawr Sand dunes (and the location of the highest natural dune in Europe) to the demanding limestone sink-hole moorland at Merthyr Moor.
Experienced level 3 coaches Dave Rollins (ex RLC) and Maj (Retd) Colin Dickson (ex SASC) took the team through the challenges of navigation in unfamiliar terrain; between them they have won many Army and Inter-Service titles, and over the course of the week all team members benefited from their knowledge and experience of competitive orienteering. The team were also grateful for the help of Lt Col (Retd) Axel Blomquist who has supported RLC Orienteering for many years having also been a regular member of the Army Team and an ex Corps Champion.
After five days of training, the team moved from their base at Maindy Barracks in Cardiff to Nesscliffe Trg camp in Shropshire for the culmination of the exercise, a three day civilian competition over the bank holiday weekend. Day 1 was held on a private estate at Brampton Bryan, whereas days 2 and 3 moved to the Welsh Borders of Stapely, Rorrington and Lan Fawr & Corndon. Every team member enjoyed the challenges of the wooded hillside and open heath-land terrain recording some excellent times in their course categories. All Maps, results and examples of routes taken in the competition areas are available at this link: http://sins.org.uk/results/