RAF Honington orienteering

Discussion in 'Sports, Adventure Training and Events' started by copepod, Mar 31, 2011.

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  1. Many thanks to both RAF Honington and Norfolk OC for a novel and very enjoyable (depite drizzle) sprint race on Wed 30.03.11. As one of the civilians from local clubs invited to attend, I found the novelty of security concerns for entering base, vehicle convoy to start, hill top control points on former weapon bunkers, irregular pattern of hard standing, large hangars, sentry boxes, pine copses, open and rough open etc a pleasant change from normal East Anglia terrain. Military staff were extremely welcoming and sociable, letting those with their own SI cards (elctronic timing devices) go to front of queue, while they waited for runners to return with club SI dibbers. Being ex TA, it was particularly satisfying to be able to reassure the download team that, yes, control 18 was in place and awake, despite protests by RAF guys. To be fair, many were orienteering novices, but fast runners, compared to older female competent navigators like me. Also able to help with some queries about ranks, miltary units etc from civilian orienteers who had never been in any part of military.