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MLN Coatham Woods - 1st July 2015

Boris Spence retires as MLN league secretary - a report by Rob McKenna, 2nd July 2015

Boris Spence


It was the final event in the MLN calendar for the 2014/5 season.

Placings had already been decided in the league and following a one hour score event, medals would be awarded to winning competitors and teams.


Phill Batts was the planner and he set out 20 controls, with a variety of points for each control, on a fairly flat and fast area. There were 29 competitors for the score event and Major Jenkins, of the RAF, rose to the challenge managing to visit 19 controls and finishing overall winner on a blisteringly hot day.


The race was shortly followed by a formal prize giving ceremony for the overall placings in the league for the 2014/5 season.

Recently retired Brigadier D.Hargreaves (37 Signal Reg) presided over the proceedings, but before the medals were presented a special mention of thanks was given to Boris Spence, who after about fifteen years of dedication to the role of MLN league secretary has finally passed the job over to Captain Tony Ryder (REME).


On behalf of the MLN, the Brigadier presented Boris (seen right) with a bottle of his special tipple as thanks for all the hard work he has put in over the years. However, he reported that he will not be disappearing from the scene altogether as he will still be maintaining a presence with regard to the Northumbria Army Cadet Force.


Full results for the competition on the day together with overall league positions and medal winners can be found on the British Army Orienteering Club website.