Major John Owens RE takes part in the Royal Engineers team at the recent Army Inter-Corps Orienteering Championships 2018, winning the Army Night championships.
Major John Owens RE, from the Defence Technology Enhanced Learning (DTEL) team, took part in the very successful Royal Engineers team at the recent Army Inter-Corps Orienteering Championships 2018.
John was the overall winner of the Army Night championships, winning a very closely fought 50 minute race over the technically complex area of Puttenham Common near Guildford by just 1 second – proving that in a race every second counts!
He was also 4th overall on day 2 on a very physically demanding course at the Devils Punch Bowl, Hindehead, helping the Royal Engineers to win the overall men’s competition. They also went on to win both the women’s and the junior races and narrowly missed a total whitewash when their short course team were beaten by the RLC by just 5 minutes after over 5 hours of running.
Talking to John after the event, he said:
"These championships are always held at the beginning of the season in conjunction with a large technically challenging civilian event and before any of the runners have had the chance to practice navigating through the woods at night, so I was really happy to win, especially when I heard how close it had been and because I am still getting to grips with trying to read the map in the dark, in the rain, with glasses that keep steaming up."
John has been selected to represent the Army at the Inter Services race on 13 January 2019.