300 Years for The Royal Regiment of Artillery
On 26 May 2016 The Royal Regiment of Artillery, generally known as the Royal Artillery (RA) celebrated its 300th Anniversary with a Review before Her Majesty The Queen, the Captain General at Larkhill, Wiltshire.
Since the end of the 2nd World War the Royal Artillery has played an important role in Nordic skiing and later also in Biathlon. On the occasion of their Tercentenary (“Ubique 300”) it is worth noting the achievements of the 25 Gunner athletes who have represented Great Britain in 12 Olympic Winter Games since 1956. Congratulations also go to the nine different Gunner Regimental Teams who have won the Army Nordic Championships.
Historical note: Guns were first used by the English in the early fourteenth century, but it was almost four hundred years before a permanent force of artillery was formed. On 26 May 1716 the first two permanent companies of Royal Artillery were formed by Royal Warrant in the reign of George I. The two companies numbered 100 men each.
LAST POST – Arthur Harvey
It is with deep regret that we announce the death on Saturday 19th September of Arthur Harvey.
Arthur, a retired Major in the Royal Artillery, was an international shot and, at the age of 81, still a wonderful and inspirational shooting coach. Many, many Army and British National biathletes owe a great debt to him.
He trained scores of Regimental Shooting Coaches in Sennelager and Sonthofen Germany, and then at Budleigh Farm in his beloved Devon over the past 35 years. There is scarcely a GBR International biathlete over that time who was not coached or influenced at some stage by Arthur.
He also ran the UK Biathlon Weapons Pool and the ranges for many years when the Army & British Biathlon Championships (Ex Rucksack) were in Zwiesel, and also at the UKLF Championships (Ex Spartan Hike) in France. More recently he helped out at Ex Rucksack in Ruhpolding / Obertilliach.
The Funeral will be at 11.30am on Friday 9th October at St Andrew’s Church, Moretonhampstead and will conclude at the Farm on the South Range.
All are welcome, but if you can please inform Mark Goodson (email@example.com) by Tue 06 Oct if you are attending, it will assist the family in planning for what is expected to be a “large turn-out”.
Please send letters of condolence or any donations (which will be split between the Moretonhampstead Hospital League of Friends and the Royal British Legion), to Leroy Funeral Service, Alphington Road, Exeter, EX2 8HH.
1. The AWSA Army Ski Competition Rule Book is published in 2 disciplines – Alpine and Nordic. The Nordic ski disciplines covered include Biathlon, Cross Country (XC) and the Military Patrol Race.
2. AWSA Nordic Ski Competition Rules are based on, and do not repeat:
- The 2014 International Biathlon Union (IBU) Rules – Sections 2 to 4.
- The 2014 International Ski Competition Rules (ICR) of the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) – Book II Cross Country.
3. These rules are to be read and followed by all competitors. The full IBU / FIS rules have been modified principally to ensure that the ethos of Army ski racing remains based on team events, notably in Section 2 (Draw, Seeding and Assignment of Start Numbers). When National competitions are hosted by the AWSA at Army Championships, they are conducted under the appropriate IBU or FIS Rules.
4. The AWSA Management Committee has delegated ratification of the AWSA Nordic Ski Competition Rules to Chairman Army Nordic, who acts with the advice of the British Armed Forces Nordic Ski Committee (BANSC). The Nordic Competition Rules will be formally reviewed and promulgated annually. Proposed amendments should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. This Rule Book ‘sets the standard’ for the Army and Regional Championships and is the goal of all Corps Championships. Due to the reduced infrastructure and resources available at Corps and even Regional Championships these standards may have to be relaxed; the competition procedures and conduct of competitions should be as close to these Rules as possible. Safety, both personal and weapon, must never be compromised. Athletes and officials are to be thoroughly briefed when local conditions dictate that Rules are to be amended or that a lower standard is necessary. The Chairman BANSC reserves the right to take into account any lowering of standards at Regional Championships when qualifying teams and individuals for the Army Championships.
6. The distribution of these rules is through the AWSA web-site: www.awsa.org.uk. This 2016 edition is effective from 1 November 2015. It completely replaces all previous editions and amendments of the AWSA Nordic Rule Book, which should be destroyed.
SIGNIFICANT REVISIONS IN THIS EDITION
- Section 3. Significantly revised and reduced, refer directly to IBU or FIS rules.
- Rule 1.10. The UKAF Competition.
- Rule 1.12. “Novice Exemption” for officers attending RMAS ski touring exercises removed.
- Rule 4.15.1 & 4.16.10. Skating in a classic race.
- Rule 188.8.131.52. Patrol race composition for Reserve Units.
- Rule 5.13.2. SA80A2 with iron sights (no bipods), HK .22” conversion kit and removable muzzle cover. The rifle must be attached to the outside of the rucksack.
- Rule 5.13.3. An empty 5.56mm blank firing attachment magazine (yellow).
- Rule 5.14. Patrol Race Safety Equipment: A mobile phone, standard First Aid Kit and service issue bivvy bag (not a survival bag or blanket). Without which the patrol will not be allowed to start.
- Rule 5.38. Unused ammunition must be handed to the FPO before leaving the firing point. Any ammunition found in magazines or equipment at the In-Inspection is a DSQ.
- Rule 5.40. Command task.
- Annex B. The Women’s Biathlon Relay is now 4 x 6 km (not 3 x 6 km).
EX RUCKSACK 15
More than 200 winter sports athletes, most of them military personnel, have been competing in a combined British National and Inter-Service Biathlon and Cross Country Ski Championships. The competition, which also includes the Army championship, is held every year at Ruhpolding in south-east Germany.
With kind permission of www.forces.tv – Rob Olver reports
Service Personnel in Action at National Biathlon Championships
Members of the Armed Forces have been battling it out at the British National Biathlon Championships at Ruhpolding in Bavaria. Since the end of the combat mission in Afghanistan soldiers have been returning to the sport but years of operations have left gaps in the British National team, which is largely made up of military personnel.
With kind permission of www.forces.tv – Rob Olver reports
Going the Course!
British Biathlete Amanda Lightfoot takes us on a tour of a 2.5K course at Hochfilzen.
10 Nov 14 – For the Nordic ski teams travelling to Sjusjøen next weekend – a track/snow report from the biathlon centre
Roller skiing is a very effective snow simulation tool (and even a sport by itself) but you want to keep a few things in mind. First, if you simply can’t get comfortable on pavement or around traffic you might be better off doing foot ski simulation instead. A terrified roller skier isn’t going to be able to get their heart rate up (maybe via fright but not via training and is far more likely to take a dangerous fall. Conversely, if you are rolling in particularly tough terrain or high altitude you need to make sure your heart rate does not climb too high. It is very easy to get swept up by the speed of roller skiing and forget to monitor your training zones. If you are operating at too high a heart rate with too little experience on roller skis you are more likely to make mistakes, which result in a fall or simply over train yourself.
Finally, the biggest benefit roller skiing provides over bounding or running is in the development of technique and endurance strength. To yield the maximum benefit, roller ski workouts must contain a great deal of focused time isolating specific technical areas and muscle groups. Many skiers (of all ages) go out all summer and fall on roller skis and can’t figure out why they don’t make a huge jump in improvement the next winter. The answer usually lies in too much time rolling with “lazy ” technique; always skiing in terrain that is too steep or too flat; and/or generally just “going out” instead of going out with a specific goal in mind.
Biathlon Rifles – DIN now out
Weapons: Issue of Rifles and Conversions kits is done through DSG and DE&S. Units must have entered Ex PIPEDOWN or Ex SPARTAN HIKE to get priority bidding. Each unit will be issued only 6 weapons and 4 Conv kits until the 31st Oct but if a unit needs kit for Summer Trg they are to approach the Secretary direct with support from their Corps Captain. Where possible Female teams are to bid for their weapons as a central bid (with different UINs if req). POC for Wpns is Ian Heighway at DSG and Conversion Kits is Hazel May at DE&S. I can provide their contact details if units need them urgently – email@example.com. The DIN can be viewed on DII http://defenceintranet.diif.r.mil.uk/libraries/corporate/DINStraining/2014/2014DIN07-135.pdf.
NORDIC NEWSFLASH – Returning Biathlon Rifles
Donnington is now able to accept Biathlon weapons. They should be delivered to: B54, LS Donnington with their paperwork and they will be dealt with: Wayne Bishop B54 Small arms & Classified, Logistic Commodities & Services, Logistic Services Donnington, Telford, TF28JT Military Network: 94480 2242 DII: DESLCSLS-Log-DON-WhseSpvr8
Olympic Biathlete, Amanda Lightfoot
Amanda talks about the rifle she will be shooting at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Army Biathletes going to SOCHI
The British Olympic Association (BOA) today announced that two athletes from the sport of biathlon have been officially selected for Team GB for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The two biathletes join athletes already selected from curling, figure skating and short track, bringing the total Team GB size to 23. The selected athletes are: • Lee Jackson (born; Stockton-on-Tees lives: Stockton-on-Tees and Italy) • Amanda Lightfoot (born; Coventry lives: South Shields, Tyne and Wear) Full athlete profiles can be found on www.teamgb.com.
BIATHLON – Amanda Lightfoot
Team GB Female Biathlon hopeful, Amanda Lightfoot talks about how she got into Biathlon and her training on the road to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.