Fall season starts with an Open Practice on Mt.Royal

The Fall season is just around the corner, and the schedule for the Ramblers events are posted. We are starting with an Open Practice on Mt. Royal on Wednesday August 31st, at 5:30 pm, with a get together for a picnic afterwards. Meeting point: Beaver Lake, picnic tables 100m south of the Chalet.  The first race will be on September 11 at Angrignon Park, followed by the highlight of the season, the Quebec Championship in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue QC on October 1&2nd. Not to far from Montreal (300 Km south) will be the North American Championships, scheduled for September 23 -25. Full schedule for the whole fall season on our event page.

Score-O 2015

Mont Royal Score-O 2015_Tapio Haarlaa
The winning route by Tapio Haarla from Finland
Jessica Score-O
Route by Jessica Auer, first women ever to get all controls in under 2 hours.

This event, with its mass start and 2-hour-maximum format, is an annual favourite amongst Orienteers. On Sunday, in spite of the light rain that fell during part of the race, 180 enthusiasts took part.  It’s too bad that only a few organizers get to see the often thrilling finishes.  This year we witnessed one of the best.

With nearly 45 minutes of the 2 hours left to go, Francis ran in to the finish but almost immediately darted off again. He had forgotten #32 at the extreme west edge of the map – 2.75 km (roundtrip) later and he was back, but now in 4th place.  In the meantime, another thrilling chase had occurred.  Thomas Kneubühler and Tapio Haarla came sprinting hard to the Finish but, oh no, Thomas had also over-looked a control and he too darted off to get it. Tapio had won his second Score-O with us!  The first was in 2008.

A Very Big THANK YOU to the many, many members who helped at the event; foremost among them: Bruce, who designed the course and, with Elaine, put in place all of the controls. Many diligent hands are needed to handle map preparations, registrations, organizing waivers, checking and tallying result cards, as well as picking up the controls after the event.

The Results of the top runner below, and full results are here.

1. Jessica Auer 600 pts
2. Aurore Varela 535 pts
3. Barbara Schuhmann 435 pts
4. Marie-Pierre Gauthier 420 pts
5. Marianne Côté-Jacques 415 pts.
6. Maia Iotzova 405 pts

1. Tapio Haarlaa 1:21:26
2. Jake Brennan 1:28:26
3. Philippe Côté-Jacques 1:30:00
4. Francis Falardeau: 1:31:45
5. Dmitri Golovanov 1:39:38
6. Thomas Kneubühler 1:39:42
7. Frederic Elias 1:40:00
8. Jeremy Barnes 1:41:00

1. Caroline Barre & Helene Dumais 565
2. Eric Crotty & Alexandre Chandler 485 pts
3. Anna Fichman & Leo Denotkine 460
4. Francois & Xavier Busch 425
5. Jennifer O’Connel & Dumindra Jayasinghe 415

Tapio Haarlaa from Finland is discussing his route with local Thomas Kneubühler.
Tapio Haarlaa from Finland is discussing his route with local Thomas Kneubühler.
Anna Fichman & Leo Denotkine who finished 3rd in the category Group