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. 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
Ramblers member Dmitri Golovanov attended this summer the WMOC 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and later the Maritime Orienteering Festival in New Brunswick. Watch his videos from two sprint events, shot with a headcam, including live gps.