Ramblers Orienteering Club Meet

The Morgan Arboretum    October 19, 2003

It was gloriously sunny and without much wind, even though there was a distinct chill in the air.  How lucky that we missed the heavy rains of the day before – or those of two days afterwards!

We used 37 flags – 4 of them already set by John Abbott College for their Orienteering program.  And that, unfortunately, led to 3 mistakes in the “code descriptions”.   My apologies to anyone affected by these problems.  (If I didn’t make an error like this once every few years Orienteers might think it never happens!  Now you know better !!)

There were close to 200 participants – again.   Many on the easier courses went in groups, especially the young girls of the 2nd Lakeshore Guides.  Some of the Dawson College students, who are just starting to learn Orienteering, tried Course 2 after completing #1 in pairs.  The meet certainly lived up to its reputation of being our most popular.  We had a total of 127 individual “starts”, not including those who went on more than one course.

Thomas Kneubühler (Ramblers) continued his dominance of the elite course with a winning time of 1:25:48 on the 10.1 km Course 4.   Rolf Wuestenhagen, from Switzer-land, who was attending a conference in Montreal for the weekend, placed 2nd in 1:31:46. Marc-A. Vallée finished 3rd in 1:34:32,  69 seconds ahead of Steve Holden in 4th.

Evgeny Pozdynakov (Ramblers) was an easy winner on the 5.45 km Course 3, with a time of 1:05:33.  Stéphane Côté came second in 1:17:06.  Joëlle Chebli, who came down from Levis, Qué., was the top woman of the day finishing 3rd (1:30:40).  Bruce Glen, who did Orienteering with us decades ago, came 4th in 1:32:20.

Course 2 (4.1 km – intermediate difficulty) had several speedy students from Collège Maisonneuve, (Normand Dionnne, teacher)  who took the top 3 positions in times well under one hour:  Erick Dupuis (0:37:31),  Bastien Delage (51:00) and Félix Riou-Campbell (52:15).  4th place went to a Ramblers Club team of Sylvaine Grousset and Anne-Marie Vigneault (53:20).

 Course 1 (the easiest course) was led by the Dawson College duo of Fadi Mroue and Roman Tarnavskiy, who successfully completed the 3.0 km (straight-line measurement) course in just under 48 minutes.  Ramblers members, Barbara Schumann, with Dominic, were 2nd in 52:20.

 Almost all the flags were picked up by the day’s end thanks to the volunteer efforts of three Ramblers members:  Guillaume Couture, Eric Lillie and Randy Luke.   THANKS also to Denise OBriain and Dmitri Golovanov who assisted greatly at Registration and John Dennett who helped Timing.  And, of course, to Gloria Charlow.

 We also want to thank The Morgan Arboretum for permitting us the use of their fine property and the Conservation Centre.  

We look forward to a return visit this winter for a Ski and Snowshoe Orienteering event.

 John Charlow

Ramblers Orienteering Club