REPORT : Bois-de-Liesse Park Orienteering — June 5, 2005


The weather was hot and beautifully sunny but, in the woods, the mosquitoes were bad! Many Orienteers arrived wearing shorts and a T-shirt – and without insect repellent. Our two cans eventually ran out. Even so, most participants did very well. Each of the four courses had finishers returning in one hour or less.


Francis Falardeau was an easy winner on Course 4, finishing the 7.5 km in 57 minutes. Nevin French and Eric Morand were 2nd and 3rd. (1:09:26 and 1:23:47). Patrice Gagnon was just seconds back in 4th.


Course 3 (4.9 km) provided a much tighter competition with the top six being within 14 minutes of each other. Christophe Deprez was No. 1 in 1:00:20, Harri Salo 2nd in 1:03:05 and Christian Reber 3rd, 1:05:18. Anick Troung placed 4th overall and was the leading woman of the day. Anick has had some previous “O” experience in France.


Three veteran Orienteers led the way in the 4.3 km intermediate-level ‘Course no. 2. François Dufort, who learned Orienteering in an Outdoor Education class at Cégep Montmorency 16 years ago, was first with a finishing time of 56:15. 2nd was Nicole Roy who hasn’t orienteered with us for many years - but who currently teaches at that same college. Placing 3rd in 1:34:50 was Alan Browne who, also, hasn’t been running with us for several seasons.


Coming 4th on Course 2 was a new member of a very different age class. 10-year old, Ryan Jones, who first appeared on our local Orienteering scene this Spring, has been improving steadily. He was 2 minutes behind Browne in this event.


On Course 1 (the easiest) there were four individuals or groups who completed the 2.5 kilometres in times ranging from about 44 to 63 minutes. (Actual best-route dist.: 2.9 km)


It’s been nice to see so many new faces coming to our meets this year – and returning at successive events. If you liked the sport this Spring you will surely enjoy Orienteering in September through to early November, when the bugs have gone, the bush becomes thinner and the heat lessens.


There were 70 “Starts” and a total participation of 107 persons, including 6 children under 10 years of age.


Thank you to those Ramblers members who helped at the meet on Sunday. Gloria handled registrations, Randy Luke did most of the ‘starting’ and Bruce Glen, Patrice Gagnon and Christian Reber picked up all of the 36 flags.


See you in September.


John Charlow

Ramblers Orienteering Club