Bois-de-Liesse Park Orienteering Meet —
As predicted, showers began to fall on us intermittently about noon. The temperature, however, remained great for Orienteering and almost no-one dropped out because of the wetness. Each of the four courses produced “fastest times” that were about right – at or just under 60 minutes. The foliage was still thick in the park. In fact, very few leaves had even begun to turn colour.
It’s remarkable to see the increasing number of families participating with young children; some of them, very young! There were 20 “pre-teens” accompanied by adults, mostly on the easiest course – number One. Among them, a month-old baby and two others under 12 months! It’s nice that our sport can accommodate people of all ages and skill levels … as well as both “recreational” and “competitive” Orienteers.
There were 71 “Starts” with a total participation of 125, including 20 pre-teenage (accompanied) children.
Francis Falardeau (as usual) had a strong run on Course 4, finishing the 7.2 km in 56:26. The next 3 places were close with Ramblers members Stéphane Rousseau (1:17:40) placing 2nd, Patrice Gagnon (1:18:10) 3rd and Bruce Glen (1:23:48) 4th.
Course 3 (4.8 km) provided tight competition at the top. Oleg Koptelov (Rams) edged Christophe Deprez (Rams) by 107 seconds: 1:01:20 vs. 1:03:07. Evgeny Pozdnyakov was 3rd (1:06:17). Nicole Roy had the most impressive showing amongst women, placing 5th overall with a time of 1:15:48.
Course 2 had two widely age-separated competitors finish just 14 seconds apart at the top: Christian Reber (Rams) nosed out 12-year old Andrey Koptelov (Rams) 52:21 to 52:35. A new participant, Sandra Mortimer, was third in 1:16:15. Barbara Schumann (Rams) with two young children, came third in 1:31:50.
Daniel Giguère, accompanying his two daughters (Sara, 11 and Milene, 7), breezed around the 2.5 km ‘Beginner’ Course, visiting the 10 controls in just 35 minutes. First-timer, Yves Fauvel, was 2nd in 37:48 and 13-year old, Polina Koptelova was 3rd in 40:05.
THANKS to those Ramblers members who helped with the meet on Sunday. Gloria handled registrations with some assistance from Barbara and Elizabeth Schumann. The flag pick-ups, all 33 of the full-sized markers, was done by Bruce Glen, Christian Reber and André Laplante.
We hope to see all of you again at our next meets:
October 23 (Morgan Arboretum) and November 6 (Mt. Royal Park). Details will follow.
Ramblers Orienteering Club