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. Full results are here.

Tapio Haarlaa from Finland is discussing his route with local Thomas Kneubühler.

Tapio Haarlaa from Finland is discussing his route with local Thomas Kneubühler.

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Anna Fichman & Leo Denotkine who finished 3rd in the category Group