Ramblers Orienteering Club

The World of O in the Montreal Region

Mount Royal Classic – Quebec Cup Series

This year’s Mount Royal Classic saw a number of new faces beating the local heroes on their home mountain. Well over a dozen of runners fom Ottawa came over to compete in this 2nd of 5 “Quebec Cup” events. In the men’s long-advanced course, Irish national team runner (and new Montrealer!) Eoin McCullough won with a time of just over an hour, 3:52 ahead of Ramblers’ Francis Falaredeau. Third place (+5:33) went to young talent Robert Graham from Ottawa Orienteering, an impressive performance for a first-timer on the mountain.

In the women’s long-advanced, the battle was between two runners from Ottawa, with Marketa Graham winning over Elisabeth Fink (+6.19).

The short-advanced course was dominated by the performances of two other Irish runners, Elizabeth and Martin Jakobsson. They had actually only flown into Montreal for a wedding, were still hung-over and hence decided to “only” do the short-advanced. What else would you do on the only free day you have in Montreal, before you fly back home? No better way to get to know the mountain than go orieneering! The battle between the two spouses was on, with Martin admitting that his wife would usually beat him on flat ground. But Mount Royal proved to be too hilly! Martin Jakobsson won the men’s in 41:19, ahead of Rambler Ciprian Coman (+8:36). Martin’s wife Elizabeth Jakobsson won the women’s in 52:45, ahead of Janette Finderup from Ottawa Orienteering (1:20).

We had an unexpectedly high turnout with 171 people, and 119 starts. The great weather surely helped. For the first time, we used the CEPSUM as start location, which put a new twist to all courses. All courses had more elevation than usual to cover.

Thanks to all volunteers for their help!

For complete results and photos see our Result page.

Sven von Fellenberg
Event director and course setter

Spring event at Bois-de-Liesse

The 2018 Bois-de-Liesse event was run in bright sunshine in open forests with spring ephemeral flowers in profusion. It was a lovely day with an outstanding turnout to mark the first use of our new map. Four courses were set, Course 1 2.5 km; Course 2, 3.0 km, Course 3 4.5 km, and Course 4 6.2 km. The terrain was wet underfoot with some flooded paths after considerable recent rain. Overall we had 99 starts and 144 participants. It was a great way to welcome the many new members to our club, as well as to mark the beginning of our forest orienteering season. I’d like to thank once again everyone who pitched in and helped make this day a success.

Scott Bohle
Event Director

Sprint at John Abbott College

The spring season opened with a great sprint event at John Abbott College, using the same map that was used for the Quebec Championships in 2016.
Despite the weather forecast (freezing rain), we recorded 107 participants with 91 starts, including many students from JAC.
A highlight was the chase start on the advanced course. Vincent Vionnet, who was second after the first race, caught up on the second race and eventually led the field of 11 men with a total winning time of 41:14… Francis Falardeau came overall 2nd with 41:46, and overall 3rd was Michael Chown (47:31). Orvokki Mattia was the only woman participating at the chase start with an overall winning time of 58:42.

A big Thank You goes to our volunteers for setting up another great event… Philippe, Dmitri, Elena, Bruce, Elaine, Scott, Martin, and Anatoly. Our thanks also go to John Abbott College for allowing us to use the indoor facilities, which we appreciated very much on that wet and chilly April day.

For complete results and photos see our Result page.

Ski & Snowshoe-O at Morgan Arboretum

Weather forecasts kept changing for a week. Happily, post-race chatter was centred more on the enjoyment of the day, the winter edition of the Arbo map and the challenge of the courses. 56 took part / 34 ‘starts’. An extra plus for the event was the participation of a number of Ontario ski-Orienteers. They were on their way to Craftsbury, Vermont where the World Masters Championships in Ski-Orienteering takes place all week long from March 5 until the 10th. Paul Lefebvre (Ottawa O Club) topped a field of 10 in the Long-3 Ski event, edging Francis Falardeau (Ramblers)… 1:09:56 to 1:12:23. Both had made small route errors on the course. Alin Duca (Waterloo Region Stars) was nearly 5 minutes behind the lead for 3rd place and Eric Lillie (Ramblers) had one of his best events to place 4th, 11 minutes back of Lefebvre’s winning time. Among the women on the SKI–2 middle event, Mary Ellen Connolly (Ottawa) topped two others by very close margins. Her time: 0:54:17. Anna Johansson (Swe) was 3½ minutes behind and Olga Rayda (Ramblers) 5½ minutes back.

Thanks to those Ramblers who helped produce the event… Bruce, Elaine, Lena, Elana, Olga, Francis, Anatoliy. (Apologies for anyone I’ve missed.) Our thanks also to the Morgan Arboretum for allowing us to hold our event in this fine location as well as for the use of the Arboretum‘s Conservation Centre.

For complete results and photos see our Result page.


Husky-O 2018


Photos by Alex Vakulenko.

+ the brand new map by Dmitri Golovanov:

+ full results are here!

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