Orienteers battle elements, terrain in Wallace
WALLACE-Thirteen orienteers took the road less travelled this past Saturday in Wallace during the Museum Madness Muck Run. All of the thirteen participants opted for the longer and more challenging 5 km route over the shorter 1 km route.
“The issue wasn’t so much the muck, but the 3 degree temperatures, the howling wind, the rain, and, yes, the odd snow flake” claimed Alice Power, president of the North Shore Adventure Club, one of five orienteering clubs in the province. “Thirteen people, ranging from ages 8 and up raced off to locate the 22 controls.”
One of those orienteers was first-place finisher Pam James, who has been involved in orienteering for some forty years, competing in ten orienteering world championships in the United States, parts of Europe and in New Zealand.
“This is my first time competing here up on the north shore,” stated James, who finished first overall with a time of 43:55 and 22 controls. “It was a great course.”
James has also competed in Canadian and American national championships.
“Recently, I travelled 16 hours to the United States National Orienteering Championships in Glenn Falls, New York,” stated James who has also orienteered in Harriman State National Park situated north of New York City.
According to orienteer Greg Nix, who designed the 5 km course, orienteering is what you make it. “It can be as competitive as you want it to be. It can be a fun walk or run,” he stated. “At the higher levels, orienteering involves a great deal of decision making and problem solving. A good orienteer can take a map and turn it into a three dimensional structure, knowing where they are at all times,” he added.
The North Shore Adventure Club alternates this run between the Wallace, Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary, Oxford Regional Educational Centre and Wentworth.
“The Elliotts have been really good about letting us use their land,” stated Nix.
To learn more about the sport of orienteering, visit http://orienteeringns.ca/
Official Wallace and Area Museum Madness Muck Run Results:
Pam James 43:55 (22 controls)
Lisa MacLean 84:10 (20 controls)
Betty Hodgson 113:26 (17 controls)
Ashley Harding 55:32 (22 controls)
Michael Price 83:32 (22 controls)
Noah James 83:50 (19 controls)
Jim Blanchard 87:50 (22 controls)
Art and Lily Harding 124:00 (18 controls)
David Beaton and Shannon Nickerson 111:26 (18 controls)
Margie James and Eleanor Conrad 79:22 (16 controls)