Three weeks today there is a big event in Cortambert, the Trail du Mont Saint-Romain. The runners will have a choice of parcours of 11km, 17km, or 30km for the serious runners. The latter are expected to climb Mont Saint-Romain, enjoy the view from circling the top, then run all the way back, the fastest arriving at Cortambert foyer rural in an astonishing two and a half to three hours.
There is more information about the event on www.trail-mont-saint-romain.fr/info.php and on the Trail facebook page.
On this bright and sunny but freezing morning there was a reconnaissance for the local runners, a 15km training run up Mont Saint-Romain. Chris went with them to take some photos. Their route was Cortambert – Nouville – Mont Saint-Romain – Culey -Bray -Toury – Cortambert.
The group meets up at the foyer rural in Cortambert
Mont Saint-Romain behind
Coming down past the woods
Regrouping at Culey
The Trail du Mont Saint-Romain is a project that involves many volunteers from Bray, Chissey, Blanot and Bray as well as Cortambert. Teams have been organised to mark out the circuits with direction posts and tape, and every intersection will be marshalled to prevent the runners from taking a wrong turn. There will be people registering, fitting and recovering the timing devices, a commentator and first aiders.
Afterwards a meal is served in the hall for everyone, runners and volunteers, so teams have been organised for peeling vegetables, making soup and apple pies, and dishing out plates of food. So even if you are not a runner there is no shortage of other things to do. With all this preparation the Trail is bound to be a success; we just need the good weather. Bon courage to all the runners!
Preparations are in full swing for the next Cortambert Loto which will take place at the foyer rural on 15th March. It is called the Loto Gourmand because the many prizes consist of hams, terrines, jars of delicacies and the best wines. All beautifully presented in baskets wrapped in cellophane and ribbon.
This year’s theme is to decorate with stuffed animals (pelouche is a much nicer term) and it is all hands to the deck to produce the baskets. All volunteers are welcome.
Even the youngsters lend a hand.
Normally the vannerie group meet on Wednesdays at 8pm and Saturday afternoons. But we had an extra session yesterday morning where good progress was made, aided by copious coffee served with croissants and pains au chocolat.
So don’t forget, Sunday 15th March starting at 2pm at the Cortambert foyer rural. It is one of the most popular events of the year so don’t miss it.
While most of France was out celebrating 14th July with concerts and parades, the members of the Cortambert foyer rural were in Varanges helping to stage our annual vide grenier.
It was a real team effort. We were out at 6am setting up the tables and equipment for the buvette. The barnum didn’t need to be erected as it was already set up in a neighbour’s garden from a party the day before. Eight of us simply lifted a pole and walked it up the road.
The team worked hard all day in the buvette
Unfortunately the weather had been bad over the weekend so there was a low turnout of stallholders. But the sun came out after lunch when more people came along to see what there was on offer. The foyer rural bric-a-brac stall did not earn much but the buvette did a roaring trade in hot dogs and chips.
Manning the stalls and sitting with friends in the sunshine
Afterwards there was quite a party. Of course the beer had to be finished off, as well as the leftover gaufres.
I suspect that the foyer rural didn’t come out with much of a profit due to the low turnout and the hire cost of a refridgerated van. It was a lot of hard work but also a day to remember with lots of laughter and cameraderie.