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June 5, 2017

Randonnée des Roses 2017

Filed under: Events,Places,Weather — Tags: , — Mary @ 17:20



We’d been worrying about the weather after last week’s storms and heavy showers but yesterday was cool with plenty of sunshine in the afternoon, soft underfoot but not muddy. The perfect day for the Cortambert randonnée.

The organisation was like a well oiled machine. Pascale has an excellent team and the many compliments of the walkers were well deserved. Chris was in charge of devising the four circuits of 8km, 13km, 17km and 24km. For everyone there was a drinks station en route and further refreshments once back at the foyer. For the longer walks there was a ravitaillement at Culey (8km) and another at Donzy (16km).

Here are a few photos of the day -

Marie Antoinette and Jean-Louis on registration

Raymond & Annie and the family picnicking at the point d’eau

At Donzy the 24km walkers enjoy a welcome rest with Georges, Claire and Dominique

Back at the foyer rural Anne Marie was recording the finish times

Patrick was pouring out the coffee and wine

Pascale was in charge of refreshments

Simone was making gaufres by the dozen

As the walkers were finishing it was time to go out to collect the direction markers

A chance to enjoy the lovely viewslooking back to Mont Saint Romain

And finally a debriefing…Burgundy style

Everybody enjoyed the randonnée, both walkers and organisers. At a total of 245 we were well pleased with the number of walkers, particularly as it is yet another long holiday weekend when people are away.

Chris has now started to prepare for the next event, the soapbox cart rally in July. Watch this space!

June 5, 2016

Randonnée des Roses – a success!

Filed under: Events,Places,Weather — Tags: , — Mary @ 16:00

It was a dull rainy start to the day and early on we were a little dismayed to see so few people arriving to register. But in the middle of the morning the rain cleared and it brightened up a bit, bringing out the walkers. So after a slow start we’ve done reasonably well with a turnout of over 200.

The only complaint was the mud underfoot but after a week of rain there was not a lot we could do about it. Chris did reroute one of the circuits to bypass a particularly muddy stretch above Blanot but the going was still treacherous in places. Everybody took it in good part and enjoyed stopping along the way for their refreshments and a good chat.

Here are a few photos from today -

“The mud was up to here” – Note the muddy state of the lady in pink teeshirt when she arrived at the point d’eau!

Jean, Pascale & David, the team at the point d’eau

Pierre-Jean & Martine and Guy & Martine serve at the ravaitellement  in Donzy

and at Blanot Georges and Dominique are kept busy

Back at the hall it was all systems go, first providing coffee and snacks for the people about to set off, and then welcoming them back with further refreshments. I wouldn’t think there are many villages that are so generous to their randonneurs.

Simone on gaufres with Yvette, Claire & Jean-Louis helping Pascale with the refreshments

Cortambert looks after its randonneurs very well

and if you want to know what happens to the leftovers…..

Towards the end of the day we had blue skies and sunshine, the rain was forgotten and everybody had had a good day, walkers and helpers alike. Meanwhile Chris has already begun to plan for next year….

June 4, 2016

It’s tomorrow! La Randonnée des Roses

Filed under: Events,Places,Weather — Tags: , — Mary @ 12:22

Preparations are in full swing for the Randonnée des Roses, the yearly walk hosted by the Cortambert foyer rural. It starts tomorrow from 8am. See the website at cortambert.eu/rando for details of the five circuits ranging from 7km to 25km. There are very generous refreshments offered at the ravitaillements at Blanot and Donzy, and plenty to eat and drink in the hall when you get back.

Chris and his quad

I’ve been out riding shotgun on the quad with Chris this morning and we’ve marked out the routes around Les Quatre Vents and Blanot. We are hoping for good weather tomorrow as there are lovely views from the tops. Through the forest it’s a bit of a quagmire in places but most of the going is good.


A bit wet in places!

After a very wet week we are hoping that people will take a chance on the weather being fine to get out for some fresh air. Meteo-France suggests a sunny morning turning to cloud in the afternoon. Better than the storms predicted by Meteociel!

So the earlier the better to set off. From 8am at the Foyer Rural at Cortambert. You will be assured of a warm welcome.

June 7, 2015

La Randonnée des Roses

Filed under: Events,Places,Weather — Tags: , — Mary @ 23:20

Another success for Cortambert!  320 walkers enjoyed a good day out on the Randonnée des Roses.

We assembled at 6.30 this morning at the foyer rural. Chris and I went off to hammer in the Attention Marcheur signs by the roads where the walkers would cross.  Food and drink was parcelled out to the two refreshment stations and the point d’eau. The people manning these outposts went off to set out their tables, ready for the walkers to come by.

It was a cool start to the day and many arrived early to get a few kilometers in before the sun came out.


Marie Antoinette and the registration team

Marie-Pascale offers coffee before the walkers set off


En route the walkers stop for refreshments

Later temperatures were in the high 20s and people appreciated the parts of the walk that were in the forests.


The Chemin du Clou, Varanges


When the walkers completed their circuits they were offered further refreshments back at the foyer rural.

   Jean, Marie-Pascale and Pascale

The children ask Marie Antoinette for a gaufre

They are tired and hungry after their 8km walk


Comments from the walkers were very complimentary- a friendly reception … good views over lovely countryside …  good and plentiful refreshments … nobody got lost along the way… the waymarking was good. After the last of the visitors had gone the team sat down to supper and discussed what to do for next year.


 Pascale leads the debriefing over chocolate tart


A suggestion is to offer some VTT circuits. I feel exhausted just thinking of mountain biking in weather like this.

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