It was ‘Bonjour’ then ‘Au Revoir’

The idea of a group jaunt across the channel to run around rural France, was conceived about 5 minutes after Michelle and I arrived for a short break over 12 months ago. Forest View, in very rural Lower Normandy offered the ideal site at which to base ourselves and take in some of the beautiful scenery.

And so it proved! With 5 pre-erected, 4 man tents, and our 4 berth caravan, with a rather large awning, waiting for our guests, there was space for one very large tent, erected in record time by Tilli Brown, her husband Mark, and the kids Connor & Sasha. Our group was very soon bonding over a cold beer, and then an eye-opening 5k+, up into the forest and across some of the local trails and paths, taking in some stunning scenery. Bethany Adaway was awarded our runner of the day award for her grit and determination on the ‘undulating’ hills!

That evening, we all (26 of us) were treated to a 2 course ‘plat-du-jour- meal in the converted 300 year old barn now serving as a licensed restaurant, by our hosts Sarah & Peter Wilson, owners of Forest View. The overwhelming consensus was that the food, drink and atmosphere were great.

Saturday morning we all headed off to a local village called Mogan, to take part in our own little ‘pop up’ parkrun, in fact 6k, around a picturesque lake. Whilst we were running, some the full two laps, and others just the one, Michelle prepared a ‘continental breakfast’ feast of croissants, baguettes and pain aux chocolate, with coffee and fruit juice. It was the perfect setting and was very welcome! Chase was first home and was duly awarded the runner of the day award for Saturday.

The weather was changeable, to say the least, with some long spells of very hot sunshine and clear blue skies, interspersed with the most spectacular thunder storms with amazing lightning shows!

Our Sunday run was a 5k out to the local village of Dorceau, where the runners met up wit their families, apart from the missing men!, for a group picnic, by the riverside. Most, if not all the kids took advantage of the clean, shallow waters and took a paddle, with Sasha showing us all how to swallow dive into 10″ of water! A couple of brave runners, ran the 5k back, not wanting to miss out on the uninterrupted views, quiet country lanes, and marked out footpaths and trails.

That night, we all all met up for BBQ, again hosted by Sarah & Peter, with not a morsel left to be had! It was then games time, so starting with the shot putt, we moved swiftly on to¬† few rounds of welly wanging, with the main event being a spot of ‘husband and wife’ piggy back racing!! All great fun, and a spectacle for any locals that might have been passing.

The weekend was a great success, due in no small part to the people who joined us, and of course our hosts.

Our 2019 trip is already filling up. The dates are the 27th to 31st May for the family trip, and from the 20th to the 24th for the adults trip.

Michelle and I would like to thank everyone, adults and kids, who made the weekend so enjoyable.