Report from OAC Rogan Ashton:
The Rougemont Chase, with its grand medieval title, provides a multi-terrain race amongst the food, falcons and festivities of the Weeton Show.
This year the participants were led on a parade lap before the cheering crowds by local fell running legend, Ian Rowbotham. The runners then set off in earnest for Rougemont Wood negotiating stiles, mud and stubborn cattle. At the top of Haggis Hill they turned to retrace their steps back to the finishing line at the entry to the showground ring.
Despite being “out and back”, some fellow OAC runners know my previous attempt to take part came to an incongruous end due to “navigational error” i.e. I managed to head the wrong way into a field finding myself with only sheep for company. Doh!
This year Don Buffham suggested he would sacrifice his chances and help those round the course at the back. He passed on his pre-race recce knowledge to me with the aim that I would try to do the same at the front. This idea proved a great success.
I managed to lead the field home and Don safely marshalled the rear. A most enjoyable event, thanks to all who helped put it on. I now get to keep the Rougemont Chase winner’s cup for a year!
Photos on Woodentops.