my doctor won't issue one
Glad it's all sorted! I'm doing Paris this year, for my first marathon, not sorted medical certificate yet though. There's a lively thread elsewhere on the Paris marathon - come and join us!
Have you sorted travel / accomodation / started training?
yes, accomodation and eurostar all booked, started training in december for it so all good so far!
Do you have a link to the other forum?
Try this :
If not, it's called Paris Marathon 2008, and is on the first page of event threads at the moment...
The reason why your NHS doctor charges a fee is because the National Health Service, funded by taxpayers and free at point of care, has not been invented to support the private delights of UK residents. Marathon running cannot by any standard be considered a health need.
Just like malaria tablets for summer holidays, Viagra, etc this is entirely our pleasure and not common civic interest.
If you cough up the fees and travel expenses to go running around other peoples capitals (not to mention equipment), PLEASE don't start moaning about the fee that a highly trained professional charges for their time.
In my experience these fees are very fair and a lot less than you would expect for say a house surveyor who spends 10 minutes measuring your flat when you remortgage.
Get it done, get it done professionally, think about what the NHS was set out to do, don't waste your GPs time, stop moaning.
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