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22/07/2013 at 08:59

HI, I am thinking about taking part in my 1st marathon and doing the Paris 2014 one to raise money for a colleague at work that has been paralysed in a cycling accident.  I have seen an e-mail from Sports Tours International offering a Hotel and Race Entry for this which looks good but booking the hotel direct looks much cheaper.

My problem is that I have never done this Race before or been to Paris either and I understand that you need to take a Medical Certificate to the Expo in order to get your race number.  This sounds like it could be complicated!

Can anyone who has done this race before give me an advice on how easy it is to get your race number and get to the Expo etc or let me know if I would be better going with the organised option Sports Tours.

I would be grateful for any comments on this!



cougie    pirate
22/07/2013 at 11:53
Not done the race but it is pretty easy getting round Paris ?
As to the Medical certificate - how much is a DIY stamp ? You can ask your Doc - some may do it for free - or else you might have to pay. Or just forge it - how much is a DIY stamper ?
22/07/2013 at 12:07

Lesley, there will be a whole bunch of us doing Paris, again, and you might find the 2013 thread,  helpful. And long.  If you message me through the forum, I'll send you a bit of a summary.

22/07/2013 at 16:11

We ( me & OH) did Paris this year and had a great time

organised it all ourselves, rented an apartment as some of our kids joined us,  

the expo was really wel organised 

even got cheap flights from Air France as they are a sponsor 

yep you do need the medical cert, ask your GP or make up a stamp, they didn't really examine it very hard... 

24/07/2013 at 16:42

Thanks to you all for your comments, my decision is made then I will book direct.  I have had a look at the hotels available and a lot of them are nearly full already.  For those that have been before, do you normally book when you have got your place guaranteed?

Have you got any hotels that you can recommend?

As said previously I am training for the GNR at the moment when would you normally start your training for the marathon if it was your first time?  I will need lots of prep!!

24/07/2013 at 16:48

We used "Owners direct" website and booked an apartment in Les Halles for 5 nights, but it had 3 double rooms and was brilliant 

we booked it around November I think 

24/07/2013 at 17:23

We stayed in hotel royal Magda Etoile just off the champs élysées, it was brilliant for the start and finish. it is a typical Paris hotel ie small rooms and a bit pricey but the staff look after the runners. Also, if you fly into CDG there is an air France coach that stops almost outside from the airport terminal.

Paris is the best start of any race anywhere, lining up on the champs élysées in the morning sunshine, with the arc de triomphe behind you while they play chariots of fire, so to be able to step out of the hotel straight into that atmosphere was worth paying a little more for. 

24/07/2013 at 21:59

Mr puffy

thanks for the info, no one had told me about th start thats great.

Dave the ex spartan

i will check that out cheers

How long have you guys being running for? Have you got any tips for a marathon virgin?

25/07/2013 at 08:02

If you look at the website there is loads of info on the start and finish, with decent maps of the route showing all you need to plan where to stay.

Marathon Virgin.. Errr  Been a while for me ,  Find a decent training programme and stick to it, Even if it means setting the alarm clock for 5am in February so you canget out and do the miles before work

25/07/2013 at 11:33

Oh and look at doing the Breakfast Run on the Saturday, that was a bit of a laugh 

26/07/2013 at 09:37
sorry lesley didnt see atm said above kook on the paris thread they are the nicesf bunch you coild hope to meet b
nd you will find a cross section if runners frim all levels
26/07/2013 at 16:29

I did Paris in April and would recommend it. It's a nice flat course through the heart of Paris. There is great crowd support - at one point there was a fire engine with the ladder extended over the road and firemen sat on it shouting down encouraging us. There are plenty of refreshments along the way too.

The medical certificate I was really worried about and making sure my doctor put word for word what they wanted. But in all honesty they barely read it, just made sure the name matched. So as long as you have one you'll be fine - its just to make sure you are fit and healthy.

We booked an apartment through Air BnB and it was £40 each for 2 nights. I would also recommend the Metro app for your phone as this made getting to the Expo and start line really easy and tells you how long it will take.

Best of luck

26/07/2013 at 20:09

At one point there was a fire engine.... Sort of sums it up...

the crowd was great in the centre of Paris. But at each end of the course it was pretty patchy. No comparison with London .. Still enjoyed it tho 

29/07/2013 at 16:04

Dave - dont knock the fire brigade, wow the sight of a load of firemen would have brightened my day and keep me running for miles if they were in front of me!

Lucy- thanks for the info and the Metro App tip I will remember that!

29/07/2013 at 16:34

Half a dozen firemen sat on a ladder is hardly the greatest motivation.   

30/07/2013 at 10:33

Oh, it is for some!

30/07/2013 at 12:52
cougie wrote (see)
Not done the race but it is pretty easy getting round Paris ?
As to the Medical certificate - how much is a DIY stamp ? You can ask your Doc - some may do it for free - or else you might have to pay. Or just forge it - how much is a DIY stamper ?


For the sake of £25 (at most) for a certificate from a GP you'd have to be an idiot to forge it and risk invalidating your insurance. You'll probably be fine but why risk it?

30/07/2013 at 12:56

I am toying with this on the assumption that I don't get in to London. Is that even worth considering? Or will this be full by the time I get my inevitable London rejection.

30/07/2013 at 12:57

2wheels - thanks I will definitely be getting the correct certificate as after all the training there no way I will risk missing out on doing this 1st marathon.

30/07/2013 at 13:32
The price goes up as each entry threshold fills, if you leave it till you know about London youll be paying quite lot more.
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