Has anyone good advice on the best thing to do when you encounter loose dogs in the middle of nowhere? The dogs around here are a mixture of farm and hunting dogs and the owners are never in sight. Recently I had one join me for the whole of a 10k run and just yesterday met a pack of three that scared me silly. I slowed down and they did turn away but I'm never sure to what to do if they do become aggressive. Do you stop, try to go back the way you came or what?
Just to emphasise, its not a get out clause for the organisers but is a legal requirement for all sports in France. Without a letter you can't even go to a pilates class. I have known people (and I don't know about the Paris marathon) get away with a sports club membership card (in France you can't get one without a letter and organisers don't realise its not the same in the UK)
Here's the wording of my GP's letter. Je sousigne, cerifie avoir examine, ce jour (name) Je declare n'avoir pas constate de contra-indication, cliniquement decelable, a la pratique de l'activite suivant: Course a pied (date and Doctors stamp) (there are accents but I couldn't get them to work on here) so basically your doctor says he's examined you and there are no clinically detectable contraindications to running.
Wow, I've just skimmed through this thread muttering in astonishment. Thirty years ago when my children were babies. I fed them wherever necessary, from parks to officer's messes. Discreetly and definitely showing less flesh than many of todays silcone implanted icons . There were the same anti breastfeeding in public arguments then but unless memory fails me mostly from the older generation. I really thought it had become an non-issue. I feel very old and very sad.