Glad you navigated the website, as it is french organised, you do need a medical certificate, whether they ask for it at registration is another matter, however, not worth the risk. Getting your GP to sign it may be an issue as I found out the first time I did the Paris Marathon and your GP might charge a fee, so you might need to use your imagination!!. Wording and translation on the following lines -
CERTIFICAT DE NON CONTRE - INDICATION A LA PRATIQUE DU SPORT EN COMPETITION (MEDICAL CERTIFICATE PROVING APTITUDE TO THE PRACTICE OF SPORTS IN A COMPETITION)
Je soussigné(e): (I the undersigned)
Docteur en médicine (Doctor of medicine)
Apres avoir examine ce jour: (have, today examined)
Mlle/Mme ou M.: (Miss, Mrs or Mr
Né(e) le: (Born on
certifie que son état de santé actuel ne présente pas de contre-indication à la pratique du sport en). (certify that he/she demonstrates a level of fitness that does not prevent the practice of sports in competition.)
It is relatively straightforward to enter online - click on inscriptions and follow Le Semi-Marathon etc.
I have run there a few times and always found it easy to organise myself, there are plenty of choices from hotels to riads in the centre of the old town, and budget flights - although I have not checked for next year, but I have flown both Easyjet and Ryanair in the past.
Let me know if you need any further help, but certainly diy will be an experience!
Sarah, Parkrun is ideal for beginners and a friendly environment, you will get a mix of abilities, but the common theme is a timed run and the chance to come back the following week and try to get a pb. Before you know it you will be turning up every week, and it is a great training run, as you become faster it's a great distance for a speed session. SPB.
Sarah, there is construction work in the park so it is currently run over 3 laps, and should become 2 laps when the works are finished. Parking on the road adjacent to the start/finish. Largely tarmac paths - some a little rough and a short stretch of grass. If you look on the parkrun website - results page you can see the attendance and range of times run last week. Coffee after the run is just down the road in a pub. I have run over 50 parkruns on 5 different courses, I should be back there on Saturday, Walsall is as good as any I have done. Hope this helps. SPB.