Dannirr - give everyone the month off. Sorted.
Peter the convocation isn't available, yet, but will be nearer the date - and you will need it.
As for the Doctors certificate, I would be inclined to print off the certificate from the website and get that signed. The French are VERY particular about their paperwork.
Minniemonster. What you bought was, pretty much, cancellation insurance.
Its not a medical or accident insurance.
If you have travel insurance, check to see if it covers you for marathon running.
Last year, on the day after the race. Mrs O and I did a bit of sightseeing at Versailles.
I know, said I, let's go for a stroll around the boating lake. It seemed to take ages, so I plotted the walk we had done (let me hear you say Geek) and it was over 10k.
Legs were good afterwards though.
The very helpful people who dish out the water take the caps off for you, to make life easier.
If you plan on carrying it any distance then try to snag a cap off one of the tables or asking for one. They're very helpful.
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