The real run streak

GER­MANY, 2004

Runner's World (UK) - - Coffee Perks -

Ger­man sex ther­a­pist Dr Peter Niehenke is con­sid­ered by many of his pa­tients to be a guru on all mat­ters car­nal, but it is his run­ning ex­ploits that have made him some­thing of a celebrity in Ger­many. Niehenke loves a jog. He’s al­ways out on the roads around his home in Freiburg, clock­ing up the miles and work­ing on his stamina. The prob­lem is Niehenke re­fuses to wear a stitch of cloth­ing on his jaunts and it’s landed him in rather a lot of trou­ble with the Ger­man au­thor­i­ties over the years.

His con­vic­tion for in­de­cent ex­po­sure in 2004 af­ter step­ping out stark­ers in a lo­cal Freiburg park was merely the lat­est in a long list of naked in­dis­cre­tions, and every time he’s col­lared by the boys in blue it’s not long be­fore the doc­tor is pulling on his train­ers and pulling off his clothes once again. By 2004 he had amassed al­most €2,500 in fines and made numer­ous court ap­pear­ances.

Niehenke ar­gues that jog­ging in the buff is ‘sex­u­ally lib­er­at­ing’ and in­sists there is no spe­cific law that for­bids a spot of naked per­am­bu­la­tion. The judge in 2004, how­ever, wasn’t hav­ing that and ruled that the ‘court does not sup­port the de­fen­dant’s view that run­ning naked in pub­lic is one of his civil rights’.

Many of the reports con­cern­ing the court case main­tained Niehenke took to the streets in no more than his socks and train­ers but one despatch had it that he ac­tu­ally ran with a ny­lon stock­ing over his gen­i­tals ‘to keep them warm’. It’s dif­fi­cult to de­cide which would be the more dis­turb­ing sight – a fully naked sex ther­a­pist speed­ing past or one with a pair of tights strate­gi­cally at­tached to his groin.

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