A sloth’s eye view of Paris Marathon

I spotted all bar three of the km markers and all bar two of the mile markers. I noticed when buildings gave way to trees gave way to buildings gave way to tunnels gave way to buildings gave way to trees. I saw every course-crossing pedestrian in time to evade their bodies, bikes, buggies and bags.  I spied one Ealing Eagle, one Lliswerry Runner and two Centurion t-shirts, and I even registered the majority of the drummers, singers, dancers, cheerleaders and painfully out-of-tune brass bands. 

But apparently I am still the most unobservant runner on the planet, because, Ladies and Gentlemen…

…I missed the Eiffel Tower.


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A Bradypus or Sloth am I, I live a life of ease, contented not to do or die but idle as I please; ... [Michael Flanders and Donald Swann]
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9 Responses to A sloth’s eye view of Paris Marathon

  1. shazruns says:

    Clearly you were going way too fast and need to slow down – next time!

  2. Andy says:

    Well done missing the Eiffel Tower; Guy de Maupassant would have envied you πŸ˜ƒ

  3. Run and Jump says:

    Everyone misses the Eiffel Tower. I did the Paris Marathon three times and never once looked across at it!

  4. mia79gbr says:

    Love it!! πŸ™‚

  5. hels205 says:

    WHAT were you looking at to MISS that thing?
    Then again…… I know I saw it….. just not really sure where on the course it was….. After the run along the river to then head into “the park”….. Hmmmm. I think I saw Notre Dam…. Not entirely sure though… πŸ™‚

    • abradypus says:

      I’d claim to have been in the zone, but a more likely explanation is that I was concentrating on *not* sharpening my commuter elbows and pushing everyone else out of my way.

  6. davemanley says:

    I missed Buckingham Palace when doing London so don’t be too hard on yourself

  7. Scotty says:


    I was the lliswerrian you spotted in the park at the end. Thanks for that little lift at the end

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