Category Archives: Paris

Paris and me

Paris is in the news these days for sombre reasons – fatal terrorist attacks and mass public gatherings in response. For eight and a half years Paris was my home. I can’t say that this affords me any special or profound insight into those recent … Continue reading

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A long run on the outskirts of Paris

My favourite part of watching the Tour de France on television is the last day – not the big finish on the Champs-Élysées, but the few kilometres before the peloton enters Paris. Most years, the last place before Paris on the Tour’s … Continue reading

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Running in Paris – bordering on in-Seine

In the National Gallery in Dublin there used to be a painting by Jean-François Raffaelli, a lesser-known French Impressionist. The painting was of the Pont Alexandre III, the ornate and spectacular bridge, topped with gold-leaf-covered statues, across the Seine in Paris … Continue reading

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Running with the Americans in Paris

For the first three of my eight years in Paris I lived in Asnières, pronounced “Annie-air”, a cosy satellite town just across the river from the north-west of the city. Aside from its community of north African descent, not many … Continue reading

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City running – Easy Street or dead end street?

There’s a popular image of running which is summed up in this short video by outdoor clothing company Arc’teryx. In it, a desk-bound city-dweller yearns to escape the noise, hassle and existential angst of what the video’s YouTube blurb calls … Continue reading

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Going home

Wimbledon? Confederations Cup? Lions tour of Australia? Minor events, mere sideshows all. The major sporting news right now, of course, is that I’m leaving Paris next week and moving home to Ireland. This move will dramatically alter the scientifically-determined Rockhard … Continue reading

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Paris Marathon 2013: the spectator’s view

If you ran the marathon in Paris, Milan or Connemara today, well done. For those of you who were running Seine-side, you can see your Paris Marathon results, photos and videos already on the race website. As you’ll know if … Continue reading

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Missing the Paris Marathon

Like Albert Camus’ The Outsider, I’m feeling left out of things this weekend. Here I am in Paris, and I’m not running in the 2013 Paris Marathon on Sunday. I made the decision a good while ago to sit out … Continue reading

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Springtime in my head

Throw off your winter woolies – spring is here! Okay, so if you’re in Scandinavia or North America and right now defrosting your frozen hands after cycling in to work this morning, you might be a bit sceptical. But every … Continue reading

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Paris Marathon 2013 – but not for me

The clock ticked past 5 p.m. yesterday, and so ended registration for the 2013 Paris Marathon. Online entry for the race  is now closed, although places are still available via travel agency packages. Around 40,000 runners will line up on … Continue reading

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