The world’s slowest Marathon: a progress report

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Rounding Balcony Corner and into Sitting Room Straight.

Those of you who have been following my efforts to complete the world’s slowest Marathon (and the sporting world talks of little else) will be pleased to know that I have now completed no fewer than 16 km, well over one-third of the total distance.

You will recollect that I started this challenge a week or so ago, to help keep fit and relieve the boredom of our compulsory lockdown here in Italy. I was inspired by a man in France who ran a marathon up and down the 7-metre balcony of his apartment. I set up a walk around our Florence apartment, in and out of our balconies and round the sitting room, kitchen and bedrooms. The circuit, including Balcony Corner, Bathroom Bend and Sitting Room Straight, is 100+ metres, and I have been doing 20 laps a day.

Anyone seen Bill?

Since the Marathon is a mere 42.195 kilometres, I’ll knock it off in 422 laps or so, to be achieved in a breath-taking 21.1 days. Twenty laps take about 40 minutes, so in total the running time will be some 13 hours 20 minutes. Eat dirt Mo Farah and all those skinny Ethiopian long-distance runners. You have heard of the tortoise and the hare, so watch out, I’m just behind you. Well, a long, long way behind you.

Watch this space for more up-to-the-minute reports.


  1. Bernadette Harvey says

    Good afternoon Bill, so pleased that you are keeping fit, not too many more laps to go !!!!. Warm wishes, Bernadette.

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