More fun in the sun - Watarase 2013
The Watarase Half Marathon takes place at a pleasant park and reservoir (which is available for boating) in the “middle of nowhere” up in Saitama. Namban has had a presence there for the last five years, ever since Paddy discovered it. Despite being Paddy-less this year, 12 of us navigated our way on the many trains to tiny Yagyu station and then trekked cross-country to the site. It was worth it, as everyone (well, in varying degrees) had an enjoyable race, and despite 26-degree heat, posted respectable times, led by Tomoaki Uchiki in 1:19 and Jay Johannesen in 1:24 (4th in age group). Others were: Bob Poulson: 1:31:30; Philippe Boué: 1:31:35; Padraig MacColgain: 1:38:16 (Watarase PB by 2 minutes); Dave Cahill: 1:49:06; Adrian Ringin: 1:54:50; Ruedee Vance (visitor from Shanghai): 1:56:55; Pat Higase: 1:57:00; Hemant Tikelar: 2:07; Yoshi Niitsuma: 2:00+?; Tomohiro Mitani 2:00+?
Fun in the Kamakura Sun
The Barbarian Horde descended on Kamakura on July 27th, where we did not plunder and pilage (as far as is known), but did run, eat and drink quite a considerable amount. After an open-water swim in the morning for the triathletes, the Horde followed Jay through the Zushi Marina, up into “Beverly Hills,” past the monkeys and into the pleasantly wooded hills. About 45 people (not all included in the photo) spent a highly enjoyable day, the last hardy souls finishing up with Thai food while waiting out a ferocious downpour.
For some reason, Namban’s most photogenic members, the Morrell twins, were not included in the photo. Next time!
Mike Trees Sets British 50-54 Mile Record!
July 20th, Oxford, England. The hallowed Iffley Road track where Roger Bannister first broke the 4-minute mile. The British Milers Club 50th anniversary Grand Prix series of races.
This was the scene where Mike Trees, former pro triathlete in Japan and British duathlon champion, now living in Reading, England, accomplished his goal of breaking the British 50-54 mile record.
At the start of the year, the record stood at 4:46.51 (John Telford 2009). It was smashed by Guy Bracken on June 19, who ran 4:37.2. Mike succeeded in taking a further 5 seconds off it, with an official time of 4:32:05.
His next challenge will be the World Masters Games 1,500m in Turin, Italy in August.
* Photo is of Mike, but not the BMC race.