Namban Rengo is an informal club for runners of all abilities. Most of us train to run in road races, trail races, ekidens and even triathlons. We are a social club with numerous informal events, training sessions and social gatherings. There is no fee to run or race with us. ようこそ！
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD
October 4th saw Yasuo Hayakawa doing some nature trail running in Naeba. Running a half marathon up 900m, he finished in 1:59:39, good for 7th place in his age group and 18th overall.
Jay Johannesen and David Rubenstein were in Korea on the 4th for the Korea Half Ironman. Jay did great, finishing in 5:11:37, good for 2nd in his AG and qualifying him for the World Championships!
Six Nambanners were out in Chiba-ken on the 11th for the Nagareyama 10K – good course, cool but humid weather. Results were: Gildas Tuffin 37:23, Yuichi Kanamori 38:47 (first 10K race!), Derek Leong 39:13, Bob Poulson 39:46 (3rd AG), Rie Onodera 41:00 (4th AG), Yoshie Niitsuma 50:40.
And over across the pond, four club members took on the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. Brent Millican ran a nice PB of 3:05:08 (he gets faster as he gets older), along with Yukiko Shimada in 3:41:05 (PB by 7 minutes), Marcus Kosins in 3:55:11 and Pat Higase in 4:18. It was a hot day, so those times are very good.
Moving on to the 18th, where lots of our runners traveled to Yamanashi for the Koshu Fruit Marathon: Steve Karnas, Stan Chow, Kazuo Chiba, Teruyuki Minegishi, Ken Pechter, Mike Rayner, Chika Kanai (2nd female), Yuka Rayner, Mika Kume, Geraldine Nogami, Naoko Hanakawa, Meg Rubenstein, Allessandra Ciampi, Yukari Oimatsu and Tomoko Oda.
Also that day: Yasuo Hayakawa ran the Katsunuma Half Marathon in 1:50:27. 18 people ran the Turtle Marathon Half and 10K, too many to list, but I’m sure they all did their best. Derek Leong went back to Ichikawamisato in Yamanashi for a 34k trail race where he was 30th in his AG. Rie Onodera won the Gorman Cup 10K in Minami Aizu in Fukushima; Hiroshi Sase was 6th in his AG. And...busy day...Yuichi Kanamori (3:35:44) and Keiko Ando (4:26:36) were in Nagano-ken for the hot and hilly Oimachi Marathon.
Kei Takahashi and Yoshiro Morioka went 12K in the Toyosu Marathon on the 24th. Kei timed 57:39 and Yoshiro 52:02.
And finally, way over in Ireland — the Dublin Marathon, starring Jon Morrell in 2:58:39 (Congratulations!), Chika Kanai 3:24:24, Padraig MacColgain 3:27:06, Yuka Morrell 3:40:47 (Excellent!) and James Midgely 3:59:01.
Wednesday evenings in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside Harajuku entrance at 7:30.
4 — 1000 x 5, 500, 500
11 — 2000 x 2, 1000, 500, 500
18 — 2000, 1000 x 3, 500, 500
25 — 5,000m time trial
HAIKU OF THE MONTH
Halloween screams by
Temp turns down, collars turn up
Good running weather!
10K, Half, BBQ — the Perfect Day
Well, almost perfect — we did get rain, but not too much, fortunately. And we had tents…. The occasion was the annual club Run and BBQ, held on Sunday, Nov. 8th. About 90 club members, family and friends gathered on the bank of the Tamagawa river for a day of running, eating and drinking. 28 took part in the 10K, won by Alex Viborg in 35:49, and 32 in the half marathon, won by Harrisson Uk in 1:20:16. Top women were Rui Natsuka (45:55) and Connie Arcella-Bouverot (1:27:12). Organization of the races and BBQ was perfect thanks to Chiba-san and his large, dedicated team of volunteers. Runners’ diets went out the window as huge amounts of food and drink were consumed, and a fine time was had by all. See you there next year!
Namban Rengo – Video
A short video that gives a taste of training, racing, and merry-making with Namban Rengo. Credits: Chiaki Lacey (editing, graphics, video footage); Stephen Lacey, Imamura Tatsuru, Fukami Kengo (video footage).
Six Nambanners Enjoy the Nagareyama 10K
Six Namban Rengo members took part in the Nagareyama 10K in Chiba prefecture on Oct. 11. It was raining when we arrived, but gradually lessened, and by race time (10:00) it had stopped. Of course, it was still about 100% humidity, so even though cool, conditions were not ideal. It’s a nice course with about five up/downs and lots of turns, but those serve to keep things interesting. The total number of runners was 3,581, so a pretty good-size race. Results were: Gildas Tuffin 37:23, Yuichi Kanamori 38:47, Derek Leong 39:13, Bob Poulson 39:46, Rie Onodera 41:00 and Yoshie Niitsuma 50:40. Bob was 3rd in the 60s age group out of 366 and Rie was 4th in the 40s women (250). All in all, a very nice, competitive, well organized race, with good pre- and post-race facilities.