Tokyo Marathon Draws a Crowd
What is now Japan’s most popular race, the Tokyo Marathon, was held on February 23rd. Despite a lottery that makes the event increasingly hard to get into, Namban Rengo had a large contingent of runners, about 25. And as every year, an equally large number (or more) of club members turned out to cheer the runners at various points along the course—most people even raced (by train) across town to cheer at two different places. This year’s race was blessed with perfect weather, about 7°C and sunny, with almost no wind. This resulted in course records for both men and women, and a number of PBs for our club runners. And once again, the post-race party at the aptly named Footrace (or was it Footnik?) pub was a great way for runners and supporters to recount the day’s experiences. Hope to see you there next year!
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!