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
Another year of racing started on the 10th as Bob Johnston, our most active runner, did the New Year Half Marathon in Oizumi Park, Osaka in a PB of 1:31:35.
On the 11th, a Namban Rengo team participated in the Iikoto (Good Thing?) Six-Hour Enudrance Relay in Nissan Stadium, Yokohama. The team, consisting of Yuichi Kanamori, Yoshiro Morioka, Steve Karnas. Gareth Evans, Mika Tokairin, Mika Kume, Miyuki Nishida and Yukiko Kanazawa ran 82.8km, coming in 19th out of 357 teams — Wow!!
Already on his second race on the 16th, Bob Johnston ran the Osaka Winter 30K in 2:27:18.
Harrisson Uk traveled all the way down to Miyokojima (below Okinawa) to be met with typhoon conditions for the Waidoh 50K Ultramarathon on the 17th. Didn’t bother him, however, he splashed his way to victory! Time was 3:33 (went through the marathon in 2:59). Prize was an ASICS stopwatch and 12 liters of Coca Cola.
A whole bunch of people ran the Chiba Marine Half Marathon on the 24th. Eric Lebresseur led the Namban contingent with a PB of 1:24:31. Also on hand were Chika Kanai 1:32:54 (33rd woman out of 1,955), Richard Bysouth 1:39:40 (first time under 1:40 in 10 years!), Yukiko Kanazawa 1:46:57 118th, Yuka Rayner 1:52, and David Sweet, Keren Miers, Kevin Nadolny, Meeks Kume, Yoshie Niitsuma, plus Laura Malory and Satoshi Hashimoto (39:50) in the 10K.
The always popular Shibuya Ekiden on the 24th saw Namban’s Age 55 team come 4th, A team 7th, B team 11th and Women’s team 5th.
Overseas on the 24th, Arnaud DeHerrypon ran the Khon Kaen Half Marathon in Singapore, finishing in a new PB of 1:23:45 – great! And down in Texas, Brent Millican ran to a new PB of 1:24:57 in the 3M Half Marathon, ending up 92nd out of 5,300 (top 2%).
Two big races on the 31st: the Shinjuku Half Marathon, where Satohi Numasawa ran 1:32:50, and the Katsuta Marathon, in which Yosuke Kimura ran a PB of 3:19:36 (third marathon PB in a row!), Taro Oguchi ran 3:27:04, and Mika Tokairin ran 3:49:59.
Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.
3 - 1000 x 6
10 - 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
17 - 1000 x 5, 500 x 2
24 - 5,000m time trial
Plus, 28 — Tokyo Marathon. Some will run, some will cheer and all will party!
HAIKU OF THE MONTH
Well, some like it hot
But for those who like it cold
They are happy now!
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.