JUNE 2018


Most beautiful sight.
On a sultry summer run.
A water fountain.


    At Oda Field track near Yoyogi Park from 730pm.
  • 4 — 1000 x 6
  • 11 — 1200 x 2, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2
  • 18 — 1000 x 5, 400
  • 25 — 5000m time trial


  • Overseas results from the 3rd: Adam Osbourne placed 3rd (1st in AG) at the Hutton Roof Crags fell run in Kirby Lonsdale, England, while Jesper Edman (3:51 PB) and Matt Holmes had a hot time (32 degrees) at the Stockholm Marathon.
  • Also on the 3rd, Roselle Kingsbury ran the Sakuranbo Marathon 10K in Yamagata pref., Mark Shrosbee ran a hot 1:29:39 Half at the Tama Half, Rie Onodera was up at the top of Hokkaido on Rishiri Island for a 53-km race that she ran in 5:05:52, finishing 5th, and Yoann Potiron and Yoko Kubo were in Nagano for the Togakushi Mountain Trail 10K where Yoko was 11th out of 154, and Yoann was 18th. Great results!
  • Report from Faith Geraghty on her June 10 race. A jolly group of Nambanners escaped the Tokyo humidity and rain on the 9th by taking part in the Sugadaira Trail race 22km event. Sarah Martin did us proud again by coming third female overall (2:51) closely followed by Emma Ashford (3:09) sixth female overall. Chika Kanai (3:19) won her age group, Padraig MacColgain (3:20) was 10th in his and I was fourth (3:23) in the last of my years in the women’s 30s! some other Nambanners were spotted including Faith#2 Suzuki. Beautiful scenery and excellent organisation - we thoroughly recommend!
  • Also on the 9th, Yuki Fukushima lowered his 1,500m PB to 4:23 at the Nittaidai Time Trial.
  • Alan Cannon and Derek Leong were in Izu-Inatori on the 10th for the Kinme Marathon. Alan suffered through the 10K in 42:32, managing 9th in his AG.
  • In what has become an annual pilgrimage, Yuichi Kanamori, Yukari Oimatsu and Yuri Kambara and Nick Coyle went to South Africa for the Comrades Ultra Marathon (88km). It was an Up year, which they ran in Namban yellow kit, after running Down last year in black. Naturally all made the 12:00 cutoff: Yuichi 8:57!!, Yuri 10:25, Yukari 11:27, Nick 11:54 (after having food poisoning the previous day).
  • At the Hida Takayama 100km Ultramarathon, Harrisson Uk recorded a time of 9:00:02, good for 22nd overall out of 2,500.
  • The Harriers club held a 5,000m time trail on the Oda track on the 14th, which several Nambanners treated as a race. Results were Mike Trees 16:50, Dennis Buechner 18:26 (PB), David Sweet 19:10, Andrew Drought 19:16, as well as Ken Pechter, Simon Jelfs, and Mika Kume.
  • Rie Onodera ran the Tachikawa Vegetable Marathon 10K on the 16th, finishing in 43:06, good for 3rd place in her age group.
  • And on the 30th, Eric Lebrasseur, Satohi Numasawa, Chih Liew and Yoshie Niitsuma ran the Utsukushigahara Trail Run. In the 80k division, Eric timed 11:46:25 for 22nd overall. In the 45k race, Satohi finished in 6:37:58, good for first place in her age group and 8th overall woman.
  • 5000m time trial results


MAY 2018


Prelude to summer.
Before rains pelt and heat blasts
June is glorious.


    At Oda Field track near Yoyogi Park from 730pm.
  • 6 — 1000 x 6
  • 13 — 1200 x 2, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2
  • 20 — 1600, 1200, 800 x 2, 400
  • 27 — 5000m time trial


  • The big Sendai Half Marathon was held on the 13th, with six Nambanners participating, and all had very good results. Weather was 21C and humid. Mike Hegarty - 1:22:03, Daigo Asada – 1:25:31, Faith Geraghty – 1:36:19, Rika Homma – 1:37:28, Emily Furuichi – 1:40:54, Yuko Takamuki – 1:41:45 (PB).
  • Also on that day was one of the club’s most popular races, the Fuji Susono Half and 10K. 20 Namban members took part, even though this is a tough course that starts with a 5km uphill. Jay Johannesen placed 2nd in has 10K AG, Nick Coyle ran a PB of 1:32:51 (paced by Stan Chow), and Tony Collins ran a PB of 1:34:16.
  • In the Toshi no Onaishi 50K, Katsu Kinoshita finished in 5:36. Teruyuki Minegishi also ran the 50K and Emmanuel Obser ran the 20K.
  • Our Ultra runners were out in force at the Yatsugatake Nobeyama 100KM Ultra. Results were: Satoshi Hashimoto 11:35:06, Hiro Terada 12:20:45, Taro Oguchi 12:34:07, Max Streeter 12:39:38, and David Abbott. Yuri Kambara was 3rd in the 71km race in 7:24:33! and Amol Bansode finished in 9:32:38. And in the 42km race Chika Kanai ran 4:05:40. BTW, Yuki Kawauchi broke the 71km course record by six minutes, winning in 4:41:55.
  • Yoshie Niitsuma reports: Finished 40K (my longest) trail race in Okutama on the 19th. It was very hard and dangerous course and I got lost and fell many times. It took me about 10 hours to finish but happy. 52 runners started and 38 were able to finish.
  • Faith Geraghty was in Niigata on the 20th. She reports: I ran the Kashiwazaki Shiokaze Half Marathon near Niigata yesterday.  It was a fabulous race – very scenic and lots of friendly locals out supporting. I ran 1:39:20 which I was very pleased with as it was pretty hilly and I didn’t taper.  That was enough to get me 4th in my age category.
  • On the same day in Nagano pref., Bob Poulson, Emma Riley and Raymond Campbell were at the Karuizawa Half. This was a very nice course, flat and quite a bit of it on roads though woods, and the weather was ideal. Emma ran 1:37:19 to take 8th in her AG and 31st overall out of 1,608. Bob’s time was 1:38:20, winning his AG by 5-1/2 minutes. Don’t know Raymond’s time but it was nice to see him on the course.
  • In Germany on the 26th, Dennis Buchner ran the SV HU Sportland 10K in 38:18, finishing 2nd!
  • On the 27th, Sarah Martin and Faith Geraghty were in Niigata for the Kushigata Wind Trial Race. Sarah ran brilliantly, finishing in 2:31:42 to WIN the women’s 18K race. Faith was 3rd in the 18-49 AG in 3:27:21. They both enjoyed this very friendly race.
  • 5000m multiclub time trial results
  • 5000m time trial results


APRIL 2018


New Balance, Nike.
Asics, Adidas, Hoka.
On. And on and on.


    At Oda Field track near Yoyogi Park from 730pm.
  • 2 — 1000 x 6
  • 9 — 1200 x 2, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2
  • 16 — 1000 x 3, 800 x 3, 400
  • 23 — 2000, 1600, 1200, 800, 400
  • 30 — 5000m time trial


  • April is a busy month for racing. First, the Ome Takamizu Trail 15K, where Alan Cannon ran 1:31:04 (13th AG). Tony Collins ran the 30K and Roger Berman the 15K.
  • Eric Lebrasseur had a good race at the Hasetsune 30K, finishing in 3:23:13 (61st).
  • Four club members went to the small but good Yokohama Road Race on the 8th. Bob Poulson and Roselle Kingsbury ran the 20K race, timing 1:34:33 and 1:41:57 (1st AG). Mark Shrosbree and Youri Lavoine ran the 12K, in 46:43 and 52:52. Shosaku Yamada also ran the 12K.
  • And in Kawasaki, Kazuo Chiba, Chika Kanai, Rika Homma and Robin Kietlinski (from NYC) were at the Paracup Charity Race.
  • Shohei Nemoto was in Guam for the United Airlines Guam Marathon, where he came in 11th out of 788 in the Half, running 1:34:09. Well done!
  • Still on the 8th, Mika Tokairin ran the Paris Marathon in 4:02:14 on a very warm day. She enjoyed Paris with Mary Eckstein and Jayne Maddock.
  • Nambanners at the popular Nagano Marathon were: Yuichi Kanamori 3:17:45, Padraig MacColgain 3:52:26, Yasuo Hayakawa 3:40:56, Charlie Cook, Kiran Thomas and Marcus Kosins.
  • And at the Kasumigaura Marathon: Raymond Wong 3:24, Katsu Kinoshita 3:51:09, Rui Natsuka 4:10:23, and Nguyen Kien Quoc.
  • Overseas, at the Brighton Marathon, Tim Williams ran 3:13:33, a PB by 8 minutes! – and in Oz, Kylie Breeze ran 3:45 at the Australian Running Festival.
  • At the Akabane Half Marathon on the 14th, Scott Sugino ran his first sub-1:45 – well done! Jesper Edman also took part.
  • Following Yuki Kawauchi to his fantastic victory at the freezing Boston Marathon on the 16th were Yuki Fukushima in 3:26:01 and Rika Homma in 3:33:04.
  • In Singapore, Stuart McIntosh did the East Coast Parkrun 5K on the 21st and set a PB of 18:29. Congrats!
  • Sunday the 22nd was hot (26°C), but Harrisson Uk and Chika Kanai fought their way through it to 4th place and 2nd place finishes at the Fuji 3 Lakes 71K in 5:44:50 and 6:34:08 — sensational! Yuri Kambara ran it in 8:13 and Max Streeter finished in 8:49 (with a 1 hour break). At the same time, Eric Lebrasseur was running the Higashi Tanzawa Miyagase Trial Race (30K, 1500m ascent) in 3:09:30 (5th AG), and over in Hanno, Yoann Potiron ran the Naguri Trail race 7.8 div. in 56:40, coming in 6th and Amol Bansode ran the 25.7 div. (1900m climbing).
  • On the 30th, Dennis Büchner ran the Hamburg Marathon is a big PB of 2:55:50. Only his second marathon!
  • Another great result by Rie Onodera and Taras Koochin in the UTMF (Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji). 170km with 8,000m ascent in 45h 26m 20s and 41h 57m 53s. That’s right 45 hours! Truly amazing. Namban Rengo is proud of both of you. In the 92km race (only 92km!) Nathalie Darbon finished in 17:24 and Satohi Numasawa retired at 60km in 12:23.
  • 5000m time trial results


MARCH 2018


Don’t know about you,
But this season really puts
More spring in my step.


    At Oda Field track near Yoyogi Park from 730pm.
  • 4 — 1000 x 6
  • 11 — 2000, 1600, 1200, 800, 400
  • 18 — 1000 x 3, 800 x 3, 400
  • 25 — 5000m time trial


  • Warm weather (18°) greeted runners at the Shizuoka Marathon on the 4th. Max Streeter ran a PB of 3:17:21. Nick Coyle, Bob Johnston, Gareth Evans also ran.
  • Also on the 4th, Andrew Farmer ran a 1:42:49 Half at the Chiba Kenmin Marathon, 5 minutes faster than 3 years ago. And at the Ichikawa Gaikan Half, Amol Bansode recorded a nice 1:44:22 PB.
  • On Saturday the 10th, Kazuo Chiba convinced Yasuo Hayakawa, Hiroshi Sase, Taeko Katano, Yuko Takamuki and Yukari Oimatsu to go up to Urawa, Saitama for the Urawa Race Course Relay. Yes, it was run on a horse racing track. We’re sure they had fun.
  • The biggest women’s marathon in the world was held of the 11th: the Nagoya Women’s Marathon. Rika Homma went sub-3:20 with a 3:18:12, and Yuri Kambara finished
  • Another marathon that day was the Koga Hanamono, where in perfect weather Harrisson Uk set a PB of 2:42:31 , Eric Lebrasseur also set a PB of 2:57:26, Derek Leong ran 3:08 off one week training, Yosuke Kimura set a 6-minute PB of 3:09:54 and Mika Tokairin had a successful training run with a 3:47:36. Yuki Seshimo ran the 10K in 48:00 off little training.
  • Also on the 11th was the warm Oyama Tozan (mountain climb). Mike Trees was 5th in his AG, while Tom Boatman finished in a PW 1:08; the Katsushika Half, where Rui Natsuka ran 1:55:54; and the Sakuragawa 10K, where Yoann Potiron ran a PB of 37:38. He had run 40:56 (hilly course) and 38:57 last month, so he’s improving a lot!
  • Yasuo Hayakawa ran the Itabashi Marathon and set a PB of 3:36:56 (at age 58!). Katsu Kinoshita was behind him in 3:58:55 (sore hip).
  • Ryudo Tsukizaki traveled to Los Angeles for the LA Marathon and ran an excellent 2:45, only 3 weeks after the Tokyo Marathon.
  • A team of nine Namban runners (including Morioka-san from Hokkaido) participated in the 6-hour Iikoto Relay Marathon In Kawasaki on the 18th. A good time was had by all!
  • Not a race, but a nice event on the 18th was a free running clinic given by Olympic marathoner Mara Yamauchi. About 22 club members attended and learned some good dynamic stretching, running drills and hill and sprint workouts. Beven Colless of Tokyo Physio was also there to give advice about injury prevention.
  • On the 25th, Hang Yu completed the Sakura Asahi Marathon in 3:46. Yoann Potiron WON the low-key Sports no Mori 10K in 39 mins and Rika Homma ran the Nerima Kobushi Half Marathon in 1:37:10.
  • 5000m time trial results




Plum blossoms at last.
Will they wither in the cold
Or lead soon to spring?


    At Oda Field track near Yoyogi Park from 730pm.
  • 7 — 1000 x 6
  • 14 — 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400
  • 21 — 1600, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2, 400
  • 28 — 5000m time trial


  • Four big races on the 4th.
  • 1) The Betsudai Marathon in Kyushu, where Gildas Tuffin went sub-3 with a 2:59:48.
  • 2) The Kanagawa Half Marathon hosted a large crowd of Nambanners: Rie Onodera 1:31:39, Glenn Rubin 1:44:31 (PB), Jay Johannesen, Tim Barnstable, Steve Karnas, Takeshi Koide, Daniel Cason, Faith Geraghty, Yuri Kambara, Meeks Kume.
  • 3) The Chiba X-Run Cross Country (organized by Daigo Asada) — a Namban team of Bob Johnston, Andrew Dought, Yasuo Hayakawa, Hamil Bhulla and Alex Marivoet enjoyed the nice weather in Chiba. Naoko-san and Chiba-san were on hand to cheer.
  • 4) The Sakae Half Marathon, where Harrisson Uk cruised to a 1:16:59 (PB) and Derek Leong managed a 1:24:36. Celine Bouny ran the 10K.
  • The grand old lady of Tokyo races, the Ome Marathon (30K) was held on the 18th. Terry Minegishi 2:20:40, Rika Homma 2:24:18, Yasuo Hayakawa 2:31:37, Sumie Kawakami 2:44, Tom Boatman 2:49, Seungi Hong 3:14:19 and Marcus Kosins.
  • At the Kix Senshu Marathon, Harrisson Uk ran 2:43:34 (missed PB by 42 seconds).
  • The Fukaya Half was held as usual on the same day (28th) as the marathon. Mike Trees ran the 5K in 16:30 and visitors Maud Schmidt from The Netherlands and Derek Clark from the UK ran the Half.
  • And down in Melbourne, Chris Winter placed 3rd in the Warburton 5K.
  • Tokyo Marathon 2018 results
  • 5000m time trial results




Another snowfall.
So lovely, so slippery.
Your dream, my nightmare.


    At Oda Field track near Yoyogi Park from 730pm.
  • 7 — 1000 x 6
  • 14 — A: 2000 x 3, B: 2000 x 2, 1200
  • 21 — 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400
  • 28 — 5000m time trial


  • Rika Homma started the year off right on the 7th with a first place in her age group at a 10K race in Shibamata. Her time was 44:27. On the same day Nick Coyle, Hiroki Waki and Ken Pechter represented Namban Rengo at the Maystorm Ekiden around the Imperial Palace, coming in 13th out of 30 teams.
  • Rika Homma was back at it on the 14th, this time at the Ibusuki Nananohana Marathon in Kagoshima, where she ran 3:28:11 on a hilly course. Katsunori Kinoshita was also there and finished in 3:51:28.
  • On the Yokota Air Base, Masaki Kusonoki ran the Frostbite Half Marathon, setting a PB with a good run of 1:20:17.
  • The Chiba Marine Half Marathon was held out in the Makuhari area on the 21st. Nambanners who participated were Rika Homma (of course), Roselle Kingsbury, Yumiko Kato, Satoshi Hashimoto, Quint Oga-Baldwin, Ken Pechter, Yasuo Hayakawa, Charles Boisson (PB) and Pat Higase
  • On the same day was the always popular Shibuya Ekiden, even more popular this year with 48 Namban runners participating. The men’s A team finished 4th and the B team 6th out of 143 teams. The women’s A team was 6th out of 25 and the Master’s A team was 4th out of 72.
  • Also the Akabane Half, where Sumie Kawakami ran 1:49.
  • Several races on the 28th, starting with the Katsuta Marathon where three guys went sub-3: Francesco Frova 2:50:57, Eric Lebrasseur 2:59:07 and Don Roxburgh 2:59:22.
  • Several runners braved the very hilly Tateyama Wakashio Marathon: David Abbott, Terry Minegishi, Nick Coyle 3:27:26, Hang Yu 3:34:26, Yosuke Kimura 3:22:16, and Sumie Kawakami 4:11.
  • At the Shinjuku Half Marathon, Yuki Fukushima set a PB with 1:17:44 and Rika Homma set a PB with 1:37:12. Also running were Faith Geraghty (1st AG), Rie Onodera (41:56, 6th Rikuren woman), Max Streeter (39:39, 16th 10K AG, PB), Shinobu (PB), Taeko Hara (1st AG). Impressive results!
  • 5000m time trial results




Wise Confucius said:
Run far, run fast, but take care
Not to get injured!!


    At Oda Field track near Yoyogi Park from 730pm.
  • 3 — Track Closed
  • 10 — 1000 x 6
  • 17 — 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400
  • 24 — 400, 1600, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2, 400
  • 31 — 5000m time trial


  • The 3rd marked Namban Rengo’s 28th year of participation in the Okutama Ekiden. This year the men’s A team was a fast group, finishing in 17th place, which is excellent for this race. We had two other men’s teams and two women’s teams, so a total of 24 runners plus supporters enjoyed a nice day out in the countryside.
  • Also on the 3rd was the Shonan Marathon, where Glenn Rubin ran 4:46 without injury, so a good run. And the Isumi Kenko (Health) Half Marathon, which was over on the other side of Chiba. Ken Pechter cruised to a 1:42.
  • On the 10th, Max Streeter went to Izu for the cold and windy Izu Trail Journey (slogan: Living on the Trail), finishing 418th out of 1,363 men in 11:43:44. Then amazingly was back at it on the 17th, running the Hagaji Fureai Marathon in Tochigi in 3:38. Chika Kanai also joined, running a fast 3:22 to place 3rd AG and 5th overall.
  • Several Nambanners showed up at the East Japan Masters 10K and Half on the 16th. Those running the Half did great, those in the 10K, not so great. Colin Hickey ran a PB of 1:22:27, Yasuo Hayakawa ran a nice 1:40, and Kate Gilmartin ran a PB of 1:42 with Luke Dillon a few seconds behind her. In the 10K, Bob Poulson and Niall Murtaugh ran while nursing injuries, while Mike Rayner DNFd with a groin injury.
  • That same day Terry Minegishi was at the Ogawa Half Marathon, where he recorded an excellent 1:27:43.
  • The 16th ended with 100 people enjoying food, drink and the fabulous Namband at the club bonenkai (yearend party). Awards went to Nick Coyle and Makiko Hosokawa as Most improved Runners and to Yuki Fukushima and Rika Homma as Runners of the Year.
  • Rie Onodera and Taras Koochin ran all the way across the Boso Peninsula (70km) on the 17th. Billed as a trial race, but it was mostly road and flat. Rie’s time was 9:04,59, placing her 1st in her age group and 7th woman. Congratulations!
  • Another ultra on the 17th was held down south — the Okinawa 100K Ultra Marathon. Hiro Terada and Nick Coyle ran together in in 12:15:16 and 40. Yukari Oimatsu also completed 100k.
  • 5000m time trial results




December so soon?

Yearly goals unfulfilled, but…

There’s always next year.


    At Oda Field track near Yoyogi Park from 730pm.
  • 6 — 1000 x 6
  • 13 — 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400
  • 20 — 400, 1600, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2, 400
  • 27 — 5000m time trial


  • We start the month’s results with a great run by Gretchen Andrew at the Jimba-san Trail Race, an extremely mountainous Half where she ran 2:36:35 for 1st in her age group and 2nd woman overall. Husband Chris was ahead of her in 2:24:05.
  • The Saitama Marathon was on the 12th, where Yuki Fukushima ran 2:54:24, David Abbott 3:08, Rika Homma 3:33:44 (with a bad blister) and Yoshie Niitsuma 4:17:15. Tim Barnstable was also there.
  • At the Setagaya 246 Half Marathon, Emmanuel Obser‘s training paid off with a 1:26:49, a PB by 49 seconds. Satohi Numasawa also participated, finishing in 1:43:22.
  • Roselle Kingsbury ran the small Kokyo Half Marathon and set a new women’s record with a 1:44:49.
  • On the 18th Alan Cannon, Derek Leong, Andy Drought and Faith Geraghty were at the Imperial Palace for the Human Rights Now charity run.
  • The Toda Half and 10K took place on the 19th. Results were: Mike Hegarty 1:18 – 8th AG, Tom Sullivan 1:35, Bob Poulson 1:36:08 – 8th AG, Charlie Cook 1:39, Sarah Morgan 1:42:44 - 10th AG, Emma Reilly 1:43:35 – 12th AG. 10K: Jay Johannesen 37:14 2nd AG, Eric Lebrasseur 38:14 (PB) 9th AG, Yuki Seshimo 48:00, Taeko Hara 53:00.
  • Rika Homma was at the Utsunomiya Half Marathon, where she ran another PB of 1:38:29 which placed her as 4th woman. Meanwhile, Rui Natsuka was in Chiba for the Sanma (saury) Half Marathon, which she completed in 1:44:30.
  • The first of four big marathons in three days was Otawara on the 23rd, where it was rainy and cold at the start. Yuichi Kanamori 3:16:23, Bob Johnston 3:21:48, Nick Coyle 3:24:26, Taro Oguchi 3:25:26, Yuri Kambara 3:33:43, Rie Onodera 3:40:25, Patrick MacColgain 3:52:10, Yasuo Hayakawa 3:57:43 and Terry Minegishi. Also in the 10K: Taeko Katano 44:00 (2nd), Taeko Hara 52:00 (6th).
  • The huge Osaka Marathon was one of three on the 26th. Eiichiro Kamikawa 2:34:35, David Abbott 2:54 (PB), Steve Karnas 3:03, Mark Shrosbee 3:10, David Rubenstein 3:29, Faith Geraghty 3:33, Max Streeter 3:44, Daniele Cason 3:48, Yuko Takamori 3:56, Mariano Lima, and Emily Furuichi.
  • The second was the Tsukuba Marathon. Renaud Isman went under 3 hours with a 2:57:07. Harrisson Uk 2:55:57 (as a training run!), Eric Lebrasseur 2:59:38, Daigo Asada 3:05:31 (big PB!), Raymond Wong 3:09:44, Rika Homma 3:21:08 (another PB!), Rui Natsuka 3:40:18, Matt Holmes 3:43:23, Katsu Kinoshita 3:43:30, SeungGi Hong 4:19:11, Don Roxburgh, Phil Ryan, Ayano Onodera. Yuki Seshimo 10K 46:33.
  • The third was the Mt. Fuji Marathon, where Andrew Farmer ran 4:45.
  • And at the Meguro City run, Yuki Fukushima ran a 10K PB of 35:06.
  • 5000m time trial results




Blue skies have returned.

Typhoons are finished (we hope!).

Serious racing starts.


I neglected to mention a great result in September: Takeshi Koide completed the UTMB (Ultra Trail Mont Blanc) 100 mile (167km) race in 44:16!!


  • The 1st of the month saw the running of the Tohoku-Miyagi Revive Marathon in Sendai. Eiichiro Kamikawa set a new PB in 2:38:04. Tomohiro Nezu and Colin Hickey also took part. Another marathon took place in Matsumoto, with four Nambanners: Yuichi Kanamori 3:14, Nick Coyle 3:38, Padraig MacColgain 3:42 and Yuri Kambara 3:47 (recovering from injury).
  • Also on the 1st, Yuki Fukushima, coming off seven fast 1.2k legs in an ekiden the day before, but somehow with fresh legs, ran 4:27 for 1500m at a meet in Komazawa Park. Sumie Kawakami ran a small Half Marathon along the Tamagawa, and had an enjoyable run, finishing in 1:52:16. And Daigo Asada was across the world in Sweden, running the TCS Lidingoloppet 30K cross-country race, making it around the course in 2:31:51.
  • There were two 30K races on Saturday the 7th, for some reason, both along rivers. Matt Holmes ran 2:40 in the Tokyo 30K along the Arakawa and Yumi Kato challenged the 30K div. of the Tama Half Marathon, placing 1st AG and 2nd overall – great!
  • A nice 10K race was held on the 8th: Nagareyama in Chiba. Namban runners were David Abbott 38:31, Bob Poulson 42:05 (1st in age group), Rie Onodera 43:30, Yoshie Niitsuma 51:00 and Simon Jelfs
  • On the 22nd, 16 people went to the Koshu Fruit Marathon, up in, yes, Koshu! where they enjoyed a nice dinner the night before and then unfortunately a very wet race.
  • The same day, Yuri Kambara ran a Half Marathon at the Karuizawa Resort Marathon, placing 4th among all women with a 1:44:16 in the rain.
  • In European news, Yuki Fukushima ran the Venice Marathon in 3:15:48 and Yukiko Shimada ran the hilly and windy Lausanne Half in 1:47:47.
  • The Yokohama Marathon was supposed to be run on the 29th but was canceled due to a typhoon, disappointing eight Nambanners.
  • However, the Teganuma Eco Half Marathon (and many other races) was run. Eric Lebrasseur was there and finished in 1:24:29. The Mito Marathon also, where Raymond Wong recorded 3:43:42. And five Nambanners went up to Kanazawa for the Kanazawa Marathon: Bob Johnston 3:21, Gareth Evens 3:22:46 (PB!), Nick Coyle 3:27, Mike and Yuka Rayner both 3:46. AND the Toyama Marathon, where Rika Homma ran a great 3:27:49.
  • 5000m time trial results


    At Oda Field track near Yoyogi Park from 730pm.
  • 1 - 1000 x 6
  • 8 - 1200 x 2, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2
  • 15 - 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400
  • 22 - 1000 x 4, 800 x 2, 400
  • 29 - 5000m time trial



Dusk brings a slight chill.
But the sun still warms our runs.
Long-awaited Fall.


  • Namban Rengo was represented by four ultra-fit ultra runners at the Hakusan Shirakawago Ultra Marathon. The course goes 1,445m up a mountain and the temperature got up to 28C. Yuri Kambara PLACED FIRST (Yuri is back!) in the women’s 70K race in 6:46:58. Harrisson Uk was 4th in the men’s 70K in 5:29:51, just 10 seconds behind 3rd, and he got stopped by traffic lights. Derek Leong was 12th in the men’s 70K in 6:46:55, with a sore achilles! Yuichi Kanamori challenged the 100K race and finished in a great 9:49:57 (sub-10:00!) in 29th place. There were 800 in the 70K, 1,500 in the 100K!
  • Another long trail race on the 10th: the Togakushi 50K. Max Streeter ran 7:14:29 for 13th AG and 37th overall. Also running were Faith Geraghty, Alex Marivoet and Satohi Numasawa.
  • The Tazawako Marathon on the 17th had a large Namban contingent. Nick Coyle ran the marathon in 3:52:10. Alan Cannon ran the 20K in 1:23:15, Jay Johannesen made the 20K AG podium and Taeko Hara made the 10K AG podium. Also running were Andy Drought, Terry Minegishi, Bob Johnston, Mike Rayner, Yuka Rayner, Mika Kume and Naoko Hanakawa
  • September 23rd saw a new addition to the Tokyo race calendar, the Ireland Funds Charity 5K, held in Yoyogi Park. Padraig MacColgain, Paddy O’Connor and a number of other Nambanners turned out to support a good cause.
  • The Shinshu Half Marathon was held on the 24th. Enjoying the trip to the race organized by Gary and Mami Chandler were Shohei Nemoto, Faith Geraghty, Roselle Kingsbury, Yoshiro Hikima, Chika Kanai and Taeko Hara.
  • On the 24th, Dennis Büchner completed the third of three races in Hella Laufcup series in Germany. The races were 10 miles on the 3rd (1:03:37PB), 10K on the 10th (38:07 PB) and Half on the 24th (1:26:27). He placed 8th, 9th and 8th among the series runners, for an overall 7th place in the series. Congratulations!
  • Three(!) Nambanners traveled to Germany for the big Berlin Marathon on the 25th. Finishing just slightly behind Eliud Kipchoge were Marie Gras 3:00:33 - Great but wanted those 34 seconds! Brent Milligan ran 3:13 and Mary Eckstein 4:51 with a nice massage at 30K.
  • Also on the 25th, Rika Homma was at the Abashiri Marathon in Hokkaido, where she recorded a 3:35:04 and was 2nd in her age group!
  • Finally, Saturday the 30th saw 24 club members participate in the Yell Run, a charity ekiden for the Special Olympics held in Odaiba. Our A team came in 1st and a great time was had by all.
  • 5000m time trial


    At Oda Field track near Harajuku.
  • 4 - 1000 x 6
  • 11 - 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400
  • 18 - 400, 1600, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2,400
  • 25 - 5000m time trial