JANUARY 2017

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

JANUARY

  • This year, as in the past 28 years, the first Sunday of December saw several Namban Rengo teams participating in the Okutama Ekiden out in the hills in western Tokyo. In fact, this year we had more teams than ever: 5 men’s and 3 women’s, for a total of 39 runners. Our top men’s team was 43rd (115 teams) and top women’s team was 22nd (49 teams).
  • Also on the 4th (I think) Tomohiro Nezu ran the Itabashi Riverside Half Marathon in 1:27:37; Bob Johnston and Yuri Kambara ran the Naha Marathon in Okinawa; Yasuo Hayakawa ran the Izumi Half in 1:40:13; and over in the USofA, Brent Millican finished the California International Marathon with a 40 sec PB in 3:04:25.
  • Not sure of the dates, but in warm, lovely Singapore, Stuart McIntosh completed two races: the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon in 3:21:09 and the MR25 Marathon in 3:22 — 1st Veteran!
  • The FIT 9.3km race was held in Omotesando on the 11th. Nizar Grira placed 4th in the 5K, Padraig MacColgain ran the 10K in 38:40, and Stan Chow also ran both the 10k and 5k for fun.
  • That same day, in the New River Road 10 Mi’le, Yuki Fukushima ran 59:08 for 7th AG.
  • And hopping over to Hawaii, Rika Homma completed the Honolulu Marathon in 3:42:09, as did Marcus Kosins in 4:07.
  • And finally, Rie Onodera made it through the Izu Trail 71.7km race in 12:08 – a long, cold run.
  • The first event of the year for Namban runners was the Iikoto 6-hour Relay in Nissan Stadium. Otsukaresama to Yukiko Kanazawa, Mika Kume, Mika Tokairin, Miyuki Nishida, Yoshiro Morioka, Nick Coyle, Yuichiro Mizukami and Bob Johnston. With support from Naoko Hanakawa and Steve Lacey.
  • On the 15th, many Nambanners began the racing year as usual with the Shibuya Ekiden, as the club entered two men’s teams, one women’s team, one mixed team and one masters team. It was early and cold, but the runners ran, the cheerers cheered and the A team (Mike Hegarty, Kota Torii, Fabian Dubois, Yuki Fukushima)  came in 4th.
  • Also on the 15th, Rika Homma was out on Yokota Airbase for the popular Frostbite Half, where she recorded a PB of 1:42:44. Nice start to the year!
  • Yoshie Niitsuma did the 30km Tokyo Smart Marathon around the Imperial Palace in 2 degrees weather, finishing in 3:19.
  • PBs were the order of the day at the Chiba Marine Half on the 22nd. Runners and times were: Nizar Griar 1:20:20, Eric Lebrasseur 1:22:24, Derek Leong 1:23:59, Yuichi Kanamori 1:25:14, Marie Gras 1:27:15 Padraig MacColgain 1:35:37, Nick Coyle 1:39:24, Yasuo Hayakawa 1:41:52, Yuki Seshimo 1:53:07, Yumiko Kato 1:55, Celine Bouny 2:00:18, Pat Higase, Mike and Yuka Rayner
  • Down in Texas in the good ‘ol USA, Brent Millican ran the 3M Half Marathon in 1:26:54, good for 6th in his AG.
  • Bob Johnston and Hemand Tiklar ran the Tokyo 30K on the 28th.
  • There were several races on the 29th. Quite a few people were at the Shinjuku City Half, as described in the story to the right. At the Tateyama Wakashio Marathon, Terry Minegishi ran 3:41:53 and Nick Coyle 3:54:10, while Jay Johannesen came in 2nd AG in the 10K, And Emmanuel Gomez and Mika Tokairin ran the Katsuta Marathon, Emmanuel racing to a 9-minute PB of 2:49:17!

FEBRUARY

May you enjoy good running in 2017.


Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.

  • 1 - 1000 x 6
  • 8 - 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
  • 15 - 1000 x 5, 500 x 2
  • 22 - 5,000m time trial
  • 26 - Tokyo Marathon


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

Wearing sunglasses.
Not ‘cause it’s too bright to run.
Cold hurts your eyeballs.
— Thanks to Anna Novick for the idea.

DECEMBER 2016

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

DECEMBER

  • This year, as in the past 28 years, the first Sunday of December saw several Namban Rengo teams participating in the Okutama Ekiden out in the hills in western Tokyo. In fact, this year we had more teams than ever: 5 men’s and 3 women’s, for a total of 39 runners. Our top men’s team was 43rd (115 teams) and top women’s team was 22nd (49 teams).
  • Also on the 4th (I think) Tomohiro Nezu ran the Itabashi Riverside Half Marathon in 1:27:37; Bob Johnston and Yuri Kambara ran the Naha Marathon in Okinawa; Yasuo Hayakawa ran the Izumi Half in 1:40:13; and over in the USofA, Brent Millican finished the California International Marathon with a 40 sec PB in 3:04:25.
  • Not sure of the dates, but in warm, lovely Singapore, Stuart McIntosh completed two races: the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon in 3:21:09 and the MR25 Marathon in 3:22 — 1st Veteran!
  • The FIT 9.3km race was held in Omotesando on the 11th. Nizar Grira placed 4th in the 5K, Padraig MacColgain ran the 10K in 38:40, and Stan Chow also ran both the 10k and 5k for fun.
  • That same day, in the New River Road 10 Mile, Yuki Fukushima ran 59:08 for 7th AG.
  • And hopping over to Hawaii, Rika Homma completed the Honolulu Marathon in 3:42:09, as did Marcus Kosins in 4:07.
  • And finally, Rie Onodera made it through the Izu Trail 71.7km race in 12:08 – a long, cold run.

JANUARY

May you enjoy good running in 2017.
Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.

  • 4 - 1000 x 6
  • 11 - 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
  • 18 - 1000 x 5, 500 x 2
  • 25 - 5,000m time trial at Yoyogi park


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

World around is white.
It’s all quiet, soft and bright.
Running in the snow.



NOVEMBER 2016

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

NOVEMBER

Marathon season is upon us, in fact, this could be called Marathon Month

  • But we start with the La France Half Marathon in Yamagata pref. on the 5th, where Yuri Kambara 1:49:30.
  • The 6th was the date of the highly anticipated Namban Rengo 10K/Half and BBQ, which you can read about to the right.
  • At the Asia Pacific Corporate Games full marathon relay 1st place in 2:37:41 went to a team that included Yoshiro Morioka, Yumi Kato and Mami Hashimoto.
  • In Kanagawa pref., the Tengu no Michi 10K was a good race for Chika Kanai, who won the women’s race! Alan Cannon and Derek Leong were also there.
  • And finally, the 6th was also the day of the New York Marathon, which saw four Nambanners take part: Steve Karnas 3:09, Miho Iwasawa 4:26:17 (with a bad hip), Mika Kume 4:26:54, and Tamami Holmes.
  • Next up on the 13th was the Saitama Marathon, where ace runner Tomoaki Uchida sped to a 2:42:16. He said that the Namban 10K with a headwind the last 5K greatly helped his pre-race training. Daigo Asada 3:26:26, Tomohiro Nezu 3:41, Yuichi Kanamori and Taro Oguchi also took part.
  • At the Setagaya Half, Satohi Numasawa recorded a 1:34:51.
  • And Neil Macey was at the International Friendly Run Half, where he ran an excellent 1:19:55, placing 3rd.
  • One week later was the Tsukuba Marathon, where Marie Gras ran a one-minute PB in 3:06. Also running were Eric Lebrasseur 3:01:39, Yosuke Kimura 3:17:13, Yuichi Kanamori 3:23:39, Rie Onodera 3:26:10, Satohi Numasawa 3:31:15, Stuart Brady 3:51:42, Katsu Kinoshita 3:53:02, Yannick Bethegnies and Don Roxburgh plus Gareth Evans in the 10K.
  • Bob Johnston traveled to Kobe for the Kobe Marathon, where he struggled to a 3:31.
  • The same day saw the Toda Half Marathon, with Nambanners Mike Hegarty 1:19:58, George Nicholson 1:21:40 and Bob Poulson 1:33:52. Taeko Hara ran the 10K. Chika Kanai and Colin Hickey were on hand to cheer. Also the Utsunomiya Half Marathon: Rika Homma 1:45:20 and the Choshi Peninsula Half Marathon: Rui Natsuka 1:48:08.
  • On the 23rd quite a few club members were in Tochigi for the Ohtawara Marathon. The second half was uphill and windy, but good times were recorded by Gildas Tuffin 2:59:01 (congratulations!), Khalfan Juma 3:06:39, Padraig MacColgain 3:24:48, Derek Leong 3:25:15, Chika Kanai 3:28:12, Terry Minegishi 3:28:26, Nick Coyle 3:51:10, Rui Natsuka 3:51:35, Yukari Murahara 3:53:58, Mika Kume 3:56:55 and Yukiko Kanazawa 3:57, as well as Yasuo Hayakawa, Bernard Plagge and Gareth Evans.
  • Tomohiro Nezu ran a Half at Fuchu Tamagawa in 1:28:28, as did Rie Onodera in 1:36:50, placing 20th woman.
  • 11 club members turned out on the 26th to run around the Imperial Palace in support of The Run for the Cure.
  • Another marathon took place on the 27th: the Fujisan Marathon. Tim Williams and Rieko Trees battled to the finish in 3:27:15 and 3:27:50, while Paul Redbourne finished in 3:38.
  • Also on the 27th, Yuki Fukushima ran the Meguro 10K in 36:26, good for 20th place, and Yuka Rayner ran the Koto Seaside Half Marathon in 1:39—only her second Half.
  • And in Italy, Stefano Coradeschi ran to a PB in the Firenze (Florence for you Americans) Marathon in 3:33 – well done!

DECEMBER

Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.

  • 7 - 1000 x 6
  • 14 - 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
  • 21 - 1000 x 5, 500 x 2
  • 28 - 5,000m time trial at Yoyogi park - NOT the Yumenoshima Track


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

Fast times and PBs
Are nice, but best is the joy
Of running with friends.


 

 

OCTOBER 2016

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

OCTOBER

  • On the first day of the month, 10 club members had a lot of fun running the Special Olympics Charity Ekiden — see the report to the right.
  • The next day, Satohi Numasawa ran the Madarao Forest Trail Race 50K, finishing in 6:40:12 as the 12th woman. Ai Hasegawa also participated. Stan Chow was in Taiwan for Ironman Taiwan, where he recorded an excellent 11:48:24, as it was HOT! At the Hirosaki Apple Marathon, Yukari Murahara ran 3:52:12, good for 14th AG and 21st woman. And in Germany at the Koln (Cologne) Marathon, Marek Behr ran to a 4:15 and then joined the other 6,000 finishers in drinking 22,000 liters of the local beer.
  • On the 9th Satoshi Hashimoto was in the US for the Chicago Marathon, where he ran 3:04:02. Bob Poulson and Yoshie Niitsuma were out in Chiba for the Nagareyama 10K. Bob ran 39:58 to take 4th in his AG. At the Yokote Half Marathon, Yuki Fukushima ran 1:22:41. And at the Choshi Marina Triathlon, David Rubenstein finished 7th in his AG.
  • On the 14th at the Kasai Seaside Park Night 10K, David Sweet recorded a time of 39:31, accompanied a bit further back by Krishna Kumar, Gareth Evans, Rika Evans, and Jorge Soriano.
  • The annual drinking festival where there also seems to be a race is known as the Koshu Fruits Half Marathon, which was on the 16th in Yamanashi. 20 Nambanners enjoyed a fair amount of wine tasting the evening before so times were probably not outstanding. In Tokyo, the Turtle Half Marathon was held along the Arakawa river. Katsu Kinoshita marked a 1:41:55, followed by Yuri Kanbara and Laura O’Connell.
  • On the following Sunday, the 23rd, the Kanazawa Marathon saw Bob Johnston set a new PB of 3:27:42 and Mika Kume finish in 4:09:13. Marie Gras was at the Karuizawa Half where she did not get a PB but was the 2nd woman finisher! And down in Oz at the Melbourne Marathon 10K, Chris Winter ran 36:47 for 49th overall. Nice to see him getting back into good shape.
  • The month ended with the Osaka Marathon on the 30th, one of the 10 largest marathons in the world. Representing Namban Rengo were Nizar Grira 3:14, Gareth Evans 3:25:33, Krishna Kumar 3:34:50, Ashley Harvey 3:57:25 and possibly a few others. Also on that day was the Mito Marathon, where Rika Homma made her marathon debut in a very good 3:41:45. At the Teganuma Half, Nick Coyle raced to a 1:44:14, a PB by 3 minutes! Yoshie Niitsuma was also there. And at the Tokyo Trial Half Marathon, Ken Pechter set a PB. Congratulations to all!

NOVEMBER

Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.

  • 2 - 1000 x 6
  • 9 - 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
  • 16 - 1000 x 5, 500 x 2
  • 23 - 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
  • 30 - 5,000m time trial at Yumenoshima Track (near Shin Kiba station) starting at 8:00


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

Lace up the new shoes.
November is the time for
Serious racing.

SEPTEMBER 2016

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

SEPTEMBER

  • Rika Homma ran the Karuizawa Half Marathon in 1:55 — good!
  • At the Tazawako Marathon on the 18th, Terry Minegishi finished in 3:38:09, with Alan Cannon, Mike Rayner, Yuka Rayner and Nick Coyle also running. Yukiko Shimada entered the Half and ran 1:40:58, good for 8th AG, 18th overall.
  • On the 22nd at the Kashiwa Noha Campus Half Marathon, David Sweet recorded a 1:28:12 and was 10th AG.
  • Bob Johnston was up in Hokkaido on the 24th for the Okhotsk Abashiri Marathon, which he completed in 3:30.
  • Vacationing in the US, Harrisson Uk decided to enter the Northface Challenge Series Utah 45km trail race and of course did very well, finishing in 7th place and 1st AG, despite having some altitude sickness.
  • A few of our members did some horsing around at the Urawa Keiba (horse race) Relay Marathon, which was 42.195km around a muddy race track. They galloped home in 3:21 for 17th out of 99. Team members were Yukiko Shimada, Pat Higase, Derek Leong, Yuichi Kanamori and one more.
  • Rika Homma ran another half marathon (!), the Echigo Yuzawa Half on the 25th, one minute faster than her previous race: 1:54:04.
  • Yumi Kato decided to try a big overseas marathon, so participated in the Berlin Marathon on the 25th. Her time was a slightly disappointing 4:33 due to leg problems the last 10K, but she enjoyed it nevertheless.

OCTOBER

Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.

  • 5 - 1000 x 6
  • 12 - 2000, 1000 x 4
  • 19 - 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
  • 26 - 5,000m time trial starting at 8pm at Yumenoshima Track near Shin Kiba station (Yurakucho, Rinkai and Keiyo lines)


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

October has come.
We trained hard in summer, but
Did we do enough?

AUGUST 2016

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

AUGUST

  • Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Cebu saw Keren Miers finish in 5:13:41 - victorious in his age group! A week later, Stan Chow completed Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Chungju, South Korea and finished 4th in his new age group in hot conditions
  • Chih Liew went up to Hokkaido for the Mt. Taisetsu Ultra Trail and ran 61km, only to get cut off at the first check point, which required a much faster time than the previous year.
  • On the 21st, Eric Lebrasseur took on the challenge of the UT4M (Ultra Tour of 4 Massifs) a 169km (!) race in Grenoble, France. Eric finished in 36:02:59 (that’s hours, folks), placing a very impressive 36th out of 547.
  • Meanwhile, in Fukushima, David Rubenstein faced the challenge of 33 degrees heat and strong wind at the Aizu Triathlon, where he recorded a respectable (given the conditions) 2:27:05 to place 13th in his age group.
  • Japan’s big summer race is the Sapporo Marathon, which was on the 28th. Gareth Evans ran 3:33:38, followed by Takeshi Koide, Yuri Kambara and Rika Evans. Yuri is now famous in Spain, having done a long interview in Tokyo prior to the marathon with the Spanish star of Maraton Man, who also ran the race.
  • Also on the 28th, Teruyuki Minegishi and Rui Natsuka ran the very hilly (well, mountainous) Fuji Yoshida Fire Festival Half Marathon, completing the ups and downs in 1:40+ and 1:50:51, respectively.
  • And on the same day, Yasuo Hayakawa ran a trail race in Nishizawa Valley, finishing in 1:25:30 and placing 19th.

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.

  • 7 - 1000 x 6
  • 14 - 1000 x 5, 500 x 2
  • 21 - 2000 x 2, 1000, 500 x 2
  • 28 - 5,000m time trial at Yumenoshima Track (near Shin Kiba station)


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

Sweat pours down body.


Shows how hard you are working.


So turn up the heat!

AUGUST 2016

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

AUGUST

  • Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Cebu saw Keren Miers finish in 5:13:41 - victorious in his age group! A week later, Stan Chow completed Ironman 70.3 Triathlon in Chungju, South Korea and finished 4th in his new age group in hot conditions
  • Chih Liew went up to Hokkaido for the Mt. Taisetsu Ultra Trail and ran 61km, only to get cut off at the first check point, which required a much faster time than the previous year.
  • On the 21st, Eric Lebrasseur took on the challenge of the UT4M (Ultra Tour of 4 Massifs) a 169km (!) race in Grenoble, France. Eric finished in 36:02:59 (that’s hours, folks), placing a very impressive 36th out of 547.
  • Meanwhile, in Fukushima, David Rubenstein faced the challenge of 33 degrees heat and strong wind at the Aizu Triathlon, where he recorded a respectable (given the conditions) 2:27:05 to place 13th in his age group.
  • Japan’s big summer race is the Sapporo Marathon, which was on the 28th. Gareth Evans ran 3:33:38, followed by Takeshi Koide, Yuri Kambara and Rika Evans. Yuri is now famous in Spain, having done a long interview in Tokyo prior to the marathon with the Spanish star of Maraton Man, who also ran the race.
  • Also on the 28th, Teruyuki Minegishi and Rui Natsuka ran the very hilly (well, mountainous) Fuji Yoshida Fire Festival Half Marathon, completing the ups and downs in 1:40+ and 1:50:51, respectively.
  • And on the same day, Yasuo Hayakawa ran a trail race in Nishizawa Valley, finishing in 1:25:30 and placing 19th.

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.

  • 7 - 1000 x 6
  • 14 - 1000 x 5, 500 x 2
  • 21 - 2000 x 2, 1000, 500 x 2
  • 28 - 5,000m time trial at Yumenoshima Track (near Shin Kiba station)


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

Sweat pours down body.


Shows how hard you are working.


So turn up the heat!

JULY 2016

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

JULY

  • Jenene Marks, now living in Australia, ran the Sydney Harbour 10K on the 10th, finishing 3rd in her AG and 20th woman overall in 40:47.
  • The Oxfam Trailwalker is a 100km trek up and down mountains in Fukushima. Team Tree Trekkers, consisting of Yukiko K., Mutsumi, Meg and Tatsuji, completed the course in 27 hrs, 4 mins., placing 7th overall. 95 teams started and 58 finished, so that is a great result! They achieved their goals for both time and money raised.
  • The always popular, always hot Obuse Half Marathon was held on the 17th in..Obuse, which is in Nagano pref. Chika Kanai, Terry Minegishi, Bob Johnston, Naoko Hanakawa, Hoel Guisbault, David and Meg Rubenstein, Gary and Mami Chandler, Geraldine Nogami and Taeko Katano enjoyed themselves with a nice run and sake sampling afterwards.
  • Meanwhile, Mika Kume was in Scotland with her old (means previous, not that the runners are old…) Singapore running club for the 63km Clyde Stride Ultramarathon, which she completed in a respectable 8hrs. 14 mins.
  • 11 Nambanners turned out for the multi-club 5,000m time trial (actually a 5,000m track race) on the 21st in warm and very muggy conditions. We all did well, led by Dante Michael in 17:40. Notably, Bob Johnston ran 19:46 to finally get under 20 minutes!
  • July 22nd was the annual race up Mt. Fuji, which five of our best mountain runners competed in. And their results were good!
    Race to the top (shortened to 5th station)
    Eric Lebrasseur 1:44:03, 210/2104 overall, 208/1990 male
    Yuichi Kanamori 1:48:23, 359/2104 overall, 354/1990 male
    Rie Onodera 2:10:29, 1561/2104 overall, 61/114 female
    Race to 5th station
    Yuki Seshimo 2:11:53, 591/1244 overall, 40/140 female
    Ai Hasegawa 2:20:42, 821/1244 overall, 65/140 female
  • On the 30th Marie Gras ran a tough 28K trial race in Nagano in 3:31, in the rain. 9th woman and 1st in AG!

AUGUST

Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.

  • 3 - 1000 x 6
  • 10 - 1000 x 5, 500 x 2
  • 17 - 1000 x 5, 500 x 2
  • 24 - 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
  • 31 - 5,000m time trial at Yumenoshima Track (near Shin Kiba station)


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

Sweat pours down body.
Shows how hard you are working.
So turn up the heat!

JUNE 2016

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

JUNE

  • Lots of races this month, and we start with the Nishitanzawa Adventure Run on the 4th. Tim Williams and Paul Redbourne ran in the Pairs Division, 22.6km and 1900m elevation gain, finishing in 3:06:41 and to their surprise, in first place!
  • Chika Kanai challenged the Hagi Oukan 70K race on the 4th and cruised through in typically good Chika form, in 8:23:48.
  • The Munatsuki Kita Marathon, Half and 10K was on the 5th, usually a hot day out, but not too bad this year. We enjoyed the company of Jon and Yuka Morrell plus kids from England. 10K — Derek Leong 38:50 (2nd), Jon Morrell 43:20, Padraig MacColgain 44:38, Rieko Trees 45:?? (1st woman), Bob Poulson and Kazuo Chiba jogged it as a training run. And Rui Natsuka set a PB of 4:04 in the full marathon! Note: this race has very small fields.
  • “Bob Johnston” was up in Higashine, Yamagata pref. for the “Sakuranbo Half”, which he ran in 1:36:35.
  • The Shibamata 100K saw Satoshi Hashimoto finish in sub-10hrs and a PB of 9:33, while Colin Hickey DNF’d at “only” 66km due to the heat.
  • Our Tri guys were down south a ways for the Izu Oshima Triathlon. Mark Shrosbree (2nd), David Sims (3rd), Hoel Goisbault (5th), David Rubenstein (6th), Dante Michael (13th), Jay Johannesen (35th), Danai Kuangparichat (3rd in Sprint).
  • Moving on to the 12th, Harrisson Uk once again took up the challenge of the Hida Takayama 100K, (no flat sections!) where he finished 7th overall and 1st in his age group in 8:36:09, a fantastic result.
  • The Norikura Mountain Race — to the top of Mt. Norikura and back down — was on the 19th. Running this tough 30k were Yuichi Kanamori 2:36:23 38th, Derek Leong 2:50 (99th), Rie Onodera 2:55:20 8th woman, Chika Kanai 2:56:35 11th, and Taro Oguchi, Stan Chow and Takeshi Koide, all under 3:10.
  • Lots happening on the 26th. Arnaud Dupont completed the Horizumi Hokkaido 100K in 10:18:57. Rika Homma ran the Watermelon 10K race in 51:00 — always hot but all the watermelon you can eat. At the wet and windy Hakodate Marathon Bob Johnston ran 3:28:26 despite stopping with cramps in both legs, followed by Yuki Fukushima 3:37:51 (leg injury) and Naoko Hanakawa 3:59:58!. At the Spatrail, 72km of non-technical trails, Eric Lebrasseur completed the course in 9:20:52, good for 55th out of 981. And finally, Yukari Murahara completed the most famous Japanese ultra, Saroma-ko 100K (Lake Saroma) in 11:08:26, her Saroma PB. She also ran 100k races in April and May, it was cold and she had a stomachache from 60k, but still set her PB. That’s a tough woman!

JULY

Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.

  • 6 - 1000 x 6
  • 13 - 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
  • 20 - 1000 x 2, 500 x 2, 1000 x 2, 500 x 2
  • 21 - Multi-club 5,000m time trial at Yumenoshima track (Shin Kiba), registration from 7:00, starts at 7:20 (under 20:00), 7:40 (over 20:00). No prior entry needed, just show up and pay 500 yen.
  • 27 - 5,000m time trial


HAIKU OF THE MONTH (with a “thank you” to Basho)

Passing an old pond
Rain falls and I’m running to
The sound of water

MAY 2016

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

MAY

  • Chika Kanai entered her first Ultramarathon, the 70km Hagi Oukan Maranic (marathon/picnic, although 70k does not sound like a picnic to me!) on the 4th. And she did very well, finishing in 8hrs 23mins, with the 2nd half only 23 mins slower than the first.
  • Also on the 4th, Colin Hickey ran the Kasukabe Half in Saitama, finishing 82nd out of 6,500 in 1:25:20.
  • Two popular races on the 8th — the Sendai Half Marathon and the Fuji Susono 10K and Half. Nine Nambanners made the trip (well organized by Satohi Numasawa) up to Sendai, where they enjoyed 21-degree weather for a nice run through the lovely city. They were led, I think, by Derek Leong in 1:27:17. There was also a good-sized group for the race up near Mt. Fuji. In fact, the course profile looks like a mountain, up then down. Jay Johannesen took the honors, finishing the 10K in under 39 mins. and placing first in his age group!
  • The Wings for Life World Run was held in 35 locations around the world on the 8th. This is a unique event where you run as far and as fast as you can until a “catcher car” passes you. Lawrence Schneck did it in India, in 40+ degree heat, not such a wise choice. Nevertheless, he ran an amazing 45km in an even more amazing 3:18.
  • Amazingly, Yukari Murahara does an ultramarathon every month. This month (22nd) it was the Yatsugatake Nobeyama 100km, which includes serious mountains, and which she completed in 13:09:00, good for 81st place among women. Derek Leong was also up to the challenge, finishing in 11:26:43, 228th male out of 2,364. Eric Lebrasseur finished, despite getting heat stroke—tough guy! Taro Oguchi (13:42:32) and Rie Onodera also ran this one.
  • This year’s TELL Runathon 5K and 10K was held on the 28th, and as usual, the club had a good turnout to support this worthy cause, with 14 members participating. Taking home prizes for top five finishes were Yuki Fukushima, Nizar Grira, Naoko Hanakawa and Laura Mallory (10K), and Dante Michael, Jay Johannesen, Andy Drought and Taeko Katano (5K).
  • Also on the 28th, Rui Natsuka ran the Kashiwanoha 30K, finishing 3rd!
  • Bob Johnston took on the Inage Beach Half on the 29th in hot weather, recording a 1:35:38.
  • The 57km Okukuji Trail Race was held on the 29th (I think) featuring hot weather, difficult trails, and “endless succession” of up/downs over mountains—lots of fun! At least a few of the strongest Namban runners thought so: Eric Lebrasseur 10:10:08 (62nd out of 588), Chih Liew 11:28:25 (127th), Rie Onodera 11:52:42 (161st, 4th AG) and Yuichi Kanamori 12:51:20 (230th) and Satohi Numasawa. Yoshie Niitsuma enjoyed running the 30K section, in 6:45.
  • Over in England on the 29th, Adam Osbourne won the Hutton Roof fell race, one of the country’s classic fell races.
  • And finally, the granddaddy of all ultras, Comrades in Durban, South Africa, was held on the 29th. Four Nambanners, who went last year, took up the 88km challenge again this year—some people never learn! No, seriously, we’re proud of them for completing the Double-up course last year and down course this year. And they all made the 12-hour time limit with plenty to spare. Brett Larner: 9:39:05; Mika Kume 10:25:06; Mika Tokairin 10:48:54 and Keiko Ando 11:14:09.

JUNE

Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.

  • 1 - 1000 x 6
  • 8 - 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
  • 15 - 1000 x 2, 500 x 2, 1000 x 2, 500 x 2
  • 22 - 1000 x 5, 500 x 2
  • 29 - 5,000m time trial


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

Warm in the daytime
Cool breezes in the evening…
All year would be nice!