JUNE 2017

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

JUNE

  • June began with four intrepid Nambanners in South Africa for the Comrades ultra marathon. This year was an “up” year, plus it was unusually hot. However, all four finished with impressive times, well clear of the 12-hour limit. Yuichi Kanamori 9:38:49, Yuri Kambara 9:39:28, Nick Coyle 9:48:00 and Yukari Murahara 11:12:04.
  • Faith Geraghty participated in a rare Saturday night race: the Kasai Seaside Park Night Half Marathon. Her time on a hot night was 1:38:30, good enough to place as the second female. There was also a Bob Johnston sighting.
  • Rika Homma accomplished her first 100K run in Okinoshima, finishing in the spectacular time of 11:07:20 (6:40/km for 100km). That’s 2-1/2 marathons, folks.
  • Alan Cannon and Derek Leong took to the mountains for the Three Peaks Yatsugatake Trail Race on the 11th. Alan finished the 23km course in 2:20:00 (55th).
  • At the Norikura Tenku Marathon on the 18th, Rie Onodera opted for the 35km course and completed it in 3:22:05 for 5th place overall.
  • SeungGi Hong got her fill of watermelon at the aptly named Watermelon Race on the 25th. She set a 10K PB (in hot weather!) of 56:36.
  • And In Germany, Dennis Buechner had a great race at the Hamburg Half Marathon. His target was 1:25 and he finished in 1:24:49, good for 99th out of 8,700 finishers.

JULY

NOTE: Track closed on 5th and 12th, we will be in Yoyogi Park, meeting at the kiosk at 7:30pm.

  • 5 - 1000 x 6
  • 12 — 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
  • 19 - A Group: 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400. B Group: 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400
  • 26 - 5,000m time trial


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

No sense complaining.


The sun is oblivious.


Get out there and sweat!

MAY 2017

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

MAY

  • On the May 4th holiday, Stuart Brady took part in the Kasukabe Half Marathon, finishing in a respectable 1:33:33, despite it being a very warm day.
  • 22 Nambanners turned out for the very steep Fuji Susono 10K and Half at Gotemba, near Mt Fuji. Mike Hegarty led the way in the Half with a 1:26, followed by Renaud Isman in 1:34. Rika Evans was 6th AG in 1:48 and Roselle Kingsbury was 9th in 1:50. And Nick Coyle ran a PB of 1:37:20!!
  • Up north, In Sendai, Daigo Asada ran the Sendai Half, a great race by the way, in 1:28:27. Nice! Yoshiro Morioka slowed by one second from last year in 1:49:04.
  • 50K races on the 14th. Teruyuki Minegishi did the Tama River 50K in a great 4:17 Emmanuel Obser also ran it. And Katsu Kinoshita ran the Toshi no Onaishi 50K, reaching his goal of sub-5 with a 4:56:46.
  • Yuri Kambara did the 42km division of the Yatsugatake Nobeyama Ultra on May 21, finishing 6th woman in 4:19:03. Taro Oguchi opted for the full 100km and completed it in 12:34:21 (PB). Congratulations to both of them!
  • The TELL Runathon was held on the 27th.
  • On the 28th, Rika Homma performed very well in her Ultra debut, running 6:48:15 for 65K in the Mirakusa Ultra Marathon and finishing as 8th woman. At the Okukuji Trail 50K, Eric Lebrasseur ran a huge PB to finish 11th AG in 9:34:59, Don Roxburgh and Rie Onodera completed it in 11:52:55 and 12:31, while in the 30K Satohi Numasawa finished 1st in her AG and 7th overall in 4:59:01, and Yoshie Niitsuma ran it for the third time, in 6:31:42. And up near Mt. Fuji, Taeko Hara ran the Yamanakako Road Race (one lap, 13.6K) in 1:17:03.

JUNE

  • 7 - 1000 x 6
  • 14 — 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3 (A group runs a 400 at the end)
  • 21 - 1000 x 3, 800 x 3, 400
  • 28 - 5,000m time trial
  • 29 - Multi-club time trial at Oda track. 3 sections.
      7:00pm — over 20:00
      7:30pm — 17:30 ~ 20:00
      7:55pm — under 17:30


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

Age — just a number?
So they say, but I know this:
Runners never age.

APRIL 2017

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

APRIL

  • No April Fool’s Day runs, but on the 2nd, Eric Lebrasseur did the Hasetsune 30K trail run in 1:23:32.
  • And Stefano Coradeschi ran the Rome Marathon (of course!) in a PB time of 3:24.
  • Overseas on the 8th, Marie Gras won (!) the Mount Qingcheng 30K Trail Race in China, and Rika Homma participated in the Guam Marathon, posting a time of 3:52:53 with a sore achilles.
  • On the track at Komazawa, Yuki Fukushima ran a very fast 4:35 1500m and Khalfan Juma and Satoshi Hashimoto were also speedy in the 5,000m, posting 17:40 (close to 10-year PB) and 18:21.
  • Springtime marathons on the 16th: Nagano, where Yuichi Kanamori recorded a 4 min. PB of 3:07:10, Bob Johnston ran 3:52 and Yosuke Kimura and Mike Rayner also ran, and Kasumigaura, where Chika Kanai ran 3:32:23 and Yasuo Hayakawa 4:03:20.
  • Seven (!) Nambanners traveled to Boston for the iconic Boston Marathon on the 19th. On a very warm day, results were: Emmanuel Gomez 3:07:42, Steve Karnas 3:13:20, Satoshi Hashimoto 3:14:14, Kylie Breeze 3:29:45, Jeffrey Wang 3:42:26, Alan Cannon 3:42:53 and Keren Miers 3:49:01.
  • On the 22nd, Mike Trees was in Auckland, NZ for the World Masters Games, and came in 4th AG in the 5,000m in 17:38—not bad only 6 months after back surgery! He then won the Tri and Open Water Swim events. On the same day, Marie Gras ran the Naguri Trail Race – 25k in 3:58, 22 mins faster than last year!
  • There was a big Ultra Marathon on the 23rd: the Fuji 5 Lakes. Eric Lebrasseur did the 100K 4 Lakes division, finishing in 9:38, which if my math is correct, works out to an amazing 5:47/km!! Yuri Kambara did the 71K 3 Lakes version, in a time of 8:03. Congratulations to both!
  • Padraig MacColgain and Bob Poulson were up in Tochigi on the 29th for the Yukemuri (hot spring steam) Marathon, Padraig running the 10K in 42:49 and Bob in 43:18 (last 4k uphill).

MAY

  • 3 - 1000 x 6
  • 7 — Beer Mile in Yoyogi Park at 2:30
  • 10 - 800, 1000, 1200, 1200, 1000, 800
  • 17 - 1200, 1200, 1000, 1000, 800, 800
  • 24 - 1600, 1000 x 3, 800, 400
  • 31 - 5,000m time trial

HAIKU OF THE MONTH

Time to think about
Slimming down for the summer.
New diet maybe?

MARCH 2017

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

MARCH

  • At the Shizuoka Marathon on the 5th the trash talk was flying and the runners were flying for, well, 3/4 of the race. Except for Eric Lebrasseur, who was in a class by himself at 2:58:27. The Showdown in Shizuoka was won by Bob Johnston in 3:16:31 (8min PB) in followed by Tim Williams in a 3:21:56 (5min PB), and Gareth Evans in 3:32:20. Nick Coyle recovered from back problems with a 3:47:48 and Makiko Hosokawa ran a HUGE PB in 3:49, leaving Keren Miers in the dust. Yukari Murahara was also there.
  • Also on the 5th, Satoshi Hashimoto and Glenn Rubin ran the Tachikawa Half in 1:27:19 and just under 2:00, respectively. And Yasuo Hayakawa ran the Miura Half in 1:49:45.
  • Sunday March 12 was the day of the Nagoya Women’s Marathon, the biggest women’s marathon in the world, with 19,000 runners. Four Nambanners were there and they all did well. Rieko Trees 3:19:08, Yuka Rayner 3:50:14, Satohi Numasawa and Celine Bouny.
  • At the Koga Hanamono Marathon, Nizar Grira set a PB of 3:04:56 and Yukiko Kanazawa ran 3:56:37. Yoshiro Morioka also ran the race.
  • Daigo Asada, who has not learned how to run negative splits, finished the Tottori Marathon in a respectable 3:31:30 for a PB. Challenging the Oyama Tozan (mountain climb) were Stan Chow 51:07 and Tom Boatman. And at the Katsushika Run Festa, Rui Natsuka ran 1:39:48 in the Half and Rika Homma, still recovering from Tokyo, did the 10K in 47:15.
  • Emmanuel Obser marked a great 12-minute PB in 3:28:03 at the Itabashi Marathon on the 19th and close behind was Rie Onodera in 3:30:17. Katsunori Kinoshita finished in 3:44 and David Sweet, Krishna Kumar and Yasuo Hayakawa were also there.
  • At the 19th Tohoku Foods Marathon Alan Cannon ran 1:23:53, and Faith Geraghty was the fifth woman in 1:30. Don Roxburgh, Chika Kanai, Yukari Murabara, Akiko and Itaru Shirako were also on hand.
  • Mika Tokairin ran the Los Angeles Marathon and Daniele Cason completed the Ironman 70.3 Taiwan.
  • Derek Leong ran the very tough Hakone Saisoku Turnpike 13.4km Road Race in 1:20:31.
  • The Tamako Ekiden was held on the 20th, in which Namban fielded four teams of four men. All teams finished in the top 40 out of 247 teams, led by the Gold team of Nizar Grira, Yuki Fukushima, Gildas Tuffin and Jay Johannesen in 12th place!
  • Three women ran well at the cold and wet Sakura Asahi Marathon on the 26th: Chika Kanai 3:25:56, Rui Natsuka 3:50:07 and Mika Kume 3:54:48. Also on that day, Ben Dyer ran the Orange Marathon Yugawara 10K in 44:00. Youri Lavoine also participated.

APRIL

JUST FOR THE 5th: Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.

  • 5 - 1000 x 6
  • FROM THE 12TH, WE WILL BE BACK TO ODA FIELD TRACK!
    12 - 1200 x 3, 800 x 2, 400
  • 19 - 400, 1600, 1200 x 2, 800 x 2
  • 26 - 5,000m time trial


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

Wild hair, rumpled clothes.
“Gambatte,” she always says
As I run by her.

FEBRUARY 2017

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

FEBRUARY

  • T.S. Eliot said “April is the cruellest month”, but February is the coldest month. That didn’t bother the many Nambanners who raced this month. Beginning with the Kanagawa Half on the 5th. Eric Lebrasseur 1:22:34, Keren Miers 1:30:38, Ben Dyer raced to a PB in 1:33:09, Tim Williams 1:28:53 PB, Yuki Seshimo 1:43:31, Sumie Kawakami 1:44:37, Mika Kume 1:46:34, Makiko Hosokawa PB,
  • Also on the 5th, David Sweet ran the Moriya Half in a PB of 1:25.
  • At the Shinrinkoen Half on the 11th, Stuart Brady ran a 1:33:56.
  • Padraig MacColgain smiled his way through the Inzai Smile Half Marathon on the 12th in a time of 1:36:17.
  • Emmanuel Obser ran the Tama Half Marathon on the 18th in 1:27:38.
  • The Ome Marathon, one of Japan’s oldest races, was held on the 19th. Yasuo Hayakawa, Chika Kanai (2:18) and Tom Boatman (2:51) ran the 30k, and Chie Minami ran the 10K.
  • Also on that day, Bob Johnston ran the Kochi Ryoma Marathon in 3:24:57 (17:00 faster than last year) and Alan Cannon and Tim Williams competed in the 20km X-Run cross country race in Chiba (organized by Daigo Asada), finishing in 1:25:04 (31st) and 1:32.
  • Of course, the highlight of February, in fact of the whole winter, was the Tokyo Marathon on the 26th. Surprisingly, given the difficulty of entering, Namban Rengo had 28 runners, as well as many supporters out on the course. Too many to mention, but top men’s times were Eiichiro Kamikawa in 2:39 and Mike Hegarty in 2:52. Fastest Namban lady was Marie Gras in a PB of 3:01.
  • If you don’t get into Tokyo, there is always the Fukaya Half, two hours north of Tokyo. Racing there this year was Steve Karnas and Mika Kume (8-year PB of 1:43), Pat Higase and from Singapore, David Stephenson, who ran a nice PB of 1:21:35.

MARCH

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 - 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
  • 29 - 5,000m time trial


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

March starts with cold wind
And rain that’s colder than snow.

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?