OCTOBER 2017

HAIKU OF THE MONTH

Blue skies have returned.


Typhoons are finished (we hope!).


Serious racing starts.




DELAYED SEPTEMBER

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!!

OCTOBER RESULTS

  • 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

NOVEMBER MENU

    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

SEPTEMBER 2017

HAIKU OF THE MONTH

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

SEPTEMBER RESULTS

  • 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

OCTOBER MENU

    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

AUGUST 2017

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

AUGUST

  • Chih Liew competed in the OSJ Itamuro 100K trail race — a grueling test of physical and mental endurance. He somehow completed it in 22hr 32min. I’m sure the Special Forces of any country will accept him if he applies.
  • Another tough run was done on the 2nd by Robert Ganter, who traversed the two peaks (1,750m up and down) of the Swissalpine 47K race.
  • Bob Poulson traveled across the globe to Portland, Maine for the big (7,000 runners) Beach to Beacon 10K race. He timed 42:36 on a lovely but somewhat hilly course to place 1st in his age group.
  • Matt Homes and Rika Homma teamed up for the EarthRun Club 10K in Ueno Park on the 5th, placing 2nd in the Pairs division.
  • On the 27th Rui Natsuka enjoyed running in the Fuji Yoshida Half, held in conjunction with the Fire Festival. She completed it in 1:50:48. Teruyuki Minegishi also participated.
  • Yoshie Niitsuma ran a cross country race on one of the most famous courses, Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, and finished the 4 mile/6.4k race with a first place in her age group!

SEPTEMBER

  • 6 - 1000 x 6
  • 20 - A Group: 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400. B Group: 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2, 400
  • 20 - 1000 x 4, 800 x 2, 400
  • 27 - 5000m time trial


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

The cicadas’ songs
Once strong, are growing fainter.
Autumn approaches.



 

JULY 2017

LOOKING BACK, LOOKING AHEAD

JULY

  • On the 1st, Eric Lebrasseur ran the Utsukushigahara 80K Trail Run in 8:48:42, placing 45th.
  • Then on the 2nd, Padraig MacColgain finished his first ultra, the Nikko 100K, in 12:13:51, well done! This is turning into an ultra club.
  • Meanwhile, Yuki Fukushima was down in Oz land running the Gold Coast Marathon, which he completed in an impressive 2:51:51, coming in 30th.
  • Bob Johnston was back racing again on the 8th, running the Higashine Cherries Half Marathon in 1:32:22.
  • Across the Pacific in Costa Rica, Arturo Delgado ran a local marathon in 3:27:45, with two bruised ribs. And from there across the Atlantic to England, Jon Morrell toured the Scafell Pike Trail Marathon (27 miles, 1800m) in 5:16:10, which was “bloody hard.”
  • The always fun, always hot Obuse Mini Marathon (Half) saw Chika Kanai place 5th, Bob Johnston run 1:33:52, Nick Coyle run 1:36:09 for a PB in the heat!, and Terry Minegishi run 1:43. Also enjoying the run and festivities afterwards were Yuichi Kanamori, Yasuo Hayakawa, Gareth & Rika Evans, Naoko Hanakawa and Geraldine Nogami.
  • Harrisson Uk ran the Mt. Taisesu Trail Journey 40K race in Hokkaido on the 23rd, finishing 2nd in his age group and 10th overall. Celine Bouny ran the 15K race.
  • The Fuji Mountain Race was held on the 29th. Eric Lebrasseur and Yuichi Kanamori ran all the way up (21km, 2,783m up!) in 3:30:40 (9min PB) and 3:40:57, (27min PB). Rie Onodera got up to the 9th station in 4:34, but got stopped due to the time limit.
  • Also on the 29th, Mary Eckstein ran a 10K race in Hong Kong, I presume, recording her fastest time in 10 years - 48:34!

AUGUST

  • 2 - 1000 x 6
  • 9 - 1200, 1200, 1000, 1000, 800, 800
  • 16 - A Group: 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400. B Group: 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2, 400
  • 23 - 1000 x 4, 800 x 2, 400
  • 30 - 5,000m time trial


HAIKU OF THE MONTH

No sense complaining.


The sun is oblivious.


Get out there and sweat!

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.