29th Yokohama Half Marathon


Seven club members made the short trip down to the picturesque port city to take part in the race. All ran the half marathon. It was dry, but when the wind blew it was quite bracing and everyone was reluctant to change into their running gear until the very last moment. The race starts alongside the lovely Yamashita Park but immediately heads southwards and within minutes takes runners into the concrete and container-filled desolation of the Yokohama dock area. Those who enjoy sterile bleakness of the Kanagawa Half will love this course. Scenery aside, it is almost completely flat. There were only three water stations, no sports drinks, on the course which most felt was too few. No PBs were recorded, but Satohi had a great run, finishing 9th in her category. Mary and Adam also were very pleased with their efforts. A well deserved all-you-could-eat Chinese was enjoyed afterwards. Yoshiko-san joined us after a grueling 40km training run that morning. Chiba-san also joined us after a grueling train journey from Saitama.

Paddy: 1:25
Satohi: 1:31
Adam: 1:32
Chika: 1:38
Mary: 1:42
Peter: 1:49