The Hills and the Heat — Fuji Susono marathon


A large group of club members (30+) made the journey to the foothills of Mount Fuji for the Fuji Susono marathon. The undulating course on a clear and hot day made for a challenging race but it seems all who took part finished with smiles on their faces. The clear conditions meant spectacular views of Mt. Fuji could be enjoyed for much of the race.


The course, the high temperatures and the pre-race sausages didn’t lend themselves to PBs for the 10k or Half-marathon, but that was hardly the point. Given the photographic evidence everyone had a fantastic time. In fact a more suitable title might be “The Official pre-Namban Beer Mile Fuji Susono Intensive Training Camp”!

This event was the last for Nicole and Chris to enjoy with Namban as Japan residents. Good luck to you both and we hope to see you back in the not too distant future.

Thanks to Joachim Dirks, who made a real sacrifice, to bring us these action photos.