Wise Confucius said:
Run far, run fast, but take care
Not to get injured!!
At Oda Field track near Yoyogi Park from 730pm.
3 — Track Closed
10 — 1000 x 6
17 — 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400
24 — 400, 1600, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2, 400
31 — 5000m time trial
The 3rd marked Namban Rengo’s 28th year of participation in the Okutama Ekiden. This year the men’s A team was a fast group, finishing in 17th place, which is excellent for this race. We had two other men’s teams and two women’s teams, so a total of 24 runners plus supporters enjoyed a nice day out in the countryside.
Also on the 3rd was the Shonan Marathon, where Glenn Rubin ran 4:46 without injury, so a good run. And the Isumi Kenko (Health) Half Marathon, which was over on the other side of Chiba. Ken Pechter cruised to a 1:42.
On the 10th, Max Streeter went to Izu for the cold and windy Izu Trail Journey (slogan: Living on the Trail), finishing 418th out of 1,363 men in 11:43:44. Then amazingly was back at it on the 17th, running the Hagaji Fureai Marathon in Tochigi in 3:38. Chika Kanai also joined, running a fast 3:22 to place 3rd AG and 5th overall.
Several Nambanners showed up at the East Japan Masters 10K and Half on the 16th. Those running the Half did great, those in the 10K, not so great. Colin Hickey ran a PB of 1:22:27, Yasuo Hayakawa ran a nice 1:40, and Kate Gilmartin ran a PB of 1:42 with Luke Dillon a few seconds behind her. In the 10K, Bob Poulson and Niall Murtaugh ran while nursing injuries, while Mike Rayner DNFd with a groin injury.
That same day Terry Minegishi was at the Ogawa Half Marathon, where he recorded an excellent 1:27:43.
The 16th ended with 100 people enjoying food, drink and the fabulous Namband at the club bonenkai (yearend party). Awards went to Nick Coyle and Makiko Hosokawa as Most improved Runners and to Yuki Fukushima and Rika Homma as Runners of the Year.
Rie Onodera and Taras Koochin ran all the way across the Boso Peninsula (70km) on the 17th. Billed as a trial race, but it was mostly road and flat. Rie’s time was 9:04,59, placing her 1st in her age group and 7th woman. Congratulations!
Another ultra on the 17th was held down south — the Okinawa 100K Ultra Marathon. Hiro Terada and Nick Coyle ran together in in 12:15:16 and 40. Yukari Oimatsu also completed 100k.