The racing month began with the Kanagawa Half, where Chris Winter ran 1:19:20 for 48th place, Eric Lebrasseur followed in 1:22:05, and Rie Onodera in 1:35. Alan Cannon also ran.
In the Marugame Half on the 7th, full of elites, Namban elites Satohi Numasawa ran 1:33:53 and Shinobu Shikauchi made her debut.
Another elite race on the same day was the Beppu-Oita Marathon, where Satoshi Hashimoto went sub-3 with a 2:59:01 and regular Wednesday runner Taizo Yamada ran an excellent 2:49:03.
Bob Johnston was out in Kochi on the 14th for the hot (yes, hot) and windy Ryoma Marathon, recording a 3:42:08.
The 21st was the annual running of one of Japan’s oldest and most popular races, the Ome Marathon (30K). Chika Kanai mastered the hills to finish in 2:13:47, good for 35th place among the women! Yukari Murahara ran 2:29:38, Sumie Kawakami 2:41 and Tom Boatman 2:55. Tom got a shout-out from marathon legend Seko-san as he passed the start – “Namban Rengo!!”.
An even bigger race the same day was the Kyoto Marathon, where Rieko Trees happily finished in 3:37:07 and David Sweet in 3:38. Narrow streets were not helpful for fast times.
And then on the 28th, the biggest of them all, the Tokyo Marathon. Namban Rengo had 20 runners enjoying the 42.195km run through the capital, led by Jackson Thodey in 2:57. Club members out in support were uncounted, but probably about 40, all of whom, and more, enjoyed our great post-race party.
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
HAIKU OF THE MONTH
A good marathon:
Cool, sunny, flat, strong legs and
Friends cheering you on.