February began with strong Namban showings at the Kanagawa Half Marathon on the 3rd. Chris Winter’s friend Ben Kelly came up from Melbourne and WON the Open division in 67:50 (PB). Renaud Isman 1:22:20 (PB), Emmanuel Obser 1:23:53 (PB), Paul Allen 1:24, Satoshi Hashimoto, David Abbott, Daigo Asada, Takeshi Koide, Glenn Rubin 1:44:49, Sumie Kawakami 1:46:06, Ayano Onodera 1:50:44 (PB), Yukari Oimatsu 1:56:21, Mika Kume
Yuki Fukushima and Rika Homma went to the prestigious Beppu-Oita Marathon, and had good races. Yuki ran an evenly paced race to a PB of 2:48:41, and Rika ran a negative split for a 3:18:45.
22 (or more?) Nambanners were at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama for the Iikoto Charity 5-hour relay race, where our top team finished 5th out of 173 teams. Great job everyone!
Still on the 3rd, Yuta Suda was down in Hong Kong for the 9 Dragons 50K, where he finished 2nd! Congratulations!
The 10th saw Chika Kanai in Ehime, where she ran the “fantastic!” Ehime Marathon in a fantastic time of 3:20:16 despite a headwind in the first half. And was 9th in her age group out of 706! Now go look on a map and find Ehime (pref.).
For some reason, probably Terry Minegishi’s promotion efforts, a large number of Nambanners ran the 53rd edition of the Ome Marathon on the 17th — 23! Enjoying the good weather (but some wind) in the 30K race were Gary Wilberforce 1:45:44 (66th, gun time), Stan Chow 1:59:57 (203rd), Mike Hegarty :2:03:31 (gun time), Eric Lebrasseur 2:03:12, Harrisson Uk, Terry Minegishi 2:21:57, Rika Homma 2:18:30 (23rd over 40s), Faith Geraghty 2:20:48 (36th under 40s), Yasuo Hayakawa 2:27:18 (PB in 11th time at Ome!), Padraig MacColgain, Taras Koochin, Ashley Harvey, Mika Tokairin 2:29:38 (38th AG), Rie Onodera 2:26:44 (64th AG), Yukari Oimatsu 3:03:20, Andrew Farmer, Ayano Onodera, Tom Boatman, Glenn Rubin, Yoko Kubo, Celine Bouny, Kota Torii. And in the 10K Yuki Seshimo 47:?? (20th over 40s), Roselle Kingsbury 48:30 (35th under 40s))
Meanwhile, that day was the Kyoto Marathon. Keren Miers and Makiko Hosokawa welcomed Ken Pechter and Stacy Simon to Kyoto, where they all had a great time running the race.
Having missed Ome, Dennis Büchner ran a small 30K at Lake Saiko and won it in 2:05:30.
Raymond Wong ran the China Coast Marathon on the 20th in 3:42:38, coming in 3rd in the 55 AG.
Martin Verdier and Max Streeter both crushed the Shizuoka Marathon on the 24th. Martin finished in a Personal Best (by over 5 mins) of 2:50:05 and Max ran 3:10:56, a PB by 7 minutes. Martin had also run the Hi-Tech Half on the Arakawa last month in 1:22:35. Yukari Oimatsu, having warmed up at Ome the previous week, also ran, finishing in 4:28:35.
Also on the 24th, Yuta Suda ran the Fukaya Half in 1:10:47 – his second best ever.