Back in Istanbul over the holidays, Engin Yenidunya ran in the first Adim Adim Run of the year on January 3rd. At a freezing -2 degrees, he ran 28:48 for a hilly 6K in the forest, placing 17th overall out of 145 runners.
Raymond Wong set a 10K PB of 38:33 at the Matsudo Road Race on the 10th.
On the 11th, Yukiko Kanazawa, Madeleine Chadwick, Heidi Yung, Jillian Healey, Miyuki Nishida and Tomoko Sawada traveled down to Fuji Speedway in Shikoku for a 5-hour relay race. And they did well, finishing 34th out of 78 teams. Each runner ran a hilly 4.5km course twice (3x for Madeleine).
Derek Leong (1:25:12), Padraig MacColgain (1:32), Harrisson Uk, Yukiko Shimada (1:39:53!), Pat Higase (1:45:57) Sachiko Orikasa and Yoko Kuwada represented Namban Rengo at the windy Chiba Marine Half Marathon on the 18th.
Also on the 18th was the popular Shibuya Ekiden, where the Men’s Masters A team placed 1st (out of 48), the Women’s A team 2nd and the Men’s Open A team 8th (out of 148), The other three Open teams got 8th, 23rd, and 30th, Master’s B was 9th and Women’s B came in 13th.
Not a race, but worth mentioning is Harrisson Uk’s 34:40 10K PB, run alone at a cold Wednesday evening track session on the 21st.
On January 24th, Engin Yenidunya ran in the Arakawa Lucky 7 Half Marathon, starting and ending at Todabashi Stadium. He ran a PB of 1:45:20, placing 51st overall out of 300
Lots of races on the 25th: The Osaka Half Marathon was Sylvain Dufros’ first race with more than 100 people—there were 6,000!—and he ran a satisfying 1:38:59.
Phil Ryan ran the Wakashio Marathon in Chiba.
Yasuo Hayakawa ran the Shinjuku City Half Marathon.
Mika Tokairin, Satohi Numasawa and Yosuke Kimura ran the Katsuta Marathon. Mika timed 3:32:44, thereby qualifying for the Comrades 80K in South Africa in May.
And Raymond Wong ran 3:10:56 in the Hong Kong Marathon.
Wednesday night workouts are at Oda Field track from 7:30pm.