But first, a few leftovers from June. Dennis Schultz ran the Hamburg Hella Half Marathon in 1:27:32, placing 108th out of 6,424 finishers. Yukari Murahara completed Japan’s most famous Ultra, the Saromako 100km, in 12:09:04. And Yaeko Kubota ran the Zermatt Marathon in Switzerland, climbing 2,585m in 28-degree heat!
On the 4th, Eric Lebrasseur continued his trail racing, at the Kitatanzawa Adventure Race (36km), timing 3:37:57 for 77th out of 2,072.
On the same day, Satohi Numasawa ran the Utsukushigahara Trail Race (14km), recording 1:56:34 as the second female – well done!
The Cabbage Marathon 10K was held in Tsumagoi on the 12th, and Derek Leong finished 12th in his age group in 44:52. Yoshie Niitsuma also ran in it. It bills itself as the No. 1 Hard Race!
The extremely popular Obuse Half Marathon was on the 18th, and was not quite as hot as usual. Teruyuki Minegishi’s time was 1:31:20, followed by Padraig MacColgain in 1:31:36, David Rubenstein in 1:34:04 and Chika Kanai in 1:36:05. Alan Cannon and Mika Kume also ran the race.
Another race for crazy people was the Nozawa Onsen Mountain Trail on the 18th. This was 65km, 4,100m of ascent, partly through a narrow, muddy track forcing you to crawl on hands and knees up a mountain, partly in unshaded 34-degree temperatures, etc. Lawrence Schneck was there and “enjoyed” 10 hours of running to finish in 39th position. Oh, and you need poison remover for when the wasps sting
Namban Rengo was well represented at the famous race up Mt. Fuji. Completing the 21km course to the top were Eric Lebrasseur – 3:46:51/274 out of 1,244, Yuichi Kanamori – 4:06:13/551 and Rie Onodera – 4:23:44/998. Yuki Seshimo did the 5th station course in 2:38:58/912 and Derek Leong unfortunately had to drop out at the 6th station due to a calf injury.
And finally, the above crazy race x 2, the Sky View Ultra Trail — 120km, 9,000m elevation gain, 4 mountains, narrow trails, brutal heat, heavy rain, slippery bamboo underfoot, clouds of flies, and more hardships – what fun! Chih Liew was up to it, however, finishing with no feeling in his feet the last 20km in 26 hours 1 min, 37 sec!!!
Wednesday night workouts are at Oda Field track from 7:30pm.
5 – 1000 x 6
12 – 1000 800 1000 800 1000 800 400
19 – 400 x 12 or 10 or 8 (groups of 8-10 people, a different person leads each one for the first 200, longer rest after half)
26 – 5000m time trial
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Run at 5 AM.