On the 1st, Eric Lebrasseur ran the Utsukushigahara 80K Trail Run in 8:48:42, placing 45th.
Then on the 2nd, Padraig MacColgain finished his first ultra, the Nikko 100K, in 12:13:51, well done! This is turning into an ultra club.
Meanwhile, Yuki Fukushima was down in Oz land running the Gold Coast Marathon, which he completed in an impressive 2:51:51, coming in 30th.
Bob Johnston was back racing again on the 8th, running the Higashine Cherries Half Marathon in 1:32:22.
Across the Pacific in Costa Rica, Arturo Delgado ran a local marathon in 3:27:45, with two bruised ribs. And from there across the Atlantic to England, Jon Morrell toured the Scafell Pike Trail Marathon (27 miles, 1800m) in 5:16:10, which was “bloody hard.”
The always fun, always hot Obuse Mini Marathon (Half) saw Chika Kanai place 5th, Bob Johnston run 1:33:52, Nick Coyle run 1:36:09 for a PB in the heat!, and Terry Minegishi run 1:43. Also enjoying the run and festivities afterwards were Yuichi Kanamori, Yasuo Hayakawa, Gareth & Rika Evans, Naoko Hanakawa and Geraldine Nogami.
Harrisson Uk ran the Mt. Taisesu Trail Journey 40K race in Hokkaido on the 23rd, finishing 2nd in his age group and 10th overall. Celine Bouny ran the 15K race.
The Fuji Mountain Race was held on the 29th. Eric Lebrasseur and Yuichi Kanamori ran all the way up (21km, 2,783m up!) in 3:30:40 (9min PB) and 3:40:57, (27min PB). Rie Onodera got up to the 9th station in 4:34, but got stopped due to the time limit.
Also on the 29th, Mary Eckstein ran a 10K race in Hong Kong, I presume, recording her fastest time in 10 years – 48:34!
2 – 1000 x 6
9 – 1200, 1200, 1000, 1000, 800, 800
16 – A Group: 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 3, 400. B Group: 1200, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2, 400