Actually, May, as we start with two races held on the 31st. Brett Larner, Mika Tokairin and Mika Kume traveled all the way to South Africa for the famous Comrades Ultra Marathon. They had a fantastic time and finished the 87km uphill route in 9:21, 9:51 and 11:38 (cutoff 12 hours).
On the same day, Chih Liew also ran an ultra, the Mt. Hiei 50km Trail Run, which he completed in 9:27:57. That’s up a mountain in hot weather!
On the 6th, Colin Hickey ran the Shibamata (Tokyo) 100K in 9:21, with the last 5k being the fastest!
Another 100K on the 7th (this is turning into a club of ultra runners), as Derek Leong was up in beautiful Hida Takayama, where he recorded a 10:43:49.
Also on the 7th, Nick Coyle ran an ordinary 42.195k race, the Chitose Marathon, in 4:12:35.
And Bob Johnston participated in the Tamagawa Half Marathon Grand Prix, finishing in a PB of 1:42:42.
Meanwhile, at the Palace, Caroline Ross, Mandy Malone and Taras Koochin were running the Challenge Kokyo 10K. It was hot, but they enjoyed it.
Back to trail races on the 14th, as Eric Lebrasseur, Lawrence Schneck and Yukiko Shimada took on the Yaeyama Trail Race (38km). Eric ran 4:42:16 for 34th out of 489 and 9th AG, Lawrence ran 5:11:39 for 8th, and Yukiko was 5:54:23, good for 2nd in the under 39 AG.
At the Harriers Summer Track Meet on the 14th, Mike Rayner and Padraig MacColgain ran the 5,000m ub 19:02 and 19:31, taking 2nd and 4th in Group 3.
The Norikura Tenku Marathon on the 20th saw Yuichi Kanamori, Taro Oguchi and Rie Onodera participating. Yuichi finished the 23k race in 2:20:19.
Wednesday night workouts are at Oda Field track from 7:30pm.
1 – 1000 x 6
8 – 400 800 1000 1200 1000 800 600
15 – 400 (warmup), 1200/600 x 3 (short rest after 1200, longer after 600 – run 600s hard!!)
22 – 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)