Many big races in March, starting with the Shizuoka Marathon on the 6th. Nambanners who traveled down for the race were Eric Lebrasseur 3:03:59, Alan Cannon 3:19:38, Bob Johnston 3:28:24 (PB!), and Gareth Evans 3:40:03.
On the same day was the 5,000-women strong (or 5,000 strong women) Omotesando Women’s 10K, which Marie Gras ran in a leisurely (for her) 41:38.
Also on the 6th were the Chiba Kenmin Half — Kota Torii 1:28:02, Yuichi Kanamori 1:29:01 and Mika Kume 1:49:46 – and the Tachikawa Half — Glenn Rubin 1:58:58.
Namban Rengo was well represented at the Koga Hanamomo Marathon and 10K on the 13th by Derek Leong 2:57:59, Yosuke Kimura 3:16:00, Kota Torii 3:16:51, Chika Kanai 3:17:48, Padraig MacColgain 3:28:32, Yoshiro Morioka 3:51:12, Yukiko Kanazawa 3:51:14, Rui Natsuka 4:07:56, Bob Poulson 41:22, Taeko Hara, Keiko Ando, and Jay Johannesen and Hoel Goisbault who both unfortunately missed the last turn and ran an extra several km.
The 13th saw two major marathons: the Yokohama Marathon – Connie Bouverot 3:11 13th woman!, Jesse Austin 3:15:52, Keren Miers 3:17:26, David Rubenstein 3:37:31, Yasuo Hayakawa 3:51:10, Nick Coyle 3:55:10, Sumie Kawakami 3:56:37; and the Nagoya Women’s Marathon – the biggest women’s marathon in the world — Satohi Numasawa 3:19:17, Aki Hoshino and Celine Bouny.
Other Nambanners racing on the 13th were Yukari Murahara, 3:35:21 in the Tottori Marathon, Lisa Batey 1:56:47 in the Kawasaki Half Marathon, and in the Oyama Tozan 9km (1,650m height, 1,610 stairs), Tim Williams 57:04, Bob Johnston 1:03, Naoko Hanakawa 1:03:40 and Tom Boatman 1:04. Otsukaresama deshita!
And over in Olde England, Yuka Morrell raced to a 1:44:04 in the Bath Half Marathon.
Yet another marathon on the 20th — the Itabashi Marathon, where Yuichi Kanamori ran 3:20:42 and Rie Onodera 3:34. Stan Chow was also believe to have completed a race.
For a report on the Tamako Ekiden, see the story to the right.
Out east of Tokyo on Oshima island on the 27th, Harrisson Uk ran the Oshima Ultra 58K (with 2,200m of cumulative elevation) in an outstanding 4:24, finishing 3rd!
Also on that day was the Nerima Half, which saw Derek Leong set a PB of 1:21:49, good for 31st out of 956 AG. Also running were Yuichi Kanamori 1:30:05, Mami Hashimoto 1:39:41, Yoshiro Morioka and Kei Takahashi 1:42:37.
Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.
6- 1000 x 6
13 – 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
20 – 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
27 – 5,000m time trial
HAIKU OF THE MONTH
Broad branches bursting
With cherry blossom flowers.
Soul-soothing Spring sight.