Prelude to summer.
Before rains pelt and heat blasts
June is glorious.
JUNE WORKOUT SCHEDULE
At Oda Field track near Yoyogi Park from 730pm.
6 — 1000 x 6
13 — 1200 x 2, 1000 x 2, 800 x 2
20 — 1600, 1200, 800 x 2, 400
27 — 5000m time trial
The big Sendai Half Marathon was held on the 13th, with six Nambanners participating, and all had very good results. Weather was 21C and humid. Mike Hegarty – 1:22:03, Daigo Asada – 1:25:31, Faith Geraghty – 1:36:19, Rika Homma – 1:37:28, Emily Furuichi – 1:40:54, Yuko Takamuki – 1:41:45 (PB).
Also on that day was one of the club’s most popular races, the Fuji Susono Half and 10K. 20 Namban members took part, even though this is a tough course that starts with a 5km uphill. Jay Johannesen placed 2nd in has 10K AG, Nick Coyle ran a PB of 1:32:51 (paced by Stan Chow), and Tony Collins ran a PB of 1:34:16.
In the Toshi no Onaishi 50K, Katsu Kinoshita finished in 5:36. Teruyuki Minegishi also ran the 50K and Emmanuel Obser ran the 20K.
Our Ultra runners were out in force at the Yatsugatake Nobeyama 100KM Ultra. Results were: Satoshi Hashimoto 11:35:06, Hiro Terada 12:20:45, Taro Oguchi 12:34:07, Max Streeter 12:39:38, and David Abbott. Yuri Kambara was 3rd in the 71km race in 7:24:33! and Amol Bansode finished in 9:32:38. And in the 42km race Chika Kanai ran 4:05:40. BTW, Yuki Kawauchi broke the 71km course record by six minutes, winning in 4:41:55.
Yoshie Niitsuma reports: Finished 40K (my longest) trail race in Okutama on the 19th. It was very hard and dangerous course and I got lost and fell many times. It took me about 10 hours to finish but happy. 52 runners started and 38 were able to finish.
Faith Geraghty was in Niigata on the 20th. She reports: I ran the Kashiwazaki Shiokaze Half Marathon near Niigata yesterday. It was a fabulous race – very scenic and lots of friendly locals out supporting. I ran 1:39:20 which I was very pleased with as it was pretty hilly and I didn’t taper. That was enough to get me 4th in my age category.
On the same day in Nagano pref., Bob Poulson, Emma Riley and Raymond Campbell were at the Karuizawa Half. This was a very nice course, flat and quite a bit of it on roads though woods, and the weather was ideal. Emma ran 1:37:19 to take 8th in her AG and 31st overall out of 1,608. Bob’s time was 1:38:20, winning his AG by 5-1/2 minutes. Don’t know Raymond’s time but it was nice to see him on the course.
In Germany on the 26th, Dennis Buchner ran the SV HU Sportland 10K in 38:18, finishing 2nd!
On the 27th, Sarah Martin and Faith Geraghty were in Niigata for the Kushigata Wind Trial Race. Sarah ran brilliantly, finishing in 2:31:42 to WIN the women’s 18K race. Faith was 3rd in the 18-49 AG in 3:27:21. They both enjoyed this very friendly race.