We start the month’s results with a great run by Gretchen Andrew at the Jimba-san Trail Race, an extremely mountainous Half where she ran 2:36:35 for 1st in her age group and 2nd woman overall. Husband Chris was ahead of her in 2:24:05.
The Saitama Marathon was on the 12th, where Yuki Fukushima ran 2:54:24, David Abbott 3:08, Rika Homma 3:33:44 (with a bad blister) and Yoshie Niitsuma 4:17:15. Tim Barnstable was also there.
At the Setagaya 246 Half Marathon, Emmanuel Obser‘s training paid off with a 1:26:49, a PB by 49 seconds. Satohi Numasawa also participated, finishing in 1:43:22.
Roselle Kingsbury ran the small Kokyo Half Marathon and set a new women’s record with a 1:44:49.
On the 18th Alan Cannon, Derek Leong, Andy Drought and Faith Geraghty were at the Imperial Palace for the Human Rights Now charity run.
The Toda Half and 10K took place on the 19th. Results were: Mike Hegarty 1:18 – 8th AG, Tom Sullivan 1:35, Bob Poulson 1:36:08 – 8th AG, Charlie Cook 1:39, Sarah Morgan 1:42:44 – 10th AG, Emma Reilly 1:43:35 – 12th AG. 10K: Jay Johannesen 37:14 2nd AG, Eric Lebrasseur 38:14 (PB) 9th AG, Yuki Seshimo 48:00, Taeko Hara 53:00.
Rika Homma was at the Utsunomiya Half Marathon, where she ran another PB of 1:38:29 which placed her as 4th woman. Meanwhile, Rui Natsuka was in Chiba for the Sanma (saury) Half Marathon, which she completed in 1:44:30.
The first of four big marathons in three days was Otawara on the 23rd, where it was rainy and cold at the start. Yuichi Kanamori 3:16:23, Bob Johnston 3:21:48, Nick Coyle 3:24:26, Taro Oguchi 3:25:26, Yuri Kambara 3:33:43, Rie Onodera 3:40:25, Patrick MacColgain 3:52:10, Yasuo Hayakawa 3:57:43 and Terry Minegishi. Also in the 10K: Taeko Katano 44:00 (2nd), Taeko Hara 52:00 (6th).
The huge Osaka Marathon was one of three on the 26th. Eiichiro Kamikawa 2:34:35, David Abbott 2:54 (PB), Steve Karnas 3:03, Mark Shrosbee 3:10, David Rubenstein 3:29, Faith Geraghty 3:33, Max Streeter 3:44, Daniele Cason 3:48, Yuko Takamori 3:56, Mariano Lima, and Emily Furuichi.
The second was the Tsukuba Marathon. Renaud Isman went under 3 hours with a 2:57:07. Harrisson Uk 2:55:57 (as a training run!), Eric Lebrasseur 2:59:38, Daigo Asada 3:05:31 (big PB!), Raymond Wong 3:09:44, Rika Homma 3:21:08 (another PB!), Rui Natsuka 3:40:18, Matt Holmes 3:43:23, Katsu Kinoshita 3:43:30, SeungGi Hong 4:19:11, Don Roxburgh, Phil Ryan, Ayano Onodera. Yuki Seshimo 10K 46:33.
The third was the Mt. Fuji Marathon, where Andrew Farmer ran 4:45.
And at the Meguro City run, Yuki Fukushima ran a 10K PB of 35:06.