At the New York Marathon, Ryudo Tsukizaki ran his second fastest marathon: 2:42:16, Satoshi Hashimoto enjoyed the NYC atmosphere with a 3:15:07 and Yumi Kato enjoyed herself despite the tough hills in the second half of the race. Paul Allen was also there.
In Japan, Rika Homma ran the Gumma Marathon as a kind of a training run, but finished in a not-slow 3:19:46.
On the 10th, Yuta Suda won a 30K race on the Tamagawa, in the time of 1:47:43. That’s 3:36 per km. Wow!
Yuki Fukushima, Emmanuel Obser and Rika Homma ran the Setagaya 246 Half Marathon on the 11th. Yuki blazed a nice 1:17:28, Emmanuel was 1:24:51 and Rika ran intervals to a 1:37:09. Meanwhile, Mike Trees was at the Nittai U. 5,000m time trial on the 11th, and dipped under 17:00 with a 16:55. And Yoko Kuwada participated in the International Friendly Run 20K at Odaiba.
November marathon season began with the Kobe Marathon on the 18th. Ken Pechter gave it a thumbs up.
The Toda Half and 10K, Bob’s favorite race, was a big hit with many other Nambanners as well, thanks to the flat course and perfect weather conditions. Prize winners were: Yuki Fukushma, 1st in the 5K in 16:14; Anna White, visiting from Sydney and 1st in the 10K in 38:00; Jay Johannesen, 2nd 10K AG in 37:15; Eliza Swedberg, 2nd in the Half AG (3rd overall) in 1:27:53; Faith Geragthy, 3rd in the Half AG in 1:32:13; Chika Kanai, 3rd Half AG in 1:33:44; and Bob Poulson, 4th AG in 1:34:14. Also running, and running well in the 10K were Eric Lebrasseur, Yuki Seshimo, Edward Louth, Niall Murtagh and Taeko Hara; and in the Half: Satoshi Hashimoto, Yoann Potiron, Andy Drought, Paul Redbourne, Ash Harvey, Sarah Morgan, Hiro Terada, Charlie Cook, Emma Riley and Yuri Kambara. Thanks to James Williams and Rachel Bleustein for cheering.
Vidya Rasthri challenged 50K at the hilly Fun Trials 50K in Saitama and did great, finishing in 11:11:09.
Chris Winter took part in the Victoria State 5K Championships and finished 10th in the D div. with a quick 16:36.
The Otawara Marathon was held on the holiday of Friday the 23rd. Good weather, but windy as usual. Nick Coyle 3:29:31, Padraig MacColgain 3:41:42, and Terry Minegishi, Yuichi Kanamori and Rie Onodera.
Yuki Fukushima set another PB, this time at 10K at Meguro City, with a 34:18 good for 4th place. Congratulations!
More marathons on the 25th. Osaka drew a good Namban crowd:, Gareth Evans 3:08 (really?),Tim Barnstable 3:15, Tony Collins 3:21:35, Sylvain Dufros 3:44:18, Makiko Hosokawa 3:53:23, Mika Kume 3:54:10, Rika Homma, Stan Chow, Steve Karnas and SeungGi Hong. The flat Tsukuba Marathon attracted Eric Lebrasseur 3:06:06, Yuki Seshimo 3:32:21 (8:21 PB!) Yasuo Hayakawa 3:43:27 Hiro Terada 3:53:35, Andrew Farmer who almost broke 4 hrs with a 4:00:19 and Rui Natsuka 4:11:23. New members Justin Boyan 3:37:00 and David Voltas enjoyed stunning views of Mt. Fuji and its lakes at the, yes, Mt. Fuji Marathon.
And…Mary Eckstein ran the Hong Kong Disney Half Marathon. It’s a small world after all.