On the first day of the month, 10 club members had a lot of fun running the Special Olympics Charity Ekiden — see the report to the right.
The next day, Satohi Numasawa ran the Madarao Forest Trail Race 50K, finishing in 6:40:12 as the 12th woman. Ai Hasegawa also participated. Stan Chow was in Taiwan for Ironman Taiwan, where he recorded an excellent 11:48:24, as it was HOT! At the Hirosaki Apple Marathon, Yukari Murahara ran 3:52:12, good for 14th AG and 21st woman. And in Germany at the Koln (Cologne) Marathon, Marek Behr ran to a 4:15 and then joined the other 6,000 finishers in drinking 22,000 liters of the local beer.
On the 9th Satoshi Hashimoto was in the US for the Chicago Marathon, where he ran 3:04:02. Bob Poulson and Yoshie Niitsuma were out in Chiba for the Nagareyama 10K. Bob ran 39:58 to take 4th in his AG. At the Yokote Half Marathon, Yuki Fukushima ran 1:22:41.
And at the Choshi Marina Triathlon, David Rubenstein finished 7th in his AG.
On the 14th at the Kasai Seaside Park Night 10K, David Sweet recorded a time of 39:31, accompanied a bit further back by Krishna Kumar, Gareth Evans, Rika Evans, and Jorge Soriano.
The annual drinking festival where there also seems to be a race is known as the Koshu Fruits Half Marathon, which was on the 16th in Yamanashi. 20 Nambanners enjoyed a fair amount of wine tasting the evening before so times were probably not outstanding. In Tokyo, the Turtle Half Marathon was held along the Arakawa river. Katsu Kinoshita marked a 1:41:55, followed by Yuri Kanbara and Laura O’Connell.
On the following Sunday, the 23rd, the Kanazawa Marathon saw Bob Johnston set a new PB of 3:27:42 and Mika Kume finish in 4:09:13. Marie Gras was at the Karuizawa Half where she did not get a PB but was the 2nd woman finisher! And down in Oz at the Melbourne Marathon 10K, Chris Winter ran 36:47 for 49th overall. Nice to see him getting back into good shape.
The month ended with the Osaka Marathon on the 30th, one of the 10 largest marathons in the world. Representing Namban Rengo were Nizar Grira 3:14, Gareth Evans 3:25:33, Krishna Kumar 3:34:50, Ashley Harvey 3:57:25 and possibly a few others. Also on that day was the Mito Marathon, where Rika Homma made her marathon debut in a very good 3:41:45. At the Teganuma Half, Nick Coyle raced to a 1:44:14, a PB by 3 minutes! Yoshie Niitsuma was also there. And at the Tokyo Trial Half Marathon, Ken Pechter set a PB. Congratulations to all!
Wednesday nights in Yoyogi Park. Meet at the kiosk 100m inside park entrance near Harajuku station at 7:15pm.
2 – 1000 x 6
9 – 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
16 – 1000 x 5, 500 x 2
23 – 2000, 1000 x 3, 500 x 2
30 – 5,000m time trial at Yumenoshima Track (near Shin Kiba station) starting at 8:00
HAIKU OF THE MONTH
Lace up the new shoes.
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