Running in Tokyo/Japan - Marathon/Clubs/Track Races


January 2009 Blog Posts (17)

Mizuno Fat Choy Results

Gong Hei Fat Choy

In addition to Blurmax wonderful post and pics, here the official results, hopefully an inspiration for some Japan members to go there and run. I found very few western names among the participants, maybe they are not into Chinese New Year.

Number Name Category Time Position Position

344 Wong, Tin Yau M19 0:25:11 1 1

76 Chung, Tak Lun M19 0:25:30 2 2

753 Choi, Tat Ming M35… Continue

Added by namban on January 31, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mizuno Fat Choy Run 2009 - 09/1/28

Just completed the Mizuno Fat Choy Run 2009 ( 美津濃第28屆發財跑 ) in 37 mins+ in the sightly cold morning today. Nice to meet so many runners friends including Johnny, Janice, Rebecca, Kelvin, Raymond from Leisure Runners, Gills, MJ, Saki, Alan, Tai Wai Sue Ctse, EE and others from, MikeC, CHIN, Lester from…


Added by Blurmax on January 31, 2009 at 12:13am — 1 Comment

Shinjuku Half 2009

On Sunday, I ran the Shinjuku Half marathon. This is my fifth time to do the race and I thought I new the course well, but this year they changed the course a little bit and I couldn't find ANY kilometer signs during the 21 km. Weird. Wasn't there one in every 5 kilometers? It may be because the event organizer was transferred from the Tokyo Metropolitan government to Shinjuku Ward this year. But, this actually worked better for me. Not knowing exactly how fast I was going, I ran in a pace I… Continue

Added by Sumie Kawakami on January 29, 2009 at 11:48am — 6 Comments

Shinjuku Half Marathon 2009

Today, I ran 10K at Shinjuku half marathon. It started 12:20 and weather was perfect. Sunny and warm, no wind.

We ran 4 laps around Kokuritsu Kyogijou. It was very crowdy at the beginning, but overall, nice course.

My time was 48min.28sec. which is PB. (47th among all women, 24th among ippan josshi.)

I am pretty happy about it since I could break 49mins wall since after Edogawa marathon last Nov...

Next race will be 10K at Saitama on 11th of Feb., and big one,… Continue

Added by Kiki Tanaka on January 25, 2009 at 11:00pm — 10 Comments

Osaka Ladies' Marathon

Yoko Shibui won today's Osaka Ladies' Marathon in 2:23:42 ahead of Yukiko Akaba and two Namban Ladies (in a distance). Veteran Lydia Simon finished in a respectable 5th position in 2:27:14.

Rie Onodera unfortunately could not finish the race.

Namban's Mika Tokairin finished in 3:11, a gutsy performance!…


Added by juergen wittstock on January 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Namban in New York!

Katarina Janosikova, who practiced with us when she was in Tokyo, ran 2:42:57 for 18th women in the NYC Marathon! Great result for her first try on the distance, we are waiting for more to come! Detailed story here!

Matthias Brenzinger and Subash Shankar also participated. Thanks to Matthias for delivering the… Continue

Added by juergen wittstock on January 22, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Tamami san wins first race

Tamami Koike won the open womens division of the Melbourne/ Coburg 6Km Fun Run on Sunday. Another pb.Her first win. ImpressiveTrophy. I got through the race without further injury...thats my trophy.

Added by Jon Holmes on January 19, 2009 at 9:37am — 3 Comments

Shibuya Ekiden 2009

Namban Rengo won two divisions and placed in another one for one of the most successful Shibuya Ekiden in hte clubs history. Detailed results will follow.

Mika Tokairin, today's flying organizer!

The ladies receiving their first prize!

The masters celebrating their win.

Yours truly ran third, and was very happy to close the gap on Takeshi's third leg… Continue

Added by juergen wittstock on January 18, 2009 at 5:00pm — 9 Comments

Chiba Marine Half Marathon

I participate to the Chiba Marine Half Marathon for the first time. It's a windy, popular and almost flat course. About 8000 runners took part in the Half Marathon. I'm training for Tokyo marathon and wanted to assess the results of the first two months of preparation. I had new PBs for 15k, 20k and half marathon by 24", 3'11 and 3"03. The wind woke up at 12k, a freezing reminder that we still in mid winter. A good day out there.

My splits… Continue

Added by Daniel on January 18, 2009 at 3:53pm — 4 Comments

Very Hot Track Race In Melbourne

Tamami-san and I raced over 2km on the track last night in Melbourne. in 36 degree heat. I managed 4th in 8.04 and Mi-chan (first women) got her 3rd PB in 7 days in 9.05. Very Interesting conditions!

Added by Jon Holmes on January 14, 2009 at 7:52am — 6 Comments

Tanigawa Mari Halfmarathon

Thanks to Gerard for the post in Japanese! Well, it was windy and the course was a bit difficult, so, let's hope for a bit faster times at the Kanagawa race in February! After supporting the runners I got on my "Volcano" shopping bike to ride back, fortunately, I had pumped up the tyres yesterday! Soon after getting to the river, I was passed by four Pinarello riders in identical dress. They quickly moved

away, but I suddenly decided to follow. I… Continue

Added by juergen wittstock on January 13, 2009 at 11:30am — 5 Comments



Added by Gerard Robb on January 12, 2009 at 12:45pm — 3 Comments

Mizuno Hong Kong Half Marathon 2009 - 2009/1/4

I attended the Mizuno Half Marathon 2009 ( 美津濃半馬 ) in the sightly warm morning today. Despite I was still very tire after completing 4 races in two weeks, I managed to complete the race in a moderate time of 1 hr 55… Continue

Added by Blurmax on January 6, 2009 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Hakone Ekiden Day 2

The return leg of the Hakone Ekiden provided for a dramatic competition from the beginning, with Toyo losing the lead to Waseda at about 3k, just to regain it at 8, after the Waseda’s highly-regarded Kato obviously encountered some problems. From that point, Waseda followed Toyo with the gap between the two schools about two or three seconds. Amazingly, Kato, with a painful expression on his face, regained the lead at 19k and finished with about 20sec… Continue

Added by namban on January 3, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Cheung Chau RTI 10 K Race 2009 - 09/1/1

I completed the Cheung Chau RTI 10 K Race 2009 ( 第八屆 中銀 長洲元旦 環島越野賽 ) in the sightly cool morning today. Due to frequent races lately, I could only complete the race in a moderate slow time of 57 mins. I could not help from walking at those long uphill routes which making my speed much slower.

I was so happy to meet so many runners…

Added by Blurmax on January 2, 2009 at 11:44pm — 1 Comment

Hakone Ekiden Day 1

This is the main event on the Japanese relay scene, even more important than yesterday's corporate ekiden. official website

As every year, the runners started in the central business district of Otemachi in Tokyo and set off to run about 110k to the hot-spring resort of Hakone. Not much excitement on the first 15k. At about 17k, Waseda University's Yasawa went ahead and build a 50m lead over a… Continue

Added by namban on January 2, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Year Ekiden

As every year, this race was held in Gunma north of Tokyo. As opposed to the more famous Hakone Ekiden it is only a one day event featuring corporate teams, promising a bit of drama this year as favourites Konica-Minolta had been beaten by Honda in the preliminaries. The course has seven legs and is 100k long.

official… Continue

Added by namban on January 1, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

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