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Volunteers needed for race in Kyoto on April 27.!

Dear all,

I am organising a charity run at Kamogawa on April 27., it is for an NPO named 'midori-no-miyako' I started a few years ago.

I'm not sure how many volunteers my friends in Kyoto can secure, especially not how many of them know much about running. So, I would be happy if somebody could help. Please spread the word to friends in Kansai, and drop by if you travel West in Golden Week!

More info will be available on runnet soon, happy to have contributed a second event to… Continue

Added by juergen wittstock on February 20, 2008 at 5:52pm — 1 Comment


Yesterday was a great running experience.

The Tokyo Marathon is a great event to be part of.

I ran with a very experienced Marathon runner in Joachim. Joachim was pacing for Paddy.

Paddy,s goal was sub 3. I am not sure if he go it because at 32km I was feeling good so I pushed on a little and that was the last I saw of Paddy and Joachim, didn,t get a chance to catch them at the finish - will see them on Wednesday at training to get the full rundown I really enjoyed running… Continue

Added by Gerard Robb on February 18, 2008 at 11:14pm — 1 Comment

Tokyo Marathon 2008

I went to support the Namban Runners at Tokyo today, had a great time, eventhough it was freezing. Jay sent a report to the flashnews section which I upload here now. Will include more as soon as people post on the list.

I had a blast today running an "unofficial half" at the 2nd Tokyo Marathon. For me it was a big "moving party" on a sun-splashed morning running sequentially with Stu, Rie, Yuka, Paddy, Gerard, Joachim, Martin, Bob,… Continue

Added by juergen wittstock on February 17, 2008 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2008 - 2008/2/17

Just completed my 4th SCM half marathon ( 2008 渣打馬拉松 ) in a slow time of 1 hr 57 mins+.

However since this was my first run after I suffered from my back pain on last Sunday (after MOS 8 Km race, and I still had my Salonpas stick on my back. I still felt happy with the completion time.

The arangement was OK this year, and I had not to wait long to reclaim my luggage. The traffic jam at the 1st Km was still…

Added by Blurmax on February 17, 2008 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Tokyo Marathon

Numbers: 2:50:17 (gun time), 2:49:56 (own watch) hopefully sub-2:50

(net), PB by a few seconds (anyway)

In my second race against Viktor Rothlin, I lost once more. Apart from

him being a pretty fast runner I had to start from behind and as

expected he did not wait for me at all. Every time I try to hunt him

he does a new Swiss national record - maybe I should participate in

Beijing? In Zurich last year he was roughly 64 minutes ahead, last

Sunday in Tokyo it… Continue

Added by Christian on February 17, 2008 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

2008 Surf City Marathon, Huntington Beach, CA, USA

In USA, first week of Feb. is a big event day, SUPER BALL SUNDAY but I enjoyed helf marathon on same day in the country ;)

My first visiting to southern CA started with nice and relatively warm weather...the area has 90% guarantee of blue sky. Huntington Beach is nice and pretty city, which is a famous city among surfers. The city is very clean, safe and well-organised city for outdoor sports.

However, I had bad luck in such city...miserably windy and rainy condition…


Added by Chika Kanai on February 7, 2008 at 8:44am — 2 Comments


As Omar mentioned before, my goal was to hunt Eric Wainaina in a group

of three with Ed and Omar. Joking aside, I wanted to break 1:20 and to

run a good preparation race for Tokyo but without going all out in

order to recover within reasonable time. During a rather fast start

the first few kilometer's felt quite nice and I just got tired after

13k or so, perfect for a fight to the finish line. At this time Ed, a

quite young-looking over-40 runner ;-), picked up the… Continue

Added by Christian on January 28, 2008 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Shinjuku Half/10k


I was looking for a half marathon last year to tune up for Tokyo (before I got sick and decided to make Tokyo a for fun / serious race) and found that Shinjuku was closed … hopefully though I managed to get in (thanks Mika).

Wonderful course, probably my favorite for a half marathon, as I you get to run right in the middle of Tokyo. Bad points no km marks and after the first 10km you crash against the slower runners and 10km runners and literally bump into them.

I had…


Added by namban on January 28, 2008 at 11:40am — No Comments

China Coast Marathon cum Half Marathon 2008 - 08/01/20

Just completed the CCM Half Marathon ( 2008 中國海岸馬拉松 ) in a slow time of 1 hr 58 mins. I still suffered from tireness produced by the 10 Km race yesterday. The worst thing was my right foot cramped during my sleeping last evening and waken me up from a sweet dream (what the…


Added by Blurmax on January 22, 2008 at 9:20pm — 4 Comments

Juergen's Shibuya

I was so busy doing other things around this Ekiden that I haven't written anything about my own race. I felt good! I hadn't practiced any speed in recent weeks, just hills and races (see my HongKong posts). So I was very happy to settle into a good rythm right away, run the first k in 3:29, and even being able to almost keep the pace. I passed one guy very soon, and then Bob shouted:"There is somebody 25 seconds ahead, catch him!" That kept me motivated, and I actually passed the runner…


Added by juergen wittstock on January 22, 2008 at 5:50pm — 2 Comments

"Only think of two things - the gun and the tape. When you hear the one, just run like hell until you break the other."

I don't have a photo of the Shibuya Ekiden but I think many, including nice videos, have been uploaded. So I want to add only my comments instead.

A big thanks goes to anyone involved in the organization of this fine day, especially to Jurgen, Mutsumi and Mika, taking care of all the entries & restaurant arrangements, making Shibuya Ekiden and enjoyable and memorable day.

As for my part, I run the first leg of the Master B Team (which, by the way, won over the "A" Team !).…


Added by Runfab on January 21, 2008 at 4:44pm — 1 Comment

Shibuya Ekiden

I am happy to won the Shibuya Ekiden Masters division. I was 2nd runner. It was the most important position for Ekiden. So, I had been bit nervous before I started. I was received the tasuki by starter Fab. He came back 1st place. But,2nd runner came just behind him. I was lucky,because 2nd placed team runner was not so fast. I could managed my own pace. I run easily and relaxed. I run 9min36sec for 2.9km. I made an advantage about 1minute and hand the…


Added by Kiyo Yoshida on January 21, 2008 at 12:01am — 3 Comments

Shibuya Ekiden 2008

Too cold to run faster....that's I thought in yesterday morning after usual weekend LSD for 20Km.

Weather forcast was " max temp. = 6C, down to 1C at night and get snow in Tokyo" !! Hyeee (x_x)

In fact, as always cheering and my "Makezugirai (=not like to be beaten) mind push me up, my time wasn't so bad, under 4'10''/Km. Even I had to run twice (for replacement in team D), I could do good run. And the most happiest moment was passing by 2 girls as last runner of team D and…


Added by Chika Kanai on January 20, 2008 at 7:14pm — 3 Comments

Shibuya Ekiden Comments

Namban Rengo had a great day with 5.75 teams on the podium. In the men's open we finished second to the Harriers (which looked like Namban Rengo's professional division, with two Namban on their team). The women placed 1&2, sorry to Masako's (also a 0.25 Namban-team) Chudai OG, especially if we should have passed them on the last leg on which Yuki doubled up. And thanks to Masako for not telling…


Added by namban on January 20, 2008 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Shibuya Ekiden Teams

Shibuya Ekiden is usually the biggest event of the year for Namban Rengo. Definitely not because it is a particularly famous race, probably because it is in our 'home park', and very easily accessible. I still need substitutes an helpers, please join!…


Added by juergen wittstock on January 18, 2008 at 10:28am — 3 Comments

5k PB in training

slight improvement to 17:32 around the Palace
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Added by Christian on January 16, 2008 at 12:16am — 7 Comments

Mizuno HK Half Marathon Championship Challenge 2008 - 08/01/06

Just completed the Mizuno HK Half Marathon Championship 2008 ( 美津濃香港半馬拉松錦標賽 ) in 1 hr 53 mins+ in the cool weather in the morning on 2008/1/6 (Sunday).

Due to lack of sleeping (3 hrs) I was…


Added by Blurmax on January 11, 2008 at 12:33am — No Comments

Cheung Chau Island 10k/HK

Today I ran the last of my three races in Hong Kong, 10k on Cheung Chau island this morning at 10am. I was in bed before 12, so I was relatively fit this morning, but obviously, the fatigue of two races showed. And the course was extremely hilly and probably a bit long. I placed 5th over-all and 2nd in age-group, getting another nice trophy. My time was 43:17, Gary Eng ran 54:26, the winner was not too far ahead of me, so…


Added by juergen wittstock on January 10, 2008 at 2:42pm — 1 Comment

Shek Kong 10k/30k Hong Kong

Yesterday I ran the 10k, the shorter one of the two 'undulating' courses near Shek Kong in Hong Kong, and I finished in 38:46, a very good result on a challenging course. Just my splits on the first 3k are proof for this: 3:43/3:30/4:22!

I placed 2nd in age-group and 3rd over-all, got lots of stuff and a nice trophy!

Here the longer version of my story:

Undulator 2 - Spiridon's Revenge

Like eight years ago, I'm passing…


Added by juergen wittstock on January 10, 2008 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

Boxing Day Run, The Peak, Hongkong

On the 26., Jay and I ran the Boxing Day Run in HK. It is only 4k, mostly uphill in the beginning, followed by a steep downhill in the end. I pushed at the start, trying to follow Mark Reeves, who was actually leading our age-group. I caught up with him at the highest point, just to loose him again on the downhill, finishing second by 3 seconds. I would have easily won the 50's, by about two minutes, I think. We got all…


Added by juergen wittstock on January 10, 2008 at 2:34pm — 2 Comments

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