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

東京でのマラソン・陸上・駅伝・・・・・体を鍛えて、環境を守ってエコマラソン

Francis Kimeli Kemei, our guest from Kenia, won today's Boxing Day Run in Hong Kong, Juergen Wittstock placed 12th over-all and second in the Master's division.

Francis, who is 53 years old and the gardener of Moi University in Eldoret, had arrived in HK on Friday, and, after initial worries, managed to meet up with Bernd and myself at HK airport.

We then checked in at our apartment on Lamma island and took it easy for two days, but I made the mistake to eat some MSG-contaminated food the night before the race, leading to head-ache and tiredness even on race-day-morning.

Well, I gradually improved and made up my mind to be beaten only by younger runners and Kenians, and I succeeded!

Francis, at 53, has been running for only six years, and has recently run a 1:17 half marathon. This time he proved that he can go much faster! He fell over on a rocky section of the trail, but still managed to beat the second-place runner by 12 seconds, and the second veteran, myself, by two minutes! Based on this achievement, I predict half-marathon-times of under 1:15, which means that we really should save up for him to run the World Masters Championships when he is 55!

Bernd Plagge also did well, placing in the top-30 out of 303 runners in 18:26.

On the picture: Francis, Gillian Chastka (former British National, full-marathon PR 2:32) chinese presenter, Juergen Wittstock.

Francis with bandaged legs, and yes, he really said:" I knew I had to get up and win, like a warrior protecting his family!" This seems to be a common phrase in Africa!

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Comment by Sumie Kawakami on December 28, 2010 at 11:16am
Congratulations!
Comment by Sumie Kawakami on December 28, 2010 at 11:16am
Congratulations!
Comment by juergen wittstock on December 27, 2010 at 4:48pm
Just miss our famous coach!
Comment by Jon Holmes on December 27, 2010 at 4:43pm
Well done guys.Great effort.
Comment by juergen wittstock on December 27, 2010 at 3:13pm
Comment by juergen wittstock on December 27, 2010 at 3:02pm
The dictionary of running, based in Namhae, Koea! Too bad you couldn't come! BTW, I'm running in my Namhae shirt!
Comment by Owain Vaughan Lewes on December 27, 2010 at 2:36pm

Gillian Castka under her maiden name of Burley was one of the top British female marathon runners in the early 80s. Came close to making the British Olympic team in 1984. Unfortunately for her the depth of British womens marathoning was very strong.

The first British womens Olympic marathon squad for the 84 games was

Joyce Smith  ran 2:29 at the age of 45!!

Priscilla Welsh won New York at the age of 43. She also ran 2:26 at London  7 months earlier

Sarah Rowell ran 2:28 at London in 1985

There were also 3 or 4 British Internationals in the low 2:30s ( when that was the mark for world class womens' marathoning; I think only about 10 women had actually broken 2:30 back then)  who could have  been selected, so womens marathoning in those days was very competitive indeed. 

Comment by Owain Vaughan Lewes on December 27, 2010 at 2:18pm
Congratulations gentlemen esp you Francis. I hope I can run 1hr 17 for a half marathon when I'm your age.   
Comment by Kiyo Yoshida on December 27, 2010 at 1:29pm

Great performance!

 

Comment by Daniel on December 27, 2010 at 3:52am
Congratulations ! Can't wait for more details...

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