translated by Brett Larner
With the re-opening of London's Heathrow Airport following the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland which has disrupted travel across Europe, Yukiko Akaba (Team Hokuren) was able to secure departure on a flight on Apr. 21 to compete in the Apr. 25 London Marathon. Despite all the confusion over travel to Europe, she continued to train while waiting for a flight. "This is the first time in a long time that I'll be going to the start line without any injury worries," a happy Akaba told reporters. "If I sit in the lead pack until 30 km then I think I'm going to drop a PB."
Unable to fly on her planned departure date of Apr. 20, World Championships silver medalist Yoshimi Ozaki (Team Daiichi Seimei) was also able to secure a seat on a flight and will travel to London on Apr. 22.