Skip to main content

Kariuki Wins Year-End Half Marathon



2017 Ageo City Half Marathon winner Simon Kariuki (Nihon Yakka Univ.) ended 2018 with another win, beating former Aoyama Gakuin University and current GMO corporate team stars Tadashi Isshiki and Yuta Shimoda to win the 2nd edition of the Year-End Half Marathon.

A new event started last year to give people whose teams missed out on the New Year and Hakone Ekidens something to do with their fitness, the Year-End Half Marathon course consisted of a short loop followed by four laps of around 5 km each inside western Tokyo's hilly Showa Kinen Park. Initially starting in a pack with others from the GMO and Raffine corporate teams and a few university men from Chuo, Asia and Meiji Gakuin, Kariuki and Shimoda pulled away over the second lap of the park with Isshiki trailing in a chase pack of four. Over the third lap Shimoda lost touch, then was overtaken by Isshiki midway through the final lap.

Kariuki took the win with ease in 1:02:42, nearly two minutes better than last year's course record. Isshiki was 18 seconds back in 2nd. Shimoda faded hard over the last 3 km, nearly run down by teammate Ryo Hashimoto but hanging on to 3rd in 1:03:28. Independent Tatsuya Maruyama was a surprise 5th in 1:03:44. All told the top seven bettered the old course record of 1:04:31 by Yoshiki Fuchi (Jobu Univ.).

2nd Year-End Half Marathon

Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa, Tokyo, 12/29/18
complete results

Men
1. Simon Kariuki (Nihon Yakka Univ.) - 1:02:42
2. Tadashi Isshiki (GMO) - 1:03:00
3. Yuta Shimoda (GMO) - 1:03:28
4. Ryo Hashimoto (GMO) - 1:03:31
5. Tatsuya Maruyama (unattached) - 1:03:44
6. Kenta Fukumura (Raffine) - 1:03:59
7. Taiki Suzuki (Raffine) - 1:04:01
8. Tatsunori Watanabe (GMO) - 1:04:43
9. Hikaru Kumagai (Raffine) - 1:04:46
10. Hiroto Kunishi (unattached) - 1:05:17

© 2018 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

Buy Me A Coffee

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Ichiyama and Kirui Lead Marugame Half Elite Field

Last year's winners Betsy Saina and Edward Waweru, both of Kenya, return to the Feb. 3 Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon, but in both cases they have tough competition. Ranked #1 in the women's race is Mao Ichiyama (Wacoal) with a 1:09:14, 3 seconds better than Saina's winning time last year. 3 seconds slower is Sinead Diver (Australia) with a 1:09:20 on home ground last year. Sara Hall (U.S.A.) isn't far behind, and with track star Ayuko Suzuki (Japan Post) making her debut off a brilliant run at last weekend's National Women's Ekiden it should be a solid pack up front.

In the men's race, 2017 marathon world champion Geoffrey Kirui (Kenya) leads the way, his best recent time a 1:00:04 in New Delhi two years ago. Only 2 seconds behind is Shadrack Kiplagat (Kenya), with Evans Cheruiyot (Kenya) and the Japan-based Waweru just over 20 seconds back. Waweru's condition is a question mark after an injury at the New Year Ekiden. Kenta Murayama (Asah…

2019 Japanese Distance Rankings - updated 1/21/19

JRN's 2019 Japanese track and road distance running rankings. Overall rankings are calculated using runners' times and placings in races over 5000 m, 10000 m, half-marathon and marathon and the strength of these performances relative to others in the top ten in each category. Distances will be added as the season progresses. Click any image to enlarge.


Past years:
2018 ・ 2017 ・ 2016・ 2015 ・ 2014 ・ 2013 ・ 2012 ・ 2011

© 2019 Brett Larner, all rights reserved