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Posts Tagged Mountains

Ultra Trail Mt Fuji 2013, The North Face videos

I’ve put all the videos of the action at the front of end of the 2013 Ultra Trail Mt Fuji 100 mile trail race posted to YouTube The North Face Japan together on one page and in order. Click on the course and elevation maps to see which parts of the course are being featured […]

Ben Nevis 2012

Ben Nevis is the UK’s highest mountain and although, at only 1344m, it is relatively low compared to many of Japan’s peaks, it is still a rough mountain to run. In fact, I find the Ben Nevis mountain race just as (if not more) tough as an Ironman triathlon or the 100 mile Mt Fuji […]

Evening recce in the Trough of Bowland

Last night I joined a few my dad’s fell running clubmates in the Trough of Bowland on a recce of a race they are hosting at the Hodder Valley Show this weekend. It was a beautiful clear evening and although a little soggy underfoot in parts, very runnable. Hopefully the good weather will hold and […]

My longest 5 Finger run so far

Yesterday, I completed my longest run so far in a pair of Vibram Five Finger shoes; 28km run mostly over local trails in Treksports. After the previous day’s 36km sakura run over much of the same ground in my more orthodox Montrail Streaks, my feet felt like they were in heaven. At about twice the […]

Sakura Run

The sakura cherry blossoms were in full bloom throughout Hiroshima on a beautiful spring day today. After a late start I spent most of the day (5hrs 30min) on a long (37km) trail run. It was lovely to running in such perfect conditions, but I was quite jealous of all the groups enjoying hanami parties […]

Signs of spring

Walking down through the torii gates on Futaba-yama on another unseasonably warm February afternoon, I noticed some flashes of pink off to the side of the forest path.

Hiroshima Jin Daigaku Trail Run

Today’s Hiroshima Jin University trail run class was a great success. The weather was beautiful (I got a bit of a sunburn) and the autumn colors at Mitaki were stunning. Thanks to class leader Eiko Nishida for coming all the way down from Tokyo to inspire a group of 9 trail novices. We had a […]


I run the mountain trail that runs above our neighborhood at least once a week, but last week I did something that I haven’t done in a long time; I walked. Strolling along the trail in the rain looking at the spring flowers was a perfect way to decompressing after a hard weekend which include […]