Meet Mara Yamauchi, a British long distance runner who holds the record for the second fastest time in a marathon amongst British women. See photos, video and a biography of Mara Yamauchi here.
Mara came third in her personal best effort in the Tokyo International women’s marathon. She completed the distance in 2hr 25min 3sec. Japan’s Yoshimi Ozaki came first.
“I am pleased I set a PB but disappointed I did not win,” said Yamauchi, 35, who won January’s Osaka Marathon in 2:25.10. “I have definitely progressed [this year]. I have won my first marathon, finished sixth in Beijing and have set two PBs. Somehow I can’t seem to break 2:25.”
Britain’s Joyce Smith, who won the first race 29 years ago, was a special guest. She also won the first London Marathon.
As a biography, Mara Yamauchi was born on August 13, 1973 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England so her age is 35. She was named after the river Mara in Kenya where her parents lived for 25 years. She started running pretty early, while at school, with the Oxford club Headington Road Runners.
Yamauchi was coached by Bob Parker after she joined Parkside AC and ran for the first time in 1997 European Cross Country championships and finished 37th. She won the English National Cross Country championships a year later. She took a four year break from athletics from 1998 to 2002 to concentrate on her work in the British Embassy in Japan, but got back on the track after returning to UK.
She ran the London marathon in 2004 for the first time and finished 17th. She won a team bronze medal in the 2005 World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki, Finland. She won a personal bronze in the 2006 Commonwealth Games 10,000m race. At the Beijing Olympics, she equalled the British record by coming in at the 6th position.
In her personal life, she is married to Shigetoshi Yamauchi.
More photos and a video of Mara Yamauchi are below.
Mara Yamauchi Video