Mara Yamauchi (nee Myers)
Born:         13 August 1973
Height:      162 cm
Education: Oxford University, St Anne's College
                    Politics, Philosophy and Economics
                 London School of Economics, Masters's degree
                    Politics and Economics
Club:         Harrow AC (UK)


Mara Yamauchi is a top British marathon runner.

In April 2009, she set her personal best of 2:23:12 in the London Marathon, a time which ranks her as the 2nd fastest British female marathon runner ever.

Mara came 6th at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing which equals the best place ever by a British woman in the Olympic marathon.

She is currently on unpaid leave from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to focus on her running career.

Having spent 5 years living in Tokyo, she moved back to the UK in February 2011 to prepare for the 2012 London Olympics. She lives in London with her Japanese husband/coach, Shigetoshi.

Her other main performances are as follows:

Winner, 2008 Osaka International Ladies’ Marathon
Winner, New York Half Marathon 2010
Bronze medalist, Commonwealth Games 10,000m, Melbourne 2006
9th place, World Championships Marathon, Osaka 2007


[13 August 1973]
Born in Oxford. "Mara" was named after "Mara River" which runs through Kenya where her parents lived for 25 years in total.

Lived in Nairobi, Kenya

[June 1995]
Graduated from St Anne's College, Oxford University, in Politics, Economics and Philosophy.

[June 1996]
Graduated with Master's Degree in Political Economy from London School of Economics (LSE)

[Oct 1996]
Entered Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Desk officer for Hugary & Slovakia

[Sep 1998]
Moved to Japan on posting.
Language training at British Embassy Language School

[Oct 1999]
Second Secretary, Political Section, British Embassy, Tokyo

[Dec 2002]
Returned to UK.
First Secretary, FCO Japan section

To allow time for training, Mara took up job-sharing and part-time work under flexible working scheme provided by the FCO.

[Jan 2006 ~ ]
On unpaid leave from FCO to focus on running.
Move to Japan

Personal Bests

15:28:58  24 Jul 2006 Solihull, UK

[5km Road]
15:52       2 Jun 2007 Freihofer's 5km, USA

31:49      21 Mar 2006 Melbourne, Australia

[10km Road]  
31:43      19 Feb 2006 Ohume10km, Japan

[Half Marathon]
68:29      1 Feb 2008 Marugame Half Marathon, Japan

2:23:12   26 Apr 2009  Flora London Marathon, UK  




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