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Mara Yamauchi

[Photo of Mara Yamauchi]

13 August 1973

2:23:12 (London, 2009)


07Nov10 ING New York City Marathon 13th 2:31:38
25Apr10 Virgin London Marathon 10th 2:26:16
26Apr09 Flora London Marathon 2nd 2:23:12
17Aug08 Olympic Games, Beijing 6th 2:27:29
02Sep07 World Championships, Osaka 9th 2:32:55
22Apr07 Flora London Marathon 6th 2:25:41
23Apr06 Flora London Marathon 6th 2:25:13
14Aug05 World Championships, Helsinki 18th 2:31:26
17Apr05 Flora London Marathon 10th 2:31:52
18Apr04 Flora London Marathon 17th 2:39:16


16Nov08 Tokyo Women's Marathon 3rd 2:25:03
27Jan08 Osaka International Ladies Marathon 1st 2:25:10
20Nov05 Tokyo Women's Marathon 5th 2:27:38


Mara Yamauchi came into the 2009 Flora London Marathon off a new personal best of 2:25:03 she had run the previous November in Tokyo. In the best shape of her life, she hung onto defending champion Irina Mikitenko through the late miles of the race and was rewarded by slashing nearly two minutes off her personal best at 2:23:12 for second place.

Yamauchi had run the Flora London Marathon four times previously. She debuted in 2004 with a 2:39:16, slashed that to 2:31:52 in 2005 and then smashed the 2:30 barrier with a 2:25:13 – good for sixth place – in 2006. In warm conditions in 2007 she repeated her sixth place and just missed her personal best.

An arduous six-day journey to reach London in 2010 due to travel problems caused by the Icelandic volcano may have proved to much as a fatigued Yamauchi posted a 2:26:16. It was still noteworthy as the fastest tenth place time in history.

She has represented Great Britain internationally at the IAAF Half-Marathon Championships, the World Championships marathon in 2005 and 2007and the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She also won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games 10,000 metres.

Yamauchi has personal bests of 1:08:29 for the half-marathon (Marugame, Feb. 2009) and 31:49.40 for 10,000 metres.


As Mara Myers she attended Oxford University and then lived in Tokyo from 1998 to 2003 working as a Foreign Office diplomat. After returning to Britain she has been the head of the diversity team in the Human Resources Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. She married her husband Shigetoshi in the famous Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.