There are many people in Japan and in the UK working hard to bring the UK Ekiden to life. Our advisory board is particularly instrumental in helping us connect with the supporters, ensure the race will be authentic and expand our reach.
Hironobu Ishikawa has been a global business man for several decades representing Mitsui & Co. Ltd across the world. His previous roles include Executive Managing Director in EMEA from 2013, and Senior Executive Managing Officer of Mitsui & Co., Ltd from 2015. He is currently Advisor for Kansai Biomass Recycling Network Co., Ltd, Director Re-Gas Energy UK, Director Osaka Steel Co., Ltd, and International Senior Advisor, Kreab K.K. He still finds time to support the UK Ekiden, with valuable advice, strategy and introductions in Japan.
Jake is a fanatic British runner and Daiwa scholar, currently based in Tokyo to experience Japan’s extraordinary running scene first-hand. He has not been disappointed! He is learning Japanese and aggressively pursuing his ambitious running goals. He finds himself joining a group of semi-elite runners and Hakone Ekiden veterans called Team MK, who have welcomed him into their midst. He tells us with these new training (and language) partners, the endless daily laps around Yoyoji park seem to fly by!
Brett Larner is the editor of Japan Running News, produced the documentary Inside the Outside — When the World Came to Fukuoka about the history of Japan’s Fukuoka International Marathon, and is a World Athletics authorized athlete representative. He moved to Tokyo in 1997 for graduate school and has been focused on the running scene ever since. He helps people from around the world understand the intricacies and excitement of Ekiden through Japan Running News. He is also going to help us source the original Japanese Tasuki for the race
Oscar is a communications specialist and multimedia producer based in Vancouver, Canada. He represents Momiji Charity on our advisory board, and has been supporting the UK Ekiden from day one. His experience ranges from producing, creating and editing documentaries and podcasts on various topics, to ensuring that the Momiji Charity continues to thrive and promote Anglo-Japanese relations.