3,000's a crowd

Robin Short
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It was status quo at The Telegram 10-Mile Road Race Sunday morning, with pre-race favourites and defending champs Colin Fewer and Kate Vaughan running away with the men’s and women’s titles in the 84th annual race.

For Fewer, it was his seventh straight Tely 10 victory, placing the Paradise runner in elite company. Only Cliff Stone (1926-32) and George Hillier (1950-56) have won seven consecutive Tely 10 races.

Pat Kelly is the record holder, with nine straight from 1933-1947, a period of time that saw the races postponed for five years during the Second World War.

For Vaughan, it was victory No. 2, after the St. John’s native won last year’s race, unseating four-time winner Lisa Harvey.

Fewer and Vaughan were the second-fastest male and female to cover the course in 2010; Fewer trailing only Paul McCloy, owner of the Top 3 times, and Vaughan second to Nicola Will, who has the quickest two female times.

On Sunday, however, neither Fewer nor Vaughan managed to establish a new course record. Rather, the record which everyone was talking about was the 3,045 who registered for the race. A total of 2,863 finished.

The race continues to have a heavy female participant rate, with three out of five runners or walkers being women.

The story of the day Sunday was the weather. As the entrants gathered at the start line in Paradise they were greeted with a thunder and lightning show over Conception Bay.

The temperature for the start was 9.4 degrees, but it was the wind, southeast at 24 kilometres per hour, that had the elite runners talking afterwards.

“The first five miles, we were really going into the wind,” said Fewer, who finished in a downpour in 51:19, a minute and eight seconds ahead of second-place finisher Graydon Snider of Montreal.

“No doubt we conceded some time to the wind.”

Grant Handrigan of Marystown was third in 53:14 followed by Michael King of St. John’s in 54:38. Peter Power of St. John’s rounded out the Top 5, crossing the finish line in 55:05.

For Vaughan, the 27-year-old, who like Fewer is a teacher, held out hope for favourable weather conditions, even as she approached the start line on McNamara Road in Paradise.

“But once we turned the corner (on Topsail Rd.), into the headwind, it kind of started to sink in,” she said. “This was not a record day. It was just about trying to get the win.”

Vaughan stopped the clock in 57:43, while Harvey was second in 59:12.

For Harvey, a Calgary resident and former Olympian, she has finished first four times and second twice in the last six Tely 10 races.

Caroline McIlroy of Portugal Cove-St. Philips was third in 1:00.03 followed by Allison Walsh if St. John’s in 1:01.53 and Karen Stacey of Paradise in 1:02.03.

Despite the heavy rain, which lasted about five or 10 minutes, dousing the competitors and hundreds of spectators lining the finish line route along Bannerman Road, the 2011 Tely 10 was a resounding success for the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association (NLAA).

The race is the NLAA’s primary event for the summer season, with all funds generated used to run its programs.


Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association

Geographic location: Conception Bay, Montreal, Marystown McNamara Road Calgary Portugal Cove Bannerman Road

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Recent comments

  • Cold Wet Runner
    July 25, 2011 - 14:32

    To One of the Many... Medical tent, ambulances, t-shirt, medal... these are all expected as a MINIMUM for a road running event (some mandatory). Volunteers were great, appreciated greatly, and my previous comments have nothing to do with them (I'm talking about the $$$). I understand that it's a lot of work to organize a race, but when you have money coming in from 3000+ participants and umteen sponsers (not to mention substancial community and government support)versus 200 runners and a handful of sponsers (and the community or government couldn't care less if the event happens or not), you have the potential to put off a national class running event. Not an event like yesterday's race. And I was looking for some of the organizers but by the time I found my bag, they had all gone home for supper. To Mary: bands/DJ's along running race courses is actually quite common. Some big races have them every couple of miles. It not meant to be a performance for you to listen to (like you would at a show), but to be motivational, a distraction, or an opportunity for the band or DJ to get some publicity or extra cash. Look in any running mag and you'd be surprised how many races have rock n' roll / music themes.

  • great event
    July 25, 2011 - 14:01

    Spend money on jumbo screens and dj's vs. track and field and cross country events for the province's youth?

  • Donny Dooley Dildo NL
    July 25, 2011 - 12:59

    Same guy wins every year? Listen, we get it, you can run fast, now why don't you give somebody else a chance at it b'y! How boring!

    • Pat MacRotch
      July 25, 2011 - 15:10

      Big words from an invisible man. I have an idea, why don't you train all year in the rain, drizzle, and fog and try to beat Fewer yourself?? I'll never understand why people in this province always feel the need to hate on each other for success instead of supporting each other. Such a lack of class from a "friendly Newfoundlander"....

  • DD
    July 25, 2011 - 12:18

    Congrats to all those who ran the race. A few points; - 25 portable toilets for 3000 people doesn't work. I know they cost money to rent but when everyone has been hydrating and have the butterflies before a race you need to use the bathroom. I waited for 30 minutes to use one as opposed to running into the woods which a whole lot of runners were doing. I'm sure the homeowners in Paradise close to the start line of the race were not impressed. - Once again 2 buses for 3000 bags doesn't work. They should setup drop off areas based on your bib number so that you can quickly drop off the bags so that they will be loaded onto a bus by the volunteers and can be quickly retreived once the race is over. Myself and my wife spent 30 mintes walking up and down Circular Road trying to find our bags once the race was over. - I agree with the previous comments that this race could be so much more then what it is. Having participated in races across the country the organizers could certainly make the race a little more "professional" then what it is.

    • mary
      July 25, 2011 - 15:27

      DD, I participated in the Tely 10 last year and had no problems with getting my bag at the end. It was organized pretty much as you suggested - busses at the start were labelled for bib number and participants put their bags in the appropriate bus. At the end it was the same. Maybe this year there was a last minute problem. I am wondering if they were caught off guard by the large increase in participants. Everything has to be planned for, rented, hired well before the event, so, a last minute and unexpected registration surge could throw things off.