More than 3,300 complete 86th annual race
Participants hit the road at the start of the Tely 10 Sunday. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
Pretty soon, they’re going to be asking, “Paul who?”
Lisa Harvey etched another chapter in her superb Tely 10 journal, running away with an unprecedented seventh women’s title, while newcomer Dan McNeil of Nova Scotia led from start to finish to cop the overall championship — his first — at the 86th Telegram 10-Mile Road Race Sunday morning in St. John’s.
Harvey, the 43-year-old Calgary teacher, is distinguished within road racing circles as a 1992 Barcelona Olympian.
Locally, though, most running enthusiasts know Harvey as the wife of Paul McCloy, a 1988 Seoul Olympian, a Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Famer and among the best athletes this province has ever produced.
Yesterday, however, Harvey was making a name for herself, winning yet another Tely title by a little more than a minute, stopping the clock in 1:00.26. It was her second straight championship.
McNeil, a lanky product of Glace Bay, N.S., also won by a comfortable margin, stopping the clock in 51:11, a little more than two minutes ahead of his nearest rival.
Of the 3,540 runners and walkers who signed up for Sunday’s race, 3,320 completed the 10 miles from Paradise to St. John’s.
Luckily for those, the metro region was spared of the recent spate of hot, humid weather. At 7:30 Sunday morning, 30 minutes before the start time, Environment Canada was reporting temperatures at 18 C in St. John’s.
Runners got a break half-way through the race as cloud cover settled in.
John Angelopoulos of St. John’s finished second in 53:25, while McNeil’s friend and Hammonds Plains, N.S., native Brent Addison placed third in 53:28. Marystown’s Ryan Brockerville, just back from the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, was fourth in 53:31, and David Freake of St. John’s rounded out the top in 53:59.
Lisa Collins-Sheppard of Paradise improved on her fourth-place finish last season with second-place effort Sunday, stopping the clock in 1:01.16.
Alison Walsh of Mount Pearl recorded her second straight third-place
finish in 1:03.28, two-time winner (2000 and 2001) Allison Hobeika of
St. John’s was fourth in 1:04.54 and Elita Rahn of Merville, B.C. placed fifth
Harvey’s time was the 21st fastest ever recorded in the Tely 10. In fact, each of her finishing times are among the Top 25 quickest ever registered in the race. McNeil’s showing failed to make the Top 25.
For another year, McCloy’s course record of 47:04, set in 1985, and Nicola Will’s 55:47 (1986) are safe.