Heavy heat for Tely 10 road race

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Published on July 27, 2014

An unidentified runner is helped to his feet after a fall about 25 metres short of the finish line in St. John’s. The man was unable to finish the race and was taken  from the course in a stretcher by paramedics to get medical assistance.

Published on July 27, 2014

Runners sprint from the starting gate at the 87th annual Tely 10 Road Race Sunday morning. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Published on July 27, 2014

Participants of all ages and abilities found something to bring them to the Tely 10 and carry them to the finish line. This year saw the largest number of registered participants in all the years the race has been held.  — Photos by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Published on July 27, 2014

This year saw the largest number of registered participants in all the years the race has been held.  — Photos by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Published on July 27, 2014

Art Norris, 61, ran his first Tely 10 this year with his wife. Norris, of Mount Pearl, was one of almost 4,200 people who registered for the race. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram

Published on July 27, 2014

Spectators wait at the finish line, taking photos and video as runners come to the end of the road race.
— Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Published on July 27, 2014

Tely 10 participants run east on Topsail Road Sunday morning in this aerial photo taken from the Telegram's quadcopter. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Spectators, wellwishers give lift to weary runners

Art Norris picked quite the year to take part in his first Tely 10 road race. The 61-year-old from Mount Pearl was one of close to 4,200 people who registered for Sunday’s race.

“It was good, I must say,” said Norris, who is blind and started his training five weeks prior to Sunday’s race. He agreed to accompany his wife for the event, though it didn’t take long for him to decide to venture off on his own.

“When I got to nine miles, I was a little bit fatigued, but other than that, I found it pretty good.”

No one could blame Norris or anyone else Sunday for feeling a bit fatigued following the 10-mile race.

In addition to featuring a record-setting number of registrants, the race was held on a humid morning.

“It was hotter this year,” said Karen Robbins, who completed her second Tely 10 on Sunday, navigating the course from Paradise to St. John’s alongside co-workers Kim Jennings and Suzanne Peddle. She improved her time from last year by a few minutes.

“We were impressed with the spectators and how they cheered us on,” added Peddle, who was also in her second Tely 10. “They’re great.”

Indeed, there were plenty of wellwishers lining sidewalks to cheer on the runners and walkers as they passed by. Some held signs and used noisemakers to pump up those who were on the streets Sunday. A hose sprayed water to offer some cool relief at the Brookfield Fire Station. A group of people near James Lane tossed small water balloons. Some runners begged to get hit by them.

“Even random people stopped on the road passing out bottles of water, candies and raisins,” noted Robbins.

There were generally good vibes being felt at the finish line as the racers made their way towards volunteers offering much-needed food and drink.

“It was awesome to finish,” said Jennifer Quilty of Conception Bay South, who finished her second Tely 10 and first since giving birth to her daughter who is now three years old.

“This time I was really nervous, because I never got in much training. You know, it’s hard to get all the kilometres beforehand. ... But I finished!”

With the morning’s duty to the road out of the way, racers like Jennings were ready to relax.

“I’ve got a big party at my house — hot tub barbecue,” she laughed. “I don’t think I’m getting in the hot tub though.”

 

 

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