TELY 10 NOTEBOOK: Running for a good cause

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Thoughts about others were in the minds of many participants Sunday

Cynthia Roberts cheers on the runners using bam bams during the Tely 10 road race Sunday morning.

By Robin Short

Telegram Sports Editor

There were a number of groups running for different causes at Sunday’s 86th Tely 10.

One group donned ‘Kicking Leukemia’s Ass’ T-shirts, in support of runner Derrick Roul, who is battling leukemia.

“He’s a friend of ours,” said runner Andrew Bruce, “and a very hard, determined runner ... the epitome of running.

“He was diagnosed early in the fall, but he’s making his way back. He couldn’t make the run this year, so we’re doing this in support of him.”

About 150 shirts were printed and worn by runners from all different clubs. Roul ran the Tely 10 last year, finishing 29th overall.

Meanwhile, a group representing Team Cle was back, and raised $6,000 for KidSport, which helps children from low-income families play sports.

In addition to raising the money, the group keeps the memory of Cleon Smith alive. Smith was a local midget and senior hockey player, who once played for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League.

He disappeared during a snowstorm in 2011.

Fewer representation

Seven-time winner Colin Fewer didn’t run Sunday’s race as he recovers from hip surgery. But there was another Fewer running, and posting good results.

Jordan Fewer, Colin’s nephew, placed seventh overall in 54:47.

Amazingly, Fewer started training for Sunday’s race only two months ago.

The Memorial Sea-Hawks cross-country runner suffered a stress fracture in his shin the end of the 2011-12 season.

“It’s been a while since I was seriously training,” he said.

“I took the last eight months off.

“It’s hard to run at your optimum when you’re hurting.”

When Fewer did decide to resume running, he began training with Peter Power, John Angelopoulos and Colin Fewer.

“I’m really encouraged with this result,” he said.

“If I keep training with those guys, and with the help of my uncle, I’m hoping to make a good showing (in the Tely 10) next year.”

Power, Barron set

new age-group records

Peter Power broke Art Meaney’s 50-54 age group record of 55:39 set in 1994. Power ran 55:13. Florence Barron established a new 75-79 age group record of 90:14.

Striking an inspirational chord

Well-known local musician Mark Hiscock of Shanneyganock is proving to be an inspiration to many. Hiscock has dropped quite a bit of weight, and Sunday completed the Tely 10 in 2:46.01.

Legacy runner

One of the great names related to the Tely 10 is Ron O’Toole, who won three straight titles from 1923-25.

O’Toole’s grandson, George Osmond, returned to his hometown to run Sunday’s race, his first Tely.

“The last time I saw him,” Osmond said of his grandfather, who passed away about 20 years ago, “I was 12 and I was running here in a cross-country meet. He said, ‘This is how you run, young fella.’ He sat me in front of the window and said, ‘Don’t talk, just listen.’ He told me to run in the middle of the road, keep a good pace and not to cross my arms in front of my chest.”

Osmond, who now lives in Medicine Hat, Alta., returned home for the race, and also to show his children where he was raised and cheer him on in the Tely.

“This has been very special,” he said. “We’ve been talking to different people, and when we mention my grandfather’s name, some go ‘Who?’ But older people certainly recognize the name.”

rshort@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Ontario Hockey League.He

Geographic location: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Medicine Hat

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