Fewer makes it three in a row

Darcy MacRae
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Joins small, distinguished group of Tely 10 champs

Colin Fewers winning time in Sundays Tely 10 was the fastest in 11 years. Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Colin Fewer boldly went where few have gone before Sunday, winning a third straight mens title at the Tely 10 road race in St. Johns.

Fewer became just the sixth man in 80 years to win three consecutive Tely 10-mile titles, joining a group that includes legendary runners such as Ron OToole, Pat Kelly and George Hillier. In fact, its such a select group that not even Paul McCloy, who holds the three fastest times in the history of the Tely 10, is a member.

Its definitely something I wanted to do. Its good company to be in, thats for sure, said Fewer.

Fewer finished Sundays race in 50 minutes and 11 seconds, the fastest hes ever run a Tely 10. Considering it was 22 degrees and the humidity was hitting 83 per cent Sunday morning, Fewer wonders if he could have finished a full minute faster or better on a good day.

Its exciting to win in a decent time on a bad day, said Fewer. The humidity was something else. It was a tough last mile.

Fewer won by almost a two-minute margin, with Dean Alyward placing second.

Fewers time was the seventh-fastest in Tely 10 history, and the fastest time clocked in 11 years, since McCloy won in 49:52 in 1996.

Brian Torrance placed third in 52:49, while McCloy, home from Calgary where he now resides, was fourth in 54:30. Michael King rounded out the top 10 in 55:14.

However, just because Fewer likely could have broken the 50-minute mark in decent weather, he isnt about to start setting his sights on the all-time record of 47 minutes and four seconds, set by McCloy in 1985.

After all, thats a time that might never be matched, according to Fewer.

To finish in 47 minutes, thats world-class running, he said. Id be happy just to finish below 50 minutes, maybe break into the high 40s. That might put me in the top five all time and that would be great.

Fewer, 30, is currently the alpha male in this province when it comes to running and even ran as part of the Canadian national cross-country team earlier this year. Hes the favorite at almost every event at which he shows up and a big reason why is the hard work and preparation he endures year-round.

Its a lot of training. Its not an easy sport, Fewer said. To try and put yourself at a high level, it takes a lot of focus. I run 80-90 miles a week, sometimes training twice a day.

Of course, when it comes to the Tely 10, it helps that Fewer knows the race course like the back of his hand.

It was my sixth Tely 10 so I know how it lays out and what to expect at each mile. I plan out each mile and what kind of pace I want to go at. I run my own race, said Fewer, a teacher at Queen Elizabeth high school in Foxtrap

Fewer, a native of Harbour Main who now calls St. Johns home, has every intention of trying for a fourth straight Tely 10 win next year, a feat that hasnt been accomplished since Don Coaker won six in a row from 1962-67.

Im planning on it, Fewer said. I definitely want to give it another shot next year.


Geographic location: Calgary, Foxtrap, Harbour Main

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