Tely 10 female winner Lisa Harvey heads down Topsail Road in Paradise to lead all female runners enroute to winning the 10-mile road race to capture her fourth Tely 10 in the 81st. annual Telegram 10-Mile Road Race. Harvey, from Calgary, Alb., won the female category with a time of 57:35. -Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
Lisa Harvey joined Paul McCloy across the finish line Sunday, and judging by her time in the 81st edition of the Tely 10, it's a good possibility the former Olympian will catch her husband's total of five race championships.
Harvey, who lives in Calgary with McCloy, a St. John's native, made it three straight Tely 10 championships - and four overall - yesterday with a dominating performance that saw her finish ninth overall.
The long-time national team runner and 1992 Olympian finished in 57:35, three minutes and 10 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor, Kate Vaughan.
Harvey's first Tely 10 race came in 1999 when she finished back in the field, two months after giving birth to the couple's daughter. Since then, she's won each time she's entered, taking the 2003 crown and the past three races.
Sunday's time was the fifth-fastest run in the Tely. In fact, the 38-year-old has three of the top six times ever recorded.
"I'm pretty happy because I didn't think I was moving that fast," she said, "because I thought I was suffering more than I was."
Like the men's winner, Colin Fewer, and most of the field, Harvey was hampered by the high humidity through much of the race. Especially for someone who trains in Calgary.
"We're high and dry so it's much different," she said. "Here, you go for a run and you sweat and you lose lots of water. Whereas in Calgary you barely sweat.
"The conditions here are totally different and challenging. You can have a bit of a hard time."
Harvey enjoyed a strong start in Paradise where she toed the start line with McCloy, a 1988 Olympian. By the third or fourth mile, she said, the tailwind slowed and she began to heat up.
"The conditions were definitely very tough."
McCloy, who finished eighth overall, came out hard and slowed at the mid-way point of the race. It was there Harvey caught up to her husband and the two ran together to the finish.
"There were some other guys around to help push me," she said. "There was no talking, though. We were just trying to make it in because it was tough race.
"Of course I'm competitive and I like to win, but if Paul's ahead of me, that's fine too," she said with a smile. "He's bigger and stronger."
McCloy finished one second ahead of his wife.
Harvey is tied with Nicola Will with four Tely 10 wins and is one away from tying Noeleen Wadden for the all-time lead.
"I'm very happy to win three times now," Harvey said. "I've been very fortunate in that I've been able to stay injury-free and able to keep it going.
"Hopefully I'll keep it going next year, too."