Harvey on a record pace?

Kenn Oliver
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Telegram 10-mile road race With a win Sunday, she'll equal standard for consecutive female Tely 10 titles, but Will's record time may be a tougher goal

Lisa Harvey won't deny thinking about a certain Tely 10 women's record as she prepares for the trip to St. John's to take part in the 82nd running of the 10-mile road race.

As owner of three straight Tely 10 titles - in a mere four attempts no less - Harvey is a win away from equalling Colleen Martin's record of four straight women's schampionships from 1976-79.

Lisa Harvey - Telegram file photo by Joe Gibbons

Lisa Harvey won't deny thinking about a certain Tely 10 women's record as she prepares for the trip to St. John's to take part in the 82nd running of the 10-mile road race.

As owner of three straight Tely 10 titles - in a mere four attempts no less - Harvey is a win away from equalling Colleen Martin's record of four straight women's schampionships from 1976-79.

"That's in the back of my mind," admits the soft-spoken former Canadian Olympian. "It would be good with the history and Paul being a record-holder on the men's side."

"Paul" is Paul McCloy, Harvey's husband and a St. John's road racing legend with five Tely 10 men's titles and the overall race record time of 47 minutes and four seconds, set in 1985.

Noeleen Wadden holds the record for most overall wins by a woman with five from 1988 through to 1998.

Also eluding Harvey's grasp have been Nicola Will's top two female times of 56:04 (1984) and 55:47 (1986). Harvey's 2006 time of 57:12 is the third fastest. Last year, she completed the course in 57:35, good for fifth fastest all-time clocking.

She's not so sure Will's record can be broken this year. Not unless the stars - and weather systems - are aligned just so.

"It's something I'd like to get, but I'm not going to dwell on it," says Harvey from her Calgary home. "Sure, it'd be nice to get that record, but with the weather we've had the last couple of years, it's been pretty tough to try."

"I could do it if the conditions were just right."

The weather she's referring to is mostly humidity, which she admits is hardest to prepare for when gearing up for the Tely 10.

Harvey hasn't run in eastern Canada this season, choosing to spend more time running in Vancouver and Victoria.

"I like racing in Vancouver because it's at sea level and it's so much easier to run with all that extra oxygen.

"I think my advantage is being at (Calgary) altitude and coming to sea level."

And with no injuries or nagging ailments and a lengthy season of running in conditions similar to that in this province, it's not looking promising for up-and-comers to dethrone Harvey this year.

But despite finishing over three minutes ahead of second-place Kate Vaughan last year, Harvey- who likes to run from the front - isn't counting anyone out, no matter how big a lead she might achieve.

"You never know, being out in front, there's always the fear someone's going to come up behind me. If you do hear somebody, it might be a man, it might be a woman. You never know."

koliver@thetelegram.com

The 82nd running of The Telegram 10 Mile Road Race - aka the Tely 10 - is Sunday and The Telegram has some big plans in store for extensive coverage on Monday.

Our special Monday Sports section will be dedicated to the race, including a complete list of all the finishers and their times.

Leading up to race day, we will have a series of stories, including a list of runners to watch, as compiled by veteran competitor and coach Art Meaney.

Geographic location: St. John's, Calgary, Vancouver Eastern Canada Victoria

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