It could be time for race records to fall

Kenn Oliver
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RUNNING/MEWS 10K

Among the many records Paul McCloy has set during his running career, his 23:48 in the 1993 Mews Timex 8-kilometre is among those still standing.

But Athletics North East's (ANE) Joe Dunford, race director for Sunday's 25th Toyota Plaza Mews Timex 8km, says this could be the year McCloy's record falls. And if it does, he expects it will be by the only local runner he feels is capable of touching it: five-time Tely 10 winner and reigning men's champ Colin Fewer.

Tyler Cole and Kate Vaughan are shown running down the 2009 Toyota Plaza Mews Timex 8-kilometre road race. Vaughan won the female title, while Cole was seventh among males. The 2010 race goes Sunday. Submitted photo/Paul Lahey

Among the many records Paul McCloy has set during his running career, his 23:48 in the 1993 Mews Timex 8-kilometre is among those still standing.

But Athletics North East's (ANE) Joe Dunford, race director for Sunday's 25th Toyota Plaza Mews Timex 8km, says this could be the year McCloy's record falls. And if it does, he expects it will be by the only local runner he feels is capable of touching it: five-time Tely 10 winner and reigning men's champ Colin Fewer.

In May, Fewer finished 12th overall with a time of 31 minutes and 13 seconds in the Ottawa 10K, a race that featured over 8,500 competitors Dunford says that time, pro-rated for eight kilometres, would indicate McCloy's Mews record could fall.

"Colin's in good enough shape right now and with the way he ran his 10-kilometre in Ottawa, he can realistically do a 23:45 or 23:40," said Dunford.

When ANE took charge of the Mews race three years ago, it made the course slightly faster by minimizing the number of left turns along the route.

Fewer holds the current record on the new course, coming in at 23:53 in 2008.

Anne Barrington owns the women's record on the old course at 27:19. Kate Vaughan owns the new course record, a 27:43 set last year , and Dunford expects Vaughan "will obliterate" that time Sunday.

"Everyone wants to see a record fall or a new fast time ran and everybody wants to be part of that," maintains Dunford. "They want to be able to say, 'I was there when Colin broke the record' or 'when Kate smashed that 27:43 out of the park.'"

For roughly the first four kilometres of the course, runners make their around Mundy Pond using Pearce Avenue, Blackmarsh Road, Blackler Avenue, and Mundy Pond Road, before moving on to Ropewalk Lane.

From Ropewalk, runners make a right onto Empire Avenue and continue to the race's finish line at the Quidi Vidi boathouse.

Where the Mews Timex is a point-to-point race and not a looping course, it runs through the centre of the city and that means 38 course marshalls are required..

"Most races around and dozen or a half dozen," say Dunford. "It's probably the most challenging race to coordinate from a marshalling perspective."

Dunford says this race is a great event for first-timers.

"You don't have to be a world-class athlete to run this race. It really is for everybody," he said. "The first four K are pancake flat and the last four are kicking you downhill right to the finish line."

The Mews Timex is also billed as an tune-up for the Tely 10 on July 25

According to Dunford, local running guru and coach Art Meaney has said multiplying your Mews Timex time by two and adding two minutes is a good indication of what you can run in the Tely 10.

Like most races on the calendar, the Mews Timex has benefitted from the running boom, seeing its numbers increase each year. In ANE's first year, they 262 runners. Last year, they had to turn away close to 80 people after the 350 available chip timers had been claimed.

"This year we have 500 chips, so we've upped our registration substantially. We want to have enough capacity to meet everybody's desire to run," said Dunford.

Registration for the Mews Timex is available online only (

athleticsnortheast.com

) and remains open until midnight tonight.

koliver@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: Ottawa, Pearce Avenue, Blackmarsh Road Blackler Avenue Mundy Pond Road

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