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Kate Bazeley sets course record at favourite race

It was a historic day in St. John's as both the men's and women's winners claimed records at the 89th running of the TELY 10 Miler.

Fewer and Bazeley hold the trophy commemorating the overall winners of the ‘Tely 10.’ Photo: www.facebook.com/Tely10NL/

Colin Fewer of Paradise, N.L. was first to cross the finish line at yesterday’s Tely 10, a 10 mile/16.1K road race from Paradise to downtown St. John’s.

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Fewer ran a winning time of 50:26, and in doing so, also won the event for the ninth time which ties the record for the most individual wins. He and Pat Kelly–who won the event from 1933 to 1939 and 1946 and 1947–have won the event on nine separate occasions. Fewer’s first win came in 2005 and he went on to win the race for seven straight years in a row. He won again two years ago in 2014 and now adds the 2016 title to his name. One would fully expect him to compete for the outright honour in an upcoming edition of the event.

Also notable in the men’s race was Graydon Snider of Halifax’s second place finish in a time of 51:14 with Ryan Brockerville of Marystown in third in 51:32.

On the women’s side, Kate Bazeley of Corner Brook set a new course record running 55:34. It was the fourth victory for Bazeley who ran 13 seconds faster than the previous record (55:47) set 30 years ago in 1986 by Nicola Wills. This is one of her favourite races and she has competed on the course several times.

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Caroline McIlroy of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, N.L. was second in 1:00:50 and Jennifer Murrin of St. John’s was third in 1:03:06.

The total number of registered participants was just shy of 5,000 for this year’s race but high humidity likely contributed to fewer starting and finishing. At last count there were 4,349 official finishers which nonetheless exceeds last year’s mark and which makes the 2016 edition the largest event ever.

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