It was an astonishing day at the 92nd running of the Tely 10 Road Race, Newfoundland’s oldest and most popular road race, on Sunday. Anne Johnston of Torbay won her fourth victory in 54:24, taking a minute and 10 seconds off the course record and finishing sixth overall. Colin Fewer of Paradise captured his 12th victory in the race, running 49:49–three wins more than anyone else in the history of the race. Hard on Johnston’s heels was Peter Power, also of Paradise, who beat Art Meaney’s Canadian M55 downhill record (58:12) with his 54:37 finish.
(The course being a point-to-point and a net downhill, it’s not record-eligible from the point of view of Canadian Masters records.)
Jennifer Murrin of Mount Pearl, who won the Tely 10 in both 2018 and 2017, also ran a record-breaking time Sunday, finishing right behind Power for second female and eighth overall in 54:53, but Johnston gets credited with the record. Kate Bazeley of St. John’s finished third, in 56:05. It was Bazeley who set the previous course record of 55:34 back in 2016.
Graydon Snider of Montreal finished second overall, in 51:11, and Matt Noseworthy of St. John’s was third, in 51:13.
Johnston’s wins have been spread out, to say the least. She first won back in 2002, then again in 2004. Then not until 2015, when, at 58:58, she ran only six seconds slower than she had in 2004. Johnston told The Telegram she didn’t think the course record was something she would ever achieve.
A Newfoundland running institution, the Tely 10 has a long and storied history, with many exciting finishes and many multiple winners. Held every year since 1922 (with a few years’ gap during World War II), according to the website, it’s the third-oldest road race in Canada. The course goes from Paradise to Bannerman Park in St. John’s.