A piece of his­tory

Colin Fewer ran into his­tory with his Tely10 vic­tory Sun­day

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY ROBIN SHORT SALTWIRE NET­WORK

Shortly af­ter bound­ing over an­other fin­ish line for an­other Tely 10 vic­tory Sun­day morn­ing, Colin Fewer was mar­vel­ling at the great­ness of the Hall of Famer, Pat Kelly, and his con­sis­tency and com­mit­ment to road rac­ing all those years ago.

“To win 10 Tely cham­pi­onships,” Fewer said, “I mean, it seemed unattain­able. To have that motivation to keep run­ning year af­ter year …”

On this glo­ri­ous July day, Fewer did at­tain the unattain­able, break­ing Kelly’s record of nine Tely cham­pi­onships with his 10th win in the 90th run­ning of the big race, which drew 4,811 en­tries this year.

It was Fewer’s sec­ond straight vic­tory, and third in the past four years, and he did it in style with a per­sonal best time of 49:41.

Fewer, the just-turned 40-year-old from Par­adise, by way of Har­bour Main, now owns three of the top 10 times in Tely 10 his­tory.

And you won­der how many races Kelly had won if not for the Sec­ond World War. He raced to seven straight Tely 10 cham­pi­onships from 193339 be­fore it was halted for five years. When the race re­sumed in ’46, Kelly peeled off an­other two wins.

Af­ter rep­re­sent­ing the prov­ince in the Canada Sum­mer Games ex­actly 20 years ago in Bran­don, Man., Fewer went on to run cross-coun­try for Memo­rial Univer­sity where he was an all-star and con­fer­ence rookie of the year.

How­ever, af­ter grad­u­at­ing with an ed­u­ca­tion de­gree, Fewer stepped away from rac­ing. He con­tin­ued to run oc­ca­sion­ally, but still bal­looned 30 or 40 pounds over his com­pe­ti­tion weight.

“I en­joyed my­self,” he smiled, “but I had that mo­ment, you know, that I asked my­self, ‘What am I do­ing here?’ Did I want to be one of those guys who talked about what I could have done?

“Maybe I needed some time, but I de­cided to get back into it, and I’m en­joy­ing the path I took.”

Sun­day’s route in­cluded the sixth-fastest time ever run on the Tely course. Only Paul McCloy and Matt Loiselle, who fin­ished sec­ond yes­ter­day, have run faster than Fewer.

And it came as a new­lyminted mas­ters run­ner, who just turned 40 ear­lier this month.

The time, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal road run­ning guru Art Meaney, who was bang on with his Tely 10 picks in Satur­day’s Tele­gram, not only broke McCloy’s mas­ters record of 51:28 in the Tely 10, but it is the fastest 10 miles ever run by a Cana­dian in the mas­ters 40-plus cat­e­gory.

Fewer and Loiselle were neck-and-neck for much of the race un­til the win­ner even­tu­ally broke free. He was on pace to “smash” his per­sonal best time un­til a nag­ging calf in­jury started act­ing up around six or seven kilo­me­tres.

It was the same left calf mus­cle that ham­pered Fewer in the Van­cou­ver Sun Run in late April and the Ot­tawa 10K in May.

“I re­ally wanted to go un­der 49 (min­utes) and I was there, un­til the bloody calf started to pull on me again,” he said. “I thought I was done, to be hon­est. I didn’t think I’d make it through 7K, but I talked my­self through it.

“It was tight, but it didn’t cramp on me. I had to ad­just the pace be­cause I was in sur­vival mode.”

Fewer was 46 sec­onds faster than Loiselle, the Toronto res­i­dent who won the race in 2012 and 2015. Loiselle ran it in 50:27.

David Freake of St. John’s was third in a time of 51:22, while Marys­town na­tive Grant Han­dr­gan, who is cur­rently a pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Monc­ton, placed fourth in 52:05. Mark Greene of St. John’s rounded out the top five with a 53:14 show­ing.

JOE GIB­BONS/SALTWIRE NET­WORK

Colin Fewer’s win­ning time in his 10th Tely 10 cham­pi­onship was sixth fastest in race his­tory.

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