January 10th. Organizers are pleased to announce the addition of Newfoundland’s Kate Vaughan to the women’s Start List for the Canadian Half Marathon Championships at Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal on Sunday, April 17th. She joins Windsor, Ontario’s Dayna Pidhoresky in what is shaping up to be an excellent women’s field.
The 26 year-old native of St.John’s has been described as “a budding star”, “an outstanding runner,” and “one of the most talented runners this province has ever seen – Olympic material.” Many of the superlatives followed her stellar victory at Newfoundland’s most-prestigious race, “The Tely 10” miler, last summer (July 25th,2,625 finishers) . After finishing 2nd to Olympian Lisa Harvey the last 2 years, she hammered Lisa and the competition, to cross the line in 56:36. This was the 3rd fastest women’s time ever at the Tely 10, behind only the performances of Nicola Will in 1986 (55:47 CR) and 1984. She improved two and a half minutes over her Tely 10 2009 race where she ran 59:03.
“I just wanted to run my own race, so I decided, ‘what the heck, that’s what I’m doing’” said Vaughan. “Normally, I start out pretty quick, so I went with that plan”.
This marked improvement was reflected in Kate’s other races in 2010 as well. On the strength of her Tely 10 victory she was invited to the National 10K Road Championships at OASIS ZooRun in October in Toronto where she placed 4th – an improvement from her 8th place in 2009 and more than a minute quicker. “I knew I wanted to come back to improve on that,” said Kate. “I had more experience and confidence coming back this year. I felt relaxed and excited to race.”
She followed this up with a 6th place at the National Cross Country Championships on a challenging, snowy day in Guelph on November 27th, behind winner Kate Harrison and 2nd place Dayna Pidhoresky
[full results ].
“The race in Guelph was tough. I felt great at first but not as strong as I would have liked to in the second half. I wanted to be in the top 8 so I was satisfied with 6th.”
Kate outlines the reason for some of this progress:
My running became more consistent 3 years ago when I started to run pretty much every day. About a year and a half ago I got serious and that’s when I feel like I actually began training. Last winter was the first winter I did workouts and focused on my training. If I think back I’m disappointed I never put more into it earlier, there just wasn’t a group of women around at the time doing anything more and I didn’t have a coach to tell me otherwise. I joined the Nautilus Running Club and the club had just appointed a coach, Fabien Basset. With his guidance and the group, things just fell together.
I run 6-7 days a week right now. It’s hard to do doubles because of work, so they are mostly always singles. My mileage is around 120km’s week, give or take. My favourite workouts are fartlek’s done on the trails. The weather is alright here. The wind can be very brutal, and the Spring is more of an extended winter so it’s mentally tough some days to go out. But we have a lot of nice days for running here, especially in the fall. I run with the Nautilus group and with a few of the boys from around here. My boyfriend is one of the top runners in NL so we run a lot, together with a few of the other guys and the Nautilus group. We have a core group of women who train consistently as well so there’s always someone to run with.
The Nautilus Club, the training, has led to success and to confidence and an eagerness. How will that translate in 2011, and at Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal?
I’m excited about the National Half Marathon Championships. I’m not sure of where I would like to finish because I’m not sure who will be there but I know I want to run a sub 75.
Join Dayna and Kate Vaughan at Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal on April 17th. REGISTER today!