— Photo courtesy of Victah Sailer, PhotoRun.net
Kate Bazeley is back in form with a vision of being among the best female marathon runners in Canada foremost on her agenda.
Whispers in the Canadian women’s distance running community have Bazeley on the radar as somebody who can take the sport to new heights.
She is the first elite Canadian woman to confirm her place for the 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October.
Two years ago, Bazeley, a St. John’s native who now calls Corner Brook home with her husband Peter, won the Canadian Half Marathon title at the Banque Scotia 21K de Montreal.
But, then came the birth of her daughter Amelia, and a subsequent maternity leave.
Now her focus is on running.
Her comeback, thus far, has been impressive. She shows no signs of slowing down.
She won the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon back in May and then finished in second spot at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon in June.
Last weekend, she won the 2014 Tely 10 women’s title with a time of 55:57, missing Nicola Will’s 1986 course record by 10 seconds.
Bazeley’s only marathon encounter was back in January when she captured seventh place and first among North Americans at the 2014 Houston Marathon.
At Houston, she posted a final clocking of 2:40:49 and walked away with $2,000 U.S. prize money — her biggest payday to date.
Her time in Houston fell short of the 2:35 standard required to secure a spot on Canada’s team for the world championships.
She’s going to Toronto bent on shaving off the time required to earn a spot with Team Canada.
“It’s going to be hard, but it’s doable,” she said. “So, that’s what I’m going for in Toronto.”
Since she immersed herself back into training, she has been coached by fellow Canadian marathoner Matt Loiselle, who was actually the winner of the Tely 10 men’s title two years ago when he was a house guest of the Bazeleys.
She likes how the relationship has gone so far and believes it will make a difference in how she fares.
“I’m just going to keep doing what I am doing,” he said.
And, then some.
“We’re just going to bump up the mileage a bit and starting next week I’ll be focusing on the October marathon,” she said.