Tough conditions for X Country

Friday June 08, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
Competitors off and running in Wednesday’s Rarotonga X Country race. 18060728 Competitors off and running in Wednesday’s Rarotonga X Country race. 18060728

Under the warm Rarotonga sun, 33 athletes took on race two in the Rarotonga X Country series held at Tereora College on Wednesday afternoon.

Many athletes were familiar with the gruelling course after last week’s relay-format race and knew they would be in for a tough day at the office.

First across the line after completing the six-kilometre course for the open men was Dan Reyes in 31 minutes, with Johnny Beasley next over the line.

Tereora College student Kuini Manning took out the honours in the under-16 girls category in a time of 18 minutes, 49 seconds across the three-kilometre course.

Ruben Brotherton took out the boys under-14 race in a time of six minutes, 59 seconds, while Anais Quirke won the girls title.

For the veterans, Rodger Harkness claimed the men’s win, while Victoria Dearlove won the women’s.

Race organiser Thomas Henderson said he was pleased with the continuing progress of the series.

“The numbers each week are fantastic – it’s always great to see so many keep coming back for more,” he said.

“It’s also really exciting to watch so many of the younger kids taking part and taking on the challenge each week.”

Next week the series again returns to a relay-format race, this time at Raemaru Park. The race starts at 5pm.

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