The latest course held in and around Apii Rutaki consisted of a couple of nice hill climbs which had runners pushing themselves to the edge.
Coming away with the win in the open men’s division was Otea Tommy with a time of 38.54 for the required 7.5km. Kevin Henderson and Dan Rayes rounded out the top three with only 40 seconds separating the two.
A recurring calf injury saw Tristan Brotherton pull out on the start of his third lap, but he will no doubt be aiming to recover in time for next week’s final relay race.
Sherid Carter made it three individual wins on the trot, taking out the open women’s title, but again had strong competition from Camilla Brotherton, who placed second in a time of 39.26, followed by Maria Harreguy on 39.43.
In the under-14 boys, Reed Brotherton continued his winning streak, finishing the 1.5km course in a time of 6.58, ahead of brother Ruben who came in at 7.10, with Ioane Tierney in third.
Rodger Harkness made his return after a couple of weeks in New Zealand with a win in the men’s masters event, narrowly beating David Lobb across the finish line.
Next Wednesday the series moves to Papaaroa School for the final relay race of this year’s series.
Race organiser Thomas Henderson confirmed to participants that the course will not be as challenging as Rutaki.
Henderson also wishes to once again acknowledge and thank the series sponsors for their donations towards the spot prizes – Sails Bar and Restaurant, VMV Bakery, Yoga with Victoria, Bluesky and Prime Foods.
Registration for next week’s relay starts at 4.30pm.