Starting outside Vaima Restaurant in Vaimaanga, competitors then headed up to Wigmore’s waterfall before taking on the Needle track and finally finishing near the Avatiu meeting house.
Former math teacher at Tereora College, Bryn Parry led the contingent off from the start line, and was the first to hit the track in the mountains.
Parry, having done the race previously, opted to hit the Pipeline track to try to further extend his lead, but opted to turnaround instead after getting lost and, as a result, local Thomas Henderson hit the front and reached the top of the track first.
However, Parry seized his opportunity on the descent and secured the title in a time of 58.58 minutes while Henderson was second overall and first male local in a time of 1 hour 01:04 minutes.
Post-race Parry said it once again lived up to expectations.
“It was another intriguing battle and quite a tactical race, I thought I was out in front and then all of a sudden I hit the top and Thomas was there, no idea where he came from.”
For Henderson it marks a long-awaited return to a race he hasn’t completed since in his late teens.
“It really was just as hard as I remember all those years ago and age certainly doesn’t help.
“It has capped off a really enjoyable week, with both Saturday’s Round Raro and the Nutters being my first competitive running races after two surgeries kept me on the side-lines for three years.
“Next year I will easily be gunning for the title, that is always a top goal of mine.”
Rounding out the top three, and claiming the first female and first local title was Adrianna Skurosz who finished in a time of 1:01:50.