A total of 35 athletes turned up on Wednesday afternoon at Takitumu Primary, the highest number since the series was re-introduced last year.
A strong mix of children and adults enjoyed their time on the 1.3km course through Matavera.
Veteran runner Kevin Henderson won the open men’s race in a time of 26 minutes and 50 seconds over the 5.5 kilometre course.
Close behind Henderson was Tristan Brotherton in a time of 27 minutes and 18 seconds, ahead of Johnny in third and Rory Quirke in fourth.
In the master’s men, Rodger Harkness came in two minutes ahead of Dave Lobb.
In the open women’s race, Lucy McDonald finished in a time of 21 minutes 23 seconds, just ahead of Sherid Carter in second place.
Anais Quirke won the youth under-14 girls title, while Kohl Horton just managed to get across the line ahead of the sprinting Reed Brotherton one second behind to win the under-14 boys race.
Once again points are accumulated each race towards the end of series champions, as well as an overall winner for best school participation.
After the Takitumu round, Apii Te Uki Ou are out in front with 13 points, while Tereora are followed behind in second on 5 points.
Next week, the series moves to Tereora College in a relay-team format again to allow the athletes to get a feel for the course before completing it the following week as individual competitors.
Race organisers thank Sails Bar and Restaurant, Yoga with Victoria and VMV for their spot prize donations.
- Jaimie Keay