A total of 36 competitors turned up for the finale, all taking on the challenging Papaaroa School course in hot and humid conditions on Wednesday afternoon.
With vital points that would decide the series’ overall winners on the line, runners brought their A-game right from the start.
The day’s biggest battle was in the open men’s category, between Kevin Henderson and Dan Rayes.
Rayes’ led for the first three laps of the 1.8km course, but was chased down successfully by Henderson, who took out the race win and maintained his lead atop the overall series standings.
For the open ladies, Sherid Carter continued her winning streak, finishing the series with four wins from five races.
Race organiser Thomas Henderson said that overall the series was a huge success.
“We built on last year and I think made the necessary improvements to help create a fun and enjoyable series,” he said.
“Our highest number of participants last year was just over 20 and being able to double that this year was just fantastic.”
Henderson said that, for the runners, they would have a chance to test themselves against other runners, with the National Cross Country Championship to be held in August, alongside the National Athletics Championships.
There is no rest for the competitors, with the Road Running series to kick off next week, as the lead-up to the Round Rarotonga Road Race.
Under-14 girls’ champion: Anais Quirke; Under-14 boys’ champion: Reed Brotherton; Under-16 girls’ champion: Kuini Manning; Under-16 boys’ champion: Ethan Dixon; Under-19 girls’ champion: Genesis; Under-19 boys’ champion: Teava Maote; Masters men’s champion: Rodger Harkness; Masters women’s champion: Victoria Dearlove; Novice women’s champion: Liz Tommy; Novice men’s champion: Tim Tierney; Open men’s champion: Kevin Henderson; Open women’s champion: Sherid Carter.