Jumping for joy

Monday September 21, 2020 Written by Published in Other Sports
The 43rd Round Rarotonga Road Race winner David Street celebrates after crossing the finish line on Saturday. Picture: Tabby Robati-Berg/ 20092039 The 43rd Round Rarotonga Road Race winner David Street celebrates after crossing the finish line on Saturday. Picture: Tabby Robati-Berg/ 20092039

David Street has been a regular at the annual Round Rarotonga Road Race. But this year proved extra special.

On Saturday, Street, the country manager of Bank of South Pacific, claimed his first Round Rarotonga Road Race title after finishing the 31 kilometre run in a time of 2.35.22 hours.

He said he was excited for the race which had the largest contingent of local participants competing.

Street said the win was a result of “a lot of training”.

“You got to have a lot left or something to last you for the finish.”

Second place went to Adrian Cruz, who had the support of the wider Philippines community cheering him across the line in 2:38:49.

Cruz said he did not expect to finish 2nd. His goal was to beat his last year record of 2 hours 44 minutes. His target this year was 2 hours 39 and even beat that with 2 hours 34 minutes.

He started taking part in 2019.

“I think we should encourage the local community to take part, most of them are intimidated when they hears its 31km but I think with the right and proper training they cand o it, they just have to be realistic about what they want to achieve because you can’t beat those people who have been running all their life.”

He said when he started the race at 5.30am on Saturday, in his mind he kept focusing on maintaining his pace.

“Don’t push yourself hard.”

Debutante Adriana Skurosz claimed the female title in a time of 2:54:32.

However, the fastest time around the island of 2:29:53 was set by the 2 Chicks 1 Old Guy three-member relay team of Kelly Pick, Fiona Pekepo and Roland Neururer.

Olympian Alex Beddoes went back to back in the 10km event (37:18 minutes), finishing ahead of Nutters Run winner Logan Andrew (46:55), with Rupeni Mataitoga (47:45) in third.

Maria Rolleston was first female across the finish line for the 10km run, just ahead of Brynn Acheson in second place.

Athletics Cook Islands president Erin Tierney-Quirke said she was blown away by the success of Saturday’s race.

“It was a thoroughly enjoyable event watching the young, the old, the runners, the walkers, the work groups, friends and families all out in force, moving and best of all having fun. I haven’t seen so many smiles in seven hours in my life.

“I feel we are riding a wave of personal health, fitness and well-being right now. It is a special time; we are in the together and this community event has shown us what we can do when we motivate and support each other in a positive and helpful way.”

Tierney-Quirke said the event was as always well-supported by those working behind the scenes.

“Meitaki maata to all of our participants, sponsors, officials, volunteers and to our event partner DMCK, led by Matariki, Robert and Nina.”

The 44th edition of the Round Rarotonga Road Race has been set for September 18, 2021.

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