Cook Islands Triathlon president Roland Neururer with women’s champion Adrianna Skurosz. DANILO REYES/21051747
Roland Neururer retained the Tinman Competition title in the 39th edition of the annual event over the weekend.
40 triathletes took part in the Cook Islands Triathlon Association’s last event
of the season held on Saturday at Tikioki Tri Site.
was a windy afternoon as the competitors gathered, some excited and some
nervous in the lagoon in Tikioki.
1.2 kilometre swim was challenging with a current and surface chop which soon
saw the competitors spread out. One of the major highlights of the day was to
see 13-year-old Darius Allsworth exit the water first in a time of 20 minutes
and 08 seconds just ahead of swim coach Tem Strickland and triathlete Roland
Neururer. The strength and ability of this young swimmer is just absolutely
incredible and to see him lead this swim in tough conditions was superb.
one by one they completed the arduous swim the competitors either transitioned
onto their bikes or tagged their team mates for the start of the cycle
31km course took them through Muri, Matavera, Tupapa, across town and out to
Nikao Beach Video store, where they turned and came back via the same route to
had started as a pleasant cycle with a nice tailwind became more gruelling at
the turn with a challenging headwind making the return trip a hard effort.
the end of the cycle leg, Neururer had taken the lead, with Jason Moorfield and
Jakub Postrygacz in hot pursuit, and in the teams section Mike Tate took the
lead with a super strong cycle, ready to tag teammate Fiona Pekapo with
cyclists Terry Glassie and Andrew Whittaker also putting in great performances
coming in not far behind.
the ladies’ competition Adrianna Skurosz was leading after a strong swim and
was holding off a strong challenge from Alyce Edwards and Tarina Moorfield.
10km run was also a mental challenge for the competitors as they completed five
loops of Tikioki from the tri site and round the back road. Individual competitors were by this time
feeling the pain of the swim and the cycle and the challenge and fatigue were
evident, whilst teams tagged their final athlete for the last leg and the crowd
enjoyed watching and cheering everyone as they went past on each lap.
first to finish in a time of 2:02:28 was Masters Sportsman of the Year Roland
Neururer who crossed the line victorious in this competition for the 11th year
in a row.
Moorfield took a worthy second place in 2:12:11 and Mike Carr who was competing
in the Tinman competition for the 33rd time had a solid run and moved up the
field to take third place in a time of 2:22:07.
ladies finished in the formation they had held all afternoon, with Adrianna
Skurosz taking the win for the second year in a row in a time of 2:12:43 ahead
of Alyce Edwards in second place in 2:23:10 and Tarina Moorfield in third with
a time of 2:32:57.
The 39th Tinman Competition champion Roland Neururer with the event’s fastest swimmer, 13-year-old Darius Allsworth. DANILO REYES/21051748
the team’s event a great run by Rupeni Mataitoga built on the solid
performances of Andrew Logan and Terry Glassie to shoot their team The Laughing
Unknowns into first place in a time of 2:04:34, second place team Don’t Burst
My Bubble made up of Tem Strickland, Mike Tate and Fiona Pekapo clocked 2:07:06
and third place went to Splash, Flash and Dash, Seychelle Carter, Andrew
Whittaker and Lucile Meyer, in a time of 2:15:46.
was one all junior team comprising Darius Allsworth, Koru McDonald and Maya
Postrygacz, all three competitors aged just 13 and 14 years old, who completed
the whole course in an excellent time of 2:21:14.
Islands Triathlon president Roland Neururer said: “Congratulations go to every
competitor for their achievements and showing excellent camaraderie and
sportsmanship. It is hugely fun and
satisfying to complete a distance event such as the Tinman, it takes personal
courage and discipline to train for an event like this, and it is so great to
see so many people involved.”
Cook Islands Triathlon Association is sincerely grateful for the most generous
sponsorship they have received for all their events this year from BSP Bank,
The Bond Store, Ride Rarotonga, Aro Vegeland, Paradise Supplies, PTS, KPMG,
Ariki Adventure, HiTech Solution, Ride Raro and very appreciative of the Raina
family who have given use of the area at Enua Manea Hall.
addition, the Association would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to all the
volunteers who have assisted with marshalling, water safety, timekeeping,
photography, videography, and race day assistance throughout the season. Without the support of these sponsors and
supporters, events could not happen.