Cook Islands Triathlon president Roland Neururer with winner Adrianna Skurosz. ISLAND CAPTURE/21032206
The Cook Islands Triathlon Association held the very popular Women’s Triathlon on Saturday.
A beautiful afternoon drew a good number of
competitors and spectators to the Triathlon site at the Enua Manea Hall in
It was a sunny and glorious afternoon on the
land, however the conditions for the swim were tricky with a swell and current
making for a tough start to the afternoon for some.
First out of the water was seasoned competitor
Serena Hunter for her team Yeah Yeah Nah followed very closely by Kelly Pick of
Who Needs 3. Next out after a solid swim was the 2020 individual defending
champion Adrianna Skurosz.
Onto the bike and the lead was quickly taken
by Who Needs 3 Team cyclist Alyce Edwards who set a blisteringly quick pace.
The road works near the Sheraton meant that the 16km course had to be changed
and the ladies cycled out to YWAM in Vaimaanga and back twice.
Whilst Edwards was setting the pace in the
team competition, Skurosz was also putting in a very fast leg in the individual
race which she led throughout the afternoon.
From the bike the ladies transitioned to the
4km run which also saw some very fast times being clocked up. In the teams competition Edwards and Pick for
Who Needs 3 took the overall win setting a new record in a time of 51:40
minutes toppling the old record (54:26) which had been held by Vanessa Palmer and
Jennie George since 2008.
Skurosz had a very impressive run and stormed
home to take out the Women’s Triathlon title for the second consecutive year in
a time of 57:16 minute. Second and third places went to Lucy McDonald and
Tarina Moorfield, respectively, and in the teams the 2nd and 3rd places were
split by only a matter of seconds with Yeah Yeah Nah holding off Babes on
Bubbles for an exciting finish.
Cook Islands Triathlon president Roland
Neururer said: “It was so fantastic to see so many women taking part in hot
conditions, particularly those for whom this was their first ever triathlon.
Giving it a go is what it’s all about and putting together a team, or having
the courage to tackle the whole event individually is a big achievement for all
The youngest competitor on the day was
nine-year-old Nikita McDonald who completed the whole course in a very
impressive time of 1 hour 15 minutes.
“Sincere thanks goes to BSP and The Bond Store
for their generous sponsorship, as well as the Raina family for use of the land
at Enua Manea Hall and to all the volunteers who happily gave their afternoon
to co-ordinate, set up and marshal the race and ensure that this was, as
always, a hugely enjoyable and successful afternoon.”
400m Swim / 16Km Bike / 4km Run
Individuals – Adrianna Skurosz 57:16.7, Lucy
McDonald 1:02:13.1, Tarina Moorfield 1:04:44.9, Maria Rolleston 1:11:36.9,
Nikita McDonald 1:15:13.3,
Rose Winters 1:17:18.3, Krissy Lewis
1:21:51.5, Isabel Rangiwanga 1:33:12.8, Nadia George 1:40:14.1
Teams – Who Needs 3 51:40.4, Yeh Yeh Nah
1:07:11.6, Babes on Bubbles 1:07:34.1, Tri-Ed 1:19:15.5, RSE3 1:41:21.8, RSE2