48 minutes to Win Nutters
Bryn Parry who had previously won this race a few years back when he lived in Rarotonga had completed the competition in 48 minutes 47 seconds, this time has been recorded among the top best in the history of the race. Parry is the first to win Nutters under 51 seconds in 15years and was just 2min 13seconds of the 20year Cross Island Race record held by Greg Gustafson at 45mins. Parry's time this year was also his best run ever in the Cross Island.
Matt Cooper who won Round Rarotong Road Race 2017 came in second place to Parry in 54 minutes 20 seconds had to concede that he is a better tarseal than trail runner.
Third place went to Adrian Lysaght, who was close behind at 57 minutes 06 seconds. Among the female runners, New Zealander Melisa O’Brien won out over local Adrianna Skurosz in a time of 57 minutes 27 seconds. This is the best female time in many years.
Skurosz finished in 58 minutes 20 seconds and third place went to Kelsey Horne from Wellington in one hour two minutes 14 seconds.
Best performance of the day was a 3 legged dog (only one front leg) which got enthusiastic at the start line outside Vaima Restaurant and got amongst the 96 runners up the Papua Waterfall road. This dog was very keen as it followed Geoff Stoddart for almost all the way. When the track was flatish it passed and went ahead only to be caught up again on the steep up hill sections. But with only 3 legs it stopped and yelped when it could not balance and grip its way down some steep sections. It was lifted down a couple of steep spots as it had worked so hard keeping up. With just one front leg it could not hold traction down the steep sections . He was so hot his fur was dripping wet. He collapsed on the ground at Pandanus at the end in a time of 1 hour 7 minutes – an amazing feat for a 3 legged dog. Thanks to Sherid Carter who transported “3 legs” back to Vaima where its home was thought to be.