Event #18 dawned calm and clear down at the beach, although there were thunderous rumblings and lightning strikes to be seen out at sea. Luckily though, the weather remained favourably dry, and far less windy than last week's gale force blusterings.
With 121 the official final count, it was a simple, fun and friendly start to the day, in contrast to the last three years of conniving and manipulations that ultimately ended with today's federal election. In honour of the occasion, the official, two-party preferred, Rockingham parkrun ballot box was out for one and all to cast their vote in a democratic fashion as to who would ultimately lead the country by the end of the day.
The finish tokens were placed in to either Liberal or Labor slots, and with a final tally of 69 to 52 in favour of the Liberals, it just goes to show that Rocky parkrunners are on the ball when it comes to current events.
But the only results that really mattered were the ones from the field.
Matt ELWELL (JM15-19) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:25 - 8th time in 9 appearances. Martin BALL (VM50-54) (Unattached) was second over the line in 21:11. Paul FALCONER (VM50-54) of WA Marathon Club, was third over the line in 21:40.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Scot RUNDELL (Unattached) 1125 pts. Graham GRIFFIN (Unattached) 1123 pts. Ralph DESMOND (Unattached) 1068 pts.
Eliza GRIFFIN (JW14) (Unattached) was first (4th overall) over the line in 22:24 - first time in 11 appearances. Leisha Kylie MCGINNIS (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (11th overall) over the line in 24:08. Robyn SPINKS (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (12th overall) over the line in 24:29.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Teresa CARRUTHERS (Unattached) 1223 pts. Barbara WILSON (Unattached) 1175 pts. Tania HOLLIS (Unattached) 1077 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Matt ELWELL (JM15-19) was graded 78.66% for the time 17:25 (first overall). Eliza GRIFFIN (JW14) was graded 76.19% for the time 22:24 (4th overall). Phoebe PITTARD (JW14) was graded 73.62% for the time 27:44 (38th overall).
This week there were 121 runners, of whom 25 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.
Rockingham parkrun started on 27th April 2013, and since then 648 different runners, including participants from 10 athletics clubs, have completed 2,150 runs covering a total distance of 10,750 km, and there have been 688 new Personal Bests.
The Women's course record is held by Kelly COSSOM who ran in a time of 19:17 on 6th July 2013 (event number 11). The Men's course record is held by Liam FUERY who ran in a time of 16:11 on 4th May 2013 (event number 2). The Age Grade course record is held by Giovanni PUGLISI who recorded a 81.72% run (19:58) on 17th August 2013 (event number 16).