Well it was certainly a sight to see! There was a multitude of Santa's, Mrs Claus', elves, Santa's helpers and generally Christmas-ified folk lining up to take part in the first Rockingham parkrun Running of the Santas.
Officially there were 154 parkrunners taking part, and by all accounts, a lot of fun was had by all. Luckily, after a heatwave the previous week meant that the temperature at 8am was already pretty warm, the morning was clear, bright and pleasant. No Santa's melted away on their 5km trek along the beach, so if the real one snuck in, he was obviously all good to go on Christmas Eve!
Jack CONDRON (SM25-29) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:17 - first appearance. An unknown runner was second. Nathan FAWKES (SM30-34) of WA Marathon Club, was third over the line in 18:35.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Robert GOODALL (Unattached) 1839 pts. Scot RUNDELL (Unattached) 1730 pts. David VEHLOW (Unattached) 1683 pts.
Laura CONDRON (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (4th overall) over the line in 19:42 - first appearance. Ingrid CLELAND (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (8th overall) over the line in 21:16 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions. Jules JENNINGS (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (16th overall) over the line in 22:54 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Teresa CARRUTHERS (Unattached) 2517 pts. Shirley REYNOLDS (Unattached) 2129 pts. Karen POTTS (Unattached) 1961 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: John OLDFIELD (VM70-74) was graded 78.78% for the time 22:23 (13th overall). Laura CONDRON (SW20-24) was graded 75.13% for the time 19:42 (4th overall). Eliza GRIFFIN (JW14) was graded 70.96% for the time 24:03 (25th overall).
This week there were 154 runners, of whom 24 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different athletics clubs took part.
Rockingham parkrun started on 27th April 2013, and since then 946 different runners, including participants from 20 athletics clubs, have completed 4,028 runs covering a total distance of 20,140 km, and there have been 1,134 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Kelly COSSOM who ran in a time of 00:19:17 on 2013-07-06 (event number 11). The men's record is held by Liam FUERY who ran in a time of 00:16:11 on 2013-05-04 (event number 2). The Age Grade course record is held by Matthew RAMSDEN who recorded a 82.53% run (16:36) on 19th October 2013 (event number 24).