Well it was the day before celebrating this great country, and it was no surprise that Rockingham parkrunners put on a good display in dressing for the occasion for Event #39, the Aussie Aussie Aussie Run.
It was the first time that attendance numbers moved over the 200 mark, with 215 parkrunners (including 35 first-timers) turning up in a varied assortment of Aussie flags and the green and gold.
For full event photos, click HERE.
It was also a special day for regular Rockingham parkrunner Daphne Beckett, who celebrated her first parkrun in the 80-84 age group.
As Daphne crossed the finish line, she was welcomed by kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, as well as the rousing cheers of the Rockingham parkrun community.
Congratulations Daphne, we look forward to sharing many more birthdays with you.
Event number 39 - 25th January 2014
Mark MIDGLEY (JM15-19) of Baldivis Runners Club, was first over the line in 17:08 - second time in 2 appearances.
Matt ELWELL (JM15-19) (Unattached) was second over the line in 17:20 - has been first to finish on 11 previous occasions.
An unknown runner was third.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Robert GOODALL (Unattached) 2140 pts.
David VEHLOW (Unattached) 2102 pts.
Scot RUNDELL (WA Marathon Club) 1955 pts.
Jemima CUMMINS (JW15-19) (Unattached) was first (6th overall) over the line in 19:00 - 12th time in 14 appearances.
Candace BROOK (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (10th overall) over the line in 20:19.
Clare Natalie ALFONSO (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (17th overall) over the line in 23:06.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Teresa CARRUTHERS (Unattached) 2814 pts.
Shirley REYNOLDS (Unattached) 2524 pts.
Misaki BAXTER (Unattached) 2444 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jemima CUMMINS (JW15-19) was graded 79.56% for the time 19:00 (6th overall).
Matt ELWELL (JM15-19) was graded 79.04% for the time 17:20 (second overall).
Mark MIDGLEY (JM15-19) was graded 77.82% for the time 17:08 (first overall).
This week there were 215 runners, of whom 35 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different athletics clubs took part.
Rockingham parkrun started on 27th April 2013, and since then 1,111 different runners, including participants from 26 athletics clubs, have completed 4,988 runs covering a total distance of 24,940 km, and there have been 1,355 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Jemima CUMMINS who ran in a time of 00:19:00 on 2014-01-25 (event number 39).
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).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rockingham parkrun Results Page.