Event #35 The New Year’s Resolution Run

Happy New Year 2014

 

Numbers were down on previous weeks, obviously due to a few too many people recovering from the previous night's celebrations.  Despite this, 90 parkrunners and 13 volunteers still congregated for a special New Year's Day production of Rockingham parkrun.  Tania Hollis thoughtfully provided a bucket, just in case there were any parkrunners still suffering, but willing it a go anyway!

 

New Year's Resolution Run

Those who made it to the start line to welcome 2014.

 

A good start to the year!

2014 off and running!

 

A little bit chillier than it has been over the past few events, many people obviously wanted to start 2014 with style (and maybe get an early start on those NY resolutions) with 15 PBs achieved.  Maybe this was because, as luck would have it, despite the community celebrations at the venue the previous night, everybody made it home so there were no cross country hurdles to overcome.  For one family, the weather was still perfect, being on a visit to Perth from their home of Manchester, and rocking their club shirts from their UK parkruns.

 

UK visitors

UK visitors proudly rocking their club shirts

 

For all of the mornings photos, go HERE.

Men's placings:
Mark WILLETT (SM35-39)  of Lytham St. Annes RRC,  was first  over the line in 19:54 - first time in 3 appearances.
Samuel EAVES (JM15-19)  (Unattached)  was second  over the line in 23:19.
James EAVES (VM40-44)  (Unattached)  was third (5th overall) over the line in 23:57.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Robert GOODALL (Unattached) 2009 pts.
David VEHLOW (Unattached) 1876 pts.
Scot RUNDELL (Unattached) 1826 pts.

Women's placings:
Jody MCGILL (VW35-39)  (Unattached)  was first (third overall) over the line in 23:30 - first time in 2 appearances.
Alicia KILMINSTER (VW45-49)  (Unattached)  was second (4th overall) over the line in 23:55 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Katrina MORRIS (SW30-34)  (Unattached)  was third (9th overall) over the line in 25:26.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Teresa CARRUTHERS (Unattached) 2666 pts.
Shirley REYNOLDS (Unattached) 2290 pts.
Misaki BAXTER (Unattached) 2080 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Roy BECKETT (VM75-79) was graded 68.93% for the time 28:32 (25th overall).
Mark WILLETT (SM35-39) was graded 68.09% for the time 19:54 (first overall).
Alicia KILMINSTER (VW45-49) was graded 67.04% for the time 23:55 (4th overall).

This week there were 90 runners, of whom 17 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different athletics clubs took part.

Rockingham parkrun started on 27th April 2013, and since then 987 different runners, including participants from 22 athletics clubs, have completed 4,273 runs covering a total distance of 21,365 km, and there have been 1,192 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).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the  Rockingham parkrun Results Page.

 

The Unofficial, but VERY Popular, Twilight Run 2013

As an unofficial parkrun, and therefore no times, no tokens given out or PBs recorded, it is difficult to say exactly how many people took part in the Twilight Run.  But the turnout exceeded expectations because there were HEEEAAAAAAAPS of Rockingham parkrunners, and a few visitors from other Perth events, down at the beach enjoying a run in the last of the afternoon's rays.

Twilight Run

A quick greeting from the Event Director before heading off.

 

Safety was a bigger issue than usual, due to the massive increase in regular park users.  Despite this, the event was incident free, although the large crowd of runners moving past did receive some bemused and curious looks from onlookers!

The serious folks timed themselves, and others just enjoyed the atmosphere, the location and the beautiful afternoon.  All in all, everyone had a rather pleasant way to finish the day, particularly those that found their way to a local bar for a few coldies and pizza!!

For those interested, you can log your time as a Freedom Run.  Just go to one of your results emails or the weekly parkrun news.  Look for the link to 'manage your profile' and follow the links from there.  While you're there, you may need to change your home run to Rockingham if you haven't already done so and you were previously registered at Claisebrook Cove prior to Rockingham parkrun launching.

For all the photos from the evening, go HERE.

 

Event #34 The Last parkrun for 2013

It was the last parkrun for 2013, and a perfect morning at the beach for working off some Christmas excesses!  The locals were given a run for their money with several 'parkrun tourists' from across the globe, with the first finisher Matt Smith, a Junior from Portsmouth UK, edging out Rockingham Junior and regular first finisher Matt Elwell.

Matt Smith and Matt Elwell get off to a good start

Matt Smith and Matt Elwell get off to a good start.

 

All up it was a nearly equal attendance record, with 153 runners, 19 first timers and a massive 44 new PBs achieved.  Hopefully there is still lots of fuel in the tank for an explosion of new PBs at the New Year's Resolution Run coming up......how are you going to start 2014???

Check out the full line up of glamour shots HERE!

Men's placings:
Matthew SMITH (JM15-19)  of City of Portsmouth AC,  was first  over the line in 17:33 - first appearance.
Matt ELWELL (JM15-19)  (Unattached)  was second  over the line in 18:09 - has been first to finish on 9 previous occasions.
Mark WALKEY (SM20-24)  (Unattached)  was third  over the line in 19:14.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Robert GOODALL (Unattached) 1914 pts.
David VEHLOW (Unattached) 1783 pts.
Scot RUNDELL (Unattached) 1730 pts.

Women's placings:
Laura CONDRON (SW20-24)  (Unattached)  was first (4th overall) over the line in 19:22 - second time in 2 appearances.
Jules JENNINGS (SW30-34)  (Unattached)  was second (21st overall) over the line in 23:24 - was first to finish once before.
Eliza GRIFFIN (JW14)  (Unattached)  was third (29th overall) over the line in 24:42 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Teresa CARRUTHERS (Unattached) 2572 pts.
Shirley REYNOLDS (Unattached) 2202 pts.
Misaki BAXTER (Unattached) 1983 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Matthew SMITH (JM15-19) was graded 78.06% for the time 17:33 (first overall).
Laura CONDRON (SW20-24) was graded 76.42% for the time 19:22 (4th overall).
Matt ELWELL (JM15-19) was graded 75.48% for the time 18:09 (second overall).

This week there were 153 runners, of whom 19 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different athletics clubs took part.

Rockingham parkrun started on 27th April 2013, and since then 967 different runners, including participants from 22 athletics clubs, have completed 4,183 runs covering a total distance of 20,915 km, and there have been 1,177 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).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the  Rockingham parkrun Results Page.

 

Event #33 Running of the Santas

Off they GoHoHo!!

Off they GoHoHo!!

 

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.

See all of the mornings photos on our Facebook page Rockingham parkrun.

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!

Men's placings:

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.

Women's placings:

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).

 

 

Running of the Santas

What a sight it will be to behold!

Saturday 21st December will be the inaugural Rockingham parkrun Running of the Santas.  The dress theme for the morning is anything and everything Santa-ish, the more the merrier, followed by a Christmas Brekky.

The will certainly be more than enough HO HO HOs for everyone. So don't forget your barcHO-HO-HOde.....

 

 

New Year’s Resolution Run

Rockingham parkrun will hold a "BONUS" parkrun, to herald in 2014.

The New Year's Resolution Run will be held on WEDNESDAY 1st January 2014, (I know...a Wednesday, weird huh?) same time, same place, same need for volunteers...OK maybe we could get away with a few less!!!

So chase away the hangover and cobwebs, and get ready to welcome in a brand-spanking-new year at Rockingham parkrun.  Bring the family, the picnic rug and the budgie smugglers, actually maybe not the budgie smuuglers, but definitely bring the sunscreen, cos it's the only WA parkrun at the beach....what better spot to make a day of it?

 

Event #25 Be afraid, be very afraid!!!

It was a scary morning to get out of bed and come to Rockingham parkrun this morning, with the Halloween Kids in Control Event #25.  All volunteer positions (except RD and lead cyclist) were filled by some of our junior crew, with a little bit of adult supervision thrown in for safety.

Safety is very important....even for those with no internal organs.

Safety is very important....even for those with no internal organs.

Photographer Seb

Photographer Seb

The dress theme for the morning was Halloween, and the local parkrunners did not disappoint, ghouls, skeletons, devils, witches, zombies, even psychopathic medical professionals, you name it, they were there.

psychopathic slashers, ummm surgeons.

psychopathic slashers, ummm surgeons

The photo album of the morning can be viewed here.

You can run, but you can't hide

You can run, but you can't hide

The kids did a great job being in charge of the 128 parkrunners that turned up, and are most certainly welcome back to volunteer again (hint, hint).

Men's placings:
Mark MIDGLEY (JM15-19) of Baldivis Runners Club, was first over the line in 16:50 - first appearance.
Andrew NICOL (JM15-19) (Unattached) was second (third overall) over the line in 21:21.
Nathan SCOTFORD (SM35-39) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 21:29 - was first to finish once before.Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Scot RUNDELL (Unattached) 1403 pts.
Graham GRIFFIN (Unattached) 1311 pts.
David VEHLOW (Unattached) 1295 pts.
Women's placings:
Ingrid CLELAND (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (second overall) over the line in 20:43 - 6th time in 8 appearances.
Madison GOOD (JW14) of Baldivis Runners Club, was second (6th overall) over the line in 22:04.
Robyn SPINKS (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (11th overall) over the line in 24:17.Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Teresa CARRUTHERS (Unattached) 1803 pts.
Shirley REYNOLDS (Unattached) 1540 pts.
Renae CRAFTER (Unattached) 1451 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mark MIDGLEY (JM15-19) was graded 79.21% for the time 16:50 (first overall).
Madison GOOD (JW14) was graded 75.38% for the time 22:04 (6th overall).
Ingrid CLELAND (SW30-34) was graded 71.92% for the time 20:43 (second overall).

This week there were 128 runners, of whom 17 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different athletics clubs took part.

Rockingham parkrun started on 27th April 2013, and since then 773 different runners, including participants from 13 athletics clubs, have completed 2,941 runs covering a total distance of 14,705 km, and there have been 902 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).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Rockingham parkrun Results Page.

 

 

 

Event #24 Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head!

It was definitely weather for ducks  for Event #24 on 12th October 2013.  Just after the volunteer briefing, it didn't rain cats and dogs, just bucket loads and bucket loads of water.  Numbers were down, which was lucky, because the warm up was held under the Peace Pavilion, and it was cosy to say the least!

A very cosy warm up session!

 

So it was 94 very soggy parkrunners taking off from the starting line, with running shoes squishing and squelching. And even though the rain eased off not soon after, the head wind on the return leg did little to dry everyone out!

Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head.....

If you go out in the raaaiinn.......

 

This morning we were joined by numerous junior first timers from the Baldivis Runners Club, who went on to take out all but one of the first three men's and the first three women's placings.

In fact Matthew Ramsden, not only came close to breaking the course record, he actually managed to overtake and then outpace the lead cyclist. Yes, that's right, the lead cyclist came second.......

Man vs machine, Matthew outran the lead cyclist!

Man vs machine.....Matthew outran the lead cyclist!

 

Men's placings: Matthew RAMSDEN (JM15-19)  of Baldivis Runners Club,  was first  over the line in 16:36 - first appearance. Jesse RODGERS (JM15-19)  of Baldivis Runners Club,  was second  over the line in 17:15. Josh ELLIS (JM15-19)  of Baldivis Runners Club,  was third  over the line in 17:47.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Graham GRIFFIN (Unattached) 1311 pts. Scot RUNDELL (Unattached) 1311 pts. Lawrie NEVIN (Unattached) 1254 pts.

Women's placings: Kirstie MORRISON (JW15-19)  of Baldivis Runners Club,  was first (8th overall) over the line in 21:04 - first appearance. Angelique VAN NIEKERK (JW15-19)  (Unattached)  was second (13th overall) over the line in 23:12 - was first to finish once before. Mana RUNNION (JW14)  of Baldivis Runners Club,  was third (15th overall) over the line in 24:39.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Teresa CARRUTHERS (Unattached) 1706 pts. Shirley REYNOLDS (Unattached) 1462 pts. Renae CRAFTER (Unattached) 1451 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Matthew RAMSDEN (JM15-19) was graded 82.53% for the time 16:36 (first overall). Jesse RODGERS (JM15-19) was graded 80.68% for the time 17:15 (second overall). Josh ELLIS (JM15-19) was graded 78.26% for the time 17:47 (third overall).

This week there were 94 runners, of whom 20 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different athletics clubs took part.

Rockingham parkrun started on 27th April 2013, and since then 756 different runners, including participants from 12 athletics clubs, have completed 2,813 runs covering a total distance of 14,065 km, and there have been 872 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).

 

Event #19 A Magic Window

So despite some dodgy weather overnight and juuusssst prior to parkrun time, Event #19 ended up with a magic window of weather.  Light rain had ceased by around 7:30am, the sun came out, shined down upon the 81 runners that took part, and made it a perfectly pleasant morning for a PB (unless you had to escort your daughter to a toilet stop......)  But by 9:30am, Garden Island did it's TARDIS thing again (ie it disappeared!), the clouds rolled in and the rain absolutely persisted down.

Once again we had a female first finisher, however the inspirational parkrunner of the morning was Daphne Beckett, who turns 80 in January, and turned in a new PB of 46:33 mins. Just goes to prove that parkrun is for everyone!

Daphne Beckett....nearly 80, but totally awesome!

Daphne Beckett....nearly 80, but totally awesome!

 

Men's placings: Rob DREGHORN (VM45-49)  (Unattached)  was first (second overall) over the line in 20:33 - first appearance. Martin BALL (VM50-54)  (Unattached)  was second (third overall) over the line in 20:52. An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Graham GRIFFIN (Unattached) 1220 pts. Scot RUNDELL (Unattached) 1125 pts. Ralph DESMOND (Unattached) 1068 pts.

Women's placings: Jemima CUMMINS (JW15-19)  (Unattached)  was first (first overall) over the line in 19:22 - 6th time in 7 appearances. Pamela MCCASKIE (SW30-34)  (Unattached)  was second (4th overall) over the line in 21:07. Katrina NICHOLBUM (SW25-29)  (Unattached)  was third (7th overall) over the line in 23:20.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Teresa CARRUTHERS (Unattached) 1316 pts. Barbara WILSON (Unattached) 1175 pts. Eliza GRIFFIN (Unattached) 1157 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Jemima CUMMINS (JW15-19) was graded 78.06% for the time 19:22 (first overall). Lawrie NEVIN (VM70-74) was graded 71.54% for the time 25:39 (17th overall). Martin BALL (VM50-54) was graded 71.25% for the time 20:52 (third overall).

This week there were 81 runners, of whom 12 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different athletics clubs took part.

Rockingham parkrun started on 27th April 2013, and since then 660 different runners, including participants from 10 athletics clubs, have completed 2,231 runs covering a total distance of 11,155 km, and there have been 711 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 Giovanni PUGLISI who recorded a 81.72% run (19:58) on 17th August 2013 (event number 16).

 

Event #18 An Election Day Special!

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 ballot box

The results

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.

Men's placings:

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.

Women's placings:

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.

Oh what a feeling....Teresa!

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).