Christmas and New Year Day parkruns

Rockingham parkrun will not be formally staging either a Christmas Day or NYD 'bonus' parkrun.

This is in part due to the clean up from the NY Eve celebrations but also due to planning for a milestone event that will be affected by the addition of an extra run.

On the 22nd December, we will be having a Christmas themed tutu run though, so be prepared to get your jingle on!

 

2015 New Year’s Resolution Run

It's the New Year's Resolution Run......what does this mean??  It means that once again, Rockingham parkrun will be holding a BONUS RUN on New Year's Day, starting at 8am as usual.

It means that as well as holding a normal parkrun on Saturday 27th December and Saturday 3rd January (well, as normal as they ever are haha), there will also be a Rockingham parkrun on NYD2015 which counts as an officially counted run towards your run tally.

What???? 3 parkruns within eight days? The world's gone crazy.

Volunteers will be needed as usual, results will be processed as usual.  So stay off the sauce on the last day of 2014, and herald in 2015 minus the hangover with a New Year's Resolution at Rockingham parkrun.

 

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 #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.....

 

 

Wild and Windy Weather sees Rocky parkrun cancelled!

Saturday 27th July was certainly a wild and woolly day in the West.  Not just Rockingham parkrun, but all four WA parkruns were put on ice, due to severe storms and warnings from the BOM. Hopefully, all the nasty weather will occur during the week only for the rest of winter, leaving parkrun day fine and sunny for the rest of winter!

 

 

Launch Event is nearly here!

The countdown is on! Only 5 more sleeps to go, before the launch of parkrun in Rockingham WA.  We think it will prove to be as popular and as successful as it has been in other parts of the world, including Australia (there are now more than 20 parkrun events Down Under).

Warm up will be conducted by Mandy from Body Prep at 7:45am, with the run starting at 8am.  See you down at Churchill Park (Rockingham foreshore) for 5 k's of fun!

Don't forget, bring some money for a sociable post-run coffee with your fellow parkrunners from one of several cafes in the area, in the beautiful park by the beach.

 

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