Posted on Mar 28, 2017
Fun run entries and weather were both wild
AGAINST THE WIND: a Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club member joined Rotarians Rick Dawson and Andrew Whall in tying down a billowing marquee. Ken Gray (centre) stands ready.
PALM Beach Rotary’s third Beachside Festival was a blast in more ways than one.  The first blast was the record shattering 641 registrations for the four fun runs on Sunday.
And about 580 people of all ages ran despite the second blast — the high wind which tore (and tore off) marquee roofs and forced the festival to end a couple of hours earlier than planned.
While most runners were local, some came from Capel, Kwinana, South Yunderup, all over the
Perth metropolitan area, Lesmurdie, Mandurah, Byford , Karnup. One runner came from West Footscray in Victoria and another from Derby. Forecast rain held off but the
wind was unrelenting, slowing the runners on the outward leg but helping them on their way back to the finishing line. It made life difficult for stall holders and visitors  browsing the exhibits, patronising the kids’ attractions and supporting their runners.
The high winds also forced abandonment of the planned dragon boat races. The normally calm waters of Safety Bay were too choppy for these low craft. “They are smooth water boats,” said Christine Martin of the Cockburn Blades Dragon Boat Club.
Festival committee chairman Paul Ellis was thrilled by the number of entries, adding they were due to lower prices. “One woman told us it was the cheapest fun run she had ever entered,” he remarked. He had aimed the festival at families and the family entry fee (for two adults and three children) was only $10 for the five kilometre run and $20 for the 10-kilometre run. That encouraged the huge entry. Officially, 194 people registered for the informal 2.5km fun run but Paul estimated 220 actually earlier events, they could run for free with their children in the 2.5km event,” he said. “A lot backed up and did just that.” He added: “Most fun runs now are corporate events, with 80 per cent of the funds raised going to the companies running them rather than good causes. “Virtually all of the money made from our fun runs will go to the youth of Rockingham.”
Encouraging for the organisers were comments from many runners’ that the course was was of the best.
Festival stallholders offering the hot food did good business and the one coffee van did a roaring trade — its queue was often 20 metres long.
21km men:
1, Wade Adam; 2, Chris Lark; 3 Scott Tamblin.
(Rockingham Triathlon Club committee member Sandra
Adam, Wade Adam’s mother, did a PB in the half marathon.)

21km women:
1, Ingrid Cleland; 2, Jenny Algar; 3, Kelly
Thompson. 10km men: 1, Tony Jenjic; 2, Paul Silchinger; 3, Nick
 10km women:
1, Natasha Pertwee; 2, Cherie Savin; 3, Jacky Gooderhan.
WE DID IT: Rylan Klopper and
Tayne Woods tell David Stewart
the 2.5km run wasn’t too bad.

5km men:
1, Josh Brown; 2, Shane Klopper; 3, Chris Gore.

5km women:
1, Hanna Rennick; 2, Ann Schmidt; 3, Kerry Brown.