Running in rain for fun 'n' funds

It was all go at the start of the 10km run as the rain came down at Missingham Park in Ballina for the Lions fun run.
It was all go at the start of the 10km run as the rain came down at Missingham Park in Ballina for the Lions fun run. Doug Eaton

PUDDLE dodging and the weight of soggy sneakers added an extra degree of difficulty to yesterday's seventh annual Ballina Lions Fun Run.

"It should have been a triathlon," joked 10km run competitor Paul Rippon, who also complained of nipple rash from running in his wet t-shirt. His light-hearted take on yesterday's miserable conditions was mirrored by many of the 400 competitors who soldiered on despite the cold and wet.

Ballina Lions president John Grant said the rain was disappointing, but to have 400 people turn up to Missingham Park was 'incredible.'

Both serious competitors and those looking to fulfil personal goals took part - like Ballina's Cahli Milner, who completed the 10km as part of a 12 week weight-loss program that has seen her lose 22kg: "I feel fantastic," she said.

Winners were Darryl Hill and Amanda Watson in the 10km run; Adam Horder and Jessica Fleming in the 5km run; Michael Barnes and Ainslie Bakker in the under 17s 5km run; Hunter Morgan and Gabby Stanek in the Under 12s 5km division and Michael Douglas and Pauline Butler in the over 50s.

The run was a fundraiser for Biala Special School.

Topics:  biala special school, competitor, fundraiser, funds, jogging, lismore, murwillumbah, rain, running, seventh annual ballina lions fun run, weather



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