A fun run family tradition
By Will Jackson
JESSICA GILFILLAN yesterday continued a fun run-winning family tradition.
The 15-year-old was the first woman across the line in the 6km division of the 12th Southern Cross University Darrel Chapman Fun Run, a feat her proud mother Karen has achieved three times and her big sister Ashlea twice.
Jessica, who is soon to head off to the World Youth Championships, said she found the course pretty easy. ??I just got into my rhythm and went for it,?? she said.
Jessica came second overall, beaten by only a short distance by Adam Horder, owner of Ballina??s Intershape Ladies Gym.
??It??s a good tough course,?? Adam said, barely puffed after crossing the finish line.
??Especially from about the 4km mark where you hit the hill at the uni. ??I started out pretty easy but brought it home strong. I don??t think a lot of the other guys took the hill into account.??
One of the standout youngsters was Jessica Powers who was the first girl to finish in the 3km division. The 11-year-old, one of the Northern Rivers?? best young cross country runners, said she was keen to take on the 6km division next year.
Returning after a three-year hiatus, this year??s fun run was a huge success, in large part thanks to all the volunteers from the university??s Department of Exercise and Sports Management.
Hundreds ran, jogged and walked the East Lismore course, including Lismore MP Thomas George, Councillor Jenny Dowell and paediatrician Chris Ingall. Some entered the Fun Run as teams including a 12-member squad from Lismore Base Hospital??s Endoscopy Unit who said they were happy to ??bring up the rear??.
All proceeds from the event went to the hospital??s children??s ward and special care nursery charity Our Kids. ?? Check tomorrow??s Northern Star for full results.