Lyn Hopkinson, Ashleigh Sabine and Jessie Grooms prepare for a past Darrel Chapman Fun Run. The event is on next month.
Lyn Hopkinson, Ashleigh Sabine and Jessie Grooms prepare for a past Darrel Chapman Fun Run. The event is on next month.

Run for fun returns to Lismore

By DAVE ARTHUR BRILLIANT news this week. One of Lismore??s premier sporting events has been re-established.

Southern Cross University??s Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management announced on Monday that the Darrel Chapman Fun Run would go ahead on May 20 after a hiatus of three years.

This will be the 12th running of the race that is held in memory of one of the region??s most acclaimed sportsmen and sporting administrators.

Chapman was responsible for many great things in his all-too-short-a-time.

He captained South Sydney, played with the Kangaroos, was a former pupil of Woodlawn College, founded the North Coast Academy of Sport and together with the late Frank Whitebrook started the Department that now organises the event that bears his name.

The event this year will be run by sport management students with the emphasis on frivolity as their slogan says Walk or Run, Just Have Fun.

Local paediatrician Chris ??Cheshire Cat?? Ingall, who knew Darrel well, is one of the happiest men around at the moment.

Not only is he ecstatic the run is back but a charity close to his heart will benefit.

Proceeds will go to Our Kids which, through fundraising guru Rebekka Batista and her phalanx of willing volunteers, do some wonderful things for local children??s health services.

Sponsors aplenty (including Southern Cross University, Lismore Workers Club, The Northern Star and NBN) are in place; the course, which will wend its way through the pleasant environs of East Lismore, is set; and all that is required is um, er, participants!

That??s where YOU come in. No excuses, the grass won??t be growing much, other chores can wait and your lardy backside could do with a bit of exercise!

You can tackle the 6km course or the 3km version, dress like a runner or wear something ridiculous, you can hop, wheel yourself or do the entire route on your hands, naked except for lederhosen but you MUST do it for fun and you MUST have a smile on your dial!

For inquiries, entry forms and any other information, log on to the website at http://dcfr.scu.edu.au/ or look out for advertisements in The Northern Star over the next few weeks. Hearts go out for Bangalow rugby ?zWE HAD sad news this week. There was a tragic event at Bangalow in a rugby union match between the Royals and close neighbours Byron Bay. Nobody did anything wrong, it was an innocuous but awkward landing, treatment and stabilisation was swift and exact (thanks to local paramedics and the Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter). It was one of those things that can happen in just about any sport. But happen it did and young Richard Allan now faces an as yet uncertain future after a catastrophic spinal injury. Richard is in one of the best places possible for this type of spinal injury and has received overwhelming support from family, team-mates, his club, the zone and the ARU. Our hearts go out to Richard and his loved ones, especially his wife Kylie and baby daughter Chloe. This column for one will be right behind any efforts to do anything to secure his family??s future. If you have any ideas, contact Mike Dowd at the Bangalow Hotel on 66871314.



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