And they're off: Competitors take off as the starter’s gun is fired for the 2010 Darrel Chapman Fun Run at the SCU yesterday.
And they're off: Competitors take off as the starter’s gun is fired for the 2010 Darrel Chapman Fun Run at the SCU yesterday. Cathy Adams

500 competitors show for fun run

OVER 500 eager fun runners donned their joggers and hit the streets of East Lismore yesterday for the annual Darrel Chapman Fun Run.

The event, which started in 1993, is organised by Southern Cross University students as part of a subject called ‘sports facilities and events’.

Fun run media promotions co-ordinator and student Josh Pascoe said the event provided students with hands on experience in event management.

“We have learned about time management, organisational skills and media skills,” he said.

About 20 students took the subject and spent three months organising the event.

The 3km route was won by Stuart Lorimer in the men’s division and Jessica Gilfillan in the women’s.

The 6km route was won by Henry Pye in the men’s division and Courtney Gilfillan in the women’s.

However, not all entrants were in it to win. Dr Dave Arthur of Southern Cross University was seen pushing local paediatrician Dr Chris Ingall along the route in a cot with wheels.

The fun run started at Southern Cross University at 9am and finished back on the campus with a sausage sizzle and entertainment by Teagan Russel and Ryan Carerro.

The event began to commemorate the life of Darrel Chapman and has been run 15 times, although not consecutively. After an interval it resumed in 2006.

Mr Chapman captained the South Sydney Rabbitohs and reached great heights playing for the Kangaroos.

He was also instrumental in the formation of the North Coast Academy of Sport, the School of Exercise Science and Sports Management at Southern Cross University and the NSW Academy of Sport.

Mr Pascoe said he had enjoyed organising the fun run so much, he would one day like to work on Sydney’s famous 14km City to Surf run.

Money raised from the fun run goes to local charity Our Kids to buy lifesaving medical equipment for Lismore Base Hospital.



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