Gearing up for the Darrel Chapman Fun Run are Elizabeth and David Beveridge with (l-r) their children Clancy and Madeline, Madeline’s running mate this year, Alex, and Joshua Pascoe from the Darrel Chapman Fun Run.
Gearing up for the Darrel Chapman Fun Run are Elizabeth and David Beveridge with (l-r) their children Clancy and Madeline, Madeline’s running mate this year, Alex, and Joshua Pascoe from the Darrel Chapman Fun Run.

Fun run a family affair

Elizabeth and David Beveridge from East Lismore aren’t particularly athletic people, but that hasn’t stopped them running in the Darrel Chapman Fun Run as a family for the last 16 years.

When they started entering the charity run, Elizabeth used to push her son Clancy in his stroller and it’s one of the things the Beveridges love about the event – you can walk, run, push a pram, hop, crawl… whatever you like.

“We like to be involved in community activities – we’re not hardcore runners or anything, we just thought being involved was important,” David Beveridge said. “If everyone gets involved in a community activity every year then the community benefits as a whole. It’s one of those little things we can all do to create a better community. As a family it always felt like an achievement to finish.”

Four years ago the Darrel Chapman Fun Run became a fundraiser for the Our Kids charity, which purchases equipment to help sick children at Lismore Base Hospital. Elizabeth works in the special care nursery and said when Our Kids became the beneficiary, it reignited her interest in the run.

“The kids weren’t always around, they were doing university and things, but I was inspired to keep going,” Elizabeth said. “So I got the work family instead.”

This year Elizabeth and David will be doing the Darrel Chapman Fun Run with son Clancy and daughter Madeline.

Entrants in this year’s fun run, held on May 16, can choose from a 3km run or a 6km run and there are several categories you can enter – under 16, over 50, differently abled and open. The day also includes free entertainment, raffles and a BBQ for hungry runners.

The event is organised by Exercise Science and Sports Management students as part of their course, and already this year the students have exceeded last year’s fundraising target.

“The students are fantastic – it is so well organised,” Elizabeth said. “They put on a great event and always make everyone feel welcome.”

Students from Southern Cross University are having a stall at Lismore Shopping Square this Saturday, May 1, where you can register for the event between 9am and 1pm.

You can pick up an entry form at the stall, or from the Lismore Workers Club, Newcastle Permanent Trust, Juice It Up, or http://dcfr.scu.edu.au. For more information, phone Joshua Pascoe on 6620 3166.


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