GET SET: Steve Bennett gets ready for the Darrel Chapman Fun Run in Lismore.
GET SET: Steve Bennett gets ready for the Darrel Chapman Fun Run in Lismore. Marc Stapelberg

Lismore fun run back with 21km challenge

GET your running shoes ready for the Darrel Chapman fun run when it returns this September 20 with an added half marathon challenge.

The event raises money for local charity Our Kids, which will use the money to buy lifesaving equipment for childrens' wards in hospitals.

Our Kids co-ordinator Rebekka Battista said there were about six or seven items she hopes the fun run will pay for.

"We've got $130,000 on our wishlist ... it will go to buying equipment like humidifiers, analysers and cardiotograph," she said.

Cardiotography refers to the monitoring and recording of a baby's heart rate during labour.

The fun run usually raises about $10,000, but this year Ms Battista is aiming for a bit more.

"We may go even further because we've got Lismore's first half marathon," she said.

Lords Taverners and the Masters Games have come together with the fun run to help support Our Kids and honour Darrel Chapman's memory.

Mr Chapman died 22 years ago and the fun run was launched around four years later.

"Darrel Chapman was so much about involving all people in sports... the fundraiser was created to honour that," Ms Battista said.

Mr Chapman's wife, Barbara, said the event reflected her late husband's dedication to the community.

"One of his main objectives was to make sure every child in the community had equal chance to participate at their own level," Ms Chapman said.

"Everybody can join in ... it's not just a run, it's a walk as well."

Masters Games chairman Matt Barlow said the fun run would attract people of all ages, including older runners.

"There's a lot of mature age runners out there and we're hoping to target that market," Mr Barlow said.

"10 kilometres is just that little bit extra for the average runner, and 21 kilometres is a real challenge."

Register online at http://www.darrelchapman.com or phone Our Kids on 6620 2705.


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