Chinny Charge sold out

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

For the first time in 16 years the Chinny Charge is on again!

This Saturday September 16, 500 people will be running and walking up Mount Chincogan to win prizes – or in many cases just to enjoy the view.

While places are now fully booked, those running are reminded that there are to be no dogs or smoking on the mountain.

The race will start at the Mullumbimby Memorial Petria Thomas Swimming Pool at 2pm. It will be started  by race winner Colin Creighton, who won the  second Chinny Charge in bare feet with four stitches in his big toe in 1967.

After doing the mountain dash, the keenest of runners will charge back into town and cross the finishing line at the Mullumbimby Post Office.

Don’t forget you can confirm your place in the race from 12 noon at the Mullumbimby Swimming Pool.

If you would like to win a $200 prize from Mullumbimby IGA you can try and guess the winning time. Fill out the form (on page 10) and make your best guess.

Pop your entry into the box at the IGA and the Mullumbimby Newsagents. The entry box will move to the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on the day. You will be able to submit your guess up until the beginning of the race.

Special effort

Do you know anyone who is running the race who deserves recognition for ‘special effort and encouragement of others’? If you do, or if you are in or watching the race and notice anyone who does something that makes you think they should get recognition for their actions, then let the organisers know.

You can give them suggestions in writing at the table where the race begins or where the race ends.

Kevin Moran Memorial

The Kevin Moran Memorial Shield will be awarded for special effort and encouragement of others and was donated in his memory by Kevin’s closest friends and adopted family – the Davis family of Main Arm. Kevin was a man who liked a challenge and had run the Chincogan Charge numerous times even after he required kidney dialysis, a kidney transplant and coronary bypass surgery.

The shield was first awarded to local Dr Suresh in 1991, who himself ran 26 consecutive races up Mount Chincogan between 1975 and 2001.

Water stations will be placed on the mountain so keep it green and clean and use their recyclable cups or take your own water bottle to refill.

An historical exhibition on the history of the Chinny Charge and the Chincogan Fiesta will also be on show in the auditorium of the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club.


MC Ellen Briggs will present awards to the winners from 4pm in the park around the Civic Centre. There will be awards for fastest overall runners, fastest local runners, oldest runners and the special-merit Kevin Moran Shield.

There will also be drinks and food stalls.

If you are interested in helping to plan next year’s event, pop in and speak to Jenelle at the Mullumbimby Newsagent, phone her on 0418 487 178 or email her at [email protected]

5 responses to “Chinny Charge sold out”

  1. Len Heggarty says:

    The celebration of this Chinny Charge exercise is that the Charge begins in the town. It begins in the town off Mullumbimby, in the CBD. That is unique of any town, so the business membership of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce would definably be behind the Charge and the event also would be supporting the business profitability of the town and the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce.
    The promotion of the event would have a huge Tourist component and profit motive push for the biggest little town on the Northern Rivers. Is not Mt Chincogan the biggest little mountain we have got to match this great town.
    Does it not dawn on anyone to keep open permanently the walking track to the top for the general public instead of just one day of the year. Yes, the track is on private land, but can’t there be some negotiation be made for the sake of the town’s profitability and progress.

    • tim. says:

      Len, if the “Biggest Little Town” promotes itself too hard, it will simply become the next Byron Bay.
      And who want’s that ?
      Surely, the fact that it’s a once-a-year ever generates it’s special quality and to open it up to an everyday stroll would reduce the magic of the annual opportunity to climb the Mountain.
      And incidently – as you say – it’s on private land. Would You want a bunch of everyday tourists trekking through your private backyard everyday ?

  2. Len Hend says:

    On Saturday you will notice that there is nowhere for tired, elderly or sick persons to sit and rest anywhere outside the central business area.
    Best you start thinking of these people who would like to rest on their way to town.
    Or is pampering the tourists more important?

  3. Michael says:

    When the track was open many years ago, people didn’t just walk up the mountain. They stole from properties; left gates open, causing stock to wander; left their rubbish anywhere they liked; and used the walk as a public toilet. The closure of the track lead to violence and was not nice at all.
    If a business in Mullum needs that state of affairs to occur again to be profitable, then they should re – think their business plan. A glance at real estate prices, seems to indicate that Mullumbimby is progressing adequately without a walk up Chincogan.

  4. Torsten says:

    It’s not even so much the responsible quiet trekking that’s the problem. Some of the issues encountered by landholders (often on a frequent basis) even while the track is closed are: Lighting of fires on the peak during high fire danger periods, careless disposal of cigarette butts being a fire risk and wildlife hazard, general littering (especially at the top where you need both hands to climb), people entering houses on the properties to use toilets without permission, leaving gates open for cattle to go from one property to the other (or even just between paddocks), getting lost and wandering through properties not even near the track, throwing big rocks and boulders off the cliff into private land below with no idea what they will hit, screaming that is indistinguishable from people in distress, just to name a few. There has also been instances of firearm use from the top to who knows where below and firework rockets and flares being let off. And if the parents could see what the kids often do on the western cliffs they’d be grounded for life.
    For the last 15 years we’ve always been supporters of the resurrection of the Chinni Charge and we are happy to negotiate access with anyone who provides notice, ID and (in the case of community groups) the relevant insurance. Many of the local schools and hiking groups get regular access.

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