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January 18, 2022

Time to run up that there old mountain

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Aslan Shand

Mount Chincogan sits above the town of Mullumbimby and for many the climb, run, walk or saunter up it’s flanks can be anything from a challenge, to reminiscing or just a great walk with fantastic views.

The mountain is only open for public access once a year thanks to the tireless efforts of the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce. They arranged for the annual Chinny Charge to take place again for the first time in 2017 after a 16 year hiatus and it will run again this year on 19 September.

‘The Chinny Charge was a really important part of this towns history,’ said Chamber President Jenelle Stanford.

‘It was how the town funded the Mullumbimby Memorial swimming pool as well as raising money to put towards other charities and improvements to the town. Since we re-started the Chinny Charge in 2017 we have been able to use the money raised to donated to LandCare, we’ve, supported our local business throughout COVID-19, we sponsored a local art piece as part of the Mullumbimby sculpture and continue our support for the Mullumbimby Gateway site.

‘It is a great way to open up the mountain for locals as well as raise money towards important facilities and improvements in Mullumbimby and the surrounding areas.’

Richelle Hill on her finish line dash in the 2019 Chinny Charge. Photo Tree Faerie


Places for running and walking up the mountain are limited to 500 on the day.  Registrations are opening this Wednesday at lunch time and you can book your spot online at Event Wizards.

The entry fee is $50 for runners and $25 for non-competitors. If you leave it to the last minute it is $75 on the day if there are spaces available.

Are you over 12?

Importantly, competitors have to be 12 years and over to run or walk up the mountain. There will be a separate Children’s Challenge to the base of the mountain, which leaves before the main event, at 1.30pm (entry $15).

The race will start and finish outside the fire station, and NSW Fire and Rescue Station 388 will also be assisting with first aid.

Due to the COVID-19 requirements all bibs for the race will be sent out via mail to individual nominations.


There are a range of prizes that can be won as part of the Chinny Charge from the fastest man and woman to cross the line ($500), the fastest local woman and man, the oldest woman and man to participate in the charge. The Kevin Moran memorial shield is ‘awarded for special effort and encouragement of others’ and was donated in his memory by his closest friends and adopted family – the Davis family of Main Arm.

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  1. Would it be possible for some of the money raised in the run to be spent on a sculpture that looks like a seat.
    It could be placed somewhere about half way between my place and Woolworths.
    I (and others) are unable to walk into town in one go and it is a beautiful walk.

  2. I understand Chincogan is a women’s mountain. Have you asked the traditional owners if this is appropriate? Perhaps you can should organise a climb up the 5G tower instead?


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