REMEMBERING ROSS: Three generations of the one Alstonville family Nic Hamilton (left), grandmother Shirley Cochran and her daughter and Nic’s mum Vicki Dobrunz will take part in the Alstonville Wollongbar Fun Run Challenge in memory of the late Ross Hargreaves.
REMEMBERING ROSS: Three generations of the one Alstonville family Nic Hamilton (left), grandmother Shirley Cochran and her daughter and Nic’s mum Vicki Dobrunz will take part in the Alstonville Wollongbar Fun Run Challenge in memory of the late Ross Hargreaves. Graham Broadhead

Three generations run in memory of Ross Hargreaves

THERE is some irony in an Alstonville family's participation in a fun run on Sunday in memory of a close relative.

Shirley Cochran, her daughter Vicki Dobrunz and Vicki's son Nic Hamilton will complete the 5km walk as Team Ross at the Alstonville Wollongbar Fun Run Challenge in memory of Ross Hargreaves - son, brother and uncle to the trio - who passed away in October 2011 as a result of a brain tumour.

It's a very respectful thing what the three generations of the one family are doing to honour the memory of Ross.

But Vicki admitted Ross was "the complete opposite to an athlete".

"If he was (in the fun run), he would've whinged all the way," she joked.

However, Shirley said her son, who was aged 42 when he lost his battle with the tumour diagnosed eight years before his death, had a "passion for life".

Though the family admitted Ross was not the athletic type, back in 2011 during a period of remission he had the resolve to get stuck into some training and complete the Gold Coast half-marathon.

And that has inspired the family to take on other adventurous challenges in Ross's memory, like Mudfest in August, which is a 2km obstacle course event at Buderim.

Shirley said Ross, from the Gold Coast, did like to walk and he liked to raise money to support charities.

The trio will be easily identified at this Sunday's fun run as they will be wearing T-shirts and caps with Team Ross emblazoned on them.

The second annual Alstonville Wollongbar Fun Run Challenge is on Sunday, with the 10km runners starting at 7am from Alstonville High School in Cawley Cl.

The events

  • Elders Alstonville 10km Run - 7am.
  • Summerland House Farm 1km Junior Dash - 8am.
  • Summit Fitness 5km Run - 8.30am.
  • Newsxpress Wollongbar 5km Walk - 9am.

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