Lifestyle Sport

Festival of Feet returning for fun day for all family

DAVID Richies has turned the tables on what most would consider to be a “comfortable” retirement.

After getting into running at the age of 50, the now 62-year-old has never looked back, racking up accolades of which most people can only dream.

He is now planning to continue his success in the 14km race at the upcoming Georges River Festival of the Feet.

“I started running to improve my fitness and well-being,” David said.

“My first event was the Canberra Marathon.”

There was no stopping him after that. His impressive achievements to date include the NSW Masters records in the 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 metres and the Australian record for a half marathon in the 60-64 age category which he completed in 1.14.54 at Homebush in 2017, a mind-blowing three minutes and 34 seconds per kilometre.

“I was 30 seconds off the world record,” David said. “Don’t know if I could do it again.”

David is eager to compete in this year’s Georges River Festival of the Feet, the annual running extravaganza put on by the Western Districts Joggers and Harriers at Lake Gilawarna.

He encourages everyone to come along and have a go, no matter their age or experience. “Challenge yourself,” he said.

“And run with a friend if it’s your first time. Set achievable goals. Remember that your most important competitor is you. The time doesn’t matter.”

The Westies Joggers have played a critical role in shaping David’s extraordinary running career. He regularly drives to Lake Gilawarna from his Blue Mountains home to compete with his fellow Westies runners.

“The people are friendly and encouraging,” he said.

“There is no pressure or judgement and all walkers and runners are catered for.”

The Georges River Festival of the Feet will take place on July 14 at Lake Gillawarna Georges Hall.

Enter at