Richard Kidby of Mullumbimby, at almost 90 years of age, and showing you’re never too old to give it a go, is ready to be part of the happy crowd walking 8.4 km to Brunswick Heads this Sunday morning.
Richard Kidby of Mullumbimby, at almost 90 years of age, and showing you’re never too old to give it a go, is ready to be part of the happy crowd walking 8.4 km to Brunswick Heads this Sunday morning.

Richard, 89, ready to ‘totter’ to Bruns

At just a week shy of his 90th birthday, Mullumbimby local Richard Kidby has dusted off his joggers and is all fired up to have a go at the second annual Mullum to Bruns Run & Walk this Sunday.

He is the oldest entrant so far, according to organiser Mehil Beckerman, although there is also an Ocean Shores man in his early 80s registered to run the distance.

Richard is making the attempt to inspire other older people to get up and give it a go.

“I won’t be running,” said Richard, “it’ll be more like tottering, but I know I can do the distance if I have the time.

“I asked my cardiologist if I should do it, and he said, ‘go for it’. I climbed Mt Chincogan recently and kayaked the Brunswick River because I like to push myself and also to try to show by example.

“I might collapse half-way, but at least I tried.”

Although earlybird entries are now closed, it’s not too late to register for the Run & Walk, to have a great morning out in the winter sunshine with a happy crowd of fellow runners and walkers and raise money for worthwhile charities at the same time.

Last year more than 800 people took part in the inaugural event, and Mr Beckerman expects even more this year.

He has spent many hours fine-tuning the organisation of the event to make it flow even more smoothly, with the run this year beginning 15 minutes before the walk, so all the runners have a clear path for their sprint; the walk beginning at the primary school for better safety, and police cars hired to make sure all traffic does just what it should.

This year 94 volunteers will be on hand, from The Brunswick Valley Rescue Squad, members of the P and C associations from the primary and high schools, members of the Uniting Church and of the Brunswick Mullumbimby Lions Club, all keen to help and support a wonderful community event.

Last year’s event raised $14,000, and Mr Beckerman hopes to raise a similar amount this year, although organising costs are higher with the increased security.

The money raised this year will be divided equally between the Brunswick Valley Rescue Squad and the indigenous Australia programs of Oxfam Australia, with 10 per cent going to the P and C associations in Mullumbimby.

The run starts from the high school at 8.30am and the walk from the primary school at 8.45am, and participants wanting to make a last-minute decision may enter on the day between 7.15am and 8.15am at the start venue.

To register earlier, go to www.mullumtobruns.org.au or phone 6684 6886 for further information.

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