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Thursday 16th November, 2023
Brewery Arts Centre - Malt Room - Kendal
5:30pm (GMT+0:00) Europe/London (Greenwich Mean Time)
Run time: 1 hour

Event Details

Richard Askwith, author of the award-winning 'Feet in the Clouds' and a life-long running enthusiast, was at the point of giving up running for good. Then he came across the remarkable world of late-life athletics, and resolved to find out more.

The result is a thrilling, life-affirming quest for the secrets of the happy few who keep on running all through life's later decades, culminating in a life-changing adventure at the World Masters Athletics Championships. It's a resounding message of hope for any runner who has felt their joy in their sport being undermined by age.

This talk is for anyone who has ever felt the healing power of running, and for anyone who believes that you don't have to take growing old lying down. Join us for an exhilarating story of one man's journey from despair to hope, explaining how timely adjustments to lifestyle can keep you running happily and healthily, all the way into old age.

Richards's book The Race Against Time will be available to purchase at the Festival book store over the Festival weekend.

There will be a book signing straight after the event.

Richard will be in conversation with Lakeland Fellrunner Dan Duxbury.

Published by Yellow Jersey.


“A hymn to the benefits of running, of being active, of the resilience of the human spirit, no matter your age. Inspirational.” - Observer

“In The Race Against Time, Askwith touches upon something larger than simply running or sport - he helps us to see ourselves, and to question where we're going, and how we want to face up to the frailties of being human. As always, he writes beautifully about his own efforts, his hopes and insecurities, leading the reader deep into a world both inspiring and moving” - Adharanand Finn, author of Running with the Kenyans

“This is a particularly inspiring book for everyone, not just older runners. An excellent read!” - Stride

About Richard Askwith

Richard Askwith has been a journalist for over 40 years. He has written six previous books, including his modern classic on fell running, 'Feet in the Clouds', which won the Best New Writer category at the British Sports Book Awards and was shortlisted for the William Hill and Boardman Tasker prizes, and he is now one of the UK's most celebrated writers on running. Running Free was shortlisted for the Thwaites-Wainwright Prize, and his evocative biography of Emil Zátopek, 'Today We Die A Little', was shortlisted in the Cross Sports Book Awards. His most recent book, 'Unbreakable: the Countess, the Nazis and the World's Most Dangerous Horse Race', won Biography of the Year at the Telegraph Sports Book Awards in 2020.