Hi, my name is Henry Hiatt. I'm a year 11 student in Christchurch. 

I started running in primary school at the Waimairi School cross country. I was never the fastest, but discovered that I enjoyed running and competing in races. So I joined a club and began to train and set goals each year. 

For me, running is one of many sports that I train hard for and compete in. I play cricket and race triathlons in the summer, and play hockey, road cycle race and run cross country in the winter. But running is the one sport that is a constant for me throughout the year. Running is key for my fitness, but also my mental focus and it helps to clear the mind.

As a junior I made the Canterbury Cross Country Team. This was a big goal for me and an awesome experience. Paul Norton was our coach and told us every year that it was the hardest Canterbury team to get into, he would remind us of current athletes who had been in the team in the past, like Anton Cooper. Training with people like Paul and Craig Eustace at CHAV as part of a group, have had a big influence on my running. My results have improved but more importantly it has helped build my passion for running. I have been so lucky to have people be so generous with their time and advice. 

This year I have raced in New Zealand Secondary Schools triathlon and cross country, with the duathlon later in the year. I also ran in the 10km at the Frontrunner Christchurch marathon finishing 2nd in the u20 and 10th overall. These were all great experiences for me and the longer the better so looking forward to doing more. 

My sporting goal is and always has been to be a professional cricketer. I know that running will help me on my journey towards this goal, but I also know that running will always be my go-to in life for fitness, enjoyment and to have a clear mind. 

My favourite shoes for training are the Adidas Boston 10’s. These are a great shoe for on the road as they are soft, comfortable and stable. They are perfect shoes for my size and I have gone through multiple pairs. My favourite shoes for racing on the road and triathlon are the Asics Metaspeed’s. These are a great option as they are super lightweight and a fast shoe. 

I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Frontrunner race team. I have been coming to Frontrunner to see Oska since a young age with my family. For me, Oska is someone I have always looked up to. I look forward to being part of the team and developing my running further. 

Thank you to Frontrunner Colombo for your support.



July 25, 2023 — Oska Inkster-Baynes

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