Running in the genes for marathon teen

WINNERS: Nina Ericson (left) poses with her medals after she won the junior section of the Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon with Lisa Brignull who won the female category. PHOTO: Karl Vanbeek of Hanmer Springs Photography.

Long distance running is in Nina Ericson’s genes and she showed it by winning the junior section of the Hanmer Four Square Half Marathon recently.

Now she will turn her attention to the Christchurch Marathon where she plans on running in the 10km race on June 4.

The 13-year-old from Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School clocked her best ever half marathon time in Hanmer of 2hr 18min when she competed on May 6.

“I had sore legs as I sprinted across the line, but I was very happy to finish in the time I did,” she said.

She is a member of the Port Hills Athletic Club and goes for regular runs with her father, Arne, who used to run ultra-marathons.

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