National cross country champs for Mandurah teen

Hannah Kennedy.
Hannah Kennedy.

SHE might be just 13 years old but Hannah Kennedy is already reaching running speeds many adults can only dream about.

The Foundation Christian College student was practically running before she could walk, following her dad’s footsteps and developing a love of running from an early age.

This year has already been a big one for Hannah, who recorded her first sub-20 minute 5km run at Dawesville parkrun last month when she finished the course in just 19.52.

Now she has her sights set on a top 30 finish at the 2019 Australian Cross Country Championships in NSW.

She’s been training hard to achieve that goal, completing hill and sprint sessions, speed intervals and beach runs as she works to improve her speed and endurance.

Hannah Kennedy.

Hannah said it would be the second time she would run at the competition and that she was aiming to best her 31st place finish from 2018.

“I wanted to go over there and see how good I’d be, it’s a great experience,” she said.

“Last year I made the state team and came 31st, this year I want to get around 20th, that would be cool.

“Running is really fun and it’s nice to push your body to the limit, you feel like you achieve something.

“I want to get faster so I can make the team again next year.”

Hannah said she hoped to one day join in international 100km runs and continue to compete in cross country events.

The 2019 Australian Cross Country Championships is on August 24.