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Keith Wright

What event are your training for and what is your goal?
Christchurch half marathon. Goal is a sub 1:30 in 2017

What it is your motivation for wanting to achieve this?
I’m competing with myself, I reckon that I’ve got some room to improve – it’s a stretch goal for me but worth giving it a really good shake.

What is your background and how did you get into your sport?
Prior to becoming a manager in the health system I was a laboratory scientist. My Masters work focused on insulin resistance and I still have some interest in how our bodies work. I also reckon that people working in the health system have a responsibility to take a lead and look after their wellness. Three years ago I was getting sick of the size of my belly and took up running to see what could be done about it. I found that my body remembered how to run – after lots of practice at high school. I’ve also found that now I’ve started I cannot stop – mastery of a simple task beckons.

What is your favourite event/or training mission so far?
Every run is my favourite – it is all about enjoying the moment.

An opportunity to test myself and feel the exhilaration of trying to do my best amongst a bunch of others doing the same.

What is your favourite training ride/run/kayak/swim etc?
Lately I’ve been regularly enjoying running up to and along the Summit Road. We are so lucky to have a flat city rimmed by such wonderful hills