This week’s runner is Abbie Butler who lives in Launceston. Abbie is one of the best junior runners in Tasmania. Her pet event is the 2,000m steeplechase, Abbie is the current state record holder for this event from under 16 to under 20. She also won the National All schools Championship for this event in the under 16 age group and has a current personal best of 6:47. Both her parents are runners and it was only a matter of time before Abbie took up the sport. Her coach is her father and we talk about this relationship and how important her parents have been in her running career to date and her goal of representing her country at the World Junior Titles for the steeple. In the next few weeks, she will be competing in the 5km race at Launceston Running Festival and will be aiming for a new personal best in the event. Abbie is such a focused young runner and this is really evident in our conversation. When she is not running, she loves hanging out at her grandparent’s farm and spending time with friends. Abbie has a big future in this sport and it will be great to watch her running career develop in the coming years.