Joseph Wales and Lucy Wildash celebrated Super Saturdays after they clinched Junior Great South Run glory.
Both teenagers showcased their talents on one of the biggest stages of their fledgling careers by winning the prestigious junior boys and girls’ titles.
Southampton youngster Wales clocked a fine time of 6min 34sec in the boys’ 2.5k section, with Team Bath’s Will Stockley second in 6.44, and Sarisbury’s Jamie Domoney third (6.48).
Saturday’s win the first recorded by Wales over the streets of Portsmouth and Southsea in four attempts.
He was understandably pleased to finally get a win under his belt.
‘In the last three years I have finished second, third and second,’ said Wales.
‘So it feels great to finally cross the line in first place.
‘Coming down against the wind it was hard.
‘But this is the event I have always wanted to win.’
The Southampton ace now hopes his athletics career can kick on from his biggest-ever victory.
‘I want to try to get into the county team and see what happens from there,’ he added.
Basingstoke runner Wildash cruised to a third girls’ crown in a time of 7min 21sec – securing a huge 21-second winning margin over former City of Portsmouth runner Evie Grice (now Aldershot, Farnham & District) who took second in 7.43.
Third place went to Southampton’s Anna Sharpe in a time of 7.45.
‘It was really windy out there, which made it hard,’ said Wildash.
‘This is now the third time I have won the Junior Great South Run – it’s great.
‘I now just want to do the best I can in the future.’
The boys’ junior blue race produced a close-fought finish, with Havant’s Callum Crook taking first place in 7min 40sec – just a second ahead of Max Madison (7.41).
Aaron Mead took third spot with a time of 8.01
In the junior girls’ blue race, Alexandra Scrivener, of Oxford, (7.57) claimed top spot, with City of Portsmouth’s Madeline Wilton (8.18) and Cheyenne James (8.25) in second and third place.