Lachlan Wellington crowned his outstanding summer with another big performance on the national stage.
The City of Portsmouth athlete took the silver medal in the under-15 3,000m at the England Championships in Bedford.
He was joined on the podium by Havant’s Thomas Miller, who was also in brilliant form.
Miller finished third in the under-17 400m hurdles and second in the 100m hurdles.
To medal in both events highlights the quality he has.
Wellington’s silver was earned after an epic battle with his friend and local rival Zakariya Mahamed, who runs for Southampton, in the under-15 3,000m final.
Wellington hit the front after sitting in for the first 1,000m.
He took the race on and decimated a field packed with the nation’s top distance runners in the age group.
Mahamed chose not to go with the pace, instead steadily picking his way through from eighth place to reach Wellington’s shoulder.
The Southampton athlete then hit the front with an impressive burst of speed and was able to ward off the chase to take a superb victory.
In the process he smashed the UK number one-ranked under-15 time for the year with a 9min 05.30sec clocking.
Wellington chased hard all the way to the line to finish with a big personal best of 9.08.00.
He fought off a challenge from the fast-finishing Norwich athlete Jack White (9.08.56).
Wellington hit the front a little earlier than planned but when he decided to go he committed fully and City coach Vince Stamp enjoyed what was another exciting contest between the two.
Wellington still leads their head to head 2-1 on the track after twice outkicking his rival this summer.
Stamp said: ‘A national silver medal is always a good achievement and Lachlan took three seconds off his personal best.
‘He took the race by the scruff of the neck.
‘Zak was able to use the line of runners behind Lachlan and caught him with 600m to go.
‘He went past and opened up a decisive gap of 5m with 200m to go.
‘Jack White finished like a train and nearly caught Lachlan, who had given everything to take the pace on and to chase Zak, on the line.’
Meanwhile, Miller took the bronze medal in the under-17 400m hurdles final with a time of 54.12.
He added a silver in the 100m hurdles with a 12.96 clocking in the final.
A number of City of Portsmouth’s excellent young throwers made their mark at the championship.
Heather Cubbage placed fourth in the under-15 discus (32.53m), 13th in the hammer (37.93) and 14th in the shot (10.17).
Serena Vincent, who is a bottom year in the under-15 age group, threw 11.35m to take sixth place in the shot.
Rob Pattison finished seventh in the under-15 discus with 36.25m and Kameron Duxbury took sixth place in the under-15 javelin (41.82).