Leigh Lennon’s dream is to be British number one at every level – and she is well on her way to making it come true.
The 800m runner from Accrington has got to the top of the British charts in the Under 15, Under 17 and Under 20 age groups.
Now, at 20, she is looking to hit the same highs at Under 23 level and her ultimate bid is to be Britain’s number one senior middle distance runner and make an impact on the big stage.
"That’s the idea," said Leigh. "I don’t want to get too carried way but that’s the dream."
It’s a massive year for Leigh as she looks to turn dreams into reality.
She kept a low profile with races last year but has got a firm winter session so far behind her and is aiming to surprise the athletics world when she steps out onto the track in the summer.
Not that there aren’t already high expectations of her.
She is one of the athletes who is ‘On Camp with Kelly’, and so trains under double Olympic medalist Kelly Holmes, and is tutored on the track at Loughborough University by top coach Dave Sutherland.
"Kelly is my hero and at first it was weird having her phone number. It was ‘oh my God’ when she gave it to me and I couldn’t quite believe it but I am used to it now.
"She is always on the end of the phone and is an inspiration to me.
"She brought her Olympic gold medals the first time I met her and I didn’t want to touch them!
"But when you look at them it makes you want one and I would love to achieve that."
Leigh needs to reduce her 800m best time this year if she wants to make an impression at the top level.
"Her best time over 800m is 2min 05.97 set in 2009," said dad Don.
"Unfortunately she then had a setback as she went to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 as part of the ‘On Camp with Kelly’ team and she got a virus which set her back.
"It’s taken time to recover and she last raced in July – since then it has been all about training.
"We have taken her out of the spotlight and it’s been all about getting a good winter under her belt to come out flying in the summer.
"We really believe this year she can get her 800m time down at least three seconds to 2.01 or 2.02 – that would be a great achievement.
"And, while her immediate concerns are for the European Under 23 Championships next year and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, we haven’t ruled out the Olympics this year. We won’t put too much pressure on her as we don’t know what she can do yet with not racing.
"But she needs to get 1.59 for the qualifying time and then to finish in the top three in the Olympic trials in June and then you never know. We won’t discard Olympic year."
Leigh agrees with this but her Olympic focus is more geared towards Rio in 2016.
"That’s more realistic for me but with this year’s Olympics being in London, you want to give it your all to get there," she added.
Although it is a big shout, Leigh will be part of the 2012 London Games anyway as Don added: "She is part of a sports modelling agency promoting the Games and is also taking part in a film about London 2012."
Leigh said: "It’s a film called ‘Fast Girls’ about four girls trying to get to the Olympics.
"I am just an extra running a relay – in a Brazil kit of all things!"
It hasn’t all been running for Leigh. She did a beauty course at Accrington and Rossendale College before she moved to Loughborough, where she is studying sports massage.
"Everyone thought beauty was an odd course to do but I enjoyed the beauty aspect and it’s always something to fall back on if the athletics doesn’t work out. But I am sure it will."
Don, a former track runner himself, is hoping so as he has coached Leigh from an early age and admits it’s been fantastic to see her develop.
"I have watched her grow from an eight-year-old taking her first steps on the track, to breaking records over 400m to stepping up to 800m and it would be a dream for me to watch her race for her country in the biggest senior event in sport.
"She has never taken her eye off training throughout her life and has always been disciplined, passionate about the sport and she has the ability."
There is tough competition – not least from just down the road in Blackburn’s Alison Leonard, another top middle distance prospect.
"The standard of girls over 800m in the UK is extremely high," continued Don.
"In Lancashire there are two of the best Under 23s in the country in Alison and Leigh. Alison is now a senior but they have the potential to be British number one and two.
"At the moment Leigh is ranked the number six Under 23 in the country over the two laps and 31st overall in the UK," added her proud dad.
"But we know she can improve that as she hasn’t raced the distance for a while.
"She is determined, she is under top coaches, she is under no illusions how hard it is going to be but we are confident.
"There is no reason, if she can stay free of injuries, why her dreams can’t come true and hopefully she will make her mark."
And she will have one famous fan keeping tabs on her progress – cousin Aaron who plays football for Tottenham.
"We don’t have a lot of contact as we are all busy but I am sure he will be cheering me on in whatever I do and hopefully I can reach the top of my sport," added Leigh.