LEIGH Lennon and Joe Basquill will be racing for glory at the English Schools Championships at Gateshead this weekend.
Hyndburn Athletic Club speedster Leigh, 15, will be competing over 800m in the Under 17 age group - she will be one of the youngest in her race.
And Joe, 14, will also be competing in the two lap event for the Under 15s.
Leigh, who attends Witton Park School, won silver as an Under 15 at last year's School's Championships with a personal best of 2mins 13 seconds.
"We are hoping she can break her personal best," said Leigh's dad and coach, Don Lennon.
"We have been warm weather training in Portugal and building her up slowly for these championships.
"She ran 2.14 and 2.16 this year and we are hoping she will improve on that.
"It is hard as there are the heats and semi-finals today and then the final on Sunday so, in this weather, it is a difficult schedule.
"Plus she is now the youngest in her age group and is ranked 10th best in the country at Under 17 level - but you never know."
Leigh's other big event this year is the AAAs Championships in Birmingham in August.
While Leigh has competed in the schools championships before, Joe will be competing for the first time.
The St Augustines pupil, also coached by Don at Hyndburn AC, only took up the sport in September 2005.
"I spotted him running at school and he has come to the club and gone from strength to strength," said Don.
"He raced to 2.28 in no time and has won medals at the Northern Championships and AAAs.
"He is ranked in the top six in his age group at 800m after less than a year's training which is pretty phenomenal. He stands a good chance of winning a medal."
Meanwhile, Hyndburn AC made a long journey to Wrexham in a bid to preserve their Division One status.
A coach load of young athletes competed in a match against Deeside, Blackley and North Manchester and Wrexham Athletic Clubs.
Hyndburn achieved a strong third position to ensure that there is all to compete for in next month's final match at Deeside.
Hyndburn's star athlete Leigh Lennon received the female "Athlete of the Match" accolade for her performance of 2m 16.2 in the Under 17 800m.
Other notable performances from Hyndburn Athletes were:
Grade Three: Michael Aspden Under 15 boys 400m 56.2 secs; Jane Oldcorne Under 17 women triple jump 8m 73.
Grade Two: Joe Basquill Under 15 boys 400m 54.9secs and boys 800m 2:08.8; Ian Yates Under 15 boys 800m 2:12.0; Leigh Lennon Under 17 women 300m 41.8 secs;
Grade One: Leigh Lennon Under 17 women 800m 2:16.2. The Under 17 women 300m relay team of Leigh Lennon, Ashley Williams, Clare Bunting and Suzanne Bailey set a record time of 2min 59.6 secs.