ACCRINGTON runner Leigh Lennon is certainly getting help from the best as she aims to star in the 2016 Olympics.
The 18-year-old already has double Olympic middle distance champ Kelly Holmes on hand to give advice and can phone Commonwealth Games 800m gold medalist Diane Modahl if she needs any other tips.
And this winter she will go head to head in training with current World Championship bronze medalist Jenny Meadows in a bid to boost her own reputation.
Leigh has been tipped by many on the running scene, including Holmes, as "one of the most talented female middle distance runners in the country."
She won a gold medal at the English Schools Championship this year over 800m, represented Great Britain at the European Games in Serbia and has a personal best over the two lap event of 2:05:93 making her the sixth Under 20 over two laps in the UK – although she is in the bottom year of that group.
And she will hope to move towards the top thanks to training with Wigan star Meadows.
"I have known Jenny and her husband and coach Trevor Painter a long time," said Leigh's coach and dad Don Lennon.
"We just decided that this was the right time to put our heads together and get Leigh training with Jenny to see what happens.
"Jenny can run 1.57 for the 800m which is a phenomenal time and so hopefully Leigh will be able to knock three or four seconds off her own time over the winter and complete her main aim for next year – to reach the World Junior Championships in Canada and win a medal.
"The bronze medal position for the last World Championships was 2.03 so we hope Leigh will have got at least that by next year.
"It will be hard for her as she will be doing eight or nine sessions over six days every week and we are now including more weight training like yoga and pilates to build up her core strength.
"She is almost going into hiding over the winter with no cross-countries and a training trip to South Africa with Jenny but then hopefully she will burst back onto the indoor scene next season.
"Leigh has a superb support system behind her with Kelly and Diane and, if we stick to the plan, then we have high hopes for the 2016 Olympics when Leigh will be 25. 2012 is a bit soon but, if anything comes of that, it will be a bonus."
Next year is a big year for Leigh who has taken time off before taking up a scholarship in America. She has just completed a beauty therapy course at Accrington and Rossendale College and will be working part-time at Oakhill College, who sponsor her, in beauty.
Leigh will certainly look the part – and, with help from the top, is well on her way to fulfilling her potential.