MIDDLE DISTANCE star Leigh Lennon was so inspired by London winning the 2012 Olympic Games that she knocked five seconds off her best to win a coveted silver medal in the English Schools Track and Field Championships at Birmingham.
The 14-year-old Hyndburn Athletic Club runner was representing Lancashire in the Junior Girls 800m last weekend.
Her personal best before the race was two minutes 18 seconds but she ran 2:17 in the heat to reach the prestigious final.
And, in the final, the Witton Park pupil pulled out all the stops to race to the silver medal in 2:13 - and make her the third ranked Junior Girl in Britain over 800m.
"It was brilliant," said her dad and coach Don. "She was inspired by London winning the 2012 Olympics and it gave her a boost as she really wants to go for that.
"She said she felt fantastic before the heat and then went out and ran her fastest time. Then I rang her before the final, as she was in a different hotel, and she said she felt as fresh as a daisy and thought she would run another personal best.
"She took it on from the beginning and went through 400m in 65.9 which is fast.
"She also holds the 600m record for her age group of 1.39 but she went through it in 1.34. It was unbelieveable.
"I was going to try and video it but my hands were shaking so much that someone else did it for me!
"I couldn't believe it when I saw the time - it was far beyond what we planned for her and trained for but it was brilliant."
The race was won by Gloucester athlete Sarah Hopkinson who has a best of 2.10.