THERE IS no stopping middle distance stars Leigh Lennon and Robbie Schofield who have added more gold medals to an ever increasing collection.
This time the teenage pair from Hyndburn raced in the Belfast Indoor Championships at the weekend.
Leigh, 18, was competing against much older runners in the Senior Ladies 800m but won her heat and then won the final by two seconds - and picked up an indoor personal best as well.
Leigh, running for Newsham and Essex Beagles, raced home in two minutes and nine seconds to become the all-Irish indoor champion.
Robbie, 19, just scraped through to the 800m final as the fastest qualifier in his heat but turned on the style in the final.
"No one wanted to take it on so Robbie did," said his coach Don Lennon, with both invited to the event after good indoor races over the winter.
"He took them through the first 400m in 59 seconds which is quite pedestrian really.
"Then he did the second 400m in 54 seconds and romped home in one minute and 53 seconds."
There is no rest for the 2012 Olympic hopefuls as they will compete in Birmingham this weekend in the England Indoor Championships at Under 20 level.
After two years of coming second, Leigh is the hot favourite to win her 800m race as her personal best is six seconds quicker than the other competitors.
Robbie is second favourite with his time of 1.53 although he has done this consistently.
"It is a big event for them both - at the moment they are learning to handle the pressure of being favourites and the bigger stages," continued Don.
"Leigh will be favourite and that will increase the pressure on her while the favourite in Robbie’s race has got 1.52 - but Robbie has got 1.53 consistently so it will be tight."
After this weekend’s races, the big preparation begins for what will be a huge outdoor season for the Ribble Valley Athletic Club pair.
"They will have five intense weeks of training after this," said Don.
"It will include the inter-counties cross country where both will represent Lancashire next month and will culminate in them going warm weather training in Malta.
"It is a big year for them. It is unusual for me, as a coach, to have a male and female middle distance runner, competing at the top of their age groups.
"They are both extremely talented runners but they are both willing to put in the hard work as well.
"It is important as, although what they do now is crucial, the ultimate goal is what they do when they are 23 or 24 when hopefully they have really made it."