Young runners on the Wright track

Valencia, Blayne and Tuscany Wright
Valencia, Blayne and Tuscany Wright

Three remarkable siblings have enjoyed a stellar few months of running success - landing a barrow-load of trophies in the process.

Last year Valencia Wright, from Lenzie, became one of Scotland’s most hotly-tipped young runners after landing podium places in the Junior Edinburgh Marathon, Junior Bupa Great North Run, Bupa Great Yorkshire Mini Run, Great South Mini Run and Great Birmingham Mini Run.

And all that was achieved at the age of just eight - meaning she had to beat hundreds of kids, many older than her, to land the medals.

Now she’s a year older and the titles keep on coming.

Earlier in 2014 she shone in cross country, winning both the the Garioch Junior Run and the Gartmorn Junior under-10 run.

The Millersneuk Primary pupil then took on althetes as much as two years older than her to claim third in the Junior Spar Great Ireland Run, second in the Bupa Junior Great Manchester Run and won the Crieff Junior Mile under-11 race in a new course record.

Her crowning glory came in the Bupa Junior Great North Run where she came third out of 511 in the age 9-10 category.

But Valencia isn’t the only talented youngster in her family - with older brother Blayne also shining in competition this season.

The 11-year-old matched his sister by coming third in the EMF Junior Race in Edinburgh, winning the Doubletree Dunblane Youth Under-11 Race and coming second in the Paisley 3k Fun Run Primary School Category.

He’s also came third in the Bupa Birmingham Junior Race, second in the Crieff Junior Mile and landed a creditable 7th out of 450 in the Bupa Great North Run 11-12 category.

But both Valencia and Blayne, who are now members of Fusion Triathlon Club, had better keep an eye out for the youngest family member - Tuscany.

The eight-year-old is making sure that she’s not left out of the trophy haul, coming first in this year’s Great North Mini Run.

Proud mum Caroline says that her talented children are continuing a family tradition.

She told the Herald: “They’ve been inspired by my whole family being runners - cousins, uncles, aunties, my own mum and dad, and their dad.

“Their nana was the Senior Girls Champion at Lenzie Academy back in 1964 and held the record for long Jump and 800 metres. I was a hill runner from the age of 10 and went on to win trophies. Even their uncle ran for Kirkintilloch Olympians and Victoria Park and was a very good sprinter.