Valencia is leaving her rivals in her trail

Valencia with Haile Gebrselassie
Valencia with Haile Gebrselassie

An incredible young athlete is running out of room in her trophy cabinet after a succession of podium places in prestigious races.

Valencia Wright (8), from Lenzie, is a member of Victoria Park Athletics Club - where her coaches have identified her as a major talent.

The Millersneuk Primary pupil is still too young to officially run for her club but has spent much of this year taking on all-comers in a series of races.

Her first major success came in the Edinburgh Marathon junior event back in May when she came third in a race for kids up to the age of TEN - completing the 1.5km course around Holyrood Park in just over six minutes.

Since that taste of success she has gone from strength to strength, dotting around the country taking part in events and more often than not bringing home a trophy or medal for her efforts.

The talented runner travelled to Newcastle to take part in the junior Bupa Great North Run and beat more than 800 fellow-competitors to land a spectacular second place.

She took the final step up the podium when taking part in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Mini Run, in Sheffield, leaving the rest of the field in her wake to land first spot.

Valencia has also become a firm fixture on the local running circuit - completing a series of 2k and 3k races and appearing in newspapers across Scotland.

She came second in the Paisley 3k, open to all ages of primary school children, and won the Stirling 2k just a day after her runner-up spot in the Great North Run.

And speed obviously runs in the family as brother Blayne, who is a year older than Valencia, came third and second in the same two races.

Most recently Valencia was victorious closer to home - coming first in the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run in Glasgow. She was presented with her trophy by Scottish marathon star Susan Partridge, met long distance running legend Haile Gebrselassie, and even appeared on BBC Scotland’s coverage of the event.

Proud mum Caroline said: “She is only eight years old and very keen to do well for herself - the locals are now quite proud of her as well.

“She got on the train to come home from the Glasgow event with her trophy recently and they all cheered for her.”